This 1900s lock keeper's cottage is in Saint-Maurice-Colombier, a commune in the Doubs department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France. It is set immediately opposite the lock on the Canal du Rhône au Rhin, which was built between 1784 and 1833.
This wonderful property is up for auction online with a Guide Price of only €12,000. Note that it is a requirement to visit the property if you wish to participate in the auction, which takes place in mid December 2023.
The property is set in a rural location, and there is even a popular cycle trail along the towpath. To the rear is a double track local railway and a little beyond that is the D257 road giving easy access to nearby towns and villages. There is no longer a station in Saint-Maurice-Colombier, but there is one not too far away at L'Isle sur le Doubs.
On the ground floor there is a kitchen and a living room. On the first floor there are 3 bedrooms. There is also an attic and a semi-basement cellar, with access from both the inside and the outside.
The property is on plot ZC89 which has an area of 473 m². It falls under the municipal map regime and is located in a no-building zone. There is a local flood risk prevention plan and the wider area is affected by a risk of dam failure, but this particular plot is not affected by these risks.
The cottage requires renovation throughout, as you will see from the photos. The work includes framing (it is not clear whether this is refers to partition walls, doors, or windows, but is probably all three), as well as electricity, plumbing, insulation, floors, interior walls, facades, and plumbing. Roof and zinc work needs to be checked and possibly reworked. It doesn't mention drainage or heating, but I'd want to check that too!
I believe that the sale is on behalf of the French government. You can request more information from the auction house - you can see the property listing and contact details here: AgoraStore. I am not connected with this sale in any way and can provide no further information.
The above details are based on translation of previously published information, and the agent's photo has been used in good faith to illustrate the post.