Aardvark wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:09 pm
But there is one stereotype that still applies. You can't get even a modest detached place for rural French money. I lived on a boat in UK because of house prices and high overheads. In France it has been like winning the lottery in terms of what I could afford and afford to keep.
I think that is true. Even the most rural and unpopular areas in the UK seem to attract enough interest to keep prices higher than in the equivalent French areas. There doesn't seem to be the same loss of population to the cities,at least amongst younger folk.
Undoubtedly like for like (as far as that is possible) UK rural prices are higher with some exceptions such as the S Wales valleys. And areas of population density are more dispersed in France so the land area that could be defined as non-urban is much greater.
For me, taken in the round, if someone said you must live in either France or England my choice would be France. OTOH, like many of the Irish diaspora, what I really want is to go home; to end my days in the land of my birth and that of my forefathers but the realities make that a difficult sell. We came close in 2016/17.