The Property Market in South West France in 2012

Fresh snow on the Pyrenees in time for Christmas


I have just been reading through the swathe of end-of-year reports from various estate agent groups, notaire’s associations and finance companies in order to get an overall picture of how the French property market has performed in 2012. They make interesting and confusing . . . → Read More: The Property Market in South West France in 2012

House-hunting out of season

Autumn in the Foothills – Betchat, Ariège

Traditionally late November is the start of the low-season in the property world; summer and autumn house hunters have usually found the home of their dreams or, if not, have decided to wait and try again in the New Year and somehow our thoughts turn to . . . → Read More: House-hunting out of season

Toulouse, ‘la ville en rose’

The Pyrenees viewed from central Toulouse

People choose this region for many and varied reasons but an oft cited one is the preference to be within striking distance of a vibrant and thriving city and Toulouse fits this bill perfectly.

Toulouse is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and the fourth . . . → Read More: Toulouse, ‘la ville en rose’

Autumn is beach time in the Pyrenees


It’s that time of year again when everyone is back at work and school and hence the beaches, both Mediterranean and Atlantic are now empty. Which means that it is also the ideal time of year for a day at the seaside. The difficult thing living here is not just the . . . → Read More: Autumn is beach time in the Pyrenees