La Couronne is a 7,500 inhabitant French town located in the Charente department Poitou Charentes region). It is in the south west of Angouleme. The town had several names: Paludibus (marsh), Corona Beate Mari, Saint Jean de la Palud.
Some religious monuments in La Couronne are worth seeing. First, Notre-Dame de La Couronne abbey is a Benedictine abbey whose architecture dates from the 12th century. However, the façade has a Gothic style. Another monument is Saint-Jean-Baptiste church is a beautiful church with archways and bell tower. As regards the civil heritage of the town, we can quote the Oisellerie Castle built in 1498. It houses today the local high school dedicated to agriculture. The castle has been part of the French Historical Monuments since 1911.
Since the end of 2008, property prices in La Couronne dropped by about €150 /square metre. This is a slight decrease due to the current real estate crisis. In 2009, the average property price is about €1,500 /square metre. Considering the national average of €3,197 /square metre, La Couronne appears to be a cheap area where it may be interesting investing. Furthermore, about 44% of its residents are tenants, which may represent a good place for a buy-to-let. Located near Angouleme, the town has a strategic location: close to a large town and to the sea.
With an average area of 119sq m, the housing stock is made of 72 % houses and only 26 % apartments. The majority of the dwellings have four bedrooms or more and small areas are scarce to be found. Prices vary according to the type of property, for the average buying price for an apartment is €1,075 /sq m and €1,510 /sq m for a house (or approximately €179,164). While the real estate market for the department as a whole has remained quite stable the past year, in La Couronne it has been gradually dropping. It may therefore be the right time to invest in this town before the next increase!
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Properties in La Couronne have no typical architecture style. However you can find classic houses such as detached houses, cottages, town houses or village houses, like almost everywhere in France.
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