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Collection of articles about luxury French Riviera property from the award winning property specialists, Home Hunts.

What makes the perfect luxury waterfront property on the French Riviera

It goes without saying that a panoramic sea view is essential for the perfect luxury waterfront property on the Riviera, but what else is necessary? Private beach access, an infinity pool and a Jacuzzi? That’s just the start…

What makes the perfect luxury waterfront property on the French Riviera

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From the chic beaches in Cannes to the glamorous jet-set fishing village of Saint Tropez, the French Riviera is home to some of the most popular holiday resorts in the world. In fact, more than 11 million visitors flock to the Côte d’Azur each year. Continue reading

Best Places to Buy a Luxury French Home by the Sea

Having the sea on your doorstep is a dream for some, but for many, buying a luxury home in France, means you can actually live out your fantasy life. Seaside property in France ranges from high-end, luxury apartments with every amenity you could want, to stunning chateaux plucked straight from a fairytale. When searching for a home by the Mediterranean, consider these five prime locations.

1. Antibes

This French Riviera resort town, located between Cannes and Nice, has a charming Old Town that’s enclosed by 16th century ramparts. Luxury yachts can be seen at the Port Vauban marina, which was used as far back as before the Roman Empire, when it was still a natural harbor. Cap d’Antibes is known for its pastel buildings and medieval architecture, as well as the Marché Provencal covered market and a popular scuba diving season.

This Provencal house in Antibes looks over the Golfe-Juan resort and has a warm, inviting outdoor area and a summer kitchen.

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2. Cannes

Cannes has long attracted the wealthy, and not just when the film festival is in town. Spend your day on a picturesque beach or in designer shops, then head to a live music performance, casino, play or gourmet restaurant at night. If you love living in a buzzing city, you’ll be pleased to know that there really is no “off” season in Cannes – while other French villages become ghost towns as tourists go back home, Cannes still has a vibrant atmosphere.

Best Places to Buy a Luxury French Home by the Sea

Homes in Cannes are just as stylish as the city itself. This rare, three-floor property in Cannes is in a quiet area and just a short walk to the town centre and the Promenade de la Croisette. There are two terraces, one of which is on the roof, and an outdoor dining area. This bright apartment in Cannes comes with amenities like a caretaker, park, swimming pool and tennis court.

Best Places to Buy a Luxury French Home by the Sea

3. Montpellier

Located in southern France, the city of Montpellier is the largest city in the Languedoc-Roussillon area. Antigone, a chic, contemporary district in Montpellier, was inspired by motifs from neoclassicism. Art lovers should pay a visit to the Musée Fabre, which was founded in 1825 by a local painter and which today houses paintings from European Old Masters. Locals love Montpellier because it’s got a bit of everything, including orchestra performances and music festivals, restaurants that stay open late, and diverse landscapes.

Best Places to Buy a Luxury French Home by the Sea

Once belonging to Victor Hugo’s family, this enchanting country house in Montpellier has a pond, vegetable garden and orangery. Just to the east of Montpellier is this luxury chateau, complete with original architecture features, two lounges, a cinema room and a pool with a pool house.

Best Places to Buy a Luxury French Home by the Sea

4. Saint-Tropez

This coastal town on the French Riviera attracts artists as well as the jet setting crowd, and is best known for its gorgeous beaches and buzzing nightlife. Stroll along the cobblestoned streets of the La Ponche quarter, which has hints of its past life as a fishing village, though today mostly yachts, not fishing boats, fill up the port.

Best Places to Buy a Luxury French Home by the Sea

Within walking distance from the Places des Lices market is this renovated house in Saint-Tropez, with sea views from two of the bedrooms; a fitness room; and a landscaped garden. If you want to be in the centre of the old village, consider this duplex apartment in Saint-Tropez, which comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, a corner office, and bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.

Best Places to Buy a Luxury French Home by the Sea

5. Villefranche-sur-Mer

Close to Monaco and east of Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer is set on the French Riviera and has the Alps as a backdrop.  This petite village dates back to 130 BC, and the bay of Villefranche is thought by some to be the loveliest bay in all of Europe. On top of having several local beaches, there are also a number of museums in Villefranche-sur-Mer and nearby Cap Ferrat.

Best Places to Buy a Luxury French Home by the Sea

This exclusive property in Villefranche-sur-Mer was built with Florentine-style architecture and has an open-plan, light-filled living room and dining area. If you’re looking for a more intimate home, this apartment in Villefranche-sur-Mer is located on the top floor and has two bedrooms, plus lift access.

Best Places to Buy a Luxury French Home by the Sea

HOMEHUNTS are luxury property specialists who are able to find you a selection of beautiful French properties by the sea based on your specific search criteria. Whether you want to live somewhere that is vibrant and busy or in a more tranquil setting, there is a luxury home to fit your needs. Search through our portfolio of luxury properties for sale in France or call us to speak directly to one of our consultants by calling +33 (0)970 44 66 43.

Why Cannes should be top of your house-hunting in France list

With such a glorious range of luxurious properties, a year-round rental market and a unique playground that suits businesses, families and anyone looking for the ultimate in glamour, Cannes is, rightly so, one of the world’s most coveted property hotspots

Why Cannes should be top of your house-hunting in France list

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Cannes is renowned for its golden beaches, glamorous yachts, prestigious film festival and charming historic areas, such as le Suquet and the Vieux Port. But as well as being a tourism hotspot, it is also one of the world’s most visited business locations.

If you are looking to buy a luxurious holiday home on the Côte d’Azur, then one of the main reasons that Cannes should be top of your “house hunting in France list” is because of its year-round rentability factor. Continue reading

5 Of The Best Luxury Villas With Stunning Swimming Pool Views (To Die For)

Searching for the perfect luxury property in France often means finding a holiday-worthy home away from home.

5 Of The Best Luxury Villas With Stunning Swimming Pool Views (To Die For)

These five properties are so perfectly situated that you may be tempted to relocate here full-time, turning your life into one big holiday.

1. Stunning Villas in Èze

Villa in Èze

This set of two villas in Èze (close to Monaco) has views of both the sea and the village, plus a garden, terraces and two swimming pools. The main villa is completely automated, and it features large living and dining areas; a fully-equipped kitchen; six bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms; a game room and home cinema; a gym and hammam; and a wine cellar. The guest villa has an additional three bedrooms. Designed with light colors both inside and out, this private domain also has several luxury features, including a tennis court and a seven-car garage.

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2. Water’s Edge Property in Anthéor

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Set on the water’s edge in Anthéor, the lucky owner of this stunning stone property will have direct access to the sea. The property includes large reception rooms, multiple bedrooms, a library, and more than enough accommodation for any staff or guests, plus access by boat or helicopter. Hidden from sight and with a heated, sea water swimming pool, this home is the ultimate private haven. There’s also an indoor swimming pool with water and light effects, plus a massage room, a cold room, a wine cellar and fireplaces. If additional room is needed, the attic can be converted into living space.

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3. Magnificent Villa With Panoramic Sea Views in Cap d’Antibes

5 Of The Best Luxury Villas With Stunning Swimming Pool Views (To Die For)

Located in Cap d’Antibes, this magnificent villa has panoramic sea views, a private garden, terraces, and a swimming pool. The main, two-level villa faces the water and includes a triple reception area and four bedrooms with bathrooms and dressing areas. The guest house looks out on the swimming pool and includes a living room, two bedrooms and a shower room. Homeowners and their guests will also enjoy the tennis court, gym and sauna.

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4. Fantastic Villa With Breathtaking Views of Saint-Tropez

Villa in St Tropez

Perfectly positioned at the entry of popular Saint-Tropez is this fantastic villa with breathtaking views of the bay and the village. Set in a secure residential area with easy access to nearby facilities, this house was recently built using the highest quality materials. The main villa’s ground floor has an entrance hall with guest bathrooms; a large living room and dining area; a fully-equipped kitchen with a central work area; four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms; and a laundry room. The top level houses the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, dressing area and balcony; two additional bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms; and a study room. The garden level has a fitness room, home cinema and wine cellar. The property also has a caretaker’s apartment with a living area, kitchen, and bedroom with en-suite shower room.

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5. Waterfront Property in Èze-sur-Mer

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This waterfront property sits on the top of Èze-sur-Mer and takes in the view from Cap-d’Ail to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. There are several ways to relax here, from the heated pool, pool house and Jacuzzi to the private sea access. The villa has a large entrance hall, living room, kitchen, four bedrooms, office and terraces. There’s also a separate caretaker’s apartment and parking space for four vehicles, plus a mooring in the Port de Silva Maris.

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HOMEHUNTS are luxury property specialists who are able to select beautiful, high-end, luxury villas based on your specific search criteria. Use the search facility above to browse our selection of luxury homes. You can also speak directly to one of our consultants by calling +33 (0)970 44 66 43.

5 Luxurious Things to do in Marseille

The capital of the Bouches du Rhône department on the Côte d’Azur, the once gritty port of Marseille has transformed from caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.

As the European City of Culture in 2013 and the European Capital of Sport in 2017, this remarkable city now contrasts striking modern architecture, like the MUCEM museum, with ancient landmarks such as Notre Dame de la Garde, an iconic structure unique to Marseille.

With the spectacular Calanques National Park not far from the Vieux Port, which has been completely rejuvenated by architect Norman Foster, and 300 days of sunshine a year, this incredible city is brimming with culture, heritage, Provençal prowess and modern excellence.

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Insider’s guide to the Riviera

Planning your holiday to the French Riviera? Here are some tips from our very own Tim Swannie on how to live like a local on your Côte d’Azur vacation

With eleven million visitors each year, the French Riviera is one of the hottest destinations in the world. With so many chic towns and villages to explore in and around this stunning stretch of Mediterranean coastline, deciding how exactly to spend your precious holiday time is not easy.

With countless beaches, events, activities, excursions and restaurants on offer, making a decision about what to do is easier when locals give you the lowdown on what they would do on a Riviera holiday. Aware of what’s on and off the beaten track, insider information is one of the most efficient ways to ensure you experience your ideal holiday.

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5 Super Luxury Villas for Sale in Cannes

Luxury villas in Cannes are often move-in ready, with no need for repairs or renovations. You’ll be buying into more than just a magnificent looking property, though; you’ll be buying into a lifestyle. Year-round sunshine, views of the Mediterranean, private beaches, glamorous events, luxury shopping and gourmet cuisine all come with the distinctive, jet set way of life that Cannes is known for. Consider these five villas if you’re looking for an elegant, classy new home.

1. Prestigious villa estate in Cannes

5 Super Luxury Villas for Sale in Cannes

Set on a 1 hectare plot on the French Riviera, this rare Cannes property is sprawling, impressive and beautifully landscaped. You’ll feel as though you have an entire resort to call your own. The main villa has eight bedrooms with bathrooms and there are an additional 10 bedrooms throughout the outbuildings. The swimming pool area has more than enough room to entertain a bevy of guests. The property also includes a tennis court and an eight-car garage.

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2. Stunning villa near Cannes

5 Super Luxury Villas for Sale in Cannes

Located 10 minutes from Croisette and nestled in the heart of a romantic garden, this home has equal parts old world charm and modern luxury. The plush landscaping gives an air of privacy and seclusion, as though you’re in your own oasis. The villa includes a spacious reception area; a master suite that opens onto a private solarium terrace and Jacuzzi; four additional bedrooms; a home cinema; and a lift. The property also has video surveillance, a two-room apartment, a heated pool and a four-car garage, plus additional parking spaces.

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3. Must See Villa in the most beautiful part of Cannes

5 Super Luxury Villas for Sale in Cannes

This villa is situated in Californie, arguably the nicest part of Cannes, just a few minutes from Boulevard de la Croisette. The landscaped grounds make up 2,750 square metres and the home itself is 2,215 square metres, 692 of which are lovely terraces with sea views. Mixing traditional and contemporary décor, the ultra modern kitchen and family room perfectly complement the pretty, glamorous entryway and bedrooms. The property also includes two swimming pools and a garage that can accommodate up to 10 cars.

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4. Enormous stone house is set in the heart of Old Town Cannes

5 Super Luxury Villas for Sale in Cannes

This enormous stone house is set in the heart of Old Town Cannes, boasting luxurious amenities and stunning views of the bay. The property includes a swimming pool and a four-floor villa with lift access. The second floor includes an entrance, three en-suite bedrooms and the master bedroom. The first floor includes a living room, bar, billiards area, cigar cellar and two en-suite bedrooms. The pool level includes a second living room; a kitchen with a pantry and a cold room; a dining room; a separate guest room with a shower room; and access to the pool and garden areas. The above-ground floor has a second entrance hall, wine cellar, cinema room, staff apartment, office, spa area with gym, sauna, steam room and six-car garage.

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5. Imposing mansion near Californie, Cannes

5 Super Luxury Villas for Sale in Cannes

Calling residential Californie home, this mansion has a penthouse-style reception room that opens to sea views, a terrace and a rooftop swimming pool. The property also has six en-suite bedrooms, several of them with their own balcony; a garden and second swimming pool; a guest house; a 10-car garage with a chauffeur’s station; a staff apartment; and a wine cellar with tasting room.

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HOMEHUNTS estate agents are able to select beautiful, luxury Cannes property based on your specific search criteria. Whether you want to live in the heart of a city or somewhere more tranquil, there is luxury Cannes property that meets your requirements. Use the search tool located above to browse our selection of luxury homes. You can also speak directly to one of our consultants by calling +33 (0)970 44 66 43.

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Five of the best villages to buy property in the Saint Tropez area

Where are the best places to live in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez? Whether you want to walk to Club 55 or enjoy a panoramic sea view from your terrace, owning a property in these villages could help you to achieve your dream luxury lifestyle in Saint-Tropez.

Five of the best villages to buy property in the Saint Tropez area

Once a quiet fishing village, Saint Tropez caught the attention of the internationally well-heeled when Bridget Bardot filmed “And God Created Woman” here in the fifties.

Since then it has become one of the Riviera’s most famous destinations and today the likes of Bono, Beyonce, Elton John and Leonardo DiCaprio are often seen soaking up Saint Tropez’s unique atmosphere. In fact, DiCaprio is such a fan of this glitzy resort that he launched his charity foundation at the prestigious vineyard Domain Bertaud Belieu in Gassin, in the heart of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Continue reading

5 of the Most Stunningly Designed Luxury Properties for Sale in France

Luxury properties in France combine beauty with function to create homes that are both highly livable and stunningly attractive. Many of these homes have been recently built using high-quality materials and keeping in mind what today’s buyers want: breathtaking views, exteriors that are just as impressive as the interiors, 24-hour security and additional space to accommodate guests. From multi-level villas to two-bedroom apartments, these high-end luxury homes and their phenomenal locations are irresistible.

5 of the Most Stunningly Designed Luxury Properties for Sale in France

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