Nice is a world famous summer destination, with seven kilometres of beach and over 300 days of sun per year. Unlike other holiday destinations which are all sun and sangria, Nice to combines this with being a chic cosmopolitan city. There are events all year around, from carnivals to culture, and the evenings are awash with cafes and gourmet restaurants. It attracts families, couples young and old, and a jet-setting international clientele. Its broad appeal is one of the reasons Nice was one of only two French cities where property prices actually still went up during the financial crisis.

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There are two reasons why Nice will always be a safe investment. The first is its geographical location. Nice has an extraordinary local micro-climate. The temperature rarely gets too hot or too cold, with citrus and palm trees a common sight. The mountains behind shelter the city from winds and cold fronts, yet offer some of the best ski slopes in Europe a short drive away. It has France’s second busiest airport, with direct connections to all the major destinations including London, Moscow and New York. With Easyjet offering a dozen flights a day, soon turning Nice into one of its major European hubs, as well as being serviced by many of the other budget airlines, many of Europe’s major cities are easily accessible. Half way between Monaco and Cannes, those wishing to explore will find Provence to the west, the Alps to the north, the Italian Riviera half an hour to the east, and Corsica a boat ride south.

It has to be one of the only places in the world where you can have pizza for lunch in Italy, ski in the mountains the afternoon, and share wine in a cosy French restaurant for dinner. It is a mecca for those that want beaches but not boredom. No wonder it is a jewel in the French crown.

The second reason is over a billion euros worth of investment over the past decade. Back in the 60s-70s, Nice was seen as the “noisy neighbour” to some of the more glamourous havens such as Cannes and St Tropez. Now some of France’s most ambitious construction projects have come to an end here, the spectacular new look leaves its neighbours looking tired and dated. The new tramway was used as an excuse to pedestrianise much of the centre, and build new piazza and parks. The main streets and squares of the Old Town, as well as the main squares Place Massena and Place Garibaldi, have all been restored. The extensive bus and tram infrastructure will take you anywhere, even as far as Cannes or Monaco, for only €1. And it is not finished yet! The new “Coulis Verte” will be the “Hyde park of the Riviera” stretching from the sea to the National Theatre. Digging has started to build a Metro system underground. The tramway is being extended to the airport. The railway which already goes to Milan east, and Marseille west, will be going directly north from Nice to Paris. Yet despite this radical transformation, property in the new Nice is still up to 20% cheaper than its neighbouring towns.

The city offers a wide spectrum of property, from bourgeois to budget, penthouse to pied-a-terre. The area you choose to buy will reflect how you wish to use it. Do you wish to be in the heart of the action, stepping out in the bustling streets to be swept past cafes and galleries? Is the dream a rustic French apartment with high ceilings, where you can sip a glass of rose looking out of the bay windows with the knowledge a five minute walk will see you mingling in designer boutiques and bistrot restaurants? Or must you have a terrace with a sea view no matter what the cost?

We have property to suit all budgets, and with access to every single property for sale in Nice we will present you the best possible selection upon your arrival. Please read about the different areas below, and then contact us to ask us more questions.

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Promenade des Anglais

The Promenade des Anglais that sweeps across the sea front of Nice is one of the best known in the world. Built in Victorian times, it runs along the beach from the airport for seven kilometers until it reaches the Old Town and Port. With some of the best known landmarks, such as the Negresco Hotel and the Palais de la Méditerranée, it is the only road in the city centre that offers panoramic sea views.

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Carre d'Or

The Carré d'Or, or "Golden Square", is prime Nice real estate. It is full of chic bars and designer stores, and nowhere is more than 5 minutes walk to the beach. One of the most rentable areas in Nice, it is a favourite with investors and those seeking a pied-a-terre.

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Old Town

Nice's Old Town, or Vieux Nice, is the historic heart of Nice dating back to the 16th century. The colourful narrow winding streets are full of galleries, markets, and boutiques selling everything from clothes to local produce. As evening falls the cafes, bars and restaurants are abuzz with people enjoying themselves or simply watching the world walk by. It is little wonder that this area is the hottest rental spot.

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Musicians Quarter

Those that want easy walking distance to the beach, bars and boutiques, but do not want the bustle of the Carre d'Or or Old Town, turn to the more residential Musicians Quarter. Just to the north of the Carre d'Or, but still a 10 minute walk to the beach, this well kept district contains an abundance of beautiful Art Deco, Belle Epoque and grand Bourgeois buildings.

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The Port

The Port of Nice hosts some of the world's finest luxury yachts. A lively residential district, popular with expats, it has a very local feel.

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Carre d'Argent

The Carre d'Argent lies the other side of the Avenue Jean Medecin tram line to the Carre d'Or, and is perfectly placed between the city centre and the Old Town and Port. The Nicois-style buildings are lined with shops and restaurants, and everything you need is within a five minute walk.

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The Fleurs district lies between the Boulevard Gambetta and Boulevard Grosso. Best known for the trendy Hi Hotel, it is a short walk from the beach.

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Mont Boron

This Hollywood Hill of Nice plays host to an array of stars, from Elton John to Sean Connery. It is not just multi-million mansions, there are plenty of apartments with sun-drenched terraces and jaw-dropping sea views.

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One of the oldest areas in the city, the bourgeois residential area of Cimiez is family orientated. Full of parks, museums, and grand old buildings with intricate facades, Cimiez is middle-class suburbia, French style.

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Nice's most recently developed residential district enjoys large gardens, swimming pools and modern buildings. The people of this area can be assured by its high security and overwhelming sense of safety.

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Nice North

The north of Nice is where the real Nicois live. From above it looks like a large residential sprawl, underneath it is a close network of self-sufficient communities. Though the locals may love it, the area offers limited investment opportunity.

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Nice West

Though the Promenade des Anglais starts from the airport, the 'nice' part begins as you nearly reach Boulevard Gambetta. What exists in between is B-grade property for those that need a sea view but do not want to pay top dollar. Parallel behind lies Avenue Californie, rather run down and lined with mini-marts and pizza parlours. The local University and business school, however, give it potential for cheap purchases for student letting.

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Nice East

As you take the tramway from Place Massena, once you go past Place Garibaldi you start heading into East Nice. The east is the most run down and least desirable part.

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Advantages for a holiday home
  • One of the most desirable spots on the planet
  • Cheap flights with regular service all year around
  • Everything within walking distance of the city centre
Disdvantages for a holiday home
  • Higher capital outlay than some other holiday destinations
  • Buildings with swimming/tennis outside of the city centre
Advantages for investors
  • France's second largest airport
  • Strong demand from an international clientele
  • Sunshine around 300 days per year
Disdvantages for investors
  • Higher capital outlay than some other holiday destinations
  • Pebble beaches as opposed to sandy