Dennelle Taylor Nizoux
Coming from Southern California, I’ve now been living in France full-time since 2000. I like to say I’m living the California dream in the South of France. How did I end up here, when it started as the dream of a 13-year-old girl? There were a couple of twists and turns along the road.
The first major step after French classes was a university exchange year in Aix-en-Provence. This is where I felt the full effects of culture shock and lack of language fluency. Talk about a learning experience! I discovered a lot about myself, my roots, and what it takes to live abroad. By the end of the year, I had assimilated to my new life and couldn’t bear leaving. So, my goal was to come back and live in France, whatever it took. I finished my degrees in Business and French and then did a Masters in International Affairs.
After school, I took what I thought was an entirely domestic job in a telecoms firm to pay off my student loans. Two years later, they ended up offering me a position in Paris! Ten years flew by, and I had a French husband, a flat in Paris next to the Bois, and two little Franco-Americans. If I had not been from California, we might have stayed forever…but I required more UVs. In 2010, our family moved to sunny Montpellier in the Languedoc area of France.
My 15 years with the global telecom were instructive and fulfilling. While I was researching a way to move my parents over, however, I discovered the plight of English-speaking retirees in France. We created Renestance in 2015 to help retirees and others dreaming of a French lifestyle. To help clients navigate the French real estate market, I got a Bachelors in Immobilier in 2016. Renestance is now a brokerage, and we are licensed house-hunters (Chasseur Immobilier) or buying agents.
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