Famed for its beautiful fine sandy beaches, the Côte d’Azur is particularly dazzling when it comes to its prestigious properties. As part of an upmarket real estate project, this broad overview of the most luxurious neighbourhoods will allow you to choose which one is best suited to you.
Nice, the jewel of the Côte d’Azur
Over the years Nice has created an identity that revolves around prestige. Some of the properties that you can admire there are evidence of the architectural talent of long ago. Others bear the hallmarks of more contemporary designers. Some notable neighbourhoods come to the fore.
The Cap de Nice neighbourhood, cosy and elegant, offers the perspective of completely enjoying the marine landscape. The stunning view of the Baie des Anges, the calm, the comfort and ease of access come together in this chic neighbourhood.
Mont Boron, the residential neighbourhood located on the slopes of the mountain with the same name, provides proximity to a vast forest. The abundant nature inspires relaxation just as much as it kindles a desire for adventure. So it is the ideal place for settling on the Côte d’Azur.
Elton John’s villa, bought for more than 32 million dollars, is also located in Nice.
Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat, the prestigious peninsula
Having been home to VIPs ranging from kings and queens to Hollywood stars, the sumptuous Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat has an extremely warm welcome for you. The homes built here are each more beautiful than the last . The area’s charm combined with a peaceful atmosphere are particularly conducive to an intimate residence.
With its 14 hectare garden, the Villa les Cèdres is a beautiful illustration of the prestigious local real estate. It’s construction dates back to 1830. The former mayor of Villefranche-sur-Mer, David-Désiré Pollonais, was one of the first owners of this exceptional property that was later sold to Léopold II, the Belgian monarch.
Built under the instruction of Ernest Cunard, the Villa Primavera stands proudly between two beaches: the Fosses and the Fossettes. This property has been passed from the hands of a giant in shipping connections to those directing a company renowned for household electricals and high-tech products: Haring Phillips. You should know that the former French president Giscard d’Estaing stayed in this residence in 1974.
The Villa Nellcôte also boasts a rich past. Most notably, she was the recording studio used by the Rolling Stones as well as the summer residence for the same rock band. Spacious and chic, she is the epitome of high-end living in Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat.
Villefranche-sur-Mer, Azure paradise
A jewel of nature and luxury, Villefranche-sur-Mer is the ideal location to invest in luxury real estate. Absolute calm reigns supreme here, even though the town is in constant motion. Pleasure-boating, diving, cycling and other activities involving the sea take place for much of the year.
Villefranche-sur-Mer is also a town with numerous historical monuments. The Saint-Pierre chapel, the Saint-Elme citadel and the Rue Obscure are some of the places that have created the town’s reputation.
As for the Villa Léopolda, erected between Nice and Monaco, it will lead you to discover the splendour of the former home of the king Léopold II and its 8 hectare garden. Albert the First of Belgium, Ogden Codman and Edmond Safra are all on the list of happy owners of this exceptional property.
Cap d’Ail, a luxury gem between sea and mountain
Enjoying a privileged location between mountain peaks and the depths of the sea, the Cap d’Ail is keen to increase its environmental heritage. You will be seduced by these houses, mostly displaying the Belle Epoque style, their parks and gardens as well as the sumptuous buildings that have housed prestigious celebrities.
For example, the Villa les Funambules was built in 1904 for a local rentier before being passed onto the author Sacha Guitry, adds to the architectural beauty in this idyllic location. A simple straight staircase makes it possible to get to the sea.
Also built for a woman (the author Gabrielle Reval) the Villa Mirasol is another property gem on the Cap d’Ail. The Marquis of Sévigné also couldn’t resist the charm of the balustrades, columns and the other attractions of this luxury residence.
And don’t forget the Château de l’Ermitage that Sir Edwards built in 1894. Queen Victoria, Léopold of Belgium and the Russian Dowager Empress are among the famous visitors.
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, a secret municipality on the Riviera
The locals of this municipality have the privilege of enjoying an incredible quality of life. The residential districts stand out for the refinement and serenity permanently reigning there.
In this luxurious environment are striking examples of real architectural know-how. The Villa Cypris, strongly inspired by the Byzantine style, was built in 1904 for Cyprienne Dubernet (later known as Madame Roger Douine). Certain film scenes like those from Aphrodite and Mortelle Randonnée were shot there.
The Villa Cyrnos,built for the former Empress Eugénie of Montijo in 1892, is charming with it’s loggia, gardens and tropical plants.
The Villa Torre Clementina cannot be overlooked. The novelist Ernesta Stern had it built at the beginning of the 1900’s. The villa itself and also the tiered gardens are listed in the register of historical monuments.
So, it is up to you to choose which of these villas best suits you. One thing is certain : luxury, peace and sensual delight are masters there.