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The Good Life in property can cost anything from ONE euro to 4 million

May 14, 2015
PROPERTY LULL: Champ du Boult

PROPERTY LULL: Champ du Boult

WHETHER you were good at history or not at school, then the date 1066 should be indelibly etched on your ancestral DNA.

October 14 of that year was the conquest by Duke William of Normandy of these shores – changing the course of Britain, sweeping away the Dark Ages and bringing us into more enlightened times.

However for the past 1,000 years since then, the Brits have been regularly invading Normandy.

So the French population of that region better be prepared to repel boarders again in 2015 – but it’s not our fault this time.

Blame Patrick Madeleine, the mayor of the tiny village of Champ du Boult, who wants to breathe new life into his part of the world – which incidentally is 40 miles south west of Caen.

The mayor wants to tap into the British desire for the “good life” by selling off four building plots at ONE EURO per square metre as our Gallic neighbours are struggling to part with property at the moment.

LA DOLCE VITA: At 4 million euros, former home of Federico Fellini and actress Anita Ekberg

LA DOLCE VITA: At 4 million euros, former home of Federico Fellini and actress Anita Ekberg

His only caveat – the buyers must be families and be prepared to live in northern France full time.

My next ‘for sale’ board is priced a little higher – at 4 million euros – but has more than a little connection with The Good Life, too.

Filmmaker Federico Fellini’s old home, a fifth-floor attic in a historic palazzo in Rome where the Palme d’Or and Oscar-winning director lived while making the 1960 classic La Dolce Vita (The Good Life), is on the market.

04 fed03 dolceYou’ll get three bedrooms, three bathrooms, terraces overlooking lush gardens of an aristocratic villa and memories of actress Anita Ekberg if you can go that far back.

Similarly-sized pads in the area fetch 2 million euros, but the fame of the ex-resident doubles the asking price for 141 Via Archimede.

It’s been on the market for two months with no takers. The current owner bought it from Fellini back in 1969.

While we’re in Italy and have something of a movie (or is it moving) theme going – then the building where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck shot the 1953 film Roman Holiday is for sale at a cool £1million.

WE'RE ALL GOING ON A ROMAN HOLIDAY: With Audrey Hepburn

WE’RE ALL GOING ON A ROMAN HOLIDAY: With Audrey Hepburn

The home – to be found on Via Margutta near the Spanish Steps – boasts a spacious sitting room, kitchen and large terrace.

The movie also brought the good fortune of another Oscar – for best actress – for the unforgettable Ms Hepburn and a boost for scooter sales.

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