Nice, the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department, is one of the most desirable locations to live on the Riviera. As a result of its natural beauty, exceptional position on the Côte d’Azur and sunny Mediterranean climate it has been attractive to the upper classes since the 18th century, when aristocratic families started to spend winters in the city. In fact, the main promenade by the sea, the Promenade des Anglais, allegedly owes its name to the area’s earliest holidaymakers when it was built back in 1822.
This famous promenade is lined with palm trees, luxury apartments and hotels, such as the Negresco, which is also home to two-starred Michelin restaurant Chantecler. With regency décor, silk-covered lamps and delicate dishes, this is one of the finest places to dine on the “Prom”.
Other famous streets include the Boulevard Victor Hugo, Avenue Jean Medicin and Boulvard Gambetta, which make up the highly sought-after Carré d’Or – or Golden Square – where many grand properties and Bourgeois apartments offer a luxurious city lifestyle just five minutes from the beach.
The triangle-shaped old town, offering lively and vibrant streets, such as the Cours Saleya, is one of the most visited areas in Nice and is also one of the most coveted areas in which to own property.
On the east side of the city, the area of Mont Boron is arguably the most desirable location in which to live outside of the centre. It is renowned for its large Belle Epoque mansions and luxury hotels, and for its panoramic views of the Port of Nice.
Mont Boron offers a spectacular wooded park with glorious walks and views, which is one of the reasons Elton John and David Furnish chose to buy their sumptuous villa there – along with the breath-taking views across the whole of Nice. This residential area is also well positioned for quick access to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat and Monaco.
Further popular residential locations are Cagnes-sur-Mer and Saint-Laurent-du-Var, the largest suburbs in Nice, with Cagnes being home to Renoir back in the early 1900s, as well as many American literary figures during the twenties.
Home Hunt has many properties on offer in the Mont Boron area, such as this sophisticated Belle Epoque-style mansion (HH-5450614), which offers a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains. With six large bedrooms, a fan-shaped pool surrounded by exotic palm trees and an elegant, luxurious interior, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a unique home, at the top of the prime market, in one of the most sought-after locations on the Riviera.
In the heights of St Laurent du Var, lies this grand modern villa (HH-5848611), which offers stunning sea views that can be enjoyed from two terraces and landscaped gardens. At €2,490,000 this secure and stylish four-bedroom property will not be on the market for long.
Set on the Carré d’Or, this duplex apartment has been luxuriously renovated and features an American kitchen and a high-spec interior. With a sea-side balcony, three bedrooms and a secure garage, the asking price of €1,230,000 makes this property a “must-view”.
For more details on these properties or for more information on available properties in Nice, visit the Home Hunts website, www.home-hunts.com, or call the France office directly on +33 (0)970 44 66 43.