Consider Living In Tarn’s Departement Capital
With more than 50,000 inhabitants, Albi is a lively city with something for everyone whatever their taste. In the summer, there are several festivals. Its old quarters are charming, having been constructed with a distinctive red brick (similar to Toulouse), giving a rosy glow in the warm sunlight which frequently blesses the area. Art and history stand side by side along the alleyways packed with crooked timber-framed houses and beautifully restored renaissance mansions. It takes less than 1 hour to reach Toulouse via the A61 motorway.
The market in Albi can be divided into 5 areas.
1. Historic Centre
Pleasant to live in, the old quarter offers numerous middle-sized apartments There are rarely houses for sale in this area.
2. La Madeleine
This area is located on the right bank of the River Tarn , just north of the Pont-Vieux. It has many amenities such as shops and a train station and it consists mainly of houses which are sought-after by families.
3. La Maladerie
This area is located west of the centre around Rue de Finlande. This areas appeals to young couples as it is crammed with houses built between the 1930’s and 1990’s.
This is a well-off area south-east of the city around the College and Lycée de Bellevue.
5. Le Breuil
This is an area north of Albi which is quiet and well restored area but lacks character and amenities. This old mining community consists of small terraced houses of the 1930’s.
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