A Brief Overview of St Tropez
What’s in a name? St Tropez used to just be the name of a small Provençal seaside town. Today it is much more. The town’s appellation has been adopted as the name of summer sandals, a delicious cream-filled pastry, a particular type of roof top terrace, and a self-tanning product line. Much more than that though, it’s a name that conjures up the place to see and be seen.
From humble beginnings as a military stronghold and fishing village, the iconic St Tropez has become a bucket list destination. It was ‘discovered’ after the Second World War by French New Wave cinema artists, particularly after ‘And God Created Woman’ was filmed here, starring the legendary Brigitte Bardot.
St Tropez is in the Var region of the French Riviera, 100kms West of Nice. Though the Vieux Port is now lined with staggeringly luxurious yachts rather than the fishing boats of yore, the village has retained much of its old-world charm. Cobbled streets, colourful facades, and ongoing competitions of ‘petanques’ in the ‘Place des Lices’ are as much part of the village as the glitz and glamour of nightclubs, top designer shopping opportunities, and gourmet dining at fine Michelin star restaurants.
One of the biggest draws has to be the Bay of Pampelonne, just south-east of the town. The five kms of shoreline provides forty or so beaches, each with its own vibe. The choice of where to don your swimmers and plunge into the azure depths of the Mediterranean is huge.
Directly inland from the Bay of Pampelonne, six kms from St Tropez, perches the charming medieval village of Ramatuelle. Winding lanes are lined with the gorgeous houses of the chic and wealthy. Only vineyards producing famous Cote de Provence wines lie between it and the beaches. Ramatuelle also provides a rich cultural programme for residents and visitors. All year round there are jazz, classical music, and theatre festivals.
Living in St Tropez
Given its status as a top location, the village of St Tropez is transformed from a relatively sleepy place to a hive of activity in the summer and early autumn months. When the yachts drop anchor and the visitors start to arrive, it creates a buzz, unique only to St Tropez. The quayside bars and restaurants hum, and it seems as though summer will never end. St Tropez is equally charming the rest of the year. Quieter yes, but no less delightful, as all the Tropeziens (the locals) will tell you.
Living in St Tropez year round means you get the advantages of what it has to offer in all seasons. Party town in high season. Peaceful at other times. The weather is good, the views are fantastic, and the beaches become a place for long leisurely walks or a place to practise yoga in paradise. Life slows down and you can take the time to chat when buying your bread in the boulangerie, or choosing a rascasse from the daily fish market for the bouillabaisse you plan for dinner.
There’s a rich cultural life in St Tropez itself, as well as in Ramatuelle and other neighbouring villages. You’ll have all the time in the world to enjoy any water sport you fancy, as well as yachting. If golf is your thing, the Golf Club of St Tropez is an address to aspire to. There is also a stunning 40 hectare golf course, Golf de Beauvallon, 10 kms away in Grimaud. For private helicopter and small aircraft pilots the Aerodrome of La Mole is 11 kms away.
All this, and a whole lot more in the villages and the countryside of La Massif des Maures, can be found a hop and a skip away from your own home in St Tropez.
Highlights of the Social Calendar
Almost every month there’s something going on in and around St Tropez. Here’s just a flavour:
- The Sea Horse Cup Regatta ~ March
- Harley Davidson EuroFest ~ May
- Les Bravades Festival ~ May
- Les Nuits du Château de la Moutte ~ August
- Porsche Paradise ~ September
- The Rallye des Princesses d’Automne (ladies’ car race) ~ September
- Voiles de Saint Tropez ~ October
Properties for Sale in St Tropez
Whatever you’re seeking, it’s likely your luxury home in St Tropez or Ramatuelle can be found in our portfolio of luxury properties.
If you’re completely inspired to live like a local, and dream of taking on a renovation project, this rare waterfront town house is yours. It’s extremely rare that such a property arrives on the market. It’s already a lovely property but needs work to be transformed into a family home since it’s presently set up as apartments for holiday rental. Set over four levels, every room looks out over the Med. It has masses of charm, original features like beams, mouldings, and tomettes (the Provencal hexagonal terracotta floor tile). There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a balcony on the third floor, and rooftop terrace on the top floor. Delightful.
If settling in immediately is more your style, a sophisticated brand new luxury villa in Ramatuelle might be your base. While relaxing in your infinity pool or sipping a glass of chilled rose by the poolside, you can admire the sea views beyond. The 500 square metre villa has eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms and sits in a well-manicured lawn. The contemporary architecture and interior design is the perfect backdrop to entertaining friends, family and business colleagues. The villa overlooks the Gulf of St Tropez and Pampelonne and is just a short drive away from St Tropez itself and the beaches.
If traditional Provençal architecture is more your cup of tea, then this other splendid villa in Ramatuelle is on offer. It sits in one hectare of land, has seven bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a separate one-bedroomed caretaker’s property. There is also a gorgeous infinity pool and covered outdoor dining areas. The property is part of a prestigious residential secured area, minutes’ walk from the beaches, bars and restaurants of Pampelonne.
We’re constantly adding new properties for sale in St Tropez to our portfolio. Bookmark this page and check back for future updates. If you’re looking for something very particular, get in touch, and one of our St Tropez Real Estate Agents will find your dream home.
Investing in St Tropez Real Estate
Whether to live in or rent out, buying property in the area of St Tropez is a definite investment. The mix of insouciance and glamour makes it a place like no other. Here are some of the reasons investing in luxury real estate here is a winner:
- St Tropez has come top of the destination list for people seeking the good life for over seven decades.
- Land and property retain and increase their value.
- Peaceful village life, cosmopolitan living, yachting, sports - everything you like is here.
- Cannes and Nice are both within easy driving distance, though for designer shopping you don’t have to go to either. It’s all on the doorstep.
- Ditto if you relish fine dining, music and theatre.
- The ski resorts of the southern Alps are only three or four hours’ drive away.
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If you’d like to find out more about living in St Tropez or Ramatuelle, or you’d like to know more about any of our luxury real estate for sale, feel free to get in touch with us.
We’d be more than happy to introduce you to paradise!