Mainland France boasts four distinct coastlines – the North Sea, English Channel, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean – spanning an impressive 3,427km.
This means there is ample opportunity to find a home with a ‘vue mer’ and best of all, it does not have to cost you the earth (or sea).
The Connexion has picked out five coastal properties for sale for less than €500,000.
Tree-lined villa - Alpes-Maritimes: €421,000
This house with sea view is located on the Corniche de Magnan hill in Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes. The family home is accessed via a 70-step staircase and has a tree-lined terrace with sea views, a comfortable living space, four bedrooms - and is in good condition and ready to move into. See the full listing here.
The charming coasthouse - Morbihan: €495,000
Located in a protected area of Plouhinec (Morbihan), this south-facing house boasts stunning views of the bay of Audierne. With two bedrooms overlooking the water, the whole house features coastal decor and it is just a few steps from the small port of Pors Poulhan, sought-after for its authenticity, fishing activity, and nearby beach. See the full listing here.
Classic family home - Var: €469,000
Set on the side of a hill, this property overlooks Toulon (Var) south to the sea. The house was renovated by the current owner and updates have been made over the years. It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room and an outdoor entertaining area. See the full listing here.
19th century villa - Manche: €399,000
This typical villa from the end of the 19th century enjoys an exceptional location on the seafront in Barneville-Carteret (Manche). The property includes a kitchen, living/dining room, two bedrooms, bathroom, garage and garden. However, the highlight has to be the bedroom’s verandas which benefit from panoramic sea views. See the full listing here.
The terraced home - Alpes-Maritimes: €420,000
Dating from the 1920s, this house is spread over two levels, with panoramic views to the sea and across the old town of Grasse (Alpes-Maritimes). Set on a terraced plot, the villa comprises two living rooms, four bedrooms and bathrooms, a cellar and parking for 3/4 cars. See the full listing here.