Housing: medium-sized cities are regaining their attractiveness

Housing: medium-sized cities are regaining their attractiveness

Medium-sized cities are becoming attractive again, following the health crisis. The phenomenon is striking, especially in the Yonne, in Joigny. A nice revenge for the city, which was a symbol of desertification and abandonment of public services.

Housing: medium-sized cities are regaining their attractiveness

Dominique was tempted four years ago by a second home in Joigny, in the Yonne. For “the garden, the space, a small swimming pool, all things that we don’t have in Paris“, Confides the latter. This country house, two hours from the capital, is now his main residence, where he lives and telecommutes since the first confinement.The website administrator has left the capital. “We were a little scared, (…) we are still very Parisians at the base. (…) Finally, really, we got a taste of it, in the garden, watching tomatoes grow…“, He adds. In the Yonne department, Ile-de-France residents represent 27% of buyers. A boon for the town of Joigny, after decades of decline and the closure in the 2000s of almost all of its public services.

The revenge of medium-sized cities

Burgundy is not, however, the only region to appeal to city dwellers. In Moulins (Allier), Evreux (Eure) and Riom (Puy-de-Dôme), the number of properties purchased soared in 2020, with increases of between 215 and 312%, according to the real estate barometer of medium-sized towns / Notaries of France. Among 2020 buyers, 22% moved to a smaller city, compared to 7% to a larger city. The other side of the coin: house prices have also increased: + 20% in Riom, + 19% in Morlaix (Finistère) and + 12% in Vernon (Eure).