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Life Is Tough In The South Of France!

Feb 29, 2008
The Herault is a spectacular Department in the Languedoc Region of France. It gets it's name from the beautiful River Herault, which meanders through it.

The French, when it comes to where they would most like to live, permanent or retirement, opt for the Herault, it's their favorite location in all of France! Many buy homes in the area and house prices are rising steadly. Lots of foreigners have also discovered this and bought vacation or permanent homes in this tranquil area, where the main concern of the day can often be "what will I do today?" The pace is slower, the food healthier, life expectancy is longer, the worries are less...yes it's tough.

Real estate prices are still pretty reasonable, in the Languedoc region, making it a good time to buy. You can choose from a chalet, apartment, village/town house, or luxury villa with swimming pool. Prices vary, depending on how close to the sea or a particular town or village. Each village or town has Estate Agent's Offices (Immobiliers) with plenty of photos in their windows, call in and have a chat, more than likely they'll show you properties that same day.

When buying real estate in France you can save paying the agents fee's. Just travel around and find properties being sold privately by their owners. In most cases you will see a hand written sign saying "A Vendre". If you have the time, travel from town to village looking for your potential dream home, if possible staying overnight, meeting the locals and experiencing the place.

It's easy to understand why the Herault is so popular. Montpellier is the major city in this department, with it's international airport and first class train service, this beautiful historical and modern city, offers an abundance of places to see and things to do, it's a great base and starting point to commence your exploration of the area, be it by car or rail.

The major towns and villages of Beziers, Marseillan, Sete, Agde, Meze, Pezenas and lots more, each with their own unique style and character are all within an hours journey by rail or car.

You can experience the breath taking landscape of small villages nestled and embraced by dramatic mountains and vineyards. Take a stroll along the many rivers and canals, relax on the banks of the Canal du Midi watching the colorful barges quietly float by. Let the day drift along, picnicking on the shores of serene lakes.

The Herault Department is well known for its miles and miles of clean, sandy, sun drenched Mediterranean beaches. With over 300 days of sunshine per year it's a magnet for holiday makers, especially the French themselves, (need I say more?)

Every village and town in the Herault has at least one market a week, selling breads, cheeses, meats, fish and vegetables along with clothes, bric a brac and the kitchen sink. They are lively and colorful events with plenty of bargains. No matter how small the village or town you're in, you'll find copious amounts of shopping malls, nearby or a short distance away.

For the young and not so young, there's plenty of things to keep you occupied. Theme and safari parks, water sports, cycling/walking trails, museums, galleries, golf, tours, bullfighting and the best cuisine and wines in the world. Visit some super ancient castles, forts and chateaux, marvel at the original roman viaducts bridges and towers, still in a state of great preservation. Walking around the villages your sense of smell will be charged by the local cuisine...bon appetite.

The Herault in the South of France is certainly well worth a visit and is definitely a great place to buy a home!
About the Author
John Keating is an International Real Estate and Travel writer. He is also a consultant with leading Real Estate and Travel Websites. Find out more about France, and the the top worldwide places to live in, or travel to, visit: http://www.propertysearchnow.com
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