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Sainte Colombe—Usine Gramont
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🏘#140 🥉77%   €422k • typical • village • 1800m² complex • old comb then textile factory with multiple buildings
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southern France: Mirepoix, Foix, Limoux, (Carcassonne)
☃️2–10–18°☀️9☁️10 • 🍂14–26°☀️8☁️9
GOOD  🔨 effort
BAD  💰 cost
DODGY  🚌 transport
DODGY  ✈️ access
OKAY  🛒 shops
OKAY  🏙 towns
GOOD  🏇 activities
GOOD  ☀️ climate
GOOD  🏔 nature
GOOD  🌷 garden
GOOD  🏠 building
OKAY  🏘 hood
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Environment ✧ rolling hills, partly agricultural at base of mountains; paths on doorstep

Services ✧ minimarket, villages 15mins bike; town 30mins bike, 15mins drive

Access ✧ station 45mins drive, +1h15 Toulouse, 6h15 Paris €35 or overnight; airport 1h drive

Notes ✧ private sale possible, multiple parcels, could probably be acquired bit by bit
✦ historic comb factory (horn/wood), and more recently contemporary art studio; several buildings onto a courtyard garden at the edge of the village between a water channel and next to a bridge across the river, not the prettiest on the outside
✦ good potential for mixed independent live-work studios (arts) as well as coworking, with coliving in the main building
✦ this location is very quiet and rural with pretty villages and a few cafés/restos
✦ the lovely little town of Mirepoix is 25mins drive, and Limoux or Foix at 40mins, but zero access to cosmopolitan life thus would need to be generated from within
✦ the airport at Carcassonne is 1h drive, but the train to Limoux (30mins +40mins drive) or from 2025 Quillan (1h20 bus +30mins drive currently) makes it adequately accessible for pickups, or Foix (1h15 train +40mins drive), else there's then busses reaching within 10mins drive
✦ at the base of the pyrenees, not far from several cathar castles; lots of good hiking, lake 15mins bike (with good cafes/hangouts), sailing/kayak/sup 15mins drive, horse riding, paragliding launch site; lakes are good for swimming and likely river spots; SUP would be possible with own boards
✦ village has a minimarket, and what appears to a pretty cool little cafe–pub; plus a tennis court, a large green and a hall
✦ an old railway greenway of 38km passes connecting with the two towns (30–45mins or 1h bike) and nearby villages having a brewery (15mins) for easy exploring by bike
✦ nearest skiing 45mins drive but obviously not likely to last
✦ fair winters, low mean at 10° but hot days of 18° with 8 days sun
✦ there's a yoga retreat a short walk away
✦ 1600m2 courtyard–garden with a couple of trees, and a corner onto the canal
✦ 840m2+ main building with basement and 3 floors of 210m2; would provide 6 mezzanine studios, 8 ensuites, ground as common and basement cinema with kitchen onto courtyard
✦ 560m2+ 40m-long warehouse/houses with 2 floors and attic; would accommodate 8 mezzanine units each of 70m2 + attic mezzanine (35m2 footprint) with 2 south windows on each floor, 7m depth would mean a north skylight in the attic is required, the ground floor would probably be openplan for use as a studio or workshop; these units could sell at ~€50k
✦ 160m2 annex, windows onto canal, metal roof
✦ 230m2 workshop with tall cielings, full length skylights, windows onto canal
✦ not likely to be particularly affordable at the end of the day, especially as the main building seems like it might need roof work (if not immediate), and the annexe does need a new roof
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