Just north of the Carré d’Or (Golden Square) area, in between Boulevard Victor Hugo and the train station, sits the Musiciens area of Nice. Known for its beautiful Bourgeois-style palaces and real community feel, the sector tends to benefit from slightly lower prices than its golden neighbour, despite an equally prime location. This is a neighbourhood that truly offers a great standard of living, perfect for those looking to be close to the hustle and bustle of the hyper centre, including the main shopping street Avenue Jean Médecin, whilst still enjoying the peace and quiet of a more residential area. Moreover, thanks to its proximity to the beaches and the Old Town, and its diversity of restaurants, the area is very popular with tourists and those looking to invest in rental investment properties.
The variety of architectural styles in this sector, including charming Niçois buildings with their famous green shutters, elegant Belle Epoque edifices and stylish Art-Deco residences, allows for spacious properties full of character, more modest opportunities, as well as terraces and parking spaces, all in one sector.
In 2019, the Musiciens area will also gain access to the East-West tramline, connecting the Port to the airport in just over 25 minutes.
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Situated in the heart of the city centre, the Carré d’Or (Golden Square) is one of the most sought-after areas in Nice. Stretching from Avenue Jean Médecin to Rue de Rivoli east-west and from Boulevard Victor Hugo to the Promenade des Anglais north-south, the district includes the Pedestrian Zone, filled with restaurants and shops as well as the iconic Place Masséna. Close to all public transport, including the upcoming second tram line which will have two stops in the area, as well as the Old Town and the beaches, the Carré d’Or perfectly balances touristic, commercial and residential atmospheres. In terms of property, the area consists mostly of apartment buildings of varying styles, ranging from Belle Epoque, to Art Deco, to modern architecture, with everything from studios to large family apartments. It should be noted that with a fashionable address, comes a fashionable price, with properties in this area being some of the most expensive in the city. That being said, there are still some bargains to be found if you know where to look !
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The historical heart of the city, the Old Town is one of the most charming and authentic areas of Nice! With its narrow streets, ochre tones and Mediterranean aromas, the Vieux Nice is home to a wealth of architectural and cultural delights, most notably the grandiose Sainte Réparate cathedral (the city’s patron saint), the Palais Lascaris (now an ancient art and music museum) and the Gésu church.
An essential point of call when it comes to the nightlife in Nice, the Old Town is brimming with bars and restaurants where you can try the local cuisine (including the famous socca, pissaladière and farcis) and is also the home to the excellent Fenocchio’s ice cream parlour! The Vieux Nice also offers two daily markets; the Cours Saleya market and the fish market on Place Saint-François. In immediate proximity to all amenities, the beaches and public transport, this is an ideal area for an investment. The vast majority of properties in the Old Town are typically Niçois-style apartments, with lifts and terraces being few and far between, but if you can face the stairs, this sector is simply perfect for a main residence, a holiday home or for a buy-to-let.
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One of the most famous and well-reputed residential suburbs of Nice, the exclusive Mont Boron sits on the eponymous hill above the Port, offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and breath-taking views across the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels), whilst still being within easy reach of all commodities. Set amidst the greenery of the Mont Boron forest reserve with its ancient Fort du Mont Alban, the sector is only 15 minutes by car to the Old Town and the city centre and even less to the stunning coastal village of Villefranche-sur-Mer with its abundance of high-quality restaurants and its lovely, long beaches. Many of the buildings date back to the 1980s and offer a large choice of spacious apartments with terraces and parking spaces; however, the neighbourhood also boasts a multitude of luxurious villas and Belle-Epoque style palaces. Mont Boron’s prestigious reputation comes with prestigious prices, meaning this sought-after area represents some of the most expensive property in the city, but if you are willing to pay, Mont Boron provides the perfect location from which to benefit from all of fantastic opportunities that living on the French Riviera offers.
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Over the past few years, the Port of Nice has become one of the most trendy areas of the city centre, having undergone major renovations to give a new lease of life to this sector so loved by the locals. The neighbourhood is now brimming with restaurants and bars and will be connected to the soon-to-be completed second east-west tramline, reaching the airport in just over 25 minutes. Also well-known for its antiques, the area boasts over one hundred vintage boutiques, centred around the Village Ségurane, amongst which you are sure to find some real treasures! Property in the area typically consists of Niçois-style apartment buildings with their charming green shutters, as well as an increasing amount of modern builds.
Close to all commodities and public transports, the sector is very popular with residents and holiday-makers alike, making it a great place in which to invest in a rental property.
Located to the west of the city centre, set between the beach and the hills, the Fabron area is one of the main residential neighbourhoods of Nice. Offering a calm and green alternative to the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the sector is still within easy reach of all commodities and has great transport links for travel across the city, including the soon-to-be-completed second tramline, reaching the airport directly from the Port in just over 25 minutes. Properties range from studio apartments to luxurious villas, with views onto the Promenade des Anglais and the Mediterranean as well across the hills behind the city. With many secure residences offering benefits such as swimming pools, concierges and tennis courts, the area is ideal for families, both as principal and holiday homes, at only 15 minutes from the city centre.
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Located just above the city centre, the Libération neighbourhood is perfect for those looking for a central location without the premium prices. Within easy access of all public transport and at less than a 10-minute walk to the city centre, the sector has also undergone large restoration works, with the opening of the Gare du Sud leisure complex, including bars, restaurants and a cinema.
Within easy access of all commodities, plenty of bars, restaurants, and cinema complex, as well as public transport (the north/south tramway passes through the area) the Libération area is less than a 10 minute walk to the city centre and main shopping area. It is also well-known for its daily markets, where you can find fresh, local produce at fair prices.
The sector consists mostly of apartment buildings, with a range of architectural styles including Niçois, Bourgeois and Art Deco and is popular with residents and holiday-makers. Also close to the Valrose science campus of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, the area is perfect for those looking to invest in an apartment for student rentals.
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Once the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum, the residential area of Cimiez sits on one of the three hills overlooking Nice, north-east of the city centre. The legend among the people says that the neighbourhood earned its name from the extraordinary height of the trees who’s tops (cimes) were said to touch the sky.
Cimiez is also the home to many notable monuments dating from right back to the Roman period up to 20th century, including the remains of the Roman amphitheatre, the monastery, the Palais Regina (initially built to welcome the arrival of Queen Victoria to Nice) and the Palais de l’Alhambra with its beautiful turrets. Also well-known in the artistic world, the sector offers two museums, dedicated to Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall and the Parc des Arènes de Cimiez played host to the Nice Jazz Festival for over thirty years.
Originally inhabited by a more elderly population, the area has experienced a rejuvenation of its residents over the past few years, with the arrival of many families and young professionals attracted by the balance of a quiet and green environment, with all amenities still in close proximity; nurseries, schools, commerces, public transport and ease of access to the city centre.
The variety of architectural styles in the neighbourhood means that Cimiez has a wide range of properties on offer.
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A typically residential area north of the city centre, the charming Nice Nord offers a real village feel, whilst still being within easy reach of all commodities. Less than 20 minutes by tram to the city centre and with equally easy access to the motorway, the sector also offers plenty of green spaces, including the beautiful Parc Chambrun. The area is typically Niçois and one of the few places you will find the traditional Niçois houses in all of their glory. Aside from this, property generally consists of apartment buildings, ranging from cosy studios to large family apartments. Property prices are less expensive here than in the city centre, so if you’re looking to get the most for your money, Nice Nord is definitely worth considering. Also, close to the Valrose Science campus of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, the neighbourhood presents a great opportunity for those looking to invest in an apartment for student rentals.
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Without a doubt one of the most emblematic areas of Nice, the Promenade des Anglais stretches for almost 7 kilometres along the Mediterranean sea, from the airport over to the Quai des Etats-Unis. Lined by tropical palm trees and a literal stone’s throw to the beaches, the majority of buildings in the area are of luxury design, having been built in the 1900s to accommodate the arrival of the British aristocracy. To this day, real estate on the Promenade remains a luxurious affair, with bright and spacious apartments forming the majority of properties on offer. Architecture ranges from stylish Bourgeois palaces to more modern residences, including the famous pink-roofed Negresco hotel, as well as the beautiful Palais de la Méditerranée with its Art-Deco features.
The Promenade is well-served by public transport with buses passing regularly, as well as the soon-to-be-completed east-west tramline, reaching the Port from the airport in 25 minutes. All along the Promenade, you also have easy access to all commodities, including the restaurants, supermarkets and other commerce, as well as the numerous casinos that line the sea. Many of the properties along the Promenade are holiday homes and rental investments, offering high returns all year round.
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