If you are looking to buy a house in France and want to find your place in the sun, with exceptionally high standards of living, great infrastructure and with glamorous lifestyle, I’m sure you’re already looking at property in the Cote d’Azur. As Property Specialists in France, Bruce International like to provide their clients with a more personal experience and insight into the Cote d’Azur and beyond.
The French Riviera is synonymous with sunshine and lifestyle, as the playground for the rich and famous as it includes destinations such as Cannes, Saint Tropez, Antibes and the independent Principality of Monaco. Each conjures the image of sun soaked coastlines, yachts, champagne and beautiful people; and for good reason! In the summer months and during the famous Cannes Film Festival the area is flooded with A-list celebrities with all the furore that accompanies that.
Let’s take a look at five favourite locations that will immerse you into the beauty and culture of the area.
The ancient origins of this beautiful town stretch as far back as 2nd Century BC as a fishing village and gateway to the Lerins Islands, but it wasn’t until the end of the 19th century when British statesman Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux built his villa there that the place began to take on the aristocratic air that remains today.
With high tech industry favouring the area around Cannes, primarily within the technopois of Sophia Antipolis, there is plenty of opportunity for employment, although much income will be locally gained through the International Film Festival in May.
Points of interest include the Promenade de la Croisette allowing you to stroll along the palm shaded waterfront, passing and enjoying beaches, boutiques, cafés and restaurants. There is a plethora of museums housing collections of art and antiquity that bring some of the ancient roots of the area to life.
Often considered the place to see and be seen, St Tropez has bewitched armies and artists for centuries. The long history of strategic military importance from Romans, Saracens and even as it’s time as an independent Republic (1558-1672) has seen a population here grow, but from the early 1920’s the reputation has focused more on the towns celebrity visitors than military. To join the Topezians, as the residents are known, will come with an impressive price tag, but will certainly put you amongst other wealthy denizens.
The main economy here is certainly tourism, from stars of stage and screen to those hoping for a glimpse of their idols, in the high season you can expect around 100,000 visitors a day. But beneath the glitz there is a functioning community. Real estate here is some of the most expensive in the world, but with the fabulous coastline there is good reason for the demand.
The town centres around the 800 berth port which is split into 2 marinas and homes ferry services linking St Tropez with other desirable towns along the French Riviera, from Nice to St Raphael.
There are two famous festivals held here; in May there is Les Bravades de Saint Tropes which celebrates the Patron Saint of the town, Torpes of Pisa, and the town’s military achievements. This has been a part of the town’s calendar for 450 years and is well worth joining.
As the largest city in the region, Nice is the hub of the Cote d’Azur. The international airport fly regular routes to London, Amsterdam, Paris and beyond, and further transportation around the city is excellent.
Welcoming many academics, professions and scientists to France’s version of Silicon Valley, Nice is usually better known for the tourism and leisure markets that extend past the city and across the Cote d’Azure region.
The scenery surrounding the city has the diverse aspects of the Mediterranean coast on one side, and the southern French Alps to the other; both offering spectacular vistas, but if architecture is something you love there is a variety of ancient and modern to keep you interested.
Graced along the seafront by the Promenade des Anglais, this path is palm shaded, but stretches round the Baie du Ange providing a walk past hotels, casinos and cafes that gaze out to the blue sea from which the region takes its name.
There is so much to see, to do and to experience here that an exploratory trip is well worth the effort.
As the heart of the perfume industry Grasse is a wonderful location to purchase a property in Cote d’Azur. Although inland, so you won’t get the sea views many people look for when buying property in the region, the surrounding areas have fields of lavender, vineyards and almond groves which carpet the hillsides of the lower French Alps.
Being that little bit further away from the coast and higher in altitude, Grasse is a little cooler in the summer months, but also sheltered from the sea air; perfect for flower cultivation. Of particular note are the Jasmine, myrtle, mimosa and orange blossom used in the fine scents created in the three big perfumeries.
More gentile and sedate than the coastal glamour towns, this particular town also has a remarkably established population of English expats. Transport includes a rail link to Cannes, Nice and Ventimiglia.
When you are buying property in France there are many aspects to consider, over and above budget; your location may be the more important. Are you looking for an apartment? Or perhaps a villa? Do you dream of the sea view? The Cote d’Azur can offer stunning scenery, excellent quality of life for residents and maintains good capital growth as well as investment potential for buyers.
Bruce International are a bespoke and professional real estate consultancy who offer a selection of exclusive apartments, houses and villas in the South of France.
Our property portfolio consists of both coastal and country-based properties on the Cote d’Azur, with prices ranging from €500,000 to €30 million. So whether you are looking for an apartment, character home or luxury villa, we can help you