Find answers to common questions related to buying or selling property in South France and the French Riviera
Browse through these frequently answered questions, or contact Michael Skovby on +33 64 39 14 317. He is happy to help with any questions you may have.
Officially, the French Riviera is home to 163 nationalities with 83,962 foreign residents, although estimates of the number of non-French nationals living in the area are often much higher.
We have not been able to find reliable information about which South France cities have the highest concentration of foreigners.
So instead, here is a bit of information on how Cote d’Azur has developed:
The South France coastline was one of the first modern resort areas. It began as a winter health resort for the British upper class at the end of the 18th century. With the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century, it became the playground and vacation spot of British, Russian, and other aristocrats, such as Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, when he was Prince of Wales. In the summer, it also played home to many members of the Rothschild family.
In the first half of the 20th century, it was frequented by artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edith Wharton, Somerset Maugham, and Aldous Huxley, as well as wealthy Americans and Europeans. After World War II, it became a popular tourist destination and convention site. Many celebrities, such as Elton John and Brigitte Bardot, have homes in the region.
The cost of living in South France is relative to where you live and what type of lifestyle you desire. The prices also vary depending on where in South France you choose to live. For example, Monaco is more expensive than Nice as is Cannes. And, unsurprisingly, Paris is also more expensive than Nice.
Here are some examples comparing Nice with a few cities:
Cost of living in Nice vs. Manchester, United Kingdom
– consumer prices are 1,05% higher in Nice
– restaurant prices are 13% lower in Nice
– groceries are 20% more expensive in Nice
See more here
Cost of living in Nice vs. Frankfurt, Germany
– consumer prices are 2,26% lower in Nice
– restaurant prices are 7,40% higher in Nice
– groceries are 13,29% more expensive in Nice
See more comparison data here
If you have a boat or a yacht, the French Riviera is a paradise.
There are so many places to visit by boat. There are so many huge harbors. But moorings can be quite expensive.
If you are looking for more information about yachting or boating at the French Riviera, get in touch with us directly. Use this form
There are many very good golf courses on the French Riviera. Obviously, the climate allows for golf all year around. Just one of the many advantages of living in South France.
One of the highest rated golf courses in South France is Royal Mougins Golf Club. You can find a list of Cote d’Azur golf courses with reviews here.
We would say yes. Most French people are dog lovers. But of course, you have to take care in the traffic. And don´t forget that French people drive fast…..
In South of France, you can count on more or less 300 sunny days a year. It rains now and then, but that is good, because that´s why we have such a beautiful green nature.
The number of sun hours in a day ranges from 5 in November thru January up to 10-11 hours per day during the summer months of June, July, and August.
The temperatures averages from 9 degrees centigrade in January to an average of 24 degrees in the hottest months
At the French Riviera you will find many international schools:
- International School of Nice – www.isn-nice.com
- Ebica International School in Valbonne – http://www.ebicaschool.com/en/welcome/
- International School of Monaco – https://www.ismonaco.org/
- Mougins School – http://mougins-school.com/
- ABS School in Nice – http://www.abc-school-international.com/
- Ecole International Bilingue in Cagnes sur Mer – https://www.eibcagnes.fr/
- College International de Cannes – http://www.french-in-cannes.com/
We hope you will find the right one for your kids, but many say that Mougins School is very good and International School of Monaco as well.
From our point of view, homeowner insurance is not more expensive in France than many other countries.
The price depends of course of the type of property (villa or apartment), the size, protection and insurance coverage, area etc.
Our best advice is to get a quote from 3-4 different insurance companies or use an insurance broker.
Short term rental of your property is quite easy. Many owners at the French Riviera rent out on a short-term basis because of short-term rental yielding a higher rental income per annum.
Long term rental is also possible but more difficult. A property owner often generates the same income by renting out for just a few months as opposed to a full year.
Of course, it is best to speak French. But if you do not speak French – but English – it’s not a problem in general.
Most people at the French Riviera speak English.
But it is very important to be aware that you have to know a little bit of the French culture. French people are extremely polite. And they expect that other people are the same.
So if you meet a French person, you want to speak with in English, please don´t start by saying “do you speak English”. It is very important that you ask in French! So learn to say “Excusez-moi, parlez vous anglais? (Eskusemoa, parle vu angle).
Also be aware that if you enter a shop, restaurant, bus, train, lift etc, ALWAYS SAY “bonjour, monsieur” or “bonjour, madame”. (bonshure).
There are two local taxes, called the taxe d’habitation and the tax foncière. The rates of tax vary across the country, due to the varying rates of tax imposed by the regional and local governments.
Get in touch with French Estate Group and let us guide you through the maze of local taxes in France