Falling in love with the French Riviera is very easy. Perfect weather, friendly locals, social activities, fantastic gastronomy. What else can anyone ask for? On the French Riviera you can find busy cities full of activities and culture to relaxing, quiet towns by the beach. There is something for everyone. However, when buying a new property in a different country, there are many things you need to consider first. Here at Bruce International, we have put together some frequently asked questions to consider before buying a home in the South of France.
Where Is the Best Place To Live On The French Riviera?
Location is one of the first things you will have to think about, before buying a house on the French Riviera. From purchasing a home in the natural Saint-Paul de Vence to living by the famous beaches in Cannes. The French Riviera offers lots of different places with unique culture and lifestyle, so we recommend doing a bit of research into the local areas, or even better go and visit!
When looking at the different parts of The French Riviera you will first need to decide what you looking for in an area you want to live in as well as the type of property you wish to buy. This includes questions such as: Are you wanting to use your new property as a family holiday home, a property you can also rent out to other holiday makers or you’re looking for a relaxed space to spend the rest of your retirement in peace.
If you’re looking for a family friendly place to live cities or towns like Menton, Cannes, Monaco, Nice or Valbonne are great as they have all facilities that are essential for family living e.g. schools, parks, relaxed beaches and lots of activities for the kids.
Locations such as Bordeaux or Lyon are considered fantastic places to retire as you can discover great social activities, quality health care facilities and friendly locals.
What is the Temperate On The French Riviera?
Weather is also something to be considered before buying a house especially when moving abroad. The microclimate at the eastern side of the Riviera is perfect, as it has sits at a comfortable 21.9 °C average during summer and the lowest temperate registered in winter iof 8 °C approx.
Cannes is located in the eastern part of the French Riviera and is one of the most popular areas to buy.
The western part, from Marseilles to Toulon, is colder in winter, however, the climate on this narrow coastal plain is pure Mediterranean, with very mild winters and warm glorious summers.
Where to Buy An Affordable Property On The French Riviera?
Popular cities such as Nice are great if you are planning to stay only during the summer period. The great weather during the whole year attracts tourists during the winter season as they can still enjoy the pleasures of the Mediterranean live, but with much less crowded cities. This is why Nice is a great area to buy as investors can let out their property when they are not enjoying themselves.
Another great place to live is in the north of Cannes, Grasse. It is very well known for its traditional streets and history. Also, the town is considered the world’s capital of perfume. In this beautiful town, you can find all kind of property types, from modern apartments to traditional townhouses in the town centre to chalets in the countryside.
Whatever kind of property you go for we can guarantee you will have beautiful panoramic views, due to Grasse town’s location in the hills! House prices are currently lower than many of the neighbouring towns, but with high expectations to rise.
Should I Buy A Chalet Or An apartment On The French Riviera?
Sometimes you believe that the answer to this question is around budget, but certainly there are other factors.
A chalet in a quiet area can lend itself to a greater outdoor living experience and privacy. Where else apartments located in town areas often have a swimming pool or common areas. So once more time you will need to decide what is the right choice for you.
How Close Do I Want to Be To An Airport?
Moving out to another country could involve lots of visits from family and friends. I mean we can guess why they will be wanting to visit! With your free time, you will want to spend some of it with your loved ones, so the answer to this question really comes down to how frequently do you want to use your property and how far are you prepared to drive when you land to your house in France?
If you are interested in travelling or receiving regular visits, then the less time spent in the car the better and a property closer to an airport might be the best solution for you.
Valbonne is the perfect example! It’s a region located near to Nice Airport, and 10km from the sea. Surrounded by good schools, great restaurants, views of the hills, wonderful walks, this is a great place to move.
Bruce International is a bespoke and professional real estate consultancy that offers a selection of exclusive apartments, houses, and villas in the South of France; specifically, the Côte d’Azur region. Our experts have a wealth of experience in the real estate industry and have provided a brief introduction to the legalities of buying a house in France.