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Burgundy

The Parc de Morvan is beautiful and remote if you seek

a complete escape, but teleworking Parisian buyers

are also looking at small towns with a year-round

atmosphere, says Esther Linley of Leggett. "Joigny

in the Yonne department has seen a huge influx and

good homes get snapped up fast," she says. "Painters,

historians, psychoanalysts, and antique dealers have

moved here."

Regular trains into Paris take only 1h15 minutes,

or 2 hours up the A6 autoroute. On the banks of the

River Yonne, close to Chablis vineyards, it offers an

active cultural life; a Michelin starred restaurant La

Côtes-Saint-Jacques, great cafés, and good schools.

"The Saturday market is one of the best in Burgundy,

and everyone shops and meets up there," says Esther.

Prices range from €50,000 for a tiny house to lovely

historic homes such as an elegantly refurbished fourbedroom

example at €645,000.

Go slightly further south for greater affordability

and consider Vermenton - also on a river, the Cure, she

suggests. It's close to the A6, 2h30 minutes to Paris,

with the fastest train taking only 2h15 minutes. "There

is a lot of interest in properties which can bring income

as a second financial option while also working from

home," she says. "People want a lifestyle with more

space and more downtime. Boating is popular on the

river." An eight-bedroom house with B&B and two gîtes

is only €399,000.

Property prices in and around the valley of the Cure

are well below those around Joigny. A small village

house costs around €110,000. "Places for

€150-300,000 with land are at an absolute premium

since the confinements!" Esther adds.

Pays d'Auge

Lisieux, in the Calvados department, is one of the new

destinations being sought by Parisians. "It is more

affordable than the towns on the Côte Fleurie - the

average property price in this area is €300,000 - and

you can still reach Paris by train in 1h45 minutes," says

Michele Rouxelin, our local agent. The Pays d'Auge

offers an attractive cultural and historical heritage

combined with beautiful countryside. It is perfect

for nature lovers and those who enjoy horse riding,

sailing, and hiking. An abundance of good schools,

local markets, and shops in Lisieux make it popular

with families. The smaller nearby towns of Cambremer,

Moyaux, Saint-Pierre-Sur-Dives, and Livarot are also

worth considering.

Buyers are looking for farms to convert, land to

grow vegetables, and authentic Norman houses with a

lot of charm. The property market here is fast moving,

and you can expect to pay €250,000 for a 3-bedroom

stone house.

Eure

Ref: 120467MRO27 €299 000 (HAI)

Cormeilles. 18th Century manor house to

renovate.

Orne

Ref: 120031EI72 €451 500 (HAI)

La Ferté-Bernard. A stone's throw from the town

centre! Architect designed 4 bedroom house in

a dominant position with views and landscaped

gardens.

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