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🏢#262 🥇93%   €198k • typical • village • 850m² hub • townhouse in Cevennes with garden
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southern France: Ales, (Nîmes)
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Environment ✧ pine and scrub woods, rocky little river valleys; hikes on doorstep

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

Property ✧ the parcel (860) has a remarkable 860m2 footprint of which 480m2 is garden (335m2 grassy with a pine tree, 150m2 terrace looking out to the east over the countrside and presumably having cellars below), 90m2 is an garage at the end of the lane, presumably also having cellars
✦ the building has a 190m2 footprint, of which the ground onto the lane is garages (would be changed to common spaces) and opens onto a courtyard/alley (possibly 35m2) below the garden, then there's 2 main floors, the first having balconies and could have a bridge access over to the garden, and one attic floor lacking any windows above the garden
✦ one apartment of only 50m2 on the 2nd floor is rented and would thus be simple to relocate
✦ if the cellars are usable and open onto the lane below, they would provide up to a further 240m2, however more realistically only 100m2

Notes ✧ the little 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 reopening in 2025, 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 20mins walk, or bus
✦ good variety for biking some trails reaching 600m (400m ascent), and including 3h crossing just one road
✦ 3 hikes/walks start 10mins along lanes with circuits and strolls possible, one to a ruined fort (being rebuilt by an association), 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
✦ with the train to Besseges there's even more paths
✦ 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
✦ around 2028 the railway line will be reopened bringing the main town to 20mins
✦ 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
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