Situated along the northern coast of France, and covering an area of almost 30,000 km², lies the picturesque region of Normandy. Bounded to the north by the English Channel, and lying between the northern regions of Ile-de-France and Picardie, modern day Normandy is home to over 3 million residents.
Without doubt, the focus of the appeal of the Normandy region, is the dramatic and beautiful landscape and the more relaxed, laid-back lifestyle. From the region’s leafy interior and quaint, traditional towns, through to the windswept and dramatic beaches and cliffs, Normandy has something unique to offer every visitor.
Far removed from its modern day image of a peaceful and tranquil destination, Normandy has had a rich and illustrious history, and has witnessed events which will remain etched within history far beyond the boundaries of the modern day. From the early invasions and settlements of the Roman and Viking times, through to the war defining D-Day landings just a few decades ago, Normandy has a place in history matched by few destinations either in France throughout the world.
In keeping with so many regions throughout France, the increased demand for property in Normandy has focused on people seeking a countryside escape, a ‘bolthole’ away from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. This demand is not merely focused around overseas investors, and indeed a large number of French nationals have also bought in the region, seeking solace amongst the leafy lanes and quaint, traditional villages so typical of the Normandy region.
Whilst the focus of the real estate market has been around the more traditional, rural properties in Normandy, there has also been significant growth in demand for property in some of the larger towns throughout the region. In particular, some of the more popular towns such as Avranches, Bayeux, Caen, Domfront and Coutances have all seen increases in the number of holiday home purchasers in recent times.
For people looking to purchase property in France, Normandy presents an excellent opportunity to purchase more traditional properties at a price which represents better value for money than some of the more tourist orientated destinations further south. Subsequently, it is easy to see why there has been an increase in demand for property for sale in Normandy in the past few years, and why this increase is likely to be sustained in the years to come.
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