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Buying and living in Midi-Pyrénées part of Occitanie

Buy a property in the Midi Pyrénées and you can access picturesque ski resorts, cycle up mythical mountains, take in a world-class rugby match in Toulouse and browse some of the best markets that France has to offer. Welcome to Midi-Pyrénées


Authentic French towns and villages, unspoilt countryside and terrific value for money – both in terms of property values, and the general cost of living. The Midi Pyrénées offers exhilarating skiing and snowboarding, with lift passes at a fraction of the price of other European ski areas. Stop for a coffee, cold drink or lunch and you will appreciate the difference in the bars and restaurants too. Away from the mountains you will find the region is criss-crossed by attractive river valleys. Follow the Garonne, Tarn, Gers or Lot and you will find some of the prettiest towns in France. Don’t forget too that the Canal du Midi starts in Toulouse.

Toulouse is also one of the most dynamic cities in the country and is the centre of the European aerospace industry. It is the driving force behind the booming economy in the Midi Pyrenees – ensuring that demand for property remains constant. This is a region where you can buy with both your heart and your head.

This is a vast region, with a glorious history. You can get a sense of this when visiting some of the fascinating towns and cities. Albi, Auch, Cahors, Lourdes and Rodez all have a wonderful heritage, and attracts tourists from all over the world. You will also find more than a sprinkling of the “plus beaux villages de France” in the region. Perched on the edge of a limestone cliff, Rocamadour has a population of just 600, but receives more than 1.5m visitors a year. Cordes-sur-Ciel is a little quieter, but equally as pretty, with an exceptional Gothic heritage.

Transport and Access

The biggest airport in the region is, not surprisingly, Toulouse -Blagnac. It has direct flights to 76 destinations in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Africa. There are also some smaller, regional, airports in the Midi Pyrénées, popular with holiday-home owners due to their ease of access. Rodez airport has flights to London, Dublin, Paris, and Brussels, whilst the airport at Tarbes-Lourdes serves London, Dublin, Paris, Brussels, Rome and other European destinations.

The Midi Pyrénées also has several major train stations. Toulouse-Matabiau is the largest and busiest, with a regular TGV service to Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille and beyond. Other major stations can be found in Tarbes, Auch and Cahors, with many SNCF trains connecting towns within the region.

When coming by car you will find direct access via the A20, which connects Toulouse to Paris, and the A64 which runs from Tarbes, through Pau and across to Biarritz and the Spanish border. The A61 connects the region to the Mediterranean (and on to either Barcelona or the Riviera)

The market

For an in-depth analysis, read our latest Occitanie market comment (below), which includes average prices in all the major towns and cities.

In reality, there is no such thing as a Midi-Pyrénées property market, instead there are dozens of micro-markets, spread across the eight departments. However, it is fair to say that demand for property has been at record levels, across the region, for the last few years. There has not been enough new stock coming on to the market to satisfy this demand. Prices have risen in all eight departments over the last 12 months – the average rise is around 2%, with a slightly higher increase in Haute Garonne. This, is only to be expected as Toulouse is in the Haute Garonne, and property here is extremely popular due to the major corporate employers in the city. It also has a very high student population, meaning that rentals are extremely hard to come by. It is an excellent location for property investment.

The strongest demand is currently for country property. Buyers are attracted by the low prices and beautiful surroundings. Larger properties, with light and airy spaces, a home office and a garden are particularly in demand. International buyers have traditionally been keen on renovation and refurbishment projects. These are still popular, but many buyers are now looking for old, stone, houses that have already been sympathetically restored. The increasing costs of labour and raw materials mean that houses in good condition are being snapped up.

The top-end of the property market is also healthy. American buyers in particular have been taking advantage of the strong dollar to snap up chateaux, country estates and manor houses. But the main buyers of these prestige properties are French. Coming from Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux they see the terrific value of property in the Midi Pyrénées and have been prevalent in the market.

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The extraordinary beauty of the towns and villages. Sit in one of the bars or restaurants, perched on the cliff edge in Rocamadour and you will see what we mean. There are 216 steps up from the car park to the church square, but these don’t put off the thousands of pilgrims who come to see the statue of the black virgin in the Notre Dame chapel. This is just one example of the incredible villages to be found scattered around the Midi Pyrénées countryside. Another is the Bastide town of Cordes-sur-Ciel in the Tarn, one of the oldest such towns in the region, it was founded in 1222 and has kept its authentic character. Other picturesque villages trip off the tongue: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Lourdes, Figeac, Conques there are just too many to name.

You will also fall in love with the Pyrénées national park. This is a hikers paradise, which extends from the south-west of the Hautes-Pyrénées, to the south-east of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The vast network of hiking trails lead to the highest mountain summits, and no less than 230 high altitude lakes. It is also the starting point for many cyclists who flock to the Pyrénées to tackle the mythical climbs of the Tour de France. The Col du Tourmalet is probably the most famous (and hardest) but why not add in the Col d’Aubisque, Hautacam and Peyresourde to make it a proper cycling trip.

For a more relaxing ride, or stroll, then a “voie verte” runs along the Canal du Midi from Toulouse. This is easy going and allows you to enjoy this majestic canal – even better why not hire a boat or take one of the many organised boat trips, you will not be disappointed. Whilst in Toulouse, we recommend you go to see “Les rouges et noire”, the local rugby team. The Midi Pyrénées is infatuated with the oval ball, and each town is proud of their rugby team and supports them fervently. Stade Toulousain are the most uccessful team in Europe, and the stadium becomes a cauldron when they are playing. The good news is that win or lose, you will celebrate in style afterwards.

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    • This is a prosperous region, with strong demand for property and plenty of local investment.
    • The 38 ski resorts cater for all abilities, with activities from downhill skiing to dog sledding.
    • Beautifully preserved Bastide villages, and picturesque historic towns, dominate the landscape.
    • Toulouse is a powerhouse of the French economy, and the heart of Europe’s space industry.
    • The many rivers are bordered by beautiful towns and villages, each with affordable property.

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    Haute-Garonne (31)
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    Toulouse - Muret - Saint-Gaudens

    €2856 per m2
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    Ariège (09)
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    Foix - Pamiers - Saint-Girons

    €1485 per m2
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    Aveyron (12)
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    Rodez - Millau - Villefranche-de-Rouergue

    €1539 per m2
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    Gers (32)
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    Auch - Condom - Mirande

    €1621 per m2
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    Lot (46)
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    Cahors - Figeac - Gourdon

    €1702 per m2
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    Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
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    Tarbes - Argelès-Gazost - Bagnères-de-Bigorre

    €1770 per m2
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    Tarn (81)
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    Albi - Castres

    €1740 per m2
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    Tarn-et-Garonne (82)

    Montauban - Castelsarrasin

    €1872 per m2
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    Midi-Pyrénées :

    From the rambling hills of the Gers, to the rugged peaks that border Spain, this is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking and mountain bike trails criss-cross the mountains, whilst others prefer to kayak or raft in the many rivers and lakes spread throughout the region.

    The Midi Pyrénées is home to UNESCO world heritage sites, and to many “Plus beaux villages de France”. From the cathedral and Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi to tiny villages, off the beaten track you will find a treasure trove of historic sites and cultural landmarks. Renowned for its hearty cuisine, you will not be disappointed by the local markets. Look out for the rich Cahors wines and the locally produced confit de canard and foie gras.

    Start your property search in the Midi Pyrénées and you will be on your way to sipping wine in sun-drenched vineyards, exploring medieval Bastide towns and hiking/cycling along some of the most spectacular countryside in France.

    You will find a diverse range of property and architectural styles in the Midi Pyrénées, reflecting its position as the crossroads of European and Mediterranean culture. From Romanesque churches, to Gothic cathedrals, and from Renaissance chateaux to traditional farmhouses it is a treasure trove of architectural gems.

    The region is dominated by the Pyrénées mountains and the foothills are home to many quarries that supply the stone to build the farmhouses and other property. There are many timber houses and mountain chalets too. The wooden beams and framing provide a rustic charm and warmth to the interiors – can there be anything more inviting after a day on the pistes, particularly if the ski-chalet has a roaring log fire too.Property in the Midi-Pyrénées is also known for its distinctive roof styles. In the mountainous areas you will find steep-pitched roofs, with large overhangs, designed to shed heavy snowfall. Further north, in the valleys where the weather is milder, roofs tend to be shallower and covered in terracotta tiles. When it comes to property types, the Midi-Pyrénées has something for every budget. In terms of prestige property you will find grand chateaux and manor houses, looking over fine country estates. There are also plenty of farmhouses (plenty of them ripe for renovation) and traditional country houses – most of these are built from local hewed stone and have bags of character.

    New build property in the Midi Pyrenees is becoming increasingly popular with both French and international buyers. The ability to build a property using sustainable materials is attractive, as is the energy efficiency and low running costs. New build apartment in the Pyrénées can attract premium prices because of this, they also make an excellent investment as seasonal rentals in the Pyrénées are popular.

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