My Mazamet

Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho

September in Mazamet. A House of Substance

Thank goodness for September, the cool nights are back. This month and October are some of the best months in Mazamet. Lovely sunny days punctuated by cooling rains. Skies that could make the career of any painter or photographer — and the summer buzz is mostly over leaving the parking places and streets free for those of us who live here.

A beautiful 19th Century house has come on the market one block down from us. It’s one of my absolute favourites in town. We’ve had the great pleasure of being invited there by the incredibly lovely couple who owns it. Sadly, the mistress of the house passed away three months ago and her husband prefers to move. She was by far one of the most stylish women in town. Everything about her screamed good taste, and the kind with wit — by no means a copy of what one sees in magazines. She had her own voice, the house reflects that.

Of the grand houses in Mazamet, it’s one of the more compact, which makes upkeep all that much easier. It’s about 25% smaller than number 42. The great thing about it apart from manageability, is the beautiful garden, about the same size as ours.

They’ve modernised everything from adding new bathrooms and kitchen installations to a new slate roof, so the only changes one would have to make are adapting it to a person’s own decorative style. From the pictures you can probably tell that as a canvas the house allows you to go as classic or as modern as you choose.

The only note I’d make is the owner is a notary so he knows exactly how much houses sell for in the area so he won’t be swayed by low offers.

The agency in charge is Agence Mercure in Toulouse and the full description and pictures can be seen here in Le Figaro. The price is 890k EU which is about one million fifty thousand US dollars.

42 comments on “September in Mazamet. A House of Substance

  1. clubschadenfreude
    September 6, 2021

    ah, if only.

    I love the fall. I feel human again.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 6, 2021

      Me too! This summer wasn’t too terrible but we did have about 10 or so nights where the temperature didn’t go under 20C, and then I can’t sleep — it’s awful.

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  2. Kris
    September 6, 2021

    A pool!!! Gorgeous. I would spend every minute in the gardens. We’re doing some rework in our house now that it’s going to be just us 2!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 6, 2021

      What are you changing? Have the hungry boys agreed to this? Are you getting rid of their rooms???

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      • Kris
        September 6, 2021

        Lol. We’re changing one BR into an office and the other a den. Which gives us space for a reading nook. Am redoing a powder room and the MBR too. The youngest (who leaves for the foreign world of Oklahoma next week) reminded me that he will be back in March. 🤣

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      • The Pink Agendist
        September 6, 2021

        My first memories of the world are in Oklahoma! That’s a strange thing to say isn’t it? But completely true. As a toddler I was moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma 😀

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  3. Steve Ruis
    September 6, 2021

    Damn, where’d I put my checkbook? That’s only about what a starter home in the more desirable places in California used to cost (I say used to because I can’t keep track of what has burned down).

    I can’t think of anything more pleasant than enjoying your garden on a September afternoon, with a nice glass of wine and convivial conversation. Other people’s envy is disgusting, mine is normal. :o)

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 6, 2021

      One of the big reasons we chose this region was price. I think in Western Europe it’s really hard to beat value for money.
      And yes, September afternoon in the garden watching the sun hide behind the black mountain is may shades of fabulous 🙂

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  4. Anonymole
    September 7, 2021

    Let me get my checkbook… Of course, I’d have to leave it empty, throw a sleeping bag and a lawn chair in the corner, beg for tax money.
    Look at all the “stuff” in the thing. I think I saw the Mrs’s urn there in a nook. Couldn’t bear to tear her away from the house she loved, I suppose.
    I bet the old man has stories to tell, dead leopards, full bar, odd sloops on the mantel.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 7, 2021

      Do you not have “stuff”? Our place often looks like the back room at the V&A. Artwork arrives every week, gets unpacked, inspected, photographed, and then sold — and the process then starts all over again 🙂

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      • Anonymole
        September 7, 2021

        My “stuff” would feel at home in a college dorm, and that’s as classy as it gets.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        September 7, 2021

        I thought you tech people were on millionaire salaries!

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  5. Helen Devries
    September 7, 2021

    It would make a superb blank canvas, but nothing on earth would persuade me to move back to France.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 7, 2021

      You’re very well settled and Costa Rica suits you, doesn’t it? What makes it score the highest for you?

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      • Helen Devries
        September 7, 2021

        Mainly, I suppose, that I don’t feel government on my back all the time. No more corrupt than France, the CR version of systeme D is still operating and generally there is a will to get round obstacles. We walked into a water war when we moved here, but in a way that proved to be a fantastic introduction to how things really worked…we have friends dating from then- and a number of people who are infuriated to this day that we were not the mugs we were – as foreigners – supposed to be.
        I miss our friends…though, mostly older than us, a number had died before we moved….am nostalgic for the architecture, though finding compensations here…but we have in normal times, good public transport and cheap taxis so never so isolated as in rural France if without a car, a super health service, access to theatre and music – again in normal times – so despite the high cost of living I’ve no wish to leave. Mark you, now the government has signed up to IMF loans I expect that things will start to decline…

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  6. acflory
    September 7, 2021

    I’m as poor as a church mouse, but if I had that kind of money I’d rather buy a house like no. 42 when you and Mike found it. Then I’d spend the rest of my life trying to renovate it. But I’d have a lot of fun trying. 🙂

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 7, 2021

      The two houses are completely different concepts. Their house is super-practical. It was designed for a merchant who made part of the ground floor his offices. Our house was designed for people of leisure who drink too much 😀 In other words people like us

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      • acflory
        September 7, 2021

        lmao – yes…my original comment stands then. I don’t drink much but the ambiance is a must!

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  7. makagutu
    September 7, 2021

    now, if only i could find my check book, I would be your immediate neighbour. For the time being, let me find a sheikh to shake down.
    Hope you enjoy the good weather. We have ambient weather all year round.

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    • Barry
      September 7, 2021

      You’re welcome to my cheque book Mak. There’s still around 20 cheques left in it. Fill them out for whatever value you want. I’ll even pre-sign them for you. Just be aware that banks here here in Aotearoa no longer accept them.

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      • makagutu
        September 7, 2021

        This is very generous of you, Barry.

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      • Barry
        September 7, 2021

        It’s in my nature. I can’t help it 😁

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      • makagutu
        September 7, 2021

        Now if you could put those presigned checks on penguin express, I will be really glad

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      • Barry
        September 7, 2021

        Yellow eyed penguin or blue penguin?

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      • makagutu
        September 7, 2021

        Let’s go with a blue penguin.

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      • Barry
        September 8, 2021

        On their way. Just a heads up: I’ve learnt that Penguin Express don’t go all the way to Kenya. Something about the heat I think. So it has at least one or two transfers along the way. I was concerned about the cost, but when they learnt that I was sending pre signed cheques, the said not to worry. They’d use one of them to pay for each of the next legs on the journey. So sorry, there will be a few less than the 20 cheques I promised.

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      • makagutu
        September 9, 2021

        This is still better than nothing. There will be a cold welcome waiting for their arrival.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        September 7, 2021

        Do they not take checks in general, or just your checks?

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      • Barry
        September 7, 2021

        Banks stopped issuing cheques over a year ago and stopped accepting them earlier this year. To be honest, the last cheque I wrote was in February 2004 according to the butt in the cheque book and I’d only used 4 others over the previous 3 years.

        Most transactions are done by direct bank transfers here regardless of the value of the transaction – from a cup of coffee to a House. Credit cards cost more in bank charges so I don’t use them as much.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 7, 2021

      Have you ever considered Piracy? Apparently they make a lot of money. I sent an application to Somalia, but they never called me back.

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      • makagutu
        September 7, 2021

        Maybe they thought you were joking. You would be a high value target.
        I think the business environment for piracy has become too risky

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      • The Pink Agendist
        September 7, 2021

        High value? Well, maybe countries might pay for them to keep me and never send me back.

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      • makagutu
        September 7, 2021

        you can’t be a good pirate. they will hold you for ransom and claim payment from Brazil, Spain and France!

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  8. pene stevens
    September 7, 2021

    I am still looking for somewhere in Mazamet but not quite as grand!! lovely though it is
    Pene

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  9. Bizzy
    September 12, 2021

    Compared to most places in the developed world, that price is incredibly reasonable. For France, though, outside the big cities, that’s about right. Still, it tells you prices have gone up. A year ago it might not have been worth nearly as much. If I were shopping….

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    • The Pink Agendist
      September 13, 2021

      I think people finally realised that city life, as the consumer market wants it, isn’t in the human being’s best interest 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • The Pink Agendist
      September 21, 2021

      Btw, I’ve moved my subscription from reader to email, so I don’t miss another one of your posts 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  10. midihideaways
    September 13, 2021

    Love it, although I’m not sure that I could live with the blue and white bathroom tile! 🙂 Now that we’ve had some rain the weather is absolutely perfect – long may it last!!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. midihideaways
    September 14, 2021

    Ok, with that being the case I’ll take it!! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Judi Castille
    October 9, 2021

    Stunning.

    Liked by 1 person

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