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Attracted by the character, charm and in most cases the price of old stone houses and barns in Provence, the Brits and Americans have been busy buying them up for the purpose of complete renovation, or at best modernization. Having been there for centuries, built from local materials, these old houses and barns are as much part of the Provançal landscape as the region’s vineyards and olive trees.
This is in complete bewilderment to the French who, amused by their anglophone neighbors, prefer the comforts of a modern “pavilion” style house, built and delivered with all amenities, water and electricity included! In fact many of the French manage to finance such projects as a result of the sale of one of these dilapidated, old, stone house with no sanitation whatsoever! No wonder they think we’re nuts.
Whilst many of us – particularly those in the middle of a renovation project – might understand the wisdom of such a new build (especially when we’ve been months without a hot shower), the truth is that we wouldn’t tolerate the uniformity and sterility of these modern villas, which the locals have come to appreciate so much.
Despite the attraction to these old, stone houses and barns in Provence, many Brits and Americans are discovering that not only are new build properties often much cheaper than a renovation project – with the advantage of having a house which meets your requirements in the end – these houses also have character and style.
There are many new build companies established in the region from whom you can choose – from companies that build from stone or brick to those who construct timber framed houses. Below is a list of new build company websites in Provence.
Keep in mind that it is also worth asking at your local Mairie’s office for details of any plots for sale. Many house builders will also have a database of constructional plots for sale in your area.