France has topped Spain as the favourite destination for second home owners to invest. Its steady house prices and ease of access helps make it still a very safe bet for UK buyers.

Traditional prime property hotspots which attract wealthy, lifestyle buyers have been more resilient to the downturn in other areas. They include parts of southern France such as Provence and the Cote d’azur, the Alps and Paris.   Cash-rich, big-budget buyers have sustained the robust property prices achieved in the most popular holiday home destinations.

When choosing where to invest, UK buyers are most influenced by factors such as proximity to restaurants and bars, beaches, and being in easy reach of airports and TGV to reduce travel time. Most buyers have bought in places where there are an extensive number of tourist attractions, golf courses and beaches.

Well why not?

A comfortable family villa, beautifully maintained, in a quiet, residential area, in the hills of Nice.  The house enjoys a south and south west exposition, isn’t overlooked by neighbours, and boasts beautiful open views towards the sea and Cap d’Antibes in the south and the hills of Grasse in the West.

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