Saint Gaudens, ville fleurie, is in the Comminges area - South of Haute Garonne - 94km from Toulouse and 65km from Tarbes. With its 12,000 inhabitants, Saint Gaudens is the sous-prefecture of Haute Garonne, the traditional capital of the area and one of the prettiest towns in the department. The town faces the Pyrenees and thus is very close to Spain. It is a natural junction between the ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. In its surroundings, you may see a panoply of castles and ancient churches. Archeologists discovered the oldest Gallo-Roman villa ever found in the area. Its name comes from a martyr called Gaudens, a young shepherd who was a victim of the Visigoths at the end of the 5th century because he refused to give up his faith.
Capital of the area, Saint Gaudens is a dynamic town in the South of Haute Garonne. If offers a large number of sports and hobbies to be practised such as fishing, mountain bike, hiking or horse riding. Rugby league - a variant of the rugby union with only 13 players - is also the pride of the town: Saint Gaudens’ team played in the French Championship in 2006-2007. The town also organises an international tennis tournament, called Open Gaz de France. This is the biggest female tournament of the region.
Saint Gaudens possesses the largest collection of Valentine porcelain in the world. In 1829, a family called Fouque-Arnoux settled in the town and started producing porcelain in front of a village named Valentine.
Between Toulouse and Pau, and close to Spain, Saint Gaudens offers typical landscapes. In the South, the Pyrenees and a preserved nature, peaks, snow fields, paths and waterfalls. But its surroundings are also rich in wooden scenery, hills and hillsides.
Property prices in Saint Gaudens have dropped since December 2007 and are now fluctuating. The average price of real estate in the town is about €1,235/sq m. Considering the national average - €2,200/sq m - prices are very cheap in Saint Gaudens. This is the perfect place if you are looking to settle in the area. You may take advantage of the location (near to Spain, to the sea and to slopes), of property prices and will easily find a bargain! Prices of apartments are lower than prices of houses. Indeed, an apartment will cost about €1,850/sq m whereas a house will cost only €1,228/sq m. Thus, as a main home or as a buy-to-let, buying a property in Saint Gaudens is not risky and can even appears to be the best investment you could do nowadays.
To get updated info about the property prices in the Haute Garonne department, please browse our French Property Market Reports published in the News Section every month.
Saint Gaudens has no typical architecture style. You will find classic properties which can be found in any other town. However, the price and the location remain attractive.
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