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🏡#222 🥇89%   €79k • typical • village • 350m² satellite • mining tennement in lower Cevennes
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southern France: Ales, (Nîmes)
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Environment ✧ pine and scrub woods, rocky little river valleys; hikes on doorstep

Services ✧ bakery, bar, tiny store at door, brewery; small town 20mins bike (5mins bus/drive)

Access ✧ station/bus at door: 1h Nimes / 1h30 airport, 2h15 Marseille/Montpellier airport, 5h Paris/Barcelona

Notes ✧ partially started renovation, all windows and doors replaced (PVC regrettably)
✦ advertised at 87 but also direct sale, probably flexible
✦ the little local town of St Ambroix is pretty with a good market and some cafes etc, the main town of Alès used to be rather ugly yet is undergoing rehabilitation notably with its horrible market hall and square planned for rebuilding an reopening in 2023, it's moderately lively and has tons of shops and restos, even an icerink
✦ the river at the door isn't good for swimming though fine nearby for a splash, better and kayaking 25mins bike
✦ good hikes and biking from the door to a ruined fort very close (being rebuilt by an association), or climbing to 600m (400m ascent); a short drive gives more variety such as these lovely eroded pools 30mins drive (1h15 bike) good gorges with sup/kayak/climbing, and heights around 900m at a pretty village, plus the pont d'arc are 30mins drive
✦ coast is 1h30 so just about plausible for an occasional big day out
✦ winter climate is pretty good with an entire third of days clear and just a few of snow, though gets bursts of very heavy rain in spring and autumn
✦ for the local little town there's a path over the hill (1h15 walk), and a footbridge over the river to the road for the bus or cycling (20mins); a moderately useful morning and midday bus to both towns (5mins St Ambroix, 40mins Ales; 8am return midday, 1pm return 5/6/7pm)
✦ whilst access in the short term involves changes and a short pickup, around 2026 the railway line will be reopened bringing the main town to 30mins 4 times daily
✦ onward connections have good choice; Nimes airport is a train then shuttle and normally has year round service to Stansted and Brussels, plus seasonal to Luton and Morocco; many more options including Lisbon from both Marseille and Montpellier
✦ just above the station, and some large industrial units (mainly only used for car repair)
✦ good for morning/midday sun but looses early as is cut into hillside
✦ 3 floors of 100m2; upper with balconies along length
✦ a garage of 20m2 plus cellars; possibly another garage of 35m2
✦ small courtyard garden on south on multiple levels and around corners; 40m2 at 1st floor between buildings; another 40m2 raised opposite balconies; 120m courtyard;
✦ north side 60m2, possibly 120m2; could easily gain another 20m2 room by extending 1st floor terrace above garden; and also building up on annexe thus giving up to 450m2
✦ no walls on top floor, height suitable for limited mezzanines (1-across)
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