Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
Prices vary tremendously, but in general they’re amazing value compared to major cities or other parts of Europe that have this sort of mild, sunny weather.
A couple of blocks down from us there’s a late 19th century 4 bedroom house that looks straight out of Aristocats. It’s a very manageable size of 286m2, with an excellent garden of 3000m2. The entrance hall is impressive. The price tag is only €530,000, which is just under US$600,000.
The size makes it quite flexible. Not too big for a couple, not too small for a family. Walking distance to the centre of town. I inquired about it before we came; unfortunately the layout and room sizes weren’t exactly what we wanted, so it got crossed off our list.
If you want something with the same sort of generous spaces our house has, then this is an interesting option:
It’s got a glorious hallway with a belle epoque stained glass window.
If you’re looking for a townhouse without a garden, then there are some amazing bargains with elegant architecture. For €320,000 you can have this living room with stunning plasterwork:
If your budget is smaller, don’t despair. If you’re willing to put in some work you can get this other quite large townhouse for just €185,000
This is a part of Europe where it’s still possible to buy a home at a reasonable price. There are small houses and apartments for as little as €30 to €40 thousand.
As quality of life goes, I couldn’t be happier. It’s clean, safe and peaceful; the people couldn’t be friendlier. Mazamet offers the charming combination of having an old world spirit while offering all the necessary conveniences of modern life. It’s also diverse enough so that outsiders don’t particularly stand out.