Want to buy property in Annecy? I hope you’re rich!

The table below shows property prices per square meter for major cities/towns in France, and the increase or decrease in price from 2007. Annecy is the 12th most expensive, and it is the first one on the list that is not in the Paris region or in the south.  You can thank Switzerland and the Alps for that.

City/Town in France Price per m² Difference from 2007
Paris 6,342 € +5.60%
Versailles 5,125 € -1.00%
Antibes 4,658 € +6.10%
Cannes 4,640 € +5.60%
Saint-Maur-des-Fossées 4,563 € +2.10%
Cagnes-sur-Mer 4,488 € +8.40%
Biarritz 4,469 € +8.20%
Saint-Laurent-du-Var 4,404 € +3.10%
Clichy 4,289 € +3.00%
Aix en Provence 4,222 € +6.10%
Nice 3,999 € +4.80%
Annecy 3,507 € +3.70%
Créteil 3,313 € +7.70%
Bayonne 3,218 € +0.40%
La Rochelle 3,160 € -6.60%
Toulon 3,152 € +8.40%
Lyon 3,079 € +2.70%
Marseille 2,996 € -0.60%
Toulouse 2,883 € +3.80%
Aix-les-Bains 2,880 € -3.50%
Lille 2,846 € +3.70%
Grenoble 2,839 € -1.60%
Montpellier 2,790 € +2.70%
Bordeaux 2,785 € +2.70%
Meaux 2,733 € +7.30%
Sète 2,729 € +2.60%
Nantes 2,674 € +1.40%
Reims 2,638 € +1.50%
Rennes 2,638 € -3.00%
Strasbourg 2,511 € +1.00%
Mariganne 2,456 € -3.50%
Dijon 2,419 € +3.00%
Caen 2,336 € +2.50%
Angers 2,306 € +5.60%
Villefranche-sur-Saone 2,301 € +4.40%
Orléans 2,260 € +2.80%
Le Havre 2,238 € +13.10%
Tours 2,226 € -3.90%
Nîmes 2,213 € +1.60%
Metz 2,168 € +3.80%
Pau 2,133 € +2.20%
Colmar 2,121 € -6.50%
St Herblain 2,118 € +1.60%
Chamalières 2,104 € +3.10%
Nancy 2,076 € -0.80%
Narbonne 2,043 € -1.00%
Perpignan 2,025 € +0.90%
Besançon 2,021 € +3.20%
Clermont-Ferrand 1,830 € -1.60%
Quimper 1,825 € -0.40%
Troyes 1,801 € +7.70%
Béziers 1,797 € +3.30%
Boulogne-sur-Mer 1,771 € -3.30%
Le Mans 1,766 € +5.50%
Rodez 1,717 € +6.40%
Mulhouse 1,706 € +4.50%
Brest 1,682 € +1.30%
Montauban 1,647 € -0.60%
Vichy 1,632 € -9.70%
Limoges 1,591 € +2.20%
St Brieuc 1,590 € +2.10%
Nevers 1,260 € +3.70%

I can definitely say 3,507 € per square meter is correct for Annecy. If our landlord ever sells our apartment, she wouldn’t accept anything less than 160,000 € and it’s only 47 square meters.

Source: FNAIM April 2008

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  • Emmy

    ummm, where’s Amiens in this list? It’s the capital of Picardie don’t you know?!! I can def. say that the rent is not free in Amiens anyway so why is it not on the list?

    Where do you get all your fantastic info from btw??

  • http://Emmygration Emmy

    ummm, where’s Amiens in this list? It’s the capital of Picardie don’t you know?!! I can def. say that the rent is not free in Amiens anyway so why is it not on the list?

    Where do you get all your fantastic info from btw??

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    Apparently Amiens is not one of the most expensive cities in France. Rent is different from property prices though. I don’t know if FNAIM has prices for every city or if they just did the major ones and decided to stop there.

    I just find random stuff on the internet. I don’t even really search for it – i just come across it, really!

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    Apparently Amiens is not one of the most expensive cities in France. Rent is different from property prices though. I don’t know if FNAIM has prices for every city or if they just did the major ones and decided to stop there.

    I just find random stuff on the internet. I don’t even really search for it – i just come across it, really!

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com/ au soleil levant

    I’m surprised by some of the random cities that had enormous price jumps since last year. Like Le Havre with a 13.10% increase. What is up with that?!

    au soleil levants last blog post..Got that set for the next year

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com au soleil levant

    I’m surprised by some of the random cities that had enormous price jumps since last year. Like Le Havre with a 13.10% increase. What is up with that?!

    au soleil levants last blog post..Got that set for the next year

  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com/ Monique

    Yeah Antibes! It’s a good thing I got out when I did…. though I’m guessing California probably isn’t much better. However, with the economy doing how it is…. haha :)

    Moniques last blog post..Go for the gold

  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com Monique

    Yeah Antibes! It’s a good thing I got out when I did…. though I’m guessing California probably isn’t much better. However, with the economy doing how it is…. haha :)

    Moniques last blog post..Go for the gold

  • Geoff

    These figures don’t look even nearly right to me. Prices have clearly been falling in France-Voisine (area around Geneva) including in Annecy area, though perhaps not in the centre. I have also heard anecdotal evidence of significant falls all over France. Are they compiled from asking prices or sold prices? Do they have an equivalent to the Land Registry database in the UK?

  • Geoff

    These figures don’t look even nearly right to me. Prices have clearly been falling in France-Voisine (area around Geneva) including in Annecy area, though perhaps not in the centre. I have also heard anecdotal evidence of significant falls all over France. Are they compiled from asking prices or sold prices? Do they have an equivalent to the Land Registry database in the UK?

  • http://www.abcseo.com/ David George

    The equivalent of the land registry are the Notaires, they compile prices but publish 6 months after the year they concern so are very out of date. The INSEE (national statistics office) are thinking of compiling an index like the land registry in the UK.

    I think all the French indicators lag by a long way and are inaccurate including the FNAIM. There was a mini-boom in Annecy a couple of years ago caused by the new Autoroute to Geneva but the Dauphine Libere recently said prices were falling in Annecy (maybe not the hyper-center as you say) and said there has been a 10% fall in the Haute-Savoie. Prices are also falling in Paris now.

    David Georges last blog post..Magneato CMS

  • http://www.abcseo.com/ David George

    The equivalent of the land registry are the Notaires, they compile prices but publish 6 months after the year they concern so are very out of date. The INSEE (national statistics office) are thinking of compiling an index like the land registry in the UK.

    I think all the French indicators lag by a long way and are inaccurate including the FNAIM. There was a mini-boom in Annecy a couple of years ago caused by the new Autoroute to Geneva but the Dauphine Libere recently said prices were falling in Annecy (maybe not the hyper-center as you say) and said there has been a 10% fall in the Haute-Savoie. Prices are also falling in Paris now.

    David Georges last blog post..Magneato CMS

  • http://www.searchofficespace.com/uk/ London Offices

    Your post is very interesting. The prices in France are very important for me, because I look for an office in France.
    I suppose that these prices have changed since you post.
    Thank You

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