The most expensive street in Rennes: “The advantages of the center without its disadvantages”

Located not far from the Thabor gardens, the street is part of the “golden triangle”, one of the most popular districts of Rennes. Bordered at one end by Boulevard de Sévigné and at the other by Rue Anatole Le Braz, it extends in a straight line of 250 meters. Here there are no buildings or constructions higher than two floors. We are in a residential street where individual houses follow one another and where the price reaches a record of €8,142 per m² (average price per m² of transactions over the period 2019 – 2023).

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Most are old houses with stone facades, with some having more modern extensions. The place exudes tranquility. To get there by car, you have no choice. You have to take rue Ernest Renan which ends in the middle of the small artery where on each side, to the right and to the left, a one-way lane gives access to both parts of the street. A quiet place but also discreet. Although every house has a mailbox, very few display a name.

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“The street ticks all the boxes”

Valentine bikes back to the family home she still lived in when she was younger: “I’m surprised to know that it’s the most expensive street in Rennes. I have lived here for a long time now it is my mother and my sister who live there. It’s very quiet and we’re close to everything. My middle school and then my high school were not far away and we are also close to the city center. That may explain these prices. But for me it’s simply my family home.”

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A little further down the street, Xavier lives in a house with his family: “We bought here around fifteen years ago. We came from the Paris region and we really aimed for this neighborhood for lots of reasons. The first is that there are only houses and it is very quiet. When I’m in my garden I hear the birds, not the cars. In addition, we are a stone’s throw from the city center with its advantages of all the shops, without having the nuisances. There are food shops in the area, sports facilities and also schools. This is a neighborhood that checks all the boxes. However, I am surprised by the price per m². That seems like a lot to me. We have a 150 m² house with a garden of approximately the same size. It must be one of the smallest in the neighborhood. At the time prices were around €4,500 per m².”

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(Le Télégramme/Erwan Miloux)

“After a while the numbers no longer make sense”

Christèle occasionally passes by this street: “These are houses that are not recent, some of them with a little character. At the time we still had real, large pieces. This explains the size of these constructions. As they are near the center this further increases the price. If I count correctly, it would cost more than €800,000 at the moment for a 100 m² house. The numbers after a while no longer make sense.” If prices reach peaks, however, the street continues to attract some people. A building permit was thus issued for the construction of a new detached house of 150 m² in place of two garages.

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