It goes without saying that a panoramic sea view is essential for the perfect luxury waterfront property on the Riviera, but what else is necessary? Private beach access, an infinity pool and a Jacuzzi? That’s just the start…
(Blog post written for Home Hunts, luxury property specialists.)
From the chic beaches in Cannes to the glamorous jet-set fishing village of Saint Tropez, the French Riviera is home to some of the most popular holiday resorts in the world. In fact, more than 11 million visitors flock to the Côte d’Azur each year.
The price of prime property on the Riviera?
Such popularity comes at a price, however, and owning real estate along almost the entire waterfront from Le Lavandou up to Menton costs at least €3,000m2 and rises to €25,000m2 in some of the hottest locations, like Saint-Tropez, for a villa by the sea.
“Generally, the closer to the water you are, the more expensive the properties tend to be,” says Tim Swannie, Director of Home Hunts.
“It is possible to buy a reasonably-priced apartment or fisherman’s cottage, for example, but some of the waterfront estates on the Riviera (specifically Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Cap d’Antibes and Saint Tropez, for example) are among the most expensive properties in the world.”
So, what makes the perfect luxury waterfront property on the French Riviera?
“Some people simply want to hear the sound of the sea from their property, others are specifically looking for a property with direct access to the sea for their morning swim,” says Tim. “We try to spend as much time as possible speaking to all clients to find out what their motivations and requirements are.”
Easy to get to
Fast access to an international airport is essential. You firstly need to know that you can fly in easily to your waterfront property, whether from your primary residence or a business trip.
Then, once you land, you need to live less than an hour away so it’s not long before you’re sipping a cocktail on your sea view terrace. A rare find, this sea front villa in Cannes (HH-12114981) is just a few metres from the beach and less than half-an-hour from Nice Airport.
Luxurious home life
The most luxurious entertainment and leisure facilities are another must-have. From spacious terraces for al fresco dinner parties to infinity pools, Jacuzzis and saunas, a perfect prime waterfront property will have all of these spectacular features for the ultimate Riviera holiday.
Located in Theoule-sur-Mer, this beautiful five-bedroom waterfront villa (HH-10684480) has a breath-taking sea view that can be enjoyed from the infinity pool, as well as direct access to a hidden cove, Jacuzzi and sauna.