If I achieved my French lifestyle dream, so can you! by Dennelle Taylor Nizoux

If I achieved my French lifestyle dream so can youWhen my employer in Washington DC moved me to Paris in 2000, I had to pinch myself. It had been my dream to live in France, but it’s not easy for an American to get a work permit. I was also fortunate enough to have a good level in French, but I didn’t know a soul in the city. Loneliness and confusion about how to get on with daily life had not been part of my French dream. After slowly building a social circle, getting married, buying and renovating an apartment, getting a French driver’s license, having children, moving to the Languedoc, and starting a business... hurdle by hurdle I eventually fully integrated into French life!


Realizing that many of you share the dream of living in France, but wanting to make it easier to achieve, I created "Renestance". The reality of making a new life in a foreign country can be rough... dealing with administration and paperwork in a foreign language, finding a home, and connecting with a new community. By offering a full-range of services to help you settle in and integrate, Renestance’s mission is to make it easy for you to enjoy the exceptional quality of life here.


"I don’t know where to start"

"I’ve dreamed of living in France for years..." is a phrase I hear a lot. And usually that phrase is followed by a ‘but’ — as in “but I don’t know where exactly” or “but I don’t know what to do next.” It’s hard to know where to start when you have so many unknowns. If you don’t already know where to build your nest, that’s probably the best starting point. If you can do some reconnaissance trips, do try to explore the areas that interest you. Stay as long as possible, so you’re not just getting the tourist’s view. How long or which periods of the year you plan to stay in France will determine in large part your ideal location. If you’re rebuilding your nest in France permanently, visit during low season and under the rain, if possible. Also consider renting before buying.


Helping with finding a home to buy or rent, and making your new nest in Languedoc is what Renestance was created for. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you think you’d like some help with a real estate project, French administration, getting to know the area or learning French.


In the next issue I’ll be talking about house-hunting in the South of France and why you would need a Chasseur Immobilier.


To find out more in the meantime, visit www.renestance.com or call me on +33(0)4 11 932 599