Recently, the Live and Invest Overseas e-letter has been talking about France in the run-up to their upcoming conference about living and investing there. France is not one of the countries we’ve been considering as a retirement destination because of the expense. But with headlines like, “Your Second Home In France (Could Cost As Little As 45,000 Euro),” is it worth reconsidering, I wonder?
Correspondent Lucy Culpepper writes with enthusiasm about the Languedoc and Bearn regions of the country and touts a one-bedroom apartment for 28,000 Euro, a stone townhouse needing renovation for $42,700, a two-bedroom village house furnished for $70,419. . . she makes it sound very enticing.
Kathleen Peddicord writes glowingly about the joys of Parisian life, which she and her family enjoyed for several years before moving to Panama.
“We lived in Paris for four years, with two children, and I’m here to tell you that we were able to control our costs within a very reasonable budget.”
Unfortunately, she doesn’t define that “very reasonable budget.” According to an email, it’s possible to “live in France on US $1,300 a month.”
Would that it were true! Year after year, France is voted the country with the best quality of life and best health care. Our daughter has just returned from a 2-1/2 month trip to France and she definitely fell in love with Paris. Our son speaks French fluently, has fond memories of a visit and speaks of going there to live. The thought of living in France is tremendously appealing on many levels.
I just have a hard time believing that it’s affordable on a Social Security income.
I’d love to hear from any expats in France who can provide some real-world experience!
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