District Les Chalets
History of the Chalets district
North of the Capitol, this former suburb called Arnaud-Bernard developed with the creation of the Matabiau station at the very end of the 19th century. The district is also called Chalets-Concorde, in reference to the two axes by which it is crossed: the rue des Chalets and the rue de la Concorde, which each connect the boulevard d'Arcole (on the site of the old ramparts of the city ) on Boulevard Matabiau which runs along the Canal du Midi. The streets of the neighborhoods were once paths that linked the gardens or isolated houses to the gates of the ramparts. During the development of the district in the 19th century, arise from the ground large mansions of neoclassical architectural style. They coexist with traditional Toulouse, typical of the old suburbs, as well as with bourgeois houses with gardens, especially in the rue des Chalets. The architectural quality of the district and its location in relation to the Capitol and the banks of the Canal du Midi make it one of the most popular areas of Toulouse today.
The essentials of the Chalets district
The Chalets district is rich in many buildings of great architectural quality. Several are particularly remarkable and emblematic of the neighborhoods. This is the case with Castel-Gesta, also known as the Château des Verrières or Maison du Verrier, a vestige of an old stained-glass factory which included an exhibition building built in the 19th century in medieval style. Another remarkable building in the Chalets district, the Job-Marsan hotel on Boulevard de Strasbourg boasts a typical Renaissance style. Finally, the Place de la Concorde is the Clémence Isaure fountain, inaugurated in 1913. The Cervantes Institute in Toulouse, housed in a beautiful residence in the rue des Chalets, offers rich exhibitions and varied cultural activities around the Spanish language and cultures and Hispano-American. Rue Saint-Germier, the theater of the Comédie de Toulouse is another high place of culture in the pink city, which offers a dense program of concerts, stand-ups and comic plays.
Living in the Chalets district
A popular area for its quality of life, the Chalets district is appreciated for its village atmosphere in the heart of the city. Families will find a range of quality private and public schools there, from kindergarten to high school. Two higher education establishments are also located in the district: the European Higher Institute of Management and the Billières School. Living at Les Chalets also means having the chance to live in one of the most beautiful areas of the city from an architectural and landscaped point of view. Mansion houses, neoclassical mansions and bourgeois residences with gardens form the charming backdrop of the district. One of the most attractive areas of Toulouse, the Chalets district enjoys an ideal location in the city, a stone's throw from the Place du Capitole and bordered by the Canal du Midi. Metro line B runs south of the district, which is also served by bus lines L1, L9, 29, 45 and 70. The proximity to the Toulouse Matabiau SNCF station is also an asset.