Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Montreal, Canada
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Wow congratulations! If your husband does take the job, does he want to give my husband a job too?
Keep in mind that there isn't a freeway from Manosque to Aix in Provence, and it can take about an hour or more to drive that distance because of the windy mountanous roads.
Aix in Provence is one of the most expensive place to buy/rent most times during the year because of its apeal (it is a fabulous city). Average monthly cost of renting in Aix would probably be something like $2000 EUR.
There would be other places to live, and I'm sure you could find a nice place to rent around Manosque. Is there something special about the school for your son in Manosque?
I personally find the Southern French very warm and welcoming - if you make the attempt to speak their language, no problem. Even if you absolutely must speak English, if you are polite about it (asking Parlez-vous anglais? before starting) then there's not a big problem.
It is a very beautiful area, therefore very touristy. You'd need to be making at least 65.000 EUR a year to have a comfortable family house, car. If you are planning to put your child in the French public schools, be warned that they will expect him to be there every day (no school on Wednesdays) and until school finishes at 16.15. They are not usually flexible about this. Children are also required to be vaccinated before going to school. Homeschooling is allowed, though controlled.
If you want specific information about where to look for houses, you are welcome to PM me. One of my close friends is from this area, and I know it pretty well.
Single mama to a 5yo and 8yo