Best places to buy a second home on the French Riviera

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Four locations which are particularly coveted to own a second home on the French Riviera: Valbonne, Cannes, Saint-Tropez and Villefranche-sur-Mer.

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Valbonne, Cannes, Saint Tropez and Villefranche-sur-Mer are four of the Riviera’s most desirable locations, says the Home Hunts team.

What would you choose: an idyllic Provençal lifestyle in Valbonne; a high-performing revenue stream in Cannes; a luxury holiday home in Saint-Tropez or a panoramic view from the hills of Villefranche-sur-Mer?

Soak up authentic Provence in Valbonne

With its red and ochre townhouse facades overlooking sunny café terraces and bustling market stalls, the village of Valbonne is the embodiment of authentic Provence.

Just 20 minutes from Cannes, half-an-hour to the nearest ski resort and an hour from Nice’s international airport, a diverse and luxurious lifestyle is easy to achieve here.

Its proximity to Sophia Antipolis (France’s Silicon Valley) and busy events calendar also means it attracts a lively international crowd.

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Properties within walking distance to the village, like this immaculate five-bedroom Provençal villa (HH-12212771) are in high demand. In a tranquil spot yet a stroll away from amenities and schools, the location and design of this property makes it an exceptional investment opportunity. From the unique swimming pool and sweeping terrace area, to the pristine modern interiors and guest house, a property like this with a €1,650,000 price tag won’t be on the market for long.

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Go for glitz and glamour in Cannes

Cannes is one of the most glamorous and desirable destinations in the world. Offering an unrivalled position in the heart of the Riviera, you can swim in the sparkling sea all summer and spend your winters skiing in the Alps.

Cannes is also one of France’s leading commercial hubs, partly due to its hosting of industry-leading events from the worlds of yachting, real estate, music, television and the iconic Cannes Film Festival. It is therefore one of the best locations in France to develop an additional revenue stream that is active almost all the year round.

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With a view over the Palais des Festivals and the old port, this attractive two-bedroom apartment (HH-12413083) is a good example of the type of property that will be snapped up by conference attendees, and particularly by film festival goers in May. It is on the market for €1,890,000.

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Live the high life in Saint Tropez

Situated in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Saint Tropez has long attracted stars from the worlds of fashion, film, music and sport. Famously discovered by screen legend Bridget Bardot back in the fifties, today it is renowned for its golden sandy beaches, such as Plage des Graniers, Plage des Salins and Plage de Pampelonne. It is also home to a luxurious selection of cafes, restaurants, and clubs, such as Tahiti Beach Club and the famous Club 55.

This exceptional renovated apartment (HH-7507500) is located in Château Suffren, which is registered as a historical monument in France. Offering a spectacular sea view, it is an exciting proposition for a buyer looking for a unique proposition in Saint Tropez. It is priced at €3,700,000.

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Savour the views in Villefranche-sur-Mer

With its crystal-clear waters in mottled blues and a history that dates back to Roman times, it is no wonder that the charming Villefranche-sur-Mer is one of the most sought-after areas to own a home on the French Riviera. This pretty town is distinctive for its apricot-coloured houses, built on terraces on steep inclines that look down in to the sparkling waters below.

The sea front area around the harbour offers a vibrant and bustling atmosphere, and it is here that lunchtimes and café culture spill out onto terraces. As well as meandering through the ancient, cobble-stoned streets, there are several monuments in the town that are interesting to visit, such as the 18th century Church of Saint-Michel.

The views and authenticity of the town attracts people from all walks of life as well as the stars. Tina Turner designed her own mansion here and Keith Richards rented the waterfront Villa Nellcôte back in the seventies.

Ideally located in the town centre, this modern two-bedroom property (HH-12379657) means you can access Villefranche and its golden beaches on foot, but enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views over the harbour and Cap Ferrat when at home.

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