Six reasons to buy French Riviera real estate

The Côte d’Azur is one of the most coveted locations in the word for buying French property. Stretching along the sparkling Mediterranean Sea coastline, from Menton in the east along to Cassis in the west, the French Riviera is home to fashionable towns such as Antibes, Saint-Tropez and Cannes, which are renowned for their popularity and exclusive real estate.

Here are six reasons why buying real estate on the French Riviera could tick meet all your needs, whether it is a second or permanent home you are looking for.

1)    Global connections

Over 160 nationalities live and work on the Cote d’Azur and the international airport in Nice offers access to more than 30 countries around the world, including daily flights to America and Dubai. As around one person in eight are of international origin English is spoken almost everywhere, meaning business and day-to-day life for those who aren’t fluent in French yet, is far more straightforward than in many other areas of France.

2)    Thriving economy                            

As well as world-class beaches, gastronomy and shopping, the French Riviera is also home to Sophia Antipolis, Europe’s leading science and technology park. Around 1,335 companies are located here providing work to more than 30,000 people. The IT sector accounts for almost 50% of jobs and it is a place where all levels of business, from innovative start-ups to world-leading companies, such as Air France and Orange, run their operations.

3)    Exclusive real estate

The Côte d’Azur is the most expensive location in France. Home Hunts’ INside France insights brochure showed that in 2013 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat received the most enquiries for properties above €15 million, taking 32% of the total number made in the region. Many of Europe’s most exclusive residential roads are also to be found along the Côte d’Azur, where prices of up to €50,000 per square metre are being reached in some of the most sought-after locations.

4)    Enviable lifestyle

The French Riviera offers more than 120km of coastline, 19 golf courses, 15 ski stations and 6,000 sports and cultural events each year. There are also excellent schools and over 20 provide bilingual support or international curriculums for students from ages three to 18. Gastronomic restaurants, glamorous venues, high-profile festivals, excellent yacht and private jet facilities along with beautiful landscapes and beaches, makes the French Riviera a top choice for networking, socialising and family life.

5)    Abundant sunshine

The French Riviera offers 300 days of sunshine each year, glorious beaches, such as Paloma Beach at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Pampelonne Beach in Saint-Tropez. It is also bathed in a beautiful light, one of the reasons that artists such as Picasso and were so drawn to this part of Europe.

6)    Cultural oasis

From Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat to Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, and arguably the most glamorous resort of them all Saint-Tropez, there is a never-ending list of exquisite towns to explore on the French Riviera, from well-kept secrets beyond the beaches, such as Vence (known as the “city of art”) to the romantic Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Feeling inspired to buy a property on the French Riviera? Here are three properties to kick-start your search.

Refined luxury in Cap d’Antibes


This impressive Belle Epoque property (HH-713809) has been completely redesigned and renovated. It offers four bedrooms with en-suites, a heated infinity pool, stunning sea views and separate staff accommodation. With such blissful contemporary interiors and luxurious private garden, this residence, which is priced at €13,800,000, will not be on the market for long.

A modern ranch in Villefranche


This four-bedroom Californian villa (HH-7031449) is located in the prestigious domain of “Castellet” on Villefrance-sur-Mer’s hillside. Hightlights include a cinema room, breath-taking sea and countryside views and a spectacular swimming pool and terrace area. At €6,700,000 a viewing is recommended as soon as possible.

Perfect for Pampelonne Plage


Around five minutes from Pampelonne Beach, not far from the centre of Saint-Tropez, this beautiful Provençal villa (HH-6426739) offers five bedrooms, a stunning infinity pool and views of the countryside. Surrounded by land with vineyards, palm trees and olive trees, this property, is priced at €3,900,000.