French Riviera by Area
The beautiful coastline of the French Riviera has been one of the most popular destinations in the world for years. Famous for its stunning scenery and golden sunshine, the South of France is as glamorous as it is exclusive. Starting with St Tropez in the West and culminating in Monaco in the East, the French Riviera is lined with chic seaside resorts, overlooked by historical hilltop towns and villages. Sun-soaked and fascinating, once you purchase your luxury apartment, you’ll be perfectly placed to discover all the French Riviera has to offer.
Sitting at the Western tip of the French Riviera, St Tropez has been drawing the crowds ever since Brigitte Bardot put it on the map back in the 1950s. The lively port is home to some of the world’s most luxurious superyachts, and the village square is the place to stop for coffee and cocktails. The hip restaurants and bars in the town centre are always popular, but St Tropez’s real draw are the glorious stretches of golden sand around the town. The fabulous beach clubs are the perfect place to see and be seen during the summer season.
High in the hills around Cannes and Grasse you’ll find the French Riviera hinterland. This area has some of the most charming villages and towns in the South of France and has been home to some of the most well-known figures of the art world over the years. Totally unspoilt, the hinterland has been enjoying the same traditional lifestyle for hundreds of years. Shop at the local market, send your olives to the town mill to be pressed, this little corner of Provence is as peaceful as it is pretty.
Back down on the coast, life in the big city is a little more fast-paced. Cannes may be famous for its Film Festival, but it doesn’t stop there, the city also hosts a programme of congress events all year round, there is always something going on along the Croisette. The city centre is vibrant and modern with a host of sophisticated restaurants and bars. The old town is fascinating with funky boutiques and stores dotted all along its winding streets. And the beaches are famous the world over for their towering palm trees and golden sand, Cannes is definitely one of the jewels in the French Riviera’s crown.
Just down the road from Cannes lie Antibes and the Cap d’Antibes, one of the most appealing areas of the French Riviera. The old part of Antibes is historic with its narrow streets and village-feel while the port area is full of restaurants and bars which keep the holiday atmosphere going all year-round. With Medieval ramparts around the town to explore and some of the best beaches on the French Riviera just below them, you won’t be able to resist Antibes and all its charms.
On the stretch of coast between Monaco and Nice, you’ll find the idyllic little peninsula of St Jean Cap Ferrat. This exclusive little village is home to some of the most luxurious real estate on the French Riviera, and with just 2000 residents in total, living here feels more than a little bit special. St Jean Cap Ferrat is only a few minutes drive away from Monaco, but with all the bars and restaurants to discover in the port area, plus the fabulous beaches along the peninsula, you may just end up spending all your time at home.
Sitting on the border between France and Italy, the Principality of Monaco is about as glamorous as it gets. Famous the world over, Monaco plays host to some of the biggest and best events on the planet every year. Come for the thrilling casino and stay for the luxury boutiques and dazzling nightlife. The perfect combination of a modern city which has managed to retain its Belle Epoque charm, you’ll love life in the heart of the principality.
Living on the French Riviera
Welcome to your new lifestyle, welcome to the French Riviera. Living in the South of France is a little like winning the lottery. You are surrounded by fantastic scenery, the sun shines pretty much all day, every day and there is always something new and exciting to do, what more could anyone ask for?
The French Riviera is incredibly diverse.Tiny villages where time has stood still are perched in the hills overlooking vibrant modern cities. Drive from the beach to the mountains in just a few hours, or head inland and discover gorges and lakes that have been around since time began. From the lavender fields of Provence to the beaches of St Tropez, the French Riviera is a little slice of paradise.
Thanks to the beautiful surroundings and permanent sunshine, staying in shape is couldn’t be simpler when you live on the French Riviera. The South of France offers a wide range of sports which can be enjoyed all year-round. Make the most of living by the sea and get your diver’s licence, or take up sailing in the calm blue waters of the Mediterranean. And with the mountains just a couple of hours away, you’ll also be ideally placed for the winter ski season, everyday is a bluebird day when you live on the French Riviera.
When it comes to sports, the professionals love the French Riviera too. Every year the area plays host to some of the biggest competitions in the world. Catch the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix as it races through the streets of Monaco, or watch in awe as some of the most elegant yachts ever built compete against each other in the bay of Cannes. When you live on the French Riviera, you’re always in the heart of the action.
And of course, the French Riviera is also known worldwide for its cosmopolitan culture. The cities and villages up and down the coast have some of the best art galleries and museums in France, and many of the most famous artists in the world have been inspired by the French Riviera light and scenery. And it’s not just art that’s celebrated on the French Riviera, music and cinema are also honoured during the year with legendary festivals and performances. From film to books, jazz to fireworks, if you’re in search of culture, you’re sure to find it here in the South of France.
Perhaps a little less artistic, but enjoyable nonetheless, the French Riviera is also renowned as a paradise for shoppers. From Monaco down to St Tropez, you’ll find all the latest fashions in the luxury boutiques along the French Riviera. Spend hours finding just the right pair of shoes for the next big party, or treat yourself to the latest designer handbag, fashions fade, but the style is eternal here on the French Riviera.
One of the greatest pleasures of living in the French Riviera, is the incredibly varied selection of restaurants. We all know that the French love food, and nowhere is that more evident than in the South of France. Discover family-run bistros in the hillside villages which have been serving local specialities for generations. Or eat in some of the world’s best contemporary restaurants in Cannes and Monaco. From a light lunch with friends to a romantic evening meal you’ll never forget, experience some of the best food of your life here on the French Riviera.
From dinner to dancing, the French Riviera’s nightlife is also in a class of its own. Since the roaring 20s, the French Riviera has been known for its sparkling social life and dazzling soirées, and these days some of the biggest and best clubs in the world can be found along the coast. Party the night away in one of the VIP nightclubs in Monaco and St Tropez, and then recover at a prestigious private beach club the next day before doing it all over again. The many casinos will be popular with gambling fans. And every village has its own winebar where, for the price of a coffee in London or New York, you can while away the evening over a delicious bottle of local rosé.
Once you discover the beauty and culture of the French Riviera, you’ll wonder how you could ever have lived anywhere else. And with a luxury apartment of your own to call home, the glamorous French Riviera lifestyle will be yours for the taking.
Choosing a French Riviera Apartment
Whether you’re looking for a city centre penthouse or a charming pied à terre by the beach, the French Riviera is the ideal setting to purchase your new apartment. But there are so many wonderful properties to choose from in this part of the world that making the big decision might be more difficult than you think. To help you find just the right apartment we’ve put together a list of key factors to consider before you sign on the dotted line:
Views: The French Riviera has many qualities but one of the very best must be the incredibly diverse and incredibly beautiful scenery. If you fancy taking drinking your morning coffee while you overlook the Mediterranean or the mountains, we have a wonderful range of apartments with breathtaking views up and down the coast.
Outdoor space: Another advantage to life in the South of France is, of course, the year-round sunshine. To make the most of the Mediterranean climate, simply select one of our many apartments with a balcony, terrace or roof deck and create an outdoor lounge or dining area to enjoy with your friends and family.
Swimming Pool: What could be nicer than stepping out of your front door and spending the day soaking up the sunshine by a stunning outdoor swimming pool? If a swimming pool is on your list of must-haves, we have a wide range of apartments set in luxury residences all over the French Riviera with their own private pools.
Storage: When you live minutes away from the most stylish boutiques in the world, you’re bound to give in to temptation every now and again. So why not select one of our apartments sold with an additional storage area to ensure that you can go on as many shopping sprees as you like while you’re in town.
Parking: Parking on the French Riviera is difficult at the best of times, but downright impossible during the summer season. So we suggest skipping the search for a spot and opting for one of our apartments sold with a private garage or parking space instead to make sure you’re always ahead of the crowd.
French Riviera Lifestyle
Owning a luxury apartment on the French Riviera is a sound investment. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more fascinating place to live with such a rich history. Whether you’re looking to purchase a second home or a property to rent out during the year, the French Riviera is always in demand. Here are just some of the reasons why the French Riviera is top of the list when it comes to real estate opportunities:
The climate: Sun, sun, sun with blue skies and warm temperatures guaranteed all year-round. What’s not to like?
The location: Easily accessible by plane, train and yacht, the French Riviera is ideally located in the South of France. Italy is close enough to visit for the day and London and Paris are less than 2 hours away by plane.
The things to do: They’re all fabulous of course. You’ll love the incredible selection of restaurants and boutiques while the range of outdoor activities will keep the whole family happy, all year long.
The events: The French Riviera is known the world over for hosting some of the best global sporting and entertainment events every year. There’s always something exciting going on along the coast from St Tropez to Monaco.
The beaches: This area is known for its gorgeous coastline. Discover tiny bays between St Jean Cap Ferrat and Monaco or relax on the golden sand of Cannes, life’s a beach on the French Riviera.
The nightlife: From cosy village bars to glittering summer beach parties, the nightlife on the French Riviera is something else. There are endless options for a great night out along the coast, it's time to let the good times roll.
The real estate opportunities: This area is perfect for investing in real estate. Luxury property on the French Riviera not only holds its value but can also be rented out very easily if you decide to let your apartment on a long-term basis. Save the gambling for the casino as real estate on the French Riviera is a very safe bet.
Highlights of the Social Calendar
Throughout the year the French Riviera hosts some of the most famous and exciting events in the world. From sports competitions to concerts, there is always something to see on the French Riviera and of course, always a reason to celebrate. We’ve put together a list of highlights to make sure you won’t miss anything:
- Mandelieu: Fete des Mimosas ~ February
- St Tropez: Au Large de St Tropez Regatta ~ March
- Monaco: Top Marques ~ April
- Cannes: Film Festival ~ May
- Monaco: Grand Prix & Historic Grand Prix ~ May
- Grasse: International Rose Exhibition ~ May
- Antibes: Les Nuits Carrées ~ June
- Mougins: International Gastronomy Festival~ June
- Juan les Pins: Jazz à Juan Festival ~ July
- Cannes: Nuits Musicales Le Suquet ~ July
- St Jean Cap Ferrat: Classiques de Juillet Concerts ~ July
- Monaco: Monte Carlo International Fireworks Festival ~ July & August
- Cannes: Yacht Show ~ September
- St Tropez: Les Voiles de St Tropez Regatta ~ September & October
- Mouans Sartoux: Book Festival ~ October
- Monaco Monte Carlo Jazz Festival~ November
The Purchase Process in France
To make it easy to understand what it takes to buy an apartment on the French Riviera, we created a concise guide and infographic.
Arrange an Apartment Viewing
If you’re ready to make the move to the French Riviera, please contact our team. They will be very happy to give you more details about our properties and arrange an appointment for you to view any apartments which have caught your attention.