Three births in three years, a home with just two bedrooms, distant relatives and the Covid-19 crisis to complete the picture: it did not take more for Philippe, an executive on parental leave, and his wife, Alicia, who works in human resources, decide to leave their apartment with garden in Versailles (Yvelines). “We made the choice to accelerate our project aiming to privilege our family life, and therefore to leave”, states Philippe, 35 years old.

The story is almost stereotypical, a pleasantly “well-off” version. The couple swapped a 90 sqm apartment2 – reduced by 13 m2 after the creation of a studio rented through a community platform – to put down your suitcases in August in the inner suburbs of Nantes (Loire-Atlantique). From December, the family will move into a 175 m2 house.2, with five bedrooms and a plot of 1,400 m2, in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, three kilometers from Nantes.

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A winning operation across the board: even if the loans remain to be repaid, the couple sold their Versailles property for over one million euros and made an investment half as much in Nantes. “In the Paris region, if we had wanted an additional bedroom, we would have had to move away significantly, comments Philippe. We decided to leave everything behind to come and taste a much more interesting quality of life. ” To find accommodation that fits their budget, Alicia scoured the ads. “We made a proposal a few hours after visiting our future home. If we had hesitated a bit, the case would probably have been folded, because there was competition. “

“Proximity to the coast”

The phenomenon of “Parisian migration” is nothing new, notes Stéphane Mauny, director of an AJP Immobilier agency in Nantes. It was already patent before the health crisis “Because of the dynamism of the city, the proximity of the coast and the TGV link with Paris”. If the number of customers from Ile-de-France has “A little increased” At the end of the first confinement, in mid-May 2020, the negotiated transactions are not the prerogative of buyers fleeing the capital. “The people who come to live in the metropolis come from more than 50% of the department”, argues Pascal Pras, vice-president of Nantes Métropole.

Although slowed down by the crisis, the city’s local housing program intends to cushion the perverse effects of exponential demand.

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