An Insider’s Guide to French Riviera Property

An Insider’s Guide to French Riviera Property 1

French Riviera property is now, and has always been, in high demand. Since there are only limited areas where building can take place, demand for property has always been higher than supply.



The French Riviera is located in the south-east of France. The coastal region extends from Menton, which is near the Italian border, across to Nice, Antibes, Cannes and St. Tropez along the Mediterranean Sea. Every area in the French Riviera has luxurious residential properties, whether you plan on living there year-round or are looking for a holiday home.

As the homeland of Picasso and Matisse, the French Riviera has over 100 museums and approximately 150 galleries, plus 120 km of coastline and rich heritage, both culturally and naturally. The French Riviera also has charm and prestige, having once been cared for by European royalty. Various landmarks that the British aristocracy built are still around today, including churches, villas and hotels. There’s also a heavy Russian influence, specifically in the neighborhood of Tzarevich.

Snagging a home on the sea front, in the hub of one of the towns is certainly an option, specifically if you’re looking for supremely opulent housing. Alternatively, if you’d rather get away from the hustle and bustle, there are also properties available on the outskirts of the various towns and villages. While there are both older and newly built residences, small and large homes, rest assured that they’re all grand. For privacy, some properties are located in the area’s natural hills and cliffs, which are inaccessible to the public.

Property in Nice

For accessibility, consider purchasing property in Nice, where the second largest international airport in France is located. The airport serves various high traffic destinations, including London, Dublin, New York, the Middle East and Moscow.

As one of the French Riviera’s most desirable places, property owners seek out flats or apartments in Nice. If you’re looking for a more spacious home, there are also larger residences for purchase. Ideal for a holiday residence, property in the seaside city can be either hidden and tranquil or right in the centre of culture. Aside from views of the sea, residents also enjoy nearby harbours, shops, entertainment and restaurants.

The Promenade des Anglais is one of the French Riviera’s most famous and exciting places. This is where just about everyone in the area gathers to walk, chat or people watch. Take in the view of the Mediterranean as you dine al fresco at a restaurant that’s serving fresh seafood. Afterwards, stroll to the many bars, clubs and casinos, and keep your eye out for a famous face or two.

Property in Cannes

Cannes is arguably one of France’s most exclusive areas in which to purchase property. This chic town is located 30 minutes west of the Nice airport. The annual Cannes Film Festival attracts Hollywood’s hottest stars, garnering tons of attention from the media. Dating back to 1946, the prestigious festival draws big names, aspiring actors, and dedicated fans, followed by photographers and journalists, every year. Today, the name Cannes goes hand-in-hand with celebrity. Aside from the famed event, La Croisette on the seafront is full of lavish hotels and penthouse apartments. For a villa, search in Le Cannet and Super Cannes, where you’ll have views of the Lérins Islands.

6 More Coveted Locations for French Riviera Property

1. Beausoleil: For a piece of the good life, consider purchasing property in Beausoleil. Near to Monaco, Beausoleil has a broad range of properties to choose from.

2. St. Tropez is one of the most iconic resort areas in the world. The luxury marina has restaurants right on the waterfront and exclusive boutiques selling designer fashions. While the heart of St. Tropez is certainly by the sea, the hilly landscapes are just as beautiful as the town itself.

3. Juan-les-Pins: This trendy town is close to Antibes. Every year, huge performers and their fans come to Juan-les-Pins for the jazz festival.

4. Serene and tranquil, Cap d’Antibes is just five minutes away from the modern city of Antibes, which is full of cultural venues, jazz music and festivals.

5. Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat: Prestigious villas in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat boast swimming pools, perfectly kept gardens, and open sea views. Many villas are secluded and private, making it possible for residents to steer clear of tourists.

6. Villefranche-sur-Mer: Located east of Nice, this small village dates all the way back to 130 BC. The beauty of the Provencal-style property and the lovely Old Town is added to by the port and the citadel.

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