Nice’s city centre is rich in architectural heritage. Private mansions, former palaces, Belle Epoque villas or mansions.
The city of Nice is a city in permanent evolution. Good quality infrastructures such as the tram and railway station dating back to 1865 make the heart of the city easily accessible. The so-called east-west tram line connects the “SNCF” railway station and the city centre to the International airport of Nice and follows the Rue de France with its shops, bars and restaurants all way round. Less famous than the Promenade des Anglais, which it doubles, the rue de France is a bustling artery of life and activity, with a village spirit.
Treasures in the heart of the city
Contrary to what one might think, the city centre of Nice offers houses in sometimes unexpected places: between apartment residences or inside a courtyard. These townhouses are full of charm. The villas that can be found in the city centre of Nice have disparate architectural styles. Belle Epoque villas are located next to modern residences and the private mansions are hidden in a Haussmann setting. Thus, you can find a large private mansion located only a few minutes from the beaches and old Nice.
If the houses in the city centre are not divided into apartments, their size can be impressive and spread over several levels. Many private mansions have been completely renovated with high quality materials while preserving their original character. The attics can be converted to further increase the living space.
In the Baumettes district you can hope to find “the rare gem” among the houses for sale with a sea view and roof terrace and even, why not, an inner courtyard and a luxury in the city centre: a garage and car parking. Such a location will allow you to reach the beaches within a few minutes’ walk and return home to the city but in complete privacy.
The Carré d’Or district is delimited on the east by la Rue Maccarani and on the north by Boulevard Victor Hugo and on the west by Boulevard Gambetta. The southern part, which extends from Rue de France to the “Baie des Anges”, is the most lively part of the district.
Rue de la Buffa and the streets leading up to boulevard Gambetta are wider and we find bourgeois buildings dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You will also find gardens and squares, such as the Jardin d’Alsace-Lorraine, between rue Giulia, boulevards Gambetta and Victor Hugo, and rue Kosma.
The city centre of Nice is undergoing a major greening project: six kilometres of green arteries will be created as a result of the disappearance of bus lanes thanks to the arrival of the tramway. So nature recovers its rights in the heart of the streets.