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🏢#234 🏅73%   €148k • rustic • village • 1000m² hub • good potential and pleasant setting with canal but isolated village
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southern France: Mazamet, (Beziers, Castres)
☃️3mo 9°  🍂3mo 13–24°  ☀️6d  🌧13d  300m
OKAY  🔨 effort
OKAY  💰 cost
OKAY  🚌 transport
DODGY  ✈️ access
OKAY  🛒 shops
DODGY  🏙 towns
GOOD  🧗 activities
DODGY  ☀️ climate
GREAT  ⛰️ nature
GOOD  🌷 garden
GOOD  🏠 building
OKAY  🏘 hood
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Environment ✧ natural park, craggy valley, hikes on door; greenway

Services ✧ supermarket, restaurants, cinema; 50mins bus towns

Access ✧ station 40mins drive + 1h45 Toulouse; bus to Beziers, Castres (airports, stations) / 1h drive; bus to Montpellier 2h30

Notes ✧ dropped 12k
✦ 1 apartment onto the terrace is rented therefore its occupants would need relocating, however this means it is partly functional
✦ does require sewerage to be brought to norms, and as it is isolated on one side of the river it probably does not have a connection, and a pumping system could be complex (75m down across private bridge to road at similar level, or significant climb 40m over canal)
✦ has good capacity as hub with good nature though arguably too much work yet could be done gradually without risk
✦ isolated and quiet but serviced village; nearest towns are pretty boring so this location has to really be considered self-contained and outdoor focussed
✦ the 76km Passa Païs greenway runs past the village and is an easy and very pleasant route for exploring and visiting a couple of pretty villages with cafes, plus one can go along the valley by bus exceptional spots for wildswimming and amazing hikes, plus kayaking 25mins drive
✦ the less than ideal winter climate would be offset by a south facing conservatory and big fires
✦ given the climate would operate a 4-4-4 season with 40% extra time in winter and ~25% less in summer
✦ ground floor 320m2 plus outbuildings
✦ main building 200m2 on 3 floors, plus an extension of 35m2 with attic
✦ 90m2 terrace next to canal though blocked from winter sun by hill
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