top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

French property watch: October 2019

This month: Midi-Pyrénées

DEPARTMENTS: Aveyron, Lot, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne

MAIN CITIES: Cahors, Figeac, Rodez, Millau, Albi, Castres, Montauban, Castelsarrasin  

THE NORTHERN half of the former Midi-Pyrénées region, now part of the larger Occitanie super-region, is a green and pleasant combination of rolling hills and mountain foothills.

It is a place of busy towns and sleepy villages that oozes southern French olde-worlde rural charm.

And yet, sandwiched between the more sought-after eastern ‘Dordogneshire’ and western Paca (just a small part of Languedoc-Roussillon keeps them apart), it’s a relatively forgotten no-man’s land for anglophone property hunters seeking a personal slice of the France idyll.

That’s not to say it’s undiscovered country. You’ll find plenty of English-speakers in and around the main towns, along with popular haunts such as the bohemian village-on-a-hill Cordes-sur-Ciel, if that’s what you’re looking for – but this corner of France is forever, proudly, French.

House prices are, on the whole, lower than in better-known hotspots for British home-hunters – though it seems an increasing number of investors are catching on.

Property prices in Montauban, for example, have risen 13% year on year, report the Notaires de France – though a typical older property in the largest town in the four departments will still cost about €190,000. And you can find similar properties in Aveyron for under €150,000.

Transport links are reasonable. Rodez airport has flights to the UK, Toulouse is within easy travelling distance – and while Castres (which also has a small, internal airport) is currently the largest town in France not to have a direct motorway link, that will change after plans for an autoroute connecting it to Toulouse were approved.

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Income Tax in France 2023 (for 2022 income)*
Featured Help Guide
- Primarily aimed at Britons, covers pensions, rent, ISAs, shares, savings and interest - but also contains significant general information pertinent to readers of other nationalities - Overview of online declarations + step-by-step guide to the French printed forms - Includes updates given automatically after this year's site opened
Get news, views and information from France