The most popular region of France for real estate is
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, according to a new infographic by TheMoveChannel.com. The infographic,
which is based upon the enquiries received by the overseas property portal in
2011, shows that South France is the area that attracts the most attention from
Property in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur is the favourite,
accounting for 15.65 per cent of all Frnch real estate enquiries in 2011. Other
southern regions are also popular with house hunters, with Aquitaine receiving
14.11 per cent of enquiries, closely followed by Languedoc Rousillon, which
accounted for 13.94 per cent.
The least popular area for property in France is Lorraine,
which took just 0.29 per cent of French property enquiries on
TheMoveChannel.com last year, ranking below fellow northern areas of
Champagne-Ardenne, Franche-Comté, Picardie, and Upper Normandy.
Despite this demand for property in South France, Paris is
shown to be the city with the strongest investment appeal, accounting for over
one-fifth of the portal's enquiries last year. Bordeaux and Marseilles were
close runners-up, flying the flag for the regions of Aquitaine and PACA
The infographic also highlights interesting buyer behaviour
for French property. Analysing the trend of search keywords in Google over 12
months, TheMoveChannel.com's chart finds that "houses for sale in
France" is the most commonly used phrase for French property hunters, with
"houses" ranking far above other types of real estate, such as
"cottages in France" and "French villas".
Indeed, "houses for sale in France" are so popular
with investors that the term is used twice as often as the more general
"property for sale in France" and "French property".
Editor Ivan Radford comments: "France: At a Glance is the
first in a series of infographics that will provide overviews of global
property markets in a new and accessible way.
"We've found some really
interesting facts about French real estate - the preference to hunt for houses is
a particular surprise, which can perhaps be explained by the number of
lifestyle buyers searching for a French holiday home. We look forward to doing
the same for other countries. "