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From Dream to Reality: New Avenues To France

Bonjour, mes amis. Thank each of you who reached out to wish me a Happy Birthday. February 21st has always been my favorite day of the year (if you want to write it down for next year!) Having spent another birthday enjoying my life and friends in Uzès, I am blessed to have a life I feel is perfect for me. I have found a place that fits my soul and my purpose.

New Avenues To France

Writing the Barefoot Blogger has allowed me to meet and talk with many followers who want to live in France. Some are taking serious steps towards a move. Others have landed here and are loving it. Some have moved out. Living as an expat is not for everyone.

Recently, I’ve met Americans who began their move to France by “dipping their toes” into the experience. They spend a month each year in their home in France through shared ownership. The ownership arrangement allows them to experience the charm and beauty of France without the total financial commitment. It’s particularly appealing in high-demand holiday spots — like Uzès — and for high-end properties where sole ownership can be prohibitive.


Living the Dream

The ownership-shared home I recently visited near Uzès took my breath away. Immediately, I thought of my two sons — one with a young family. What a great way to bring them close to me each year! Look at this!

A Trial Run for a Long-Term Stay

After I called my son, I thought about Barefoot Blogger followers who have contacted me. This is especially for you. Committing to a move that takes you to a new world is a big deal. Spending a month each year in familiar surroundings could be a way to ease yourself into a long-term stay. It allows you to explore the surrounding area and beyond. You learn the pace of life as a resident — not a visitor. Your daily routine introduces you to the local merchants and neighbors. They become your friends who you look forward to seeing each visit. This alternative path could be a way for you to experience the charm and beauty of France without the total financial commitment.


Practical Perks: Hassle-Free Escapes and Potential Returns

With fractional ownership, you can enjoy hassle-free escapes. Property maintenance is managed for you — without the stress and upkeep associated with sole ownership. There’s the potential for property appreciation over time, making fractional ownership an investment in lifestyle and financial security.

Why Fractional Ownership Makes Sense Here

Uzès captures the hearts of all who visit. The same applies to Provence, the Côte d’Azur, Brittany, and the Dordogne. Last year, 12,220 cards were issued to Ameri­cans – triple the number since pre-pandemic years.

Fractional ownership is particularly appealing in this popular locale. The demand for property is high, and fractional ownership allows individuals to enjoy the benefits of owning a part of this sought-after destination without the total financial commitment.

Imagine aperos and glasses of wine here with your friends and family.


Wake up each morning to this view …


Tea? or a game of cards, anyone? 

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Be prepared to fall in love with France, all over again!


Enjoy French charm with all the modern touches of home. 


Exploring Fractional Ownership: A New Path to Living in France

Reflecting on my journey to France and the friends and expats I’ve met, I’m excited about the possibilities of fractional ownership. It’s not just about buying a piece of property; it’s about embracing a new lifestyle. As someone who took a leap of faith and found a home in France, I encourage you to explore all available options, including fractional ownership. It may just be the key that unlocks the door to your French adventure.


Bonne chance et à bientôt! (Good luck and stay tuned!)

Meet owners in future posts.











8 Responses

  1. We have been looking for the past few years in the Uzes area and have friends there. We know we will end up close to Uzes when we eventually make the move full time.
    Where do you start looking for fractional ownership? It seems like an obvious choice to start your journey.

    1. So happy this housing idea might work for you. I’ve passed on your contact information so you can learn more. Please let me know if you’ll be my neighbor! Thank you so much for reading and following the Barefoot Blogger. Best of luck…

  2. We have friends who live near Uzes. We have visited them several times and love the area. I too would appreciate the info on fractional ownership. Love the blog, which our friends introduced me to. The piece about getting to Uzes (in our case from our home in the UK – Bristol – to Paris CDG and then the very helpful information which made getting down to the train station so easy) was just so helpful. Thank you.

    1. I’m glad the information is helpful to you. I like to pass on hints that make my life easier. I believe you’ll find that getting to and from Uzès is easier than you think. Even though we don’t have a train line here, they are close enough to make this a good place to be. Hope you’ll let me know when you’re back in town. Also… if we’ll be neighbors!

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