The city of Bordeaux has been given the ultimate endorsement; even Parisians want to live there! Having received a string of recent accolades such as city with the best hospital in France and top European tourist destination in 2015, Bordeaux's star is on the rise. A survey ranking the best cities for foreigners to make their home indicates that the French are not the only ones to have caught on either. Its low unemployment rates, hours of sunshine and thriving community life placed Bordeaux third on the list - welcome news for British buyers looking at city properties for sale in France.
In recent years, Bordeaux has been transformed into a progressive city, with a high speed direct train line from Paris (a two hour Paris-Bordeaux route is due for completion in July 2017), excellent international air links, public transport and bike lanes. It also happens to be a Unesco world heritage site with its own renowned wine region bordering the Atlantic Coast and the Pyrenees. The charm and character of South-western France can be found everywhere along the banks of the river Garonne, which divides the city into its distinctive left and right-bank quarters.
As you would expect, this increasing popularity is reflected in the cost of properties for sale in Bordeaux. Putting this into perspective, however, is the fact that property here still costs less than half, per square metre, than in Paris.
We already knew the south western city of Bordeaux had a lot going for it. It is surrounded by a legendary wine region of the same name, it's a Unesco World Heritage site, and it was ranked as Europe's top tourist destination last year. Recent headlines lauded the city's stunning wine museum, described as a "Disneyland for adults, and the city is even home to the "best hospital in France". But Bordeaux has more going for it than that. A recent survey of top-earning Parisians found that 56 percent of them would head to Bordeaux to start a new life if they ever left Paris - putting it well ahead of any other French city.