“At the time, you had to want to buy! »: the most expensive street in Brest has not always been so

It’s a very small street where there are only a handful of houses and two blocks of apartments with breathtaking views of the commercial port. A small artery, concluded by a dead end, but which would be colored dark blue if Brest were an open-air Monopoly. Yes, according to data taken from the General Directorate of Public Finances, rue Porstrein-Lapierre is indeed Brest’s rue de la Paix!

Three transactions over the last four years justify this unofficial title: an apartment of 79 m², a house of 50 m², and another of 42 m² were enough to generate an average price per square meter of €5,736. Far ahead of the competition, essentially nestled in the Saint-Marc district.

The most expensive streets in Brest according to actual sales from 2019 to 2023

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A local resident created a drawing inspired by Geluck to try to put an end to the tags. With success. (Photo Le Télégramme/Pierre Chapin)

“At the time, you had to want to buy”

The figure, however, surprises Alain, a retiree living at number 1 on the street. “My wife bought the house a little over fifteen years ago. And it had nothing to do with these prices,” he warns. The street then had nothing of a wealthy enclave: “At the time, you had to want to buy! », even assures Alain. “There were squats down there, several houses were empty, covered in tags… It was quite shabby actually.”

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The fresco of the fisherman (and the cat!) was created by Brest artist Pakone. (Photo Le Télégramme/Pierre Chapin)

He and his wife, Michelle, helped restore some luster to the place. “We asked the artist Pakone to create a fresco for us on the gable, with a little fisherman. It gave a new style. But it is above all the construction of the buildings down the street (the Les Jardins de la Falaise program by Iroise Promotion, delivered in 2016) which changed the situation.” These high-end accommodations, as if suspended on the side of a rock, offer a completely unobstructed view of the port, while the historic homes are content with more narrow views.

But what is this street worth of prices that are out of proportion with the ordinary of the city? “We are right in the city center, a stone’s throw from the station and the commercial port, tomorrow the tramway,” sketches Alain. “And if the cars pass a lot above (Avenue Salaün-Penquer), we hear nothing, as if we were protected by the CCI building. It’s a little haven in the middle of the city.”

The most expensive streets in Brest according to sales over five years

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The 80 m² house once hosted night establishments with a sulphurous reputation. (Photo Le Télégramme/Pierre Chapin)

“A transit street”

A haven crossed every hour of the day by numerous passers-by, who reach the commercial port by an open staircase between the foot of the street and La Carrière. “We are a transit street,” confirms Alain. “We see people passing by who work at the port, as well as asylum seekers, who are heading towards the sub-prefecture. And in the evening, by the revelers coming up from the port.”

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93 steps are enough to connect the port of co to the small street in the city center, but can seem very steep at certain times… (Photo Le Télégramme/Pierre Chapin)

Enough to disturb the peaceful nights of the local Rue de la Paix? “No, because when they climb the 93 steps, they no longer have the breath to sing! But that’s good, we’re in a street that’s alive: we’re not rentiers hiding behind their shutters! And then the port is no longer what it was before: the street has changed its appearance and use with it.”

Moreover, according to this resident, this street has never been completely peaceful. “Our house used to be home to The Crystal, and even before that The Pink Panther. I think it was a kind of hostess bar…”, continues Alain. “Often, people I meet when leaving my house tell me that they have seen The Pink Panther. But strangely they all specify that they have never been there! “.

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