Old SNCF stations make quirky new homes in France

Old SNCF stations make quirky new homes in France
Old SNCF stations make quirky new homes in France.

The future of old SNCF buildings has come to the fore as the rail operator continues to shut down stations all over France.

Many are in prominent positions in towns, with roads built to lead to them, and seeing them fall into decrepitude raises local people’s passions.

Contemporary conversions

The old railway station at Gabian: original station telephone.
The old railway station at Gabian: original station telephone.

Previous waves of railway closures led to a number of old stations being converted into houses. Freddy Rueda, of Real Estate Languedoc, said: “They are not often on the market, and I have seen only two or three in my career. It is easier to sell them when they have not been converted because the buyers are often designers or architects who prefer to build their own image of the place, rather than work with something which has already been done.”

The constraints of the buildings, often without a garden, sometimes still next to a railway line with occasional trains, also discourages some buyers. Against that are the benefits of often-solid buildings, offering a ...

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