Here are five beautiful homes for sale in France, in some of the best summer coastal towns
From May to October, French coastal towns come into their own – and once summer hits and the school holidays start, locals and holidaymakers journey to seaside resorts from far and wide for some relaxation and fun in the sun. Clear blues skies, palm trees, beach sunsets, sea-view alfresco dinners and ice creams, while meandering quaint cobblestone old towns, make for memory-filled holidays.
There are so many charming destinations with spectacular beaches on the Occitanie and French Riviera coastlines. This selection of five properties matches extraordinary luxury homes with some of the most coveted seaside spots in France.
An exotic find in Villefranche-sur-Mer
At the gateway to Cap Ferrat, Villefranche-sur-Mer is one of the most popular towns on the Côte d’Azur. Famous for its coloured houses that border the promenade and Plage Marinières, a 1km beach that curls around the bay, its crystalline water and picturesque ancient quarter make it a perfect holiday destination.
This spectacular five-bedroom villa (HH-14615025), with its verdant exotic foliage, large balcony and breathtaking sea views, is a dream seaside home. One of the most exciting aspects of the property is the stunning half-moon swimming pool area, and the nature-inspired, shady covered terrace. The interiors are classy and immaculate, and there’s also a caretaker’s flat. It is currently on the market for €5,800,000.
A natural wonderland in Cannes
The Croix de Gardes in Cannes is a natural park spread over around 80 hectares. Here you’ll find around 20km of trails for hiking and biking among pine trees and oaks. Not far away is the heart of Cannes, the Croisette and the Palais des Festivals. As one of the most famous destinations in the world – the Cannes Film Festival attracting almost every A-lister under the sun – properties here get snapped up quickly.
This two-bedroom apartment makes an ideal summer holiday home and would also work well as a rental property. Due to its year-round calendar of events, properties like this in Cannes offer strong rental prospects and revenue opportunities for owners.
From the magnificent panoramic sea view, to the sharp yet wholesome minimalistic design inside, such a glorious property (HH-14610345), priced at €1,350,000, won’t be on the market for long.
An investment opportunity in Collioure
On the shores of the Côte Vermeille in Occitanie, the turquoise waters and charming town of Collioure have inspired and drawn admiration from artists over the years, such as Henri Matisse, for its entrancing light and colours. From its green vineyards, cobalt waters, pink houses and Catalan boats, Collioure is one of the prettiest coastal towns in France.
Property in Collioure is in demand, and finding an enchanting six-bedroom property (HH-14589476) like this, within walking distance of the town and beach makes it a gem of a find. The original stone building dates back to the 19th century and it is located in a tropical park that was created by the famous botanist Charles Naudin, which also includes a bamboo grove and century-old palm trees.
The property, priced at €2,625,000, does require some renovation, so there’s a good investment opportunity here. Ultimately this house is a holiday haven waiting for the right buyer.
An oasis in Narbonne
Narbonne Plage, on France’s old Languedoc coastline, offers vast golden-sand beaches that are extremely popular with locals in France. Set in the Regional Natural Park of Narbonne, the journey to the beach, by the Massif de la Clape, is filled with rolling vineyards and pretty countryside.
Narbonne itself, a city that has been revitalised over the last five to ten years, is a bustling hub that offers canal-side restaurants, a revamped indoor market and the local Aquajet water park is very popular with families.
Ideally located near the beach, but only 15 minutes from downtown Narbonne, this unique contemporary five-bedroom villa (HH-14128125) – born through high-quality construction – can only be described as a tranquil oasis. It is divided into two apartments, providing a high rental yield, and runs across two levels.
The swimming pool looks like a luxury spa with a gushing massage jet and bubbling Jacuzzi. Fun summer holidays are easy here as there is also a play area with pinball machines, a snooker table and table football. Currently on the market for €1,080,000 interested buyers should move quickly to see this one.
Buy the epitome of St Tropez luxury
An iconic French Riviera resort town, these days St Tropez attracts the likes of Leonardo di Caprio, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, but back in the fifties it was Brigitte Bardot who brought this charming fishing village into the global spotlight. Wander the atmospheric old port, hang out at a private club on the popular Pampelonne beach or chill out at the quieter Plage de Salins, which is shaded by pine trees. There is so much to do and enjoy in this summertime playground.
This sensational six-bedroom villa (HH-14592386) is the epitome of St Tropez luxury as it is one of the most prestigious areas. With airy rooms, abundant luminosity and splashes of colour this is a cheerful home just as much as it is a deluxe abode. Towering palm trees, a mature Mediterranean garden and superb turquoise swimming pool are all within a stone’s throw of the sea, providing incredible vistas. A well-appointed gym and staff apartment make this a dream residence. It is priced at €12,900,000.
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