Hard choices: property porn

Few things are guaranteed to give as much pleasure as the arrival of the latest issue of French Property News. I should have mine delivered in a brown paper bag.

Such is my addiction to this ‘property porn’, as it is known, that I’ve taken out a subscription to the magazine. Never again will I miss another renovated maison de maître or a restored farm with character features and outbuildings suitable for conversion to gîtes.

Such magazines aren’t dubbed ‘one-handed reading material’ for nothing. One hand flicks through the pages searching for that next home, while the other sips a chilled muscadet to complete the French experience.

This month, I’ve found a limestone house near Jarnac, between Cognac and Angoulême in the Charentes département of Poitou-Charentes. With five bedrooms, a heated pool and a guest house, it looks beautiful. Plus, it’s a snip at €497,900.

I’ve even pored over its details online, though I’m in no position to buy it right now. Plus, that isn’t even an area I’m looking to move to. It’s probably just as well I don’t have the time to pop over and view it.

But hey, if lusting over pictures of homes that I’ll never own is a vice, lock me up – along with thousands of others just like me.

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6 thoughts on “Hard choices: property porn

  1. I can’t tell you the hours my daughter and I have poured over those listings. Especially the ones with the outbuilding “gite” possibilities. And then the dream fades and dies and we end up doing a home exchange to save money.

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  3. Oh yes, I am with you there..
    Even though we now own two headache inducing properties in France still cannot resist checking out what everyone else has bought/ is looking at!

    Partly, to be frank, to reassure ourselves we bought a couple of bargain gems (i.e. gloating but nicer ) and partly to confirm that we did the right thing when we finally jumped in and actually did something with this French dream!

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  4. you are not alone!!!

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