Is Brittany becoming the new Cote d’Azur?

With record demand, and people moving for the climate, here’s everything you need to know about buying in Brittany.

Why is Brittany such a French property “hot-spot”?

Our latest report is backed up by research issued from the prestigious Sciences Po university, which shows that 39% of French people are extremely worried about climate change. The headline was that Brittany is the perfect region to welcome “migrants climatiques“.

We would never have imagined that Brittany could be envied for its climate, which is often mocked. However, in France, heatwaves are increasingly regular and the stability of Brittany will attract many newcomers leading to climate immigration.

Other takeaways from the report include:

  • Record demand for property, with a lack of new stock coming through
  • Télétravail has exploded, with rural areas benefiting
  • Rennes has the strongest labour market in France
  • Local papers calling it “The golden age of property”
  • Double digit price rises, incoming buyers have bigger budgets

The conclusion from Lisa Greene, who heads the Leggett Immobilier team in the Grand Ouest, is that holiday homes in Brittany are likely to be a popular choice over the coming decade, with a significant increase in the number of people moving here permanently. Our climate is temperate and stable, and just what buyers are looking for.

Historic manor with hunting lodges – 676,200€

Historic breath taking 6 bedroom Manoir set in private grounds, with 5 bedroom hunting lodge to be finished and an impressive stone coach house with stunning features. All of this set in 13 hectares of woodland, paddocks and a 500m walled in garden with flowing river close by and views over the countryside.

Three bed property with gite – 318,000€

Reduction from €328,000 to €318,000
Tranquil, 3 bedroom property with independent gîte, garage and large outbuilding on 5680 m2 of land.

Four bed cottage in Morbihan – 159,140€

Reduction from €167,400 to €159,140
OFFERS INVITED for this lovely 3/4 bedroomed, deceptively spacious detached house in the country.

Brittany key facts

Brittany is the most northwestern region in France and extends out to the Atlantic ocean. It has a long, rugged, coastline with attractive beach resorts and coves.

Size34,023 km2
Capital cityRennes
Sunshine hoursaround 1, 530 pa
DepartmentsCotes d’Armor, Finistere, Morbihan, Ille-et-VillaineAverage
Price1,940 € per m2
Key Brittany Facts

What our expert local agent says

Julie Hook lives in a land of thriving villages and quaint hamlets. She explains why Brittany is such a popular region for home buyers 

Yes, our family lives in the south-east corner of beautiful Morbihan, surrounded by rolling countryside and within easy reach of glorious sandy beaches. I’m biased of course but I really do think that this is the finest department in France. With many people looking to WFHH (work from holiday home) I think we’ll see an even stronger demand for property in Brittany over the coming years. 

It has something for everyone. If you like strolling through narrow medieval streets and stopping in the café’s to “people watch” then head for the walled town of Vannes and make your way to the stunning Cathedral of St Peter, or to the lively and picturesque port area just below the chateau. If you are feeling more energetic then hop on your bike and pedal alongside the Nantes-Brest canal, watching the boats leisurely navigate through no less than 238 locks. More intrepid sailors can be found island hopping out in the gulf. Indeed Morbihan is Breton for “little sea” and around the Ile aux Moins and Ile d’Arz you will find 40 islets, this is one of the most spectacular and photogenic areas in Europe. 

You will find a list of average property prices in the box out below. I would like to stress that these are a guide only. You will pay a premium to be in or near one of the big cities, and also you will find that properties with a view out over our stunning coastline are a rare breed – be prepared to act quickly if you find one. The market in Brittany is hot and French buyers are competing with those from the UK, Belgium, Holland and further afield. If you are thinking of selling a property in Brittany then we would be keen to talk with you. 

DepartmentAverage property prices* 
Finistère1,770 euros per m2 
Morbihan2,060 euros per m2 
Ile et Vilaine2,090 euros per m2 
Côtes d’Armor1,550 euros per m2 
 *figures supplied by Notaires de France for houses in Q3, 2021. Prices vary enormously within departments so please treat these as a rough guide only

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