Property prices in La Creuse?
We have recently sold our renovated Charentaise longere with 1.7 hectares of land in Department 16 (Charente) and we are looking to buy a house with land in the Creuse/Correze or Puy De Dome. We haven't decided 100% on which area yet, but we have done much exploring in La Creuse over the past few months and like what we see.
On recent trips we have viewed a few houses with land through British and French agencies as well as a couple of private sales.
We have read that Creuse offers some of the best value for houses and land in the whole of France. However our experience so far is not matching up to our expectations for value for money. We like the area of the Creuse in the south and east a lot more than the north.. Basically we have been searching below the D941 main road from Limoges to Aubusson
We just sold our very beautifully and tastefully renovated longere for €180,000 with the land and with barn and outbuildings. We are sticklers for detail and the finish and quality of the renovation is very good. In contrast we are viewing houses with agents in the €60,000 to €160,000 bracket in the Creuse and many so called renovations are a mess and badly finished. We are coming round to the idea that we will have to find a habitable house and renovate/refresh to our own taste/standard of finish over time. With this in mind we have viewed a few houses needing work, but the prices just seem ridiculous. We looked at a old house near Bourganeuf with 2.2 hectares of land, but it needed a new fosse, oil heating boiler was defunct and totally gutting on the inside as it looked like nothing had been done for 100 years minimum!! Roof also needed some attention. This house was priced at €130,000, which just seems crazy as it would need €70,000 minimum spending on it to make it liveable!
Have prices shot up in the Creuse recently or are the sellers just chancing their arm? Isolated (non hamlet)houses with a decent amount of land (above 2 hectares) seem few and far between?
We have several months to search but so far we have been disappointed.
Any thoughts peeps?