11 unusual French properties you have to look at
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Take a look at our selection of beautiful and unconventional properties for sale in France
Originally built in 1600, this convent has been converted into a beautiful home in the centre of Dijon, in Côte-d’Or. Offering 400m2 of living space, the property is accessed via a private courtyard. Inside, the ancient archways and contemporary metal roof structure create a unique atmosphere. There are two ensuite bedrooms, a large reception area with a fully equipped kitchen and two other vaulted bedrooms.
This vast maison d’architecte is located in the 15th arrondissement, close to the Georges Brassens park in Paris. Boasting 334m2 of living space, the house is cleverly arranged over seven floors (there’s a lift to help you get around) with high ceilings, a mezzanine over the lounge and many glass elements flooding the house with light. There are four bedrooms, three terraces overflowing with plants, a wine cellar and two garages.
This vast property would be ideal for holiday rentals; it comprises a 17th-century main house with four-bedrooms and three-bathrooms plus an amazing converted barn for the owners’ accommodation. Outside, there is a salt-water swimming pool, a former forge and another building ready for conversion, all within lovely gardens. The property is in a village close to the market town of Caylus in Tarn-et-Garonne.
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Hidden behind a rather innocuous facade in Melun in Seine-et-Marne, this incredible loft is housed in a former printing works. There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms, with the living space is spread across 800m2. There’s an indoor swimming pool and a central garden and outdoor-patio with the original metal beams exposed. There’s also an independent studio and workshop and two garages, providing good rental potential.
This former artists’ workshop is housed in an elegant 19th-century building belonging to the famous Lido cabaret in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. It was tastefully renovated by an architect who created a spacious living room with a 4m-high ceiling and exposed beams. You’ll find an office, two ensuite bedrooms, another shower room and dressing room on a mezzanine and a modern, fully equipped kitchen.
Located near the holiday hotspot of Cap-Ferret in Gironde, this sleek architect-designed villa is set in grounds of 2,000m2 in the heart of a pine forest. Boasting seven bedrooms, the house is organised around the large pool and offers quirky rooms bathed with light thanks to large modern windows. A separate room contains a traditional Moroccan hammam and a jacuzzi overlooking the garden.
This apartment is housed in part of the former restaurant of the Palais l’Hermitage on the French Riviera city of Nice. Newly converted, the duplex is spread over two floors and offers one bedroom, a dressing room that could make a second bedroom, two bathrooms, a large lounge with double-height ceiling and lovely views of a lush garden.
Overlooking a planted courtyard, this Parisian property was transformed from old stables into a comfortable home in the 10th arrondissement. Large arched windows bring in plenty of light and character. There is one large ensuite bedroom with a terrace; a kitchen with access to an underground laundry room and wine cellar; and a living room leading to an office with an impressive glass roof.
A few minutes from this striking country home is the popular Tarn-et-Garonne town of St-Antonin-Noble-Val with its shops, restaurants and market. The house sits in secluded grounds of just over an acre and comes with a heated pool, pool house, barn and superb views. Dating back to 1776, it has been fully restored with double-glazing and oil-fired heating and has three bedrooms, a lounge-diner, a kitchen-breakfast room, a second salon and terrace
This spacious loft apartment is set within a building dating back to the 13th century, and which was once part of an old hospital in central Lyon, Rhône. This impressive property was converted into an apartment in 2010. There are four bedrooms, one of which sits on an impressive mezzanine overlooking the main living room. Old stone doorways and vaulted ceilings blend with stylish architect-designed bookshelves and a shiny new kitchen.
This eight-bedroom property can be divided into two homes, separated by a workshop, adding rental potential. Glass walls and a glass roof flood the home with light and bring out the gorgeous wooden floors and character features. It’s set in a lovely private garden with high walls in a seaside town in Normandy.