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Côte d'Azur

Welcome to our latest edition of E&V Market Insights about The French Riviera

The French Riviera is one of the world's most expensive real estate markets. It enjoys both an exclusive standard of living and a wealth of high-end cultural and recreational attractions. Ever since the end of the 18th century, this stretch of coastline has had a reputation as a favorite retreat of ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWIs), European aristocrats and international high society.

Unique property on the Cap d'Antibes


The most expensive property currently on the market with E&V Côte d'Azur is this prestigious 1930s waterfront residence. Located on the west coast of the famous Cap d'Antibes, close to the legendary Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, it truly makes a dream come true. The magnificent 10-bedroom villa exudes style and elegance. It is set in the midst of 8,200 square metres of well-maintained Mediterranean grounds, which also feature a tennis court and heated swimming pool. Right by the sea, but out of sight, this villa is just perfect for hosting a large family and several guests, events and receptions. The asking price is 29 million euros, equivalent to approx. 34 million US dollars.

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Which are the most sought-after towns and region?


1. Menton 2. Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferret 3. Nice 4. Cap d'Antibes 5. Mougins 6. Cannes 7. Saint-Tropez 8. Fayence


Menton is a pretty town that has retained its quaint village character and Italian influences. It is highly sought after for its proximity to Italy as well as Monaco, and enjoys an international reputation thanks to its annual "Lemon Festival".


One of the most expensive residential areas in the world, and often referred to as the "Cape of Billionaires", is the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula. It is also often called the "Garden of Monaco", and this captures the advantages it offers: proximity to Monaco on the one hand and natural beauty on the other. In Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat there are beautiful properties, tranquillity and, above all, privacy to be found.


The city of Nice enjoys a location that is remarkable and appealing for many reasons. Across the water from Corsica, which is visible on clear, sunny days, the city is set along the coast and extends up into the green hills behind. Its sheltered geographical setting makes Nice one of the warmest places on the French Côte d'Azur, even in winter. In terms of population, Nice is the fifth-largest city in France. Those who live here not only cherish life on the waterfront but also get to enjoy the city's rich architectural heritage and the diversity of its various museums.

Cap d'Antibes

Cap d'Antibes is a highly exclusive peninsula, internationally known for the famous "Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc". This prestigious residential area is characterised by luxurious villas and magnificent apartments with breathtaking panoramic views of the sea and the surrounding hills. Lush parks guarantee homeowners plenty of peace and quiet. The peninsula is home to modern buildings in the Californian style as well as sophisticated villas dating from the 1930s or 1960s with traditional charm.


Not far from Cannes lies Mougins, a town that also has an abundance of greenery. Those who live in Mougins appreciate the natural and peaceful surroundings amidst beautiful villas and, at the same time, are only 10-15 minutes by car from the bustling life of Cannes. The town is also highly sought after for its cultural offerings and international schools.


In Cannes, it is often an address that you are buying: The "Croisette" boulevard, or the "Banana" or "California" districts with their magnificent villas in peaceful surroundings and incredible views from their raised plots. Cannes' assets include its international prestige, its luxury shops, and the numerous events that take place throughout the year. In addition, Cannes boasts sandy beaches – a fact that is by no means common on the French Riviera. Apartments in the center yield a very good rental return.


The legend of Brigitte Bardot and the 1960s await in Saint-Tropez, along with the famous sailing yacht event "Voiles de Saint-Tropez". It is a mythical village with a picturesque harbour, alive from spring through to autumn. The Gulf of Saint-Tropez is generally less urbanised than the Alpes-Maritimes and this is precisely what attracts buyers looking for authenticity. Outside Saint-Tropez, the neighbouring villages of Grimaud, Gassin, Ramatuelle, La Croix-Valmer and Cavalaire are also highly sought after. The properties for sale there usually boast beautiful sea views. Sainte-Maxime, located between Saint Raphaël and Saint-Tropez, is also a very lively place all year round. Its proximity to Saint-Tropez is a real advantage. Sainte-Maxime is sought after by both the French and a clientele from northern Europe.


The area of Fayence and the Var region have certain attributes in common. They combine tranquillity and authenticity with abundant nature and more affordable prices. Charming villages like Lorgues, Callian, Mons and Fayence, each exuding the spirit of country life and Provence, have become the new fashionable destinations for the UHNWI clientele. They are also very popular with investors interested in wineries: The latest example is George Clooney, who acquired a vineyard in Brignoles this year, as well as celebrities like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and George Lucas.

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