Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
I’ve been in contact recently with a pair interested in moving to the region. After having looked at a few of the properties they’ll be visiting I was bombarded by advertisements thanks to trackers and algorithms and all that. On the positive side, I did get led to some glorious places. My favourite was this:
It’s in the Gaillac area which is gorgeous, wonderful wine too. It’s 899 thousand euros. Quite big, a lot of land, gorgeous restoration. You can see it here.
Another interesting place is one of those I’d call a fabulous little monster. It’s in a very unusual style which was popular for a very short period during the reign of Napoleon III.
Great original features, fab garden and a kitchen redone to perfection. It needs editing, the current furniture is completely the wrong proportions and it also needs a new colour scheme; but it’s a fantastic starting point. Price is 390 thousand euros and you can see the ad here.
Finally we have one that’s a bit of a departure for me. It’s in Labastide Rouairoux which has historically been a partner town to Mazamet in commerce. It’s a mid century house by Charles Veaute who was a very popular architect in our region. The bones of the house are lovely. Easy to live in. I’d take it in an Oliver Messel (my hero) direction.
Here’s a Messel living room that would work well there:
Or if you want to make it even more interesting, take it in a John Saladino, or maybe even Addison Mizner direction. At the moment it’s all a bit harsh. A hard white with some hard browns. They’ve also done something a little bit off-putting to the fireplace, but that’s easily fixed.
Asking is 435 thousand euros which is incredibly reasonable for a house of that size with that garden in this region. You can see it here.