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Brilliant Idea for Next Door + A Brussels Tapestry

And so it becomes clear. The house next door has been purchased to become a co-living residence for seniors. It’s a fantastic idea and an interesting option both for the house and for the people who will have the opportunity to live there.

The concept is there’ll be independent suites of 30 m2 with bathrooms and kitchenettes. The rest of the house and gardens (including kitchen garden) will be shared.

The co-ownership package includes the suite, and in co-op style, 30 m2 of the communal areas. The price per suite is €100,000. More info here.

The developer says:

“Au sein d’une magnifique maison de maître en plein cœur du Tarn à Mazamet et au pied de la Montagne Noire, projet de coliving pour seniors autonomes. L’objectif étant d’accueillir des personnes âgées totalement indépendantes mais souhaitant partager de bons moments de retraite et ne plus être seules chez eux ou isolées. Le principe: espace privatif pour chacun (chambre + salle de bain + sanitaires + kitchenette). Grands espaces communs (salon / salle à manger / cuisine / salle d’activités / salle artistique / salon de réception des familles). Grand espace extérieur avec potager. Maison totalement réhabilitée afin de prévenir les chutes et rendre toute la maison accessible PMR. Ascenseur desservant tous les étages. Nombreux services inclus et sur option. Nous proposons à l’achat une chambre de 30m² avec + une quote-part de parties communes de 30m²”

In other news, we’ve been hard at work. I can’t remember if I mentioned it but the pastoral tapestry that was upstairs has moved to Spain to live with a ducal family. In its place is now a brightly coloured Art Nouveau period piece with stunning colours –

nouveautapestry

… and we had a quite fantastic find recently which was a Teniers tapestry which is a version of this piece below but with a different arrangement of cartoons. Ours has more sheep, an added donkey in the background and less men.

25 comments on “Brilliant Idea for Next Door + A Brussels Tapestry

  1. Steve Ruis
    April 10, 2021

    Ooh, I want to see the Art Nouveau piece! Will you post a photo for us? And the living opportunity next door sounds wonderful. This is a private developer, no? Brilliant idea!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      April 10, 2021

      I’ve added pictures to the post – of both the tapestry that’s gone to Spain and the Nouveau piece.
      And yes, I think it’s an amazing way to keep a house of that quality useful in modern times.

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  2. john zande
    April 10, 2021

    What a simply brilliant idea! And a huge garden for them to tend to at will. Lawn parties. Outdoor painting.

    Of course, you and Mike now have to *discover* Scandinavian death metal rock, with strategically placed 80 inch speakers.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      April 10, 2021

      The place is also conveniently located so people don’t have to drive. There are restaurants, shops and services all in walking distance.

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    • acflory
      April 10, 2021

      -laughing so hard she gasps-

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  3. Kris
    April 10, 2021

    Beautiful pieces of course, but one snippet just caught my silly side:

    “….but with a different arrangement of cartoons. Ours has more sheep, an added donkey in the background and less men.”

    Huh. Is that symbolic of anything for you? 😁

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  4. karenjane
    April 10, 2021

    The price for the suites next door sounds very good, you’d never be able to get anything at that price over here, Obviously there must be extra costs, but well worth it to live in a beautiful house, and have 2 charming neighbours. I love the Art Nouveau tapestry .

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    • The Pink Agendist
      April 10, 2021

      Yes, I think it’s a fantastic concept. They’re installing an elevator, which means they can dedicate the two top floors to suites so they could easily fit 10 to 12 suites in that space. That leaves the whole of the ground floor as common areas.
      I love the AN tapestry too. The colours are happy, which is very unusual 🙂

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  5. acflory
    April 10, 2021

    I got most of the advertisement, and it sounds a lot like some of the independent living ‘retirement villages’ we have here. Except that here, they’re purpose built, and mostly not that attractive [architecturally]. I’d love to end up in a place like the one being proposed next door to you.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      April 11, 2021

      The architecture makes all the difference, doesn’t it? I mean, people would be proud to be a resident in such a lovely property whereas those purpose built places are usually cold and clinical.

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  6. Anonymole
    April 11, 2021

    Kitchenettes? I hope your fire insurance is paid up in full. The embers from that conflagration will no doubt drift like the memories of dementia victims being roasted alive. Tapas-stry, mmm, tapas. Wha’cha cookin’ these days? The aroma of smoke made me wonder.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      April 11, 2021

      It’s not that sort of home! It’s for older people, but who are still able to function normally. The idea behind these places is to offer a supportive environment so people can be independent for as long as possible 🙂

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      • Anonymole
        April 11, 2021

        Get everybody vaccinated and plan a garden party. What a fascinating group of folks it would be.

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  7. midihideaways
    April 12, 2021

    It’s a fantastic idea, and the price sounds fair – should be good for the neighbourhood stores too, retirees have money to spend (unless the charges spiral out of control)! Nice tapestries!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      April 12, 2021

      A plain studio around here costs in the region of 50, and that’s with no extras; So a place with airs of a boutique hotel scores very high in comparison 🙂

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  8. Helen Devries
    April 12, 2021

    I like that Art Nouveau tapestry very much and it looks so good in place.
    The plans for next door sound good…a lovely house, all the independence you want, shops to hand…

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    • The Pink Agendist
      April 14, 2021

      How are you doing with your new arrangements? Letting someone take some of your responsibilities can’t be that bad!

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      • Helen Devries
        April 14, 2021

        Luckily, I am not a control freak so on the whole it is working out, except that I have to trot up the road to see why water is running from it into the finca having pointed it out to Danilo and getting the response that ‘it would do, it is going downhill’….but I shall have to take Carlos and a spade to get it sorted. Let water run now and later in the season we shall have a canyon forming.

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  9. Judi Castille
    April 24, 2021

    That is a stunning tapestry…beautiful colouring. I live half an hour from Aubusson and feeling a bit peeved it’s all closed due to Covid. Let’s hope France resolves its vaccine crisis soon.

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