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The Vibrant Street Markets of Nice


You are enjoying the most wonderful holiday in Nice, the warmth of the sun on your face whilst you take an unhurried amble along the winding streets.  You chance upon a vibrant street market and your senses are all at once delighted. Colourful blooms, the smell of freshly baked bread, the delicate texture of a lacey rococo tablecloth, ripe fruits and vegetables fresh from the ground, curiosities and antiques and the excited chatter of traders plying their wares. This is the life, if only you could visit more often, then it strikes you – you can! There are plenty of properties for sale in Nice, why shouldn’t you splash out and find the perfect Nice bolt-hole for you and yours.   A holiday home in Nice, or even one step further, a permanent home, would afford you the privilege of visiting the myriad of markets in and around Nice. There’s no shortage – the French absolutely adore a good market and where there’s a market there’s a regular supply of French citizens purchasing whatever they need for the day. Where food is concerned fresh is best and the large commercial supermarkets are reserved for run of the mill household stuff.  For this reason, market days are a regular occurrence in Provence and the Cote d’Azur.   A visit to a farmer’s market will make your taste buds tingle, regional fresh fruit and vegetables, ripe and juicy and just waiting for you to make a feast from them. Tempting cakes and succulent croissants, all manner of cuts of meat that are begging to be slow roasted or marinated and slung on the BBQ. Then there’s the mouth-watering cheeses – your waistline might suffer, but this is France, cheese and wine are staples. There’s no mass production here, no conveyor belts of processed, preserved and thrice-wrapped foodstuffs. French food markets are all about independent and locally grown produce, and passionate connoisseurs.   For a bigger slice of the market (so to speak) head to the Marche Provencal. These are bigger affairs with plenty of fresh goodies like those you find at a farmer’s market. You will also find fabrics (such as tablecloths), ceramic and leather goods, clothing and crafts, amongst other things.   Then there are the Marche aux Puces, or Flea markets as we would call them in the UK. If you can’t resist a rummage you will find all manner of pre-loved goods begging for the chance to return home with you. Flea markets tend to be a monthly affair and are often on a Sunday.   As you sit on your balcony you enjoy the spoils of your shopping. The soft leather handbag and pretty earrings were a steal and you can’t wait for more browsing tomorrow. The atmosphere and ambiance of Nice are hard to beat and the climate gives you a warm glow just thinking about it. With each mouthful of beautifully soft and rich Pont l'Evèque you decide that browsing those properties for sale in Nice is fast becoming a better idea

What’s on in Nice this August?


The summer brings beautiful weather and the chance to enjoy the beauty of the French Riviera. Here in Nice we get our fair share of holidaymakers and if you are joining us for a week or two in the summer you won’t be disappointed.   For some a week or two may not be long enough. Why not check out the properties for sale in Nice? Investing in a permanent residence to hang your summer hat all year round is a wonderful idea. Nice could be the perfect place for a new adventure.   Come for the fabulous climate, the beautiful beaches, the interesting places to visit and the rich tapestry of history that Nice entwines itself in. Relax on the waterfront, or stroll around one of the enlightening museums – the Fine Art Museum and Matisse Museum are a delight to visit. If it’s views you are after you have come to the right place. For spectacular views of Nice, featuring the mountains, Villefranche and Cape Ferat head up Mont Boron and do take in the stunning panorama from the Promenade des Anglais (walk of the English).   Each summer in Nice brings its own events and entertainment and this July and August are no exception. There’s plenty to keep residents and holidaymakers alike occupied and enthralled. Musically minded individuals will enjoy the Cloître du Monastère de Cimiez, which runs from July 19th to August 12th. This event takes place in a monastery (an enigmatic place that has been opening its doors especially for concerts since as far back as 1958). Discerning music lovers can attend concerts featuring chamber music amongst other things. This year your ears will be delighted by the pleasurable strains of The Nice Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cannes Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Orchestra.   If live jazz is more your thing then be sure to head to the open-air jazz festival which runs from August 9th to August 12th. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Jardin de La Paix, situated in the centre of Nice, this four-day festival will captivate those with a penchant for chilled out melodies.   For something a little more extreme check out the Haute Route Alps Cyclosportive. Not the faint hearted, this marathon sees cyclists start out from Nice on 21st August and use their determined pedal power to traverse the French Alps. The intrepid travellers will cover 800 kilometres before reaching the finish line in Geneva. Take the opportunity to wave off the brave souls as they leave Nice and set out on the challenge of a lifetime.   There are plenty of other things to do and just wandering the winding streets is a great way to while away and hour or two.  There are a number of regular markets so you can browse until your hearts content. Nice really has a lot to offer so if you are seeking a holiday home or an exciting new place to live, come and take a look at properties for sale in Nice. You might be living the dream sooner than you think.

4 Exciting Things to Do in Nice This June


Nice is a beautiful area of France with some of the best weather in Europe. It's also a great place to find exciting events. Whether you're looking at properties for sale in Nice or you're just visiting, you'll be excited to know about the summer activities you can look forward to during your time here. While there are many events happening all year long, here are just four of the things you should look forward to if you'll be in Nice this June.   Giselle Ballet and Orchestra of the National Opera of Russia - Friday, June 9 This beautiful ballet is a classic and a treasure in the performance space. Originally created and performed in 1841, the ballet tells the story of a peasant girl who falls madly in love with a man. However, she soon discovers that he is already engaged to a Princess. Feeling betrayed and sent into the depths of despair, she responds to this news by dancing herself to death. It's a poignant tale performed by some of the world's most talented dancers and musicians, and it's not to be missed if you're a patron of the arts.   Riviera Classic Motor Show Saturday June 10 For 12 hours, enjoy the sights and sounds of classic and collectors’ motorbikes and cars. This annual car show draws some of the most unique and impressive vehicles from around the world. The theme for 2017 is "La Dolce Vita", the sweet life, and it certainly is when you're at the Riviera Classic Motor Show. For its 50th year, this motor show hosts guests from all over the world. There's even an auction in the afternoon with most of the 60 vehicles available for purchase. It's organised by a renowned auction house, so the quality is sure to be high. Be sure to stop by the spare parts exchange on the square if you're looking for rare parts at a great price. You can also visit the National Museum of Sport during your visit.   Alpe d'Ituez to Mont Ventoux Cycle Tour Thursday June 15 - Monday June 19 Whether you're an avid cyclist looking for an extreme challenge or somebody who just wants to watch, this is one of the most gruelling cycling tours in the world. It lasts for five days, with three days of riding. While it comes with a somewhat hefty price tag for participants, it includes five nights of accommodation, three meals a day, cycling with a lead rider and minibus support for three days, and professionally qualified mechanics.   Breathe as One Festival Sunday, June 25 The Breathe as One festival started as an impromptu way to celebrate the first International Yoga Day. However, it's now an annual event celebrating International Yoga Day and offering free yoga to all. Over a thousand people gather to do yoga in an open air space to learn from leaders in the holistic and wellness space and find community together. Nico Luce, Gloria Latham, and other inspirational figures will be present this year.   No matter what you're looking for, Nice has something to offer. If you're just visiting, you're sure to enjoy your stay if you choose to visit some of these events. Want to make your stay permanent? There are plenty of properties for sale in Nice, and a community of year-round residents that would be happy to welcome you.

Nice – What’s Going On This May


Whether you are an expat living in Nice or you have your trip booked for a visit, there are lots of things to do and see on the French Riviera this spring. From special deals and exhibitions around the city’s museums to festivals and sports events, there’s something going on for everybody in Nice this May.

Labour Day

The last month of spring kicks off in style in Nice this year as the French celebrate May Day. People gather in various locations across the city to sing, eat, drink, and dance around the May Pole. Almost everyone takes this day off to celebrate Labour Day, so expect all museums to be closed and buses and trams to take a well-deserved break. Take a break from all the Labour Day festivities and head over the Jardins de Cimiez for Fete des Mais, the Nice folklore festival that kicks off on the first day of May and continues every Sunday of the month. This is an excellent way to enjoy centuries-old traditions such as dancing and animations, as well as an incredible selection of local food.

Cultural Events

May is the traditional month for the Cannes Film Festival, and this year you can indulge in star-gazing and seeing some fantastic movies, complete with open-air screenings, between 17th and 28th May. Cannes is less than half an hour away from Nice, so if you have always wanted to be able to see the most famous actors in the world up-close, this is your chance. La Nuit des Musees, which translates in English as “The Night of the Museums” takes place in mid-May in most of the museums in the city. Part of a Europe-wide festival that is in fourth year, this night is a special one for museum lovers, as all museums open their doors free of charge from 9pm to 11pm.

Sports Events

The world-famous Monaco Grand Prix takes place between 25th and 28th May and you can enjoy a free day if you do like the locals and head there the Friday before the big race. This way, you can enjoy the sensations, noise and smells without a ticket. Events included in the free day of 2017 include the Qualifying Time Trials for the Porsche Supercup and the first race of the GP2 series. If Formula One is not your thing, head over to Baie des Anges, the port and the promenade for the TriMed regattas in mid-May. This sailing holiday is a feast for the eyes and a good excuse to try your hand at the helm of a wind boat. There is something exciting happening in Nice and on the French Riviera every month, but May especially is packed full with lots of events. Look for apartments for sale in Nice and you’ll be able to enjoy all these events every year!

Five Things You Can Expect After Buying A New Home In The French Riviera


You've done the difficult part – you have browsed properties for sale in Nice and made that all important decision to change your life for the better, forever. Now you want to know what you can expect from your new life in the French Riviera. It's an area that has something for everyone, from sun-seekers to sporting enthusiasts and everything in between. Here are just a few of the great things you can expect from your new life in the south of France.

Incredible weather

This won't come as a massive surprise, as it is probably the main reason for you buying an apartment in such a stunning location in the first place. You can forget about those dull and dreary UK mornings – the average temperature in Nice during the summer months is well over 20c. There are a whole host of beautiful beaches and stunning seafronts for you to enjoy. Promenade des Anglais provides one of the most beautiful seafront walks in any city in Europe.

Sporting culture

Don't worry about missing the football either – Nice have a steady football team that play in Ligue Un. Among the more famous faces that play for them is former Liverpool and Manchester City star, Mario Balotelli. Monaco isn't too far away, either, and they have a side that is performing well in both domestic and European competitions this year. Outside of football, rugby galacticos Toulon are within driving distance. As expected in a seaside area, sailing enthusiasts are also plentiful and you don't have to go far to ski either.

Terrific food and drink

The French are renowned for their brilliant wine and this area is no different. Côte d'Azur is a region that produces outstanding white and red wine that can be bought for a fraction of the price that you would pay at home. As you would expect, the food is nothing short of wonderful. There is a strong emphasis on Mediterranean-style cuisine, but there is also a massive range of alternatives, due to the multi-cultural nature of the area.

Better lunchtimes

Great food and drink isn't the only great thing about lunchtime in the area. Most shops and offices close for a couple of hours around this time each day. This will take some getting used to, but you will end up loving it in the long run as you will be getting that time back for yourself in the middle of every day – all part of the classic, laid-back French Riviera lifestyle.

Great shopping

When you're tired of all the beautiful scenery, sport and culture, why not take a look around Nice's wonderful shopping areas. The city is full of treasures that make it a paradise for not only sun-lovers, but shopaholics too. The Avenue Jean Medecin is one of the city's best shopping spots, so why not go and buy some suntan lotion for your new life!

“La Coulée Verte”


Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, has been the driver behind a significant new development to create a ‘green lung’ in the centre of Nice. ‘La Coulée Verte’, literally a ‘green corridor’ will link the National Theatre and the Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art (MAMAC) with the Promenade des Anglais and the sea; slicing through Place Massena and incorporating the existing green spaces of the ‘Jardin Albert 1er’ and the ‘Theatre du Verdure’ (the outdoor concert venue). The intention is to not only reintroduce nature into the heart of the city, but to create a central location for major events, art and culture.

The project has already witnessed the demolition of an above ground car park and the bus station. This act alone has opened up the urban landscape, revealing beautiful views of the hills surrounding Nice, as well as the attractive facades of the old town and the 19th century buildings along avenue Felix Faure, including the striking Lycée Massena.

The project is being undertaken in an environmentally friendly manner via the use of:

  • ‘green’ building techniques
  • a plant selection that promotes biodiversity
  • recycled and sustainable materials
  • energy-saving lighting
  • and minimal water consumption


The park will combine sections of manicured lawn with contemporary landscaping design using natural materials and water features. One stage already completed is comprised of numerous orange trees offering shady places to sit and wooden misting poles to keep you cool throughout summer. All existing trees will be retained, with over 70 new mature trees planted - mainly camphor and palms plus Mediterranean citrus trees, providing both colour and aroma - an environment calculated to appeal to all the senses.

According to Aideen O’Brien, Managing Director of Chez Riviera (one of the leading real estate agencies in the South of France) “this unique urban park of 12 hectares in the heart of the city, which is due for completion September 2013, will add immeasurable appeal to the heart of Nice and will elevate the value of property in the centre, especially those apartments situated either side of the green corridor. So now is a great time to buy!”

Aideen further notes that this project is just one of many large-scale infrastructure and beautification developments that have either been initiated or completed over the last few years in Nice – all of which have enhanced the lifestyle of those fortunate enough to live or holiday in this beautiful part of the world, and are part of what continue to make the French Riviera such an attractive region for property investors.

Chez Riviera- Attika Real Estate Sales Agent


Chez Riviera - Attika is Nice’s leading sales agency for International buyers. It offers a client based approach to buying and selling real estate in Nice and the French Riviera. Acting as property finders, exclusive sales agents and fulfilling people’s dreams are the core values of Chez Riviera business.

Chez Riviera offers today’s real estate customer a complete menu of services that includes helping customers buy and sell property while streamlining the process and making it as easy as possible for all involved.

If you would like to be part of a company who values their sales people as their most important competitive edge, consider a real estate sales career with Chez Riviera - Attika.

Please send us your application to:

Job Description

Our Chez Riviera Office- 12 rue Dalpozzo, 06000

Our Real Estate Sales Associates are passionate about their work and love what they do because it is rewarding. They build lifelong relationships with people in their local community and help them through the process of buying a property in France. Our sales associates also find the unique aspects of this job to be very appealing. A career in real estate sales offers several perks that a regular corporate position cannot, such as:

  • Flexibility in schedule and setting your own hours; you can choose to work full-time or part-time
  • Control over your income and ability to set goals for what you want to earn
  • Ability to work independently and be your own boss, but with the benefit of a strong and successful sales organization supporting your efforts
  • The position is a commission only position


Specific Responsibilities Include

At Chez Riviera, we take real estate sales and training seriously. Our standards and expectations are high, and our real estate sales associates are committed to the highest standards in the industry. Here is what we expect from our real estate sales associate team:

  • Prospect clients and taking in new sales listing
  • Build a client base through various marketing and networking activities
  • Participate in monthly sales meetings and other office activities to stay connected and up-to-date on available properties and new potential clients in your local area
  • Provide a high level of customer service to all clients and maintain solid relationships with past clients to generate additional referral business



  • Willingness and ability to obtain a sales listings
  • Fluent English and French, with other languages a plus
  • Desire to work independently and have control over your professional growth
  • Comfortable meeting new people and networking to develop a client base
  • Entrepreneurial mind set and a high degree of self-discipline
  • Computer savvy – MS Office, Internet, Social Networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter
  • Strong work ethic and desire to be successful
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Professional and personable demeanour
  • Prior experience in sales and/or customer service is a plus



  • Flexibility: The ability to control your schedule allows you to create a positive work-life balance where you can choose to work full-time or part-time
  • Advancement Opportunities: You set your own goals and have control of your income as well as your future growth within the real estate industry
  • Sales Training: Chez Riviera offers one effective real estate sales training
  • Rewarding and Fun: Our sales associates enjoy what they do and have fun doing it because they take pride in helping people make one of the most important decisions of their lives

Winter Fun in the South of France


Holiday celebrations in the South of France are in full force. The Christmas Village in Place Massena is just one of the numerous events that take place over the winter period on the French Riviera and what makes this region such a great all year round destination.

During the winter period, the city of Nice remains a vibrant location for both locals and tourists alike, due to the expansive array of free events and activities hosted throughout the region. The bulk of the festivities in Nice are centred around Avenue Jean Medecin, the Promenade des Anglais, Place Massena and the newly renovated Place Garibaldi. In the evenings you will find the city sparkling with thousands of coloured lights.

Baroque’ is the theme chosen for this year’s Christmas Fair, and accordingly the city is festooned with glittering chandeliers, dramatic ‘light’ curtains, ribbons, columns of crystals, gift boxes, and of course giant snowmen and Santa Claus’. However despite all the glitz and glitter, the environment has not been forgotten. All of the lights use new generation LEDs that offer a luminous power 5 - 10 times greater than the formerly used halogen lamps, whilst requiring only one ninth of the power. One of the most popular sites is Place Massena.

Here you will find loads of fun activities for the entire family including an ice rink, various rides, as well as a grand Ferris Wheel – the perfect means of obtaining a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Cote d’Azur, be it day or night. Also found at Place Massena is the Christmas market, a conglomeration of little chalets selling a diverse range of original arts, crafts, and fresh produce – a great source of gifts for friends and relatives. You can also find hearty winter food, ‘vin chaud’ (hot spiced wine) and even a champagne and oyster bar!

French Riviera real estate expert Aideen O’Brien (Managing Director of leading Nice estate agency, Chez Riviera) notes that she is often surprised that people don’t necessarily think of the South of France as a winter destination, “but the very fact that it has a mild climate in winter, does not exclude it from enjoying numerous winter sport opportunities. Snow and the Cote d’Azur are not generally associated together in peoples minds, however the French Alps are easily accessible from Nice”.

There are in fact 10 ski areas in close proximity to Nice with two of the closest being Auron and Isola 2000, bothsituated in the Parc National du Mercantour and only 90 minutes drive from Nice. These two fields alone offer skiers and snowboarders over 250 kilometres of piste. You can take the special Ski Bus from the centre of Nice to both of these ski slopes. The tickets are incredibly reasonable at only 35 euros, which includes a return bus trip as well as a day ski pass.

Aideen concludes that “the abundance of activities available throughout the year, combined with the pleasant all year weather conditions make Nice and the French Riviera such a great destination no matter what the season”.

French Property Prices Rise


Evidence that the French property market was bottoming out was offered recently by the FNAIM - the French Real Estate Agents Union and an authority on market information. After successive quarters of negative growth, prices increased in September, October and November 2009 by 0.1%, 0.5% and 1% respectively.

Figures from December 2009 have yet to be released although it is expected the trend will continue.

Chez Riviera says they have seen an imporovement in the market: "From September 2008 to around April 2009, the market was challenging with limited activity and slight oversupply. Since May however, we have seen big improvements in buyer sentiments and sellers adjusting their prices to the new realities."

"The buyer profile has changed considerably over the past few years", continues Chez Riviera, "With fewer British, American and Irish buyers. The new entrants to the mid-range markets have been the Eastern Europeans and Russians. Whereas previously, they tended to focus on luxury properties, a newer generation of Russians are looking for two and three bedroom apartments, for example, in Nice or Villefranche Sur Mer."

( - in French only)

Selling Your Property on the French Riviera?

Based in Nice, Chez Riviera are estate agents and property finding service based in Nice, France. While primarily dealing with buyers, we also deal with sellers of select properties that match Chez Riviera's client requirements. These include apartments in Nice, villas from Nice to Menton and other properties of interest.

Selling with us has many advantages:

  • Efficient, English-speaking service
  • Broad international and local client base
  • Office in central Nice, with shop window, FNAIM membership and French real estate license holders
  • Member of French MLS (Multi-Listings Service) with over 200 agencies in Nice alone
  • Irish-owners with years of experience in French law and real estate
  • Free valuation

... So contact Chez Riviera now to see what we can do for you.

Your Seller Liaison:
Aideen O'Brien
0033 (0) 6 24 54 42 67

Abolition French Fiscal Representative from 2015

Abolition French Fiscal Representative from 2015

Non-residents selling French land for more than €150.000 have for many years been obliged to appoint a French fiscal representative (“tax agent”). The tax agents have worked out the non-resident’s capital gains tax (and social charge) bill which is deducted by the notaire on completion. The tax agents have provided a guarantee to the French government that the correct amount of capital gains tax has been paid. The seller has had to pay around 1% of the sale price to the tax agent for this privilege. Many sellers have found this cost excessive especially as it is linked to the sale price and not the gain. You could accordingly end up with a tax agent bill running into tens or hundreds of thousands of euros with a minimal gain.

Tax agents
The tax agents are nominated by the French government and are effectively tax accountants who agree the French capital gains tax exposure with the French administration so the risks of a claim are extremely small. Competition amongst the small number of tax agents is virtually non-existent. Foreign sellers often do not know about this extra charge until after contracts have been exchanged when the notaire tells them he has to appoint a tax agent.

No need for a tax agent from 1st January 2015
Concerned about attracting foreign money into France, the French government has announced that from 1st January 2015 there will no longer be a need to appoint a tax agent for residents of other EU countries. The capital gains tax will still have to be paid over by the notaire on completion but without a tax agent’s certificate that the correct amount of capital gains tax is being paid. It seems notaires will have to use the procedures for calculating the capital gains tax themselves which they already do for sales under €150.000. This will involve extra vigilance on the part of sellers to ensure that they get all the deductions they are entitled to as notaires will be likely to take a very conservative approach. This is very good news for the French property market as it removes a cost and some bureaucracy from the sale process.


  • If you are selling it is probably best to complete after 31st December 2014 to avoid paying the tax agent’s fees.
  • Check at the outset your notaire will not charge extra for working out the capital gains tax.
  • Check the tax computation carefully to ensure all lawful deductions have been made.


November 2014
David Anderson Solicitor Advocate, Chartered Tax Adviser and barrister (unregistered)
Sykes Anderson Perry Limited
9 Devonshire Square
London EC2M 4YF
Telephone 020 3178 3770

David Anderson Solicitor Advocate, Chartered Tax Adviser and barrister (unregistered) at Sykes Anderson Perry Limited Solicitors and Chartered Tax Advisers in London, England

This information has been prepared by Sykes Anderson Perry Limited as a general guide only and does not constitute advice on any specific matter. We strongly recommend that you seek professional advice before taking action. No liability can be accepted by us for any action taken or not taken as a result of any information or advice given or omitted. The information herein does not constitute investment advice. Always consult an IFA if before taking any investment decision

Pound hits 18-month high, making French property cheaper


Great news if you're a Brit planning to buy a property on the French Riviera! It's now significantly less costly to do so, because the pound has reached an 18-month high versus the euro. To be specific, sterling has touched 1.2346 against the common currency today, its highest since December 10th 2012. How many more euros will you get if you're buying a French Riviera property? If you're buying a French Riviera property, what this means for you is that, if you transfer £1,250,000 to France, you'll receive +€130,250 more today than if you'd done so when the pound was at its weakest, back on March 12th 2013, at just 1.1371. So clearly, this rise in the exchange rate will add greatly to your euro total! Why has the pound climbed versus the euro? Sterling has risen against the euro, because the UK's economy is doing so well at the moment, while the Eurozone's is doing relatively badly. For instance, the UK is thought to have expanded +1.0% between April and June, the fastest since 2007, and more than any other major country. So as the UK has bounced back, so has the pound! Will the pound rise further against the euro, further cutting the cost of French Riviera property? It's impossible to predict with certainty what will happen next to the exchange rate, but the pound certainly looks like it will strengthen further! This is because the Bank of England is tipped to become the 1st major central bank since the financial crisis to hike interest rates, showing us just how well the UK is doing compared to the rest of the world. Given this, 2014 looks like a great time to buy a French Riviera property, as the pound jumps against the euro! About the author Peter Lavelle is a currency dealer at foreign exchange broker Pure FX. For free currency advice when you buy a property on the French Riviera, call him on +44 (0) 1494 671800 or email

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