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The South of France Property Guide: Côte d’Azur

Côte d’Azur, or the French Riviera, has so many qualities that draw in British people looking to invest in South of France property.

The name Côte d’Azur was coined in 1887 by writer Stephen Liégeard when he published a book on the same name. From the sun-kissed coastline, exquisite marinas, crisp blue skies and fragrant cuisine, the region is truly a haven of wellbeing. With all it has to offer, it’s no wonder it’s one of the most sought-after property spots in the South of France.

What is classed as this area?

While there is no government-sanctioned border for the Côte d’Azur, the region is considered to stretch from Hyeres all the way to Monaco. The territory varies from the hillier landscapes inland, to the beautiful stretches of coastline as you head towards the balmy sea. Property closer to the sea gets more expensive and there are more tourists, so you will need to take this in consideration when choosing your South of France property.

Minimum property prices come in at just under €90,000 while maximum property prices can set you back almost €5,000,000. Whatever your budget, you will be able to find a property that meets your expectations.

Where to buy in Côte d’Azur

One of the most popular places to buy in is Nice where there is access to France’s second largest international airport, making sure the Côte d’Azur is globally accessible. Here you will be able to find apartments for sale, but if you’re looking for more spacious homes, they are located away from the hustle and bustle of the seafront.

Apart from the sea, residents and tourists alike can enjoy the many harbours, restaurants and shops that Nice has to offer.

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Around thirty kilometres away from Nice is where one of the most prime locations of the French Riviera can be found. Cannes is home to the annual film festival which has been drawing big names to this area since 1946, so much so, that it is now synonymous with celebrity and opulence. The area has always maintained its reputation of exclusivity, boasting lavish penthouse apartments and luxurious villas with sea views.

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If you’re looking for another iconic area of the Côte d’Azur, then head to St Tropez. Once a small fishing village, St Tropez’s harbours were transformed into a trendy resort in the 1950s that attracted the rich and famous. Regardless of this transformation, the old town’s charm is very much still alive in the old quarters, where Provencal-style properties are situated. Prospective buyers also have the choice of villas, apartments and townhouse throughout this vicinity.

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Between Cannes and Nice is the resort town of Antibes. Rich with culture, it has been home to the annual Jazz Festival of Antibes since its inception in 1960. Most of the properties in Antibes are apartments which can range from small, but practical studio flats ,to high-standing residential buildings equipped with swimming pools and tennis courts. Similar to other regions in the French Riviera, there is also the option of villas or Provencal housing.

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What can Charles Mackintosh do for you?

Whatever your requirements for a home in the South of France, Charles Mackintosh is here to help find a property that suits your needs. With nearly 30 years’ experience on the French Riviera, Charles Mackintosh can provide you with the right expertise when it comes to picking your property on the Cote d Azur.

Charles’s services include undertaking property surveys and valuations, as well as co-ordinating building and renovation projects in the South of France.

If you’re still contemplating a move and need help choosing the right South of France property for your needs, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with chartered surveyor, Charles Mackintosh today.