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Oct 25, 2014 

Area Guide to Nice, France


Carre d'Or

The Carré d'Or is prime Nice real estate.

The Carré d'Or (Golden Square) area is a vibrant, cosmopolitan sector characterised by chic cafes, bars and designer shops. Bordered by Boulevard Victor Hugo to the North, Place Massena and Avenue Jean Medecin to the East, Boulevard Gambetta to the West and the Promenade des Anglais to the South, the Carré d'Or is a favourite area for our clients.

With the Carré d'Or, its all about Location, Location, Location. Every apartment here is no more than five or ten minutes from the beach and even less to the pedestrian areas. Rue Massena, which runs from Place Massena to rue de France, is completely pedestrianised and is lined with bustling cafes, international restaurants and chic designer shops. Apartments with views over this street are some of the most rentable properties in Nice.

Rue de France, which begins at the pedestrian area and runs for two kilometres parallel to the Promenade des Anglais is a much sought after location for holiday-makers, property buyers and investors alike. Other popular streets in the Carré d'Or area include rue de la liberté, rue Meyerbeer and rue de la Buffa. Boulevard Victor Hugo, the northern boundary of the area, is a grand French Boulevard lined with large trees and adjacent to two tranquil parks: Jardin Alsace Lorraine and Jardin Moreno Jean.

One bedroom apartments in the Carré d'Or start from 200,000, while two bedrooms start at about double that figure. One can find some exceptionally large Bourgeois apartments in this area, with a figure of 600,000 Euro as a minimum.

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Old Town

Nice's historic Old Town is a magnet for tourists and property buyers alike. Full of lively bars, gastronomic restaurants, Provencal boutiques and oozing with atmosphere, the Old Town is undoubtedly one of the most popular areas of Nice.

The Old Town, or Vieux Nice, as the locals call it, dates back to the 16th century and is bordered by the Promenade des Anglais, the 'Chateau on the hill' and Boulevard Jean Jaures. The main bus station, the beach and the new Tramway stops are all within 5 minutes of anywhere in the Old Town, making it an ideal location for holiday-makers.

The Chateau on the hill is the former site of a once great castle that had panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Demolished in 1706, the site and adjacent grounds now contain a large park, playground, a waterfall and many areas from which one can enjoy spectacular views of Central Nice, the Port, the Promenade des Anglais and the long beach that winds itself around the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels). If the 213 steps to the top seem daunting, one can take the public elevator for a token fee.

Vieux Nice is a traditional Medieval village characterised by narrow, winding streets and buildings that date back to the 16th Century. There are many traditional shops selling Provencal fabrics and Nicoise gourmet foods, such as Socca, a pancake made from chick peas and olive oil. The Salad Nicoise is also a local favourite, featuring prominently on restaurant menus in the city. In the evening, the Old Town comes alive with an abundance of fine restaurants and late-night bars, from French Brasseries to Irish bars, from Indian restaurants to Provencal gastronomy. The Palais de Justice (the courthouse) is the major landmark, linking the Cours Saleya - a street filled end-to-end with restaurants and bars which is famous for its daily markets- with the more typical narrow streets behind rue de la Prefecture. Nice's Opera house, an architectural masterpiece, is in the heart of the Old Town and has regular performances throughout the year.

Apartments in the Old Town are varied and unique. From small studios to former palaces, the range in price, size and quality can be immense. Many buyers purchase property in the Old Town to rent on a weekly basis, capitalising on the strong demand in what is fast becoming a year-round destination. Prospective purchasers are frequently charmed by the Old Town and fall in love with the unique atmosphere that can be an oasis from the hectic pace of their lives at home. However, investors are increasingly turning to the Old Town for solid returns. Vieux Nice has seen some of the largest annual increases in prices over the last few years, but with prices starting from €3,000 per square metre, the Old Town is still very good value for money.

The rental yield on apartments let per month and per week is among the highest in Nice. A small studio could fetch from €450 per month in the winter months and between €500 and €550 per week in the summer months when let to holiday-makers. Apartments in Nice's Old Town often need some level of renovations, which is frequently reflected in the prices. The traditional style of most buildings in the area and the fact that they are listed (ie, their architecture is protected by planning laws) means that elevators and terraces are rare.

There are some magnificent former palaces in the Old Town, some of which contain some exquisite apartments that come on the market from time to time. Palais Lascaris, today a museum, is a fine example of the grandeur of some of these palaces.

The area of the Old Town that looks onto the Promenade des Anglais is known as the Ponchettes, and is one of the most sought after locations in Nice. When you consider the glorious sea views, the seven kilometres of beach on your doorstep and a medieval village behind you, it's not difficult to imagine the phenomenal demand associated with this area of Nice. Prices here tend to be slightly higher than the Promenade des Anglais, ranging from €8,000 to €12,000 per square metre.

Vieux Nice is one of the prime attractions of the Riviera, an area with clearly defined boundaries that is carefully protected and maintained and steeped in history. It is an essential port-of-call for holiday-makers and an excellent location for investors. For individuality and charm, nowhere beats it.

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Promenade

The Promenade des Anglais is one of the best known seafronts in the world. From John D. Rockefeller Jnr at the turn of the 20th century to Elton John and many more celebrities today, the Promenade des Anglais continues to mesmerise visitors with its seven kilometres of walkway along the Baie des Anges, tall palm trees and elegant hotels.

Commissioned by an Englishman in the middle of the 19th century, the construction of the Promenade des Anglais heralded the arrival of the British aristocracy on the French Riviera. They were joined by the Russian and European elite at the turn of the 20th century, all attracted by the beautiful light and exceptional climate of the appropriately-named Côte d'Azur.

Properties on the Promenade enjoy sweeping sea views of the Mediterranean, while central Nice is on your doorstep with all the facilities and advantages of a cosmopolitan city. Apartments on the Promenade des Anglais average about €9,000 Euro per square metre, with this figure reducing as one gets to the airport.

The Negresco Hotel on the Promenade des Anglais is the enduring symbol of the elegance and class that the French Riviera represents today. The pink dome, typical of the 'Belle Epoque' period, was commissioned by the architect Gustav Eiffel. The interior of the hotel is reminiscent of a museum, with numerous famous artworks and statues.

The Negresco Hotel was divided some twenty years ago; the rear was converted into a private residence with apartments, while the front remained as the hotel. The old entrance to the hotel is now the main entrance to the private residence, leading into a magnificent hallway and sweeping staircase to this unique part of the history of Nice. Click here view some of the apartments we have for sale in the 'Residence Negresco'

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Musiciens

Characterized by an abundance of beautiful Art Deco, Belle Epoque and grand Bourgeois buildings, the Quartier Musiciens (Musician's Area) is one of the more residential sectors of Nice. Situated between the bustling Avenue Jean Medecin to the east, the main SNCF train station to the north, Boulevard Gambetta to the west and the ever elegant Boulevard Victor Hugo to the south, this area is central, well-kept and perfect for those who want their apartment in a stylish residential quarter.

Although similar in ways to the Carre d'Or, property in the Quartier Musiciens offers greater square metres for your money. One can expect to find long French windows, high ceilings with elegant bourgeois coving and original parquet floors throughout Belle Epoque and Bourgeois style apartments. Art Deco style buildings often boast apartments with ample terraces, stylish building entrances and modern design.

Located on the western edge of the Musiciens is the Jardin Alsace Lorraine, a peaceful public park where one can unwind. The quarter takes its name from the fact that its streets and squares are called after famous musicians, such as (rue) Verdi and (Place) Mozart. The Musicians is one of the most popular areas in central Nice for the French middle classes and the market here is consistently strong due to robust demand from locals and foreigners alike

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Port

The Port, an up-and-coming area of Nice, has an interesting combination of a local French atmosphere and the opulence of the numerous yachts and high quality restaurants that line the harbour front. The Port extends from Place Garibaldi to the West , rue Barla to the North and the prehistoric Terra Armata Museum to the East. Apartments on the Port front have superb views of the Port area, the yachts and the Mediterranean Sea. Due to this, they tend to command top prices, only slightly lower than the Promenade des Anglais.

Yacht owners who dock their boats in the Port often stay in the Port area, which is reflected in the increase in top quality local entertainment facilities. The Port front has some superb apartments with panoramic sea views, Michelin star restaurants and exclusive bars. The historic 'Yacht Club de Nice', founded in 1883, is located on Boulevard Frank Pilatte, to the East of the Port area.

It is just a few minutes walk from the Old Town, but it has a far greater chance of finding elevators, sun basked French windows and some outside space, making the Port area a good alternative to the Vieux Nice.

The Port area of Nice has an authentic charm which is similar to that which can be found in the Old Town. The history of the Port can be seen in the Terra Amata museum to the East of the area and by the Genoese architecture illustrated by the arches on the buildings on the Port front.

The Quai Rauba Capeu by the Chateau, which translates from the local Nicoise dialect as 'where the wind steals your hat', divides the Port area from the Promenade des Anglais. On the East face of the Chateau lies the war memorial which honours the French war dead from World War One and World War Two. Place Garibaldi, named after the famous Italian revolutionary, is undergoing major renovations designed to bestow the square to its former glory.

Rue Catherine Segurane, and the area around it, has been described as Nice's Notting Hill, due to the concentration of antique shops in the quarter. Boulevard Frank Pilatte to the east is one of the most exclusive areas of Nice and apartments here command high prices, mostly due to their breathtaking sea views .

Investment potential is high here, with a combination of capital appreciation and increasing popularity as a weekly letting location.

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Fabron

This residential area sits on the most western of the three main hills around Nice and like the other two, Cimiez and Mont Boron, Fabron is safe, clean and offers some great views.

With apartments dating from the 1970's this 'colline' (hill) is Nice's most modern, with apartments enjoying the high security of gated residences and large gardens. One may expect to find all the comforts of modern day suburbia, with apartment complexes offering parking, swimming pools and well-kept buildings. Owners of apartments here can relax in an unspoilt green environment with leafy tree-lined streets and spectacular 360 degree views of Nice and the special Riviera coastline.

Although located in the hills of Nice, Fabron is very accessible with regular buses taking you to the city centre. The Riviera's modern road network ensures a five minute car journey to the Promenade des Anglais and 10 minutes to the city centre. The motorway and dual carriageway are located less than five minutes from Fabron for convenience if traveling to neighboring towns and villages.

This area is host to a wide range of sports and leisure activities including tennis, swimming, squash, horseback riding and golf. One might enjoy the 'Musee International d'Art Naif Anatole-Jakovsky' located in this district, which houses Jakovsky's personal collection of over 600 drawings and canvases from the 'Naive Art' movement.

This area is ideal for people who like secure residences, beautiful surroundings and elegant living quarters. Due to the modern luxuries that come with property here, one can expect to pay the associated higher price tag. A two-bedroom apartment with a good view of Nice can cost upwards of €400,000 while if you move further back one can find villas starting at €1,000,000 . There are currently a number of new build apartments in this area with all the features that now characterise it.

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Cimiez

The oldest areas of Nice, it was founded by the Romans and was originally a rival to the Greek city of Nikaia until the two cities merged in 850AD to form what we now know as Nice. Cimiez is a very affluent area, having attracted the likes of Queen Victoria in the 19th century when she chose the fabulous Hotel Regina as a winter retreat.

Cimiez has a rich history and much evidence of this history remains to this day. The city was the only Roman centre in Southern Gaul at the time and was equipped with structures such as an amphitheater, an arena, a Basilica and thermal baths. The Archaeological Museum at the site offers visitors the chance to see collections ranging from the Bronze to the Iron Age to the Dark Ages. In July every year the Jazz Festival of Nice is held on the grounds of the Roman Ruins, offering a stunning backdrop to an internationally acclaimed music festival.

Cimiez flourished in the 19th century, like other areas of Nice at the time, appealing greatly to the European aristocracy who came and built magnificent winter residences. The Hotel Regina, one of the most stunning examples of 'Belle Epoque' architecture in Nice, is now a private residence where buyers can own a part of Nice's history.

Property in Cimiez mainly consists of apartments, although there are some villas and houses tucked away behind the many parks and gardens that are dotted around this area. Consistent with other affluent areas of Nice, one can find high quality property in Cimiez, while the neighborhood is both safe and clean. Panoramic views of Nice can be enjoyed due to the high altitude of this elavated suburb, with some apartments in Bas Cimiez (Lower Cimiez) offering views of the glorious Mediterranean Sea. Ornate Bourgeois apartments, some of them exceptionally large, have prices similar to the Quartier Musiciens - €4,000 to €6,000 per square metre.

Although transport links to Cimiez are good, with a regular bus service taking you to the centre of town in ten minutes, a car is normally required as there is a minimum half an hour walk to the beach. This is an ideal location if French suburbia - with the beautiful tree-lined boulevards and immaculate buildings - fits your elegant taste.

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Mont Boron

Mont Boron, known as the Hollywood Hills of Nice, is one of the most exclusive areas on the French Riviera. Stunning sea views, exceptional properties and the convenience of being less than 15 minutes from a major international aiport appeals to many stars and international businessmen, some of whom already have properties on Mont Boron.

For recreation, the 'Park Forrestier du Mont Boron' is a protected national park offering wooded trails with some spectacular views. There is little commercial activity on Mont Boron, although a small retail area recently opened to service local customers, so a visit to the centre of town is no longer a necessity.

Located between Nice and Villefranche-sur-mer, many properties in Mont Boron enjoy views of both glorious bays. There is an abundance of exceptional apartments offering panoramic sea views, outdoor space and secure parking. A gentle sea breeze moderates the summer sun, while the generous foliage offers protection from the city noise. Prices start from around €400,000 for a quality one bedroom apartment.

Mont Boron also appeals to villa buyers, offering a central location on the Riviera, with proximity to both Nice and Monaco, while retaining traditional villa features such as glorious views and privacy. Villa prices range from €1,000,000 to €5,000,000 for some exceptional properties.

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Quartier des Fleurs

The Quartier des Fleurs (The Area of the Flowers) is a sector relatively undiscovered by foreign buyers up until recently, when people began to see the benefits and the value for money in this district. Located just West of Boulevard Gambetta, the Quartier des Fleurs is bordered by the Promenade des Anglais to the South, rue Frederic Passy to the North and Boulevard Grosso to the West. Its proximity to the beach and tranquil ambiance lead many to believe this area will be the next Quartier des Musiciens.

The buildings in the Quartier des Fleurs area are a mixture of Bourgeois, from the Belle Epoque period at the beginning of the 20th century, to the modern, with some residences built in the last few years. The Quartier des Fleurs is more residential than the Carre d'Or area and prices here are much more competitive.

Streets such as Avenue des Fleurs, which is the continuation of Boulevard Victor Hugo, and Avenue des Orangers offer many grand and well kept buildings with an abundance of trees and greenery lining the streets. Noise is low in the Fleurs area and this suits our clients who are looking for that oasis in the centre of town.

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Nice Centre

Central Nice, the area to the east of Avenue Jean Medecin and north of the Old Town, is a typical French area mostly off the tourist radar. Here, one may find authentic Nicoise buildings and be almost certain that your neighbours are all French.

Avenue Jean Medecin is a shopper's dream with Galeries Lafayette, the world famous department store, the Nicetoile shopping centre and a plethora of other shops offering bargains galore. The street is made up of mostly commercial and 'profession liberale' (doctors, lawyers, etc) properties, which translates into a short supply of residential apartments on this street.

Nice's new tramway system runs from the northern suburbs and goes straight through Avenue Jean Medecin to Place Massena, the heart of Nice. Other tramway projects in France and around the world, such as the LUAS tram in Dublin, have resulted in a marked increase in capital appreciation in the cities concerned and particularly for properties within a short walking distance of a tramway stop.

Boulevard Debouchage, the continuation of Boulevard Victor Hugo, is another grand, tree lined boulevard with some fabulous Art-Deco and Bourgeois buildings. The area between Debouchage and Avenue Felix Faures is undergoing some development at the moment with developers flocking in to renovate old apartments and construct new-builds. This area has a multitude of furniture shops and bookstores, while there are also French language schools and a private business school.

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, located close to Place Garibaldi, offers numerous exhibitions throughout the year from such luminaries as Yves Klein. Across the road, the Acropolis is a large conference and exhibition centre which draws many businessmen to the Riviera. The Treaty of Nice was signed here on the 26th of February 2001. The museum and conference centre are built on the site of the former river which ran through Nice and historically divided the old, medieval town from the newer 19th and early 20th century 'Belle Epoque' areas.

The Nicoise style of architecture is prominent in central Nice and this is characterised by green window shutters and ample balconies. Prices in central Nice are slightly lower than areas like the Musicians Quarter but are very popular with local French and foreign expatriate buyers.

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