# AndAfter: will confinement push city dwellers to settle in the countryside?

# AndAfter: will confinement push city dwellers to settle in the countryside?

During confinement, real estate agencies have observed an increase in inquiries about homes far from cities.

# AndAfter: will confinement push city dwellers to settle in the countryside?

Since confinement, Jessica and Julien dream of moving from their small Parisian apartment. Jessica is a speech-language pathologist in teleworking, Julien a partially unemployed salesman, 24 hours a day, in this 33 m2 apartment. They only see the flaws, such as its full northern exposure for a rent of 1,000 euros per month, without a balcony and without a cellar. For them, it’s decided, they will leave the Paris region.

A much larger area an hour from Paris

For the same price, in Chartres (Eure-et-Loir), one hour from Paris, their apartment would be three times larger. For more and more Ile-de-France residents, the temptation is strong to settle far from the city. “The Parisians who call us are mainly looking for an exterior, a larger surface. They write to us about five times more now ”, explains real estate agent Franck Backeland.