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The municipality of Valbonne includes the historic village and the major part of the Sophia Antipolis technology park, which is itself located in several neighboring municipalities.
Valbonne Village contrasts with the high-tech and bustling atmosphere of Sophia Antipolis.
The historic village of Valbonne was built in a checkerboard pattern around the Place des Arcades, which has been a historical monument since 1992. The houses in the old village are narrow and all in height. The streets are very well maintained and lined with many flowered stone houses and painted in pastel colors.
Valbonne has not lost any of its charm of the past even if the development of the scientific and technological university pole of Sophia-Antipolis in 1969 has changed its image to become an international employment area. This harmonious working environment, which is provided to scientists, is perfectly integrated into the lush nature of the area.
Many engineers and researchers from all over the world who work in Sophia Antipolis have bought or built villas in Valbonne and its surroundings. The Mougins – Valbonne – Sophia Antipolis area attracts new residents and workers every year. They come to enjoy its Provencal charm and economic dynamism. Indeed, the quietness of the forest and the green setting and the proximity of the well-known cities of the French Riviera like Nice, Antibes and Cannes are attractive.
Foreigners who buy a property in Valbonne are reassured by the proximity of the international airport of Nice and the establishment of international schools, including the ‘Centre international de Valbonne’ (CIV), which is part of the French National Education system and located in the heart of the technology park. Seven other international schools are located in the department.
They also appreciate the old-fashioned character of the village, the surrounding golf courses and the gentle way of life. With its rolling hills, pine forests and golf courses, Valbonne offers its inhabitants an incomparable lifestyle, between luxury, calm and serenity. Art of living and conviviality are the key words of this peaceful village. You will find many potters’ and glassmakers’ workshops and Provencal stores.
In 2001, the Opio Valbonne golf course, like the nearby Grande Bastide, became part of the Open Golf Club, a leading group in the field of high-end golf-hotels. Its Gallo-Roman aqueduct, its 17th century bastide, its hundred-year-old trees, make this golf course a historical one.