Where to find a property for sale in Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur
If you’re looking for a place to kick back in not just style, but true French luxury, then Provence-Alpes-Cotes-d’Azur is the perfect southeastern region to purchase a holiday home. With its Mediterranean coastline that borders Italy to the east, Monaco in the south, and the French regions of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes to the north, Cotes-d’Azur strikes a healthy balance between the high-class yacht life that attracts many affluent tourists and celebrities and the more rustic, traditional coastland that keeps them coming back for more.
As the capital Marseille, is the second most populated city in France after Paris, property prices can be quite high but if you’re happy to drift a little further from the city centre, you are sure to find accommodation to suit a range of budgets. One-bedroom apartments tend to start around the €100,000 mark in the by-the-sea department, Var, whilst three-bedroom houses sit at an average price of €385,000 in Nice. However, with it being the south of France, more luxurious villas are available at the average starting price of €700,000.
The French Riviera is generally served by airports in Cannes, Toulon and Nice, so international travel in and out of the region is easily accessible. The climate is generally favourable, with temperatures exceeding an average of 27°C in the summer months but this often drops to chilly low teens from October to February.
Cotes d’Azur is split into six departments and boasts a total population just shy of five million people, mainly consisting of Mediterraneans, from neighbouring countries such as Portugal, Spain, Italy, Algeria and Morocco. The region has always attracted British vacationers and more permanent settlers, hosting a thriving and lively expat community, particularly on the pebbly shores of the Nice prefecture.
Provence-Alpes-Cotes-d’Azur is a region built on cultural variation and has an area to suit those of varying backgrounds and tastes, offering a harmonious bond between the diverse landscapes. Head to Saint-Tropez for beautiful beaches, Nice for the splendour of its luxury shopping districts, Cannes for its famed festivals, or take one of the several high-speed train lines to the lustrous green forests and valleys of Briancon before pit-stopping at the Pope’s Palace in Avignon.
If you’re looking for a colourful, yet peaceful location to retire to, then you’ll be particularly comfortable building your home from home here as the region welcomes a higher than average population of retired people. There is plenty to see, snap and do both in the day and by moonlight, the perfect destination to create an opulent lifestyle for overseas property buyers.