A brief overview of Monaco
They say good things come in small packages and nowhere is that truer than in the tiny principality of Monaco. Sitting pretty on the border between the French Riviera and Italy, Monaco has been a playground for the rich and famous since the 19th Century. It might be the second smallest country in the world, but the principality has managed to squeeze an awful lot into its 2.02 km2. Back in the 13th Century, the first member of the Grimaldi family sneaked into town disguised as a monk and captured “The Rock”. Since then, the Grimaldi dynasty has turned the microstate into one of the most popular destinations in the world. This is a place where dreams come true. Fortunes have been made and lost and made again in the casinos of Monte-Carlo, and the lure of Monaco’s extravagant lifestyle is a powerful one.
Thanks to its great position on the French/Italian border, Monaco is within easy reach of the best the French Riviera has to offer. In winter, the ski resorts of the Southern Alps are only a short drive or helicopter transfer away. Spend your morning on the golf course and your afternoon up in the fresh power at Isola, Auron or Limone, there’s no better way to spend a day. The coastline around Monaco is a dream come true for sailing enthusiasts. You’ll love cruising the hidden coves and beaches up and down the littoral. History buffs won’t be able to resist exploring the medieval hilltop villages perched around the Principality. Next door neighbour La Turbie has some fascinating Roman ruins and a stunning view over Monte Carlo just below. There are so many fantastic places to discover around Monaco that your biggest problem will be finding time to fit it all in.
Ever since the wedding of Hollywood royalty Grace Kelly to actual royalty Prince Rainier, Monaco has had a reputation to uphold as the most glamorous spot on the French Riviera. Thanks to the couple’s legacy, the Principality is now world-famous as a centre for business, sport and the arts hosting numerous world-class events every year. Its compact size makes Monaco the perfect place to invest in real estate as everything is just a short walk or drive away. Larvotto Plage with its private beach clubs and a fantastic array of watersports is ideal for sun worshippers. The luxury boutiques of the Carré d’Or in the heart of Monaco will make you want to shop until you drop. The two ports (Hercules and Fontvieille) provide double the choice when it comes to gourmet restaurants and lively bars, and with five casinos on hand, there’s always an excuse to have a flutter. With such a wide choice of activities, you’ll never be short of things to do in and around Monaco. And with a slice of Monaco real estate, you’re guaranteed a front-row seat to all the best events on a permanent basis.
Living in Monaco
Living in Monaco means having the best of both worlds, a modern city centre combined with a chic beach resort. Take advantage of absolutely everything the Principality has to offer and throw yourself headfirst into life in the world’s smallest metropolis. Grab your ear protectors for the noisy and dramatic Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix race, watch one of your favourite artists perform a practically private set in Le Sporting Club or have a lazy lunch at the Café de Paris before a busy afternoon of sunbathing and shopping, the choice is yours.
When it comes to culture, Monaco is way ahead of the game with its own theatre, opera, ballet company and Philharmonic orchestra to entertain you. In summer there is a open-air cinema perched on the side of The Rock, so you won’t miss out on any of the latest Hollywood blockbusters. There are some amazing museums and art galleries all over the Principality. The Musée Océanographique is a family favourite thanks to its touch tanks and giant whale skeleton. Monaco hosts festivals and concerts all year long, ranging from a circus festival complete with Big Top to a series of classical concerts in the courtyard of the Prince's Palace. Monte Carlo also organises a fireworks festival every summer which lights up the skies over the Principality with illuminations and music.
Sport is a way of life in Monaco and sports lovers will be spoilt for choice with the stunning yacht club, diving club, athletic stadium, country club and golf club to choose from, all just minutes away from the town centre. If running is your thing, make sure you check out the 2 health tracks complete with fitness stations around the Principality, the incredible sea views from the trail should make all that effort worthwhile.
Of course, if you prefer rest and relaxation to running, there are dozens of luxury spas in Monaco where you can indulge yourself. Spend a day at the Thermes Marin overlooking Port Hercules and enjoy one of their exclusive treatment packages and the views from the beautiful rooftop jacuzzi.
Shopping is taken to a whole new level in Monaco. The shopping centres of the Principality are bursting with designer boutiques selling clothes, jewellery, and much more. Check out the futuristic shopping pavilions in Casino Square for luxury goods galore or the Metropole shopping centre for homeware and gifts. For a more traditional slice of life in Monaco, pop down to the Provençal market held daily in the Place d’Armes. The stalls outside have a tempting array of brightly coloured fruit and vegetables, while inside the selection of seafood, meat and cheeses tastes as delicious as it looks. Don’t forget to stop and have a coffee in one of the little bars that line the square for the full market experience.
Monaco specialises in providing unforgettable nights out and its bars and nightclubs are legendary on the Riviera. Go old-school with an evening out at Jimmy’z club, dance the night away at The Living Room or sip cocktails on the terrace at the Buddha Bar as the sun goes down. The iconic Belle Epoque Casino in the heart of Monte Carlo is perfect for a little flutter or people watching. The outdoor gambling lounge has what must be one of the best views seen from any slot machine in the world.
Deciding to make the move to Monaco and invest in real estate here is probably the best decision you’ll ever make. The Principality is every bit as exciting and glamorous as it looks and the beautiful scenery and glorious Mediterranean climate are simply the cherry on top of life in this tiny slice of paradise.
Monaco Real Estate for Sale
When you’re talking about luxury real estate in Monaco, we can safely say that the sky’s the limit. Anything goes in the principality, from ultra-modern high-rise penthouse apartments to individual townhouses and ornate Belle Epoque villas. Whether you’re looking for a family home or a pied-à-terre to escape to for the weekend, we have a fabulous selection of real estate in and around Monaco to discover.
If you’re looking for a spacious apartment close to the centre of town, this duplex apartment in Cap d’Ail is just the ticket. Situated just minutes from the beach, there is also a swimming pool in the residence for those days when you don’t feel like going too far from home. Take your private elevator from the pool to the top floor and enjoy life in the clouds as you overlook Monaco’s Fontvieille harbour. The apartment has a master suite with a private terrace, plus 2 en-suite bedrooms and a service room for staff. The 2OOm² roof terrace is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon curled up with a book, or eating with family and friends while the lights of Monaco and Cap d’Ail twinkle below you.
This incredible waterfront villa in Cap d’Ail is a forever home. With 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms spread over 5 levels plus an elevator, the 600m² villa will be able to accommodate all the family for years to come. There’s no shortage of things to do in the house with an entertainment room, sauna, jacuzzi and hammam to keep you occupied. Outside, the enormous landscaped garden with its pool and summer kitchen is perfect for entertaining during the summer months. The villa overlooks Cap d’Ail’s gorgeous Mala Bay, and it’s so close to the Mediterranean that when you lie in bed, you’ll feel like you’re floating, who needs a superyacht with a view like this?
If you’re searching for absolute calm and privacy, then this Belle Epoque property in Cap Martin is ideal. The house is situated in a private domain with round the clock security, just ten minutes away from Monaco. Set in beautiful parkland and with a view over the Principality and the Mediterranean, the house is perfect for entertaining in style. Host extravagant get-togethers in the ground floor reception rooms or more intimate evenings in the second-floor music room. If you’d rather take advantage of the lovely weather to wine and dine your guests outdoors, the pool house area with its grill and bar is ideal for a more relaxed evening at home.
Investing in Monaco Real Estate
Monaco is always top of the list when it comes to the best places to live in the world. It’s not really surprising that the area is so sought-after, though, with such a fantastic location. There are so many reasons to invest in property in the principality, this is one purchase that you definitely won’t regret:
- The real estate opportunities. Monaco is home to some of the most luxurious properties in the world
- The security factor. Monaco is one of the safest places to live with an almost non-existent crime rate and huge police presence
- The weather. The Mediterranean climate guarantees mild winters and long hot summers
- The location. Monaco has easy access to and from all major cities via the Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport
- The health care system. Both the private and public hospitals in Monaco are excellent
- The events. Sporting and cultural, there’s always something going on in the Principality
- The lifestyle. There’s a lively, cosmopolitan vibe all year-round with a fabulous restaurant scene
- The nightlife.It’s extravagant and outrageous with a large choice of bars and clubs
- The quality of life. Monaco has the highest life expectancy in the world
When it comes to social events, the only problem you’re likely to have in Monaco is making sure you get a night-in every once in a while. The Principality plays host to some of the biggest and best parties on the French Riviera every year, and its world-class sports and music events are legendary. We’ve put together a list of some of the highlights to add to your diary:
- Monte Carlo Rally ~ January
- International Circus Festival ~ January
- Monte Carlo Opera Season ~ January- March
- The Rose Ball ~ March
- Monte Carlo Spring Arts Festival ~ April
- Monte Carlo Rolex Tennis Masters ~ April
- Top Marques Monaco ~ April
- Monaco Grand Prix & Historic Grand Prix ~ May
- Longine Global Showjumping~ June
- Palace Concerts ~ July
- Monte Carlo International Fireworks Festival ~ July & August
- Summer Festival at Le Sporting ~ July & August
- Red Cross Gala Ball ~ August
- Monaco Yacht Show ~ September
- Monaco Classic Week ~September
- Monaco Fair ~ October & November
- Monte Carlo Jazz Festival ~ November
- Monaco National Day ~ November
- Monaco Dance Forum ~ December
- Monaco Christmas Fair ~ December
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