Passais, Orne, France

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Posted September 2018. This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown.
Added to OHD on 9/14/18   -   Last OHD Update: 10/19/18   -   54 Comments
France - Passais, Orne, Mayenne

Price

€117,700
$136,914 USD

Beds

4

Baths

1

SqFt

1851

Acres

0.3

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In the countryside, spacious 4 bedroom stone property comprising on the ground floor : lounge with wood burner, fitted kitchen, living room. On the first floor : landing, 4 bedrooms, bathroom, balcony Garden shed. Septic tank OK. Gas central heating. Garden of 0,3 acres.
Last Active Agent
Jean Christophe Develter, Capifrance, Mayenne
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54 Comments on Passais, Orne, France

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9815 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    So far I think this is my favorite French home I’ve posted. The price to me is madness, I’m rethinking my life looking at this place. 😀

    I worry about not finding build dates for some of these. Is it a thing in France to build a new home that looks old? Or are there so many old places that no one bothers doing that?

    French experts, how old do you think this place is?

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    • AvatarBéné says: 6 comments

      Bonsoir, im not an “expert”, just french^^ That’s an old “corps de ferme” & would say built in the 19th century. Id love to tell you beetween 1830-1880 but im really not an expert.
      Im always really surprised by the low price of the wonderfull american treasure you keep on posting & always compare it to the french price which are so so much higher and for once im surprised by the price of this french beauty ! But the area of the house (Normandy) is full of old farmes like that and that kind of village is what we call a “arsehole of nowere” ^^ This must explain that 😉

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      • AvatarBéné says: 6 comments

        And i had a better look, its not in normandy in fact. The house is situaded in one of our less desirable département called Mayenne. French people get pay to go on holidays there 🤣

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        • AvatarMW says: 695 comments

          Get paid to go on holiday, and to there? Where can I sign up for that! lol.

          I think I really am doing things wrong. Wherever that is, can’t be any worse than some parts here in California near me where that would be a $500K+ house minimum.

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        • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1823 comments
          1920 Colonial Revival
          Upstate/Central NY, NY

          Lol; in other words, “location, location, location.” 😉

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        • AvatarJen says: 75 comments

          My look up showed Bassie-Normandy Orm Dept. lol I hadn’t heard of people being paid to go there. Sign me up, sil vous plait

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        • AvatarZann says: 502 comments

          So this house (which has sky rocketed to the top of my favorites list) is this cheap AND it’s in an area where they pay people to go, meaning there aren’t many people around to aggravate me? How is this a real place?

          It was stunning on its own. Now that I know it caters to my antisocial behavior, it really can’t get much better.

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      • AvatarMW says: 695 comments

        lol, “arsehole of nowere”. The French do have a way with words. I know a few places around here like that. Unfortunately they don’t seem to come with similarly charming houses or even just the price level.

        Around here, we kind of have the opposite problem I guess:
        https://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Sunnyvale-real-estate-prices-Apple-Google-13227827.php

        Which is what makes this house so crazy appealing!! I think the “arseholes of nowere” in France are somehow a heck a LOT better than the ones here in the US, and cheaper too.

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        • AvatarLady Texas says: 130 comments

          In German, it’s “arschterveld”. Translation Ass end of the Earth! here in Texas, we refer to it as “over yonder”.

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        • AvatarJen says: 75 comments

          I’m surprised at the ‘arseholes of nowhere’ This is in Basse-Normandie Orne or Orm Dept. 61,000 population. Just my thought. Spent 3 weeks driving around several areas and loved the charm, culture and just the feel of excitement being there.

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          • AvatarBéné says: 6 comments

            Im myself from basse Normandie & i love it, its just beautifull, peace, full of historics stuff everywhere ! Its heaven for me^^ But follow the link & you’ll find out its in Mayenne which is a département (maybe county for you ?) of the region (maybe state for you) Pays de la Loire 😁

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    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 776 comments
      1875 Limestone house
      Loire Valley, France,

      Hi Kelly, I concur to what Béné has said below. The region is not very dynamic jobwise, hence the price. The sq footage is quite big for a french house (average would be around 100m2).

      There are so many old houses in France that we often don’t bother mentioning the date. I know my house is 1855-75, but if I was to sell it I’d just advertised it as an old house (maison ancienne). It’s not really a thing to build new houses to look like old. And definitely not with real stones like the old houses. It would be veneer before cinder blocks.

      Interesting conversation here on a translation forum regarding the phrase Béné used about living in the “trou du cul du monde”: https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/vivre-%C3%AAtre-dans-le-trou-du-cul-du-monde.279717/

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    • AvatarNathalie Lenoble says: 1 comments

      This house is really lovely, indeed. To answer your question, this is an old house (probably about 100+ years old) that has been very well renovated. You find a lot of these in some other departments in the country, such as Aveyron, La Creuse, Auvergne, etc… (sort of center of the country) at prices you can’t even imagine. This one is expensive compere to some houses on the market in these departments. Only drawback: there are no jobs so unless you are retiring or you manage a successful business, life can be difficult. However, everything is pretty cheap, so… Signed: A Parisian now US citizen, who absolutely LOVES America! I think that your Victorian homes are amazing!!!!

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  2. AvatarMW says: 695 comments

    Wow, the charm level on this house is off the charts. I’m trying to figure out how they packed so much interior into a house that looks pretty small from the outside. Is there another house or 2 somewhere we aren’t seeing? And only $137K! Can that possibly be correct?

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  3. AvatarDennis says: 9 comments

    What the heck — why is the house so inexpensive? The house is stunning. Someone must know the answer!

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    • Avatardarla says: 52 comments
      Commerce City, CO

      If you read the comments from Nathalie Lenoble, it is actually expensive for the area.
      Basically the reason for the low price is same as in the US — no employment available!

  4. AvatarAwfxh says: 1 comments

    The listing says it was built in 1800.

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  5. Avatartess says: 308 comments

    If, as comments above state, it is the backside of no where and not as desirable as other areas. At that price and condition let’s do some gentrification. It only takes one person with the desire to improve and others will follow.

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    • AvatarDmills says: 29 comments

      Great idea!

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    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 776 comments
      1875 Limestone house
      Loire Valley, France,

      it’s more a matter of job and dynamic towns around I’d say, not a matter of the area not being desirable for what it is. There’s a super cute old town named Domfront nearby, and the main city is Mayenne, 30min away.

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  6. AvatarBritt Harmon says: 4 comments

    Simply beautiful. All I ever imagined when it comes to living in France.

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  7. AvatarChris Gilboe says: 1 comments

    What a price! Looks wonderful to me!

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  8. AvatarJen says: 75 comments

    Now that is one beautiful ‘la ferme’ I don’t care where it is. It is lovely and whoever is living in it has done some great decorating, I can imagine sleeping in anyone of those bedrooms. I don’t feel it looks small! Perhaps my magnified glasses make it look large. Anyway, I’m in LOVE.

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  9. Preservation MattersPreservation Matters says: 98 comments

    Just perfect! Furnishings included. Don’t care if it is in the “arsehole of nowere”, I could spend weeks there with a supply of books and feel completely rejuvenated.

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  10. AvatarEmma Henry says: 74 comments
    OHD Supporter

    El Paso, TX

    I want this house, and I want it now.

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  11. AvatarKaren says: 578 comments

    I looked up Passaic. Why is this the back of beyond? It’s perfect for vacations, and doesn’t look to bad for a primary home, either. It’s not far from the ocean, the village has everything from a 24 hour gas station to a butcher shop, and, given that William the Conqueror came from Normandy, and the Norman beaches importance in WWll, loads of history. The area probably has museums, perfect for rainy days. I’d love to check this area out. And this house…I love the beams, the floors, windows, kitchen, everything! This is a great renovation.

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  12. Avatardebra says: 19 comments

    WHAT!!???!?

    wish I could run right over, this is amazing!

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  13. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9815 comments
    Admin

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Sorry folks, I went with where Rightmove said it was and searching “Passais” also said it was in Normandy. Fixed to show “Mayenne” instead.

    From now on, how should I title French posts? When I search the town (commune) it’s in, it says what department and region it’s in. What’s the important parts? Commune, France or Commune, Region, France?

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    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 776 comments
      1875 Limestone house
      Loire Valley, France,

      Commune, département, France. Regions are too big and too diverse to be meaningful. Départements are important, when French ask each other where they come from they’ll give their dpt.

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  14. AvatarOld House Wannabe says: 14 comments

    This is the kind of home I want to move to when I retire. That it’s in the middle of nowhere is a huge plus in my book. I will definitely be keeping the Normandy region in mind when I start my property search.

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  15. AvatarMargaret Chrisawn says: 7 comments

    I think the best description is commune [town], then department [county equivalent]. That way it’s always easy to locate.

    Add to all that lovely, quiet, pure country air the picked-at-4am-produce you will get at the town market, the baked before you get up bread and patisseries, local wines without sulfites and other preservatives, and, since it’s Normandy, Calvados and killer hard cider.

    I’ve spent lots of time in a house like that, but in SW France, and there is nothing comparable. At night you can see the stars, which actually look close enough to touch without interference from all those urban lights. Leave the doors and tall windows open during the day to let the summer breezes blow through and everything will smell like hay and wildflowers. Sit outside and have a kir royale as the sun goes down, and have friends over for an al fresco meal.

    That’s the way it is, folks. Really.

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9815 comments
      Admin

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Thanks Margaret. So for this post I should have put “Passais, Orne, France” not “Passais, Mayenne, France”? I’m a little confused about Passais, when I search the commune name it says it’s in the Normandy region so is Orne even the correct department?

      France sounds amazing, it’s the easiest country for me to browse because the vast number of old homes (the word “home” doesn’t feel appropriate, some are too amazing.) I never thought of visiting France until I started posting and hearing from those that live and travel to France.

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      • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 776 comments
        1875 Limestone house
        Loire Valley, France,

        Passais, Orne, France. Mayenne is a different département (and also the name of the bigger town in this dpt).

        Normandy is a geographical region, but it’s divided into 2 administrative entities: upper and lower Normandy. Orne is in Lower-Normandie (Basse-Normandie). I’m re-thinking about what I told you above regarding what info would be more important, but this was my French point of view. Now if an American reads “Orne”, they won’t know where it is in France, whereas if you write the administrative region Lower-Normandy, they’ll know it’s NW France. So maybe adapt to your audience which is mostly from the USA, by indicating the region. Sorry for going back and forth about this, do your best, as always! 😉

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        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9815 comments
          Admin

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Ah, thank you for the clarification!

          I’d put it all but there comes a point where the title would be too long for a post title. I’m afraid many Americans (those that know France geography excluded, I’m not one of them) would not know the location of the commune, department or region anyway so I doubt it matters much as to what’s included but I’d like to honor the way the French would do it.

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          • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 776 comments
            1875 Limestone house
            Loire Valley, France,

            It would be way too long for sure lol. Cool that you’ll be doing it the French way, people will go to the GMaps link to locate it anyway 🙂

      • AvatarBéné says: 6 comments

        Oui my mistake, i read & wrote to quick, this charming house is in Orne in Normandy but so much at the fringe of Mayenne that the estate agent is in Mayenne 😁 If you love that kinda french little old houses, have a look at the region Brittany or the département Dordogne, its just gorgeous ! Merci miss Apple for ur help ^^

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        • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 776 comments
          1875 Limestone house
          Loire Valley, France,

          Hi Béné, well one listing says Mayenne and the other says Orne. That’s very confusing! There are plenty of Dordogne properties listed on OHD, just search and check, a lot of incredible and beautiful places.

      • Avatarbettina says: 33 comments
        OHD Supporter

        “I never thought of visiting France”

        When you go, Kelly, you will definitely want to move there! 🍷

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      • Avatardarla says: 52 comments
        Commerce City, CO

        Kelly, if you travel, you MUST go to France, and especially the countryside! It is incroyable!

    • AvatarZann says: 502 comments

      Margaret, I mean this sincerely. That description of South West France was stunning, and I am really going to seriously reconsider my retirement plans. Thank you for that.

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    • Avatardarla says: 52 comments
      Commerce City, CO

      Oh Margaret, what a great description! Very poetic and dreamy. And kir royale — ma favorite. Je quois que je doit en avoir un immediatement!

  16. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 776 comments
    1875 Limestone house
    Loire Valley, France,

    This is a beautiful house decorated with taste, keeping the original rustic elements but with today’s comfort and decor. Totally my type of house! I think just like Kelly, that it’s probably my favorite of all French properties previously posted. Nothing to be changed. Just a powder room on the first floor if possible, i know what it is to live in a house where the only ones are upstairs).

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    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 776 comments
      1875 Limestone house
      Loire Valley, France,

      I showed the listing to a friend living in the UK and he thinks that it’s been furnished by English people, that it doesn’t look French inside. I don’t know, maybe the couches look British… Well that would explain why it’s on rightmove.co.uk!

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  17. Avatartrish lambert says: 3 comments

    I think this lovely house would be difficult to dat because it has fairly obviously begun with a basic cottage=the middle portion, and then had two later additions at each side. The size and shape of the big beams would indicate a pretty early, probably 18th century build for the central portion and then possible 19th and maybe even 29th century addons. Whatever, it is just lovely, and very affordable The map shows it close to a Wilderness park so may be a good Band B opportunity , although could probably do with another bathroom.

  18. AvatarZann says: 502 comments

    I want this house, and I want every stick of furniture and dish that’s inside it. I want the entire package. It’s perfect. There’s something elegant about it, yet something fun and magical at the same time. One of the best posts EVER.

    Social convention would say that I need to point out some things I like about the house so that I am actually contributing to the discussion, but I quite literally like everything about it. I would not change a thing.

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  19. AvatarLyn says: 10 comments

    WOW. I LOVE this house. I’ve been looking at stone houses, gites, and barns in France and this one is just about perfect. I’d take all the furniture with it, too. Problems might arise because I am about 5’11” tall. I regularly bang my head on air ducts in my Victorian’s basement because they are fastened to the flood beams and hang down about 10 inches – basement is barely 6.5 ft. high. And I could almost pay for it in cash!!!! Problem is my spouse doesn’t want to move to Europe so I’d have to go by myself. Hey, maybe that’s not such a terrible idea! 🙂

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  20. AvatarChristine Schulze says: 9 comments

    Darn it!! I REALLY REALLY want this one!! It’s calling me! Ive come back to look at this one so many times. I have a great down payment & dont need a job (artist w income) I wonder how difficult it is for an American get the necessary resident status & permissions…anyone?

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