Live in The Charente

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Live in The Charente
Musing from UK Trained Architect John West who has lived in The Charente for over a decade and specialises in personalised property searches for new-comers to our lovely region of SWFrance
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  • The Property Market in SW France - August 2013 4 years ago I’d like to spend a bit of time today reflecting on where we are in the property cycle here in SW France ;  and how this is affecting decisions that first time buyers are faced with when looking for their perfect property in our current marketplace.The first thing that will strike you is the...
  • Today I finally became part of our Local Communes 'micro-économie fraternelle' 7 years ago Yesterday afternoon Marie France, Madame La Maire of our little Commune of Gourville, called round to see me with some official looking pieces of paper. “Monsieur l’architecte” she started - I find it quite quaint in a way how The French greet people by their ‘métier’ , a practice...
  • ... but we know the Local Mayor ! ! 7 years ago TweetThe other day I was taking a nice mid-morning coffee down by the river in Jarnac with Graham Downie. For those of you who havn't come across Graham - I would highly recommend that you read his Award Winning Blog about the joys, and sometimes the "Gallic" frustrations, of life down here in the...
  • Marketing .. is it Market Research Led .. or just an attempt at Market Manipulation ? 7 years ago I was reminded the other day of the difference between ‘Good Marketing’ – ie the positive and beneficial placing of a product to its target audience after sound market research has shown a real need - and good old fashioned ‘Market Manipulation’ – where the findings of that...
  • The Radio is playing Bonnie Tyler's "Lost in France" ... and my Sat-Nav is sulking ! ! 7 years ago Tweet I am one of those people who have a decidedly ‘love-hate’ relationship with their Sat-Nav. For the past six months or so I have tolerated her (and it definitely IS a real ‘her’ .. and not just an over-confident, slightly strident, female voiced machine) because every now and...

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