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Why opt for a house construction in Pau or in the Hautes-Pyrénées

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A particularly popular department of the Occitanie region, the Hautes-Pyrénées have many advantages in the context of a project to build a new house. Breathtaking landscapes, UNESCO World Heritage sites, proximity to the mountains and a real sweetness of life. Do you want to build your new house in Pau or in the Hautes Pyrénées? Maison SIC explains why this is a great idea. 

Why choose the Hautes-Pyrénées for the construction of your house

The Hautes-Pyrénées, it is a Cirque de Gavarnie which you never tire of as it is grandiose, a sublime Lac d'Estaing, a Pic du Midi which offers a breathtaking panorama of the Pyrenees chain, the great site of Cauterets-Pont d' Spain, protected area within the Pyrenees National Park and the unmissable Sanctuary and Grotto of Lourdes. A ideal department to build a new house within a privileged environment. 


The assets of the cultural, historical, natural and gastronomic environment of the Hautes-Pyrénées

Apart from its 4 unique sites in the world (Lourdes, Gavarnie, Pic du Midi, Cauterets-Pont d'Espagne), the Hautes-Pyrénées are full of beautiful discoveries to be made. Land of water and relaxation, it is the kingdom of balneotherapy and fantastic landscapes.

5 natural hot springs also allow you to relax at the highest point in the Pyrenees: 

  • Balnea, in Loudenvielle
  • The Baths of Llo
  • The Baths of Dorres. 
  • The Couloubret Baths, in Ax-les-Thermes. 
  • The Bains de Saint-Thomas, in Fontpédrouse.

The history and heritage are also exceptional in the Hautes-Pyrénées. You can thus visit the caves of Bétharram, Médous or Gargas, the Sainte-Marie, Garderes, Mauvezin and Montaner castles, the Massey Museum and its magnificent garden or even the Escaladieu abbey. 

In terms of gastronomy, there is something for everyone in the Hautes-Pyrénées, such as the famous Tarbais beans, to be enjoyed with a Bagnères-Gavarnie mutton and a Madiran wine. Bigorre pork, garbure, spit cake and duck confit are also dishes to try. 


The assets of department 65 to build your house

One of the main assets of the Hautes-Pyrénées department for building a new house is its weather. The climate is indeed very pleasant throughout the 65 department. As explained in wikipedia, the northern half of the department is generally mild and temperate (averages from +5/+6° in January to +18/+19° in July), with regular rainfall which increases as you approach the mountains (average annual totals from 80 to 120 cm). Fog, strong wind and snow are quite rare, except in Lannemezan, located 600 meters above sea level. Due to the diversity of reliefs, exposures and strong altimetric variations (500 to 3 meters), the southern half is infinitely more heterogeneous, offering a multitude of microclimates. 

In the framework of its individual programs, Maison SIC offers you many new houses in the Hautes Pyrénées, in Barbazan, Tostat, Ossun, Siarrouy… 


Construction of a new house in Pau: the right choice

Located in the heart of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Pau is one of the French cities that has experienced one of the greatest interests recently. A city on a human scale, it has all the advantages of a large city without the disadvantages. And its real estate market is also one of the most attractive. 


Pau, 3rd French city where “life is good” 

According to an article from the Express of 2019, the city of Pau ranks third nationally and first in the Greater South-West of cities where “life is good”, among 100 urban areas studied by the weekly. Indeed, the 60 indicators are almost all green: Olympic swimming pool, white water stadium and infrastructure worthy of a metropolis – university hospital, universities, performance hall, sports facilities. With a strong identity, from its gastronomy to its equestrian culture, “Pau also benefits from an ideal location, an hour's drive from the Pyrenees, but also from the Atlantic coast: the mountains and the sea within reach. Pau is therefore a bronze medalist at the national level and a gold medalist at the regional level.”

In this city, where it is very easy to get around by car, bicycle or public transport, it is also very easy to find accommodation. And that makes it one of the great assets for building a house. 


A very attractive real estate market in Pau for the construction of your house

Invest in a new house in Pau is also an excellent financial choice. Indeed, the Pau real estate market is doing marvelously well, as underlined in this article from While there is strong real estate tension in certain sectors of Pau (such as the downtown districts of Trespoey and Beaumont), real estate market prices in Pau have fallen by around 10% in recent years, which is attracting investors, taking advantage low interest rates.


Where to build your house in the Hautes-Pyrénées and the Pyrénées-Atlantiques? 

The most attractive towns in Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Hautes Pyrénées

Only a few kilometers from Pau, the towns of Lons and Billère attract buyers looking for a house close to downtown Pau. Real estate demand is also strong in the villages located about ten kilometers north of Pau such as Serres-Castet or Montardon. 

In the Hautes-Pyrénées, the most attractive and therefore the most interesting towns for building a new house are Cauterets, Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Bordères-sur-L'Echez, Tarbes and Lourdes.


A modern house in the mountains wins you over!

If you've always dreamed of building a house in the mountains, opt for a house in the Hautes-Pyrénées or Pyrénées-Atlantiques. A house of the Pyrenees line, as we offer at Maisons SIC, is highly recommended for an aesthetic aspect but also practical in these regions. And why not wooden houses ? Indeed, as we explained in our article on building a timber frame house in the southwest, wooden houses are particularly strong and well insulated. And because insulation is essential in the mountains, do not hesitate to use materials of plant or animal origin such as wool from plant fibers, sheep's wool, recycled textiles, linen, hemp, rice straw or cellulose wadding. 



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