Town of Albi, France
For the inhabitants of Midi-Pyrenees, the splendid landscapes of the region are a normal feature. The same rule applies to the gastronomy, where cassoulet, foie gras, truffles, armagnac or monbazillac seem to be part of daily life. A house for sale in Toulouse? Cultural dynamism and effervescence will be on the program. Otherwise: quiet and authenticity. Each corner of this vast and rich region has its own traditions and its own architecture. This is why property in Midi-Pyrenees is very varied and the choice of houses for sale varies according to place: old shepherds' houses, the rectangular houses of Quercy or 'Petites Toulousaines' (small Toulouse houses), to mention just a few.
The caves of Padirac and Rocamadour are just two of the many exceptional sites that are scattered around Lot. In this department, it is impossible to get bored there is so much to see! Incredibly, property prices in Lot are reasonable despite the tourists. If you want to buy a house or an apartment, you will have a problem deciding on where. Because, in the north or the south, towns and splendid villages are abundant: Figeac, Gourdon, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Cahors... and so many others. To be remembered also, that buying a house or apartment in Lot represents a good investment due to the number of visitors who stop off here. In addition, the beauty of Lot can also be seen from the water, as there are more than 60 kms of navigable waterways here.
The village of Rocamadour, France
Homeland of D'Artagnan and an area renowned for its gastronomy, Gers is a department with varied landscapes, where one lives peacefully in harmony with the seasons. Its rolling green hills gave it its name of the 'French Tuscany'. There are ancient fortified villages here in this area of France, where the population density is low, and is consequently much sought after due to its quality of life. It should also be noted that property prices in Gers have remained affordable. So, will you be tempted to buy an apartment in Auch, or a house in light colored stone near Condom? For lovers of motor sports or music, there are two addresses to remember: Nogaro with its famous race circuit, and Marciac for its annual jazz festival.
The village of Lectoure, Gers
Made up of 3 big plateaux, including the famous Larzac, Aveyron is a succession of mountains, hills, deep gorges, dolmens and medieval villages. The department is well known for its Laguiole folding knives or its famous Roquefort cheese. The property market in Averyron remains affordable and one can find an apartment or a house there to match one's budget. Why not in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, charming medieval country town on the banks of the Aveyron, or in Conques, major stopping point on the Saint Jacques de Compostelle pilgrims' path? But maybe you would prefer to buy property in one of the 10 villages listed as the Most Beautiful Villages in France. The real bonus: lively markets everywhere, just great visually, and those smells!
The village of Estaing, Aveyron
With plains, hills and the Black Mountain, Tarn offers a wide variety of landscapes in just a short distance. Here, there are no megacities, but medium sized towns where the lifestyle is good and follows the seasons. For those keen on urban frenzy, Toulouse is only 60 minutes away. But for the others: peace, quiet and open air activities are guaranteed. What happiness if one is thinking of getting a property in Tarn, to be able to choose between Albi, delightful town of red stone on the banks of the Tarn, Gaillac and its thousand year old vineyards, or Castres with its astonishing facades overlooking the Agout river. And let's not forget Cordes-sur-Ciel? It should be said that the prices of houses for sale in Tarn are surprisingly low for a department which is more or less in the 'South'.
Apart from the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the wild beauty of Causse and the opulence of the Garonne plains, Tarn-et-Garonne is a department with very good road and rail networks. It benefits from a pleasant climate, well preserved countryside, and a wonderful cultural heritage. Country towns, churches and chateaux scatter the countryside. Its inhabitants are welcoming and meet up in the colorful markets where fruit, cheese and wine is abundant. Property in Tarn-et-Garonne remains fairly affordable and stable. If you would like to live near a lively town, no doubt you will find an apartment or house for sale in Montauban. But if you are looking for the peace of the countryside, your property search could include Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, at the heart of the Aveyron Gorges, or Auvillar, delightful village with its astonishing circular covered market.
Market Square in Auvillar, Tarn-et-Garonne
Nestling in the Pyrenean foothills, Ariège is one of the best preserved French departments. Not astonishing therefore, that, second homes represent more than 25% of all properties in Ariège. Because, here, everyone can find what they are looking for: sports enthusiasts, lovers of old buildings or the countryside. If you like towns, then there is Foix, a beautiful medieval town, or Mirepoix, a very charming old country town with half timbered houses, both ideal places to buy a house or apartment. But maybe, you would prefer to look for an old house for sale to renovate? In the Ariège villages, they are generally detached and south facing with courtyard and garden.
Half timbered houses in Mirepoix, Ariège
Haute-Garonne is an outstanding department in that this quality is due to the difference between north and south. In the north: dynamic and centres of advanced technologies. In the south: peace and quiet and a farming based economy. So, of course, prices of property in Haute-Garonne differ from the north and the south. The further one gets from Toulouse, the more the prices of houses for sale are affordable. But, you also need to know that buying an apartment in Toulouse represents a very good investment, taking into account the number of students and young people in the population. So, you can opt for one of those astonishing pink facades in Toulouse, for a half-timbered house in Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, or a village house at the foot of the Pyrenees.