An Overview of St Jean Cap Ferrat
St Jean Cap Ferrat is one of the crown jewels in the French Riviera’s crown. Sitting on the coast between Nice and Monaco, this little gem has been drawing visitors since the 1900s. Until the beginning of the 20th century, St Jean Cap Ferrat was a fishing village surrounded by land used for grazing sheep. Then it was discovered by the King of Belgium who turned it into a fashionable seaside resort, and the rest, as they say, is history. Happily, the King was a fan of the wild Mediterranean countryside surrounding the village which remains gloriously unspoilt today. Over the years, the great and the good have all visited St Jean Cap Ferrat and fallen in love with its incredible light and panoramic views. Now it’s your turn to do the same.
Part of the French Riviera’s “golden triangle” along with neighbouring Villefranche sur Mer and Beaulieu sur Mer, St Jean Cap Ferrat is a little slice of heaven for those who are lucky enough to call it home. The Mediterranean climate guarantees hot summer sunshine and delightfully mild winters and the location can’t be beaten for sea views and easy access to the Côte d’Azur, Monaco and Italy. The town centre is small but very pretty with lots of boutiques for shopping, and even more restaurants for dinner and drinks. The lively port has plenty of bars and cafés which open late during the summer months for leisurely evening meals. There are some lovely little private beaches, and hidden coves along the coastline, perfect for relaxing or trying out a range of watersports if sunbathing isn’t really your scene.
With its fantastic selection of restaurants, exciting sports events and glittering nightlife, the French Riviera is always buzzing. St Jean Cap Ferrat is only a short drive from Nice, Cannes and Monaco for shopping trips to the city or a special evening out. During the winter season, the Southern Alps are just a couple of hours away by car or helicopter. Spend a few days skiing or snowboarding followed by some apres-ski in one of the region’s top resorts. If you prefer the coast to the mountains, head down to Eze and check out the legendary beach clubs like Anjuna instead. Or escape to Italy for an hour or two and a cheeky cappuccino. The list of things to do in the region is endless. With all of this on-hand plus all that sunshine, St Jean Cap Ferrat really is the ideal place to start your new life in the South of France.
Living in St Jean Cap Ferrat
Moving to St Jean Cap Ferrat, means living your best life. The lifestyle here is very laid back, it’s a world away from the city life. Stroll along the Promenade Maurice Rouvier to the Beaulieu sur Mer market to buy a baguette for lunch, have an aperitif in the port or just sit on the terrace and enjoy your very own view of the Mediterranean.
Culture vultures will love the town’s open-air theatre, auditoriums and cinema. There are plenty of concerts and shows organised throughout the year plus some incredible private events. The fitness stadium, watersports centre and beach volley club should keep any sports fans happy during the summer months before the ski season starts up again. Of course, if you really want to embrace the French lifestyle, it might be worth checking out the village boules club which has been a local institution since the 1920s.
If health and wellbeing is your thing or you just like being pampered, there are several spas in St Jean Cap Ferrat for total rest and relaxation. When it comes to nightlife, just a short stroll away from St Jean Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu has a beautifully refurbished casino with some high stakes tables. Roll the dice and come up lucky either way, after all, you’re already living in paradise.
With less than 2000 permanent residents in the village, life on the peninsula feels a little like being a member of a very select club. The French Riviera might be a popular destination, but St Jean Cap Ferrat is still exclusive enough for you to be able to avoid the crowds and enjoy living just that little bit off the beaten track in one of the most idyllic places in the world.
Highlights of the Social Calendar
St Jean Cap Ferrat knows how to put on a good party. Some of the Riviera’s biggest and glitziest events are held at the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild every year. And if you’re a concert-goer or festival fan you’re in luck, as the town has a very active social life with lots of fun events. Here are a few of the yearly highlights which we think you may enjoy:
- La Fête des Roses ~ May
- St Jean Baptiste ~ June
- Journée des Peintres ~ June
- Classiques de Juillet Concerts ~ July
- Opera Azuriales ~ August
- Bal des Fleurs ~ August
- Prestige Car Festival ~ September
- Pumpkin Festival ~ October
- Christmas Festival ~ December
- Comiques en Scene ~ Year Round
- Saint Jazz Club ~ Year Round
Properties for Sale in Cap Ferrat
When it comes to luxury homes, St Jean Cap Ferrat has the cream of the crop. Whether you fancy a modern rooftop apartment in town or a Provençal villa set in its own grounds, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our selection of luxury properties for sale on the peninsula.
If you’re looking for a large family home, this beautiful Belle Epoque villa in St Jean Cap Ferrat is ideal. Just minutes away from the beach and the town centre, the villa is surrounded by a 2700m² garden with an infinity pool. There are 7 bedrooms and bathrooms plus an independent apartment on the second floor for complete privacy. The main living space opens onto a sunny terrace with some incredible views over Villefranche-Sur-Mer. It’s the perfect spot for sharing a leisurely lunch with friends or relaxing with a drink as the sun sets over the Mediterranean.
This contemporary apartment is situated in one of the most prestigious residences in St Jean Cap Ferrat, overlooking Villefranche-Sur-Mer. There are 3 bedrooms and bathrooms plus the possibility to create a 4th bedroom should you need it down the line. The living/dining room opens onto a terrace with some of the best views in town. Stroll outside in the morning and watch the boats sail in and out of the harbour over your first cup of coffee. The residence is very close to the beach but also has a gorgeous pool if you prefer to soak up the sun in the comfort of your own home.
If you love to entertain, this unique Manhattan-style loft in Villefranche-Sur-Mer is an incredible choice. Built in a former water factory, there are lots of original features and preserved industrial elements which will make it a talking point at every soirée. The entire building is wired up to a top-of-the-range sound system to really get the party started, and there is a professional kitchen to wow your guests. Outdoors, the black mosaic swimming pool, terraces and 1500m² gardens provide plenty of space to mingle and check out the views over St Jean Cap Ferrat, equally stunning by day or by night.
Investing in St Jean Cap Ferrat Real Estate
We all know that when it comes to purchasing luxury real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. And what a location St Jean Cap Ferrat is.
With so many reasons to purchase a property in this idyllic little town, the only downside will be wondering why you didn’t decide to invest here sooner:
- The glorious Mediterranean climate and guaranteed year-round sunshine.
- The exclusive nature of St Jean Cap Ferrat with only 500 villas on the peninsula.
- Easy access from anywhere in the world via Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport.
- The proximity to the Southern Alps, ideal for ski trips in winter to some of the best resorts.
- The chic private beaches with a range of exciting water sports during the summer months.
- The many restaurants offering delicious Mediterranean cuisine and the freshest seafood around.
- The desirability factor of the peninsula, property in St Jean Cap Ferrat is highly sought-after which is reassuring if letting or re-selling is your long-term goal.
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If you are interested in purchasing a luxury property in St Jean Cap Ferrat and would like additional information about any of our luxury real estate, please contact our team who will be happy to give you more details. We’d love to find you a new French home.