Buying a house on the French Riviera: in the footsteps of cinema
The famous French Riviera is not only home to the largest film festival in the world, it is also a popular place for film professionals. The beauty of its landscapes, the charm of its villages and the luxury of its properties have always attracted many actors and inspired a large number of directors from all walks of life. There are indeed hundreds of films that are shot in this region and some locations have now become mythical. If you want to buy a house or an apartment on the French Riviera, below is an overview of the cities and places most impacted by the 7th art.
Cinema and real estate in Cannes
A must-see when it comes to cinema on the French Riviera, the ‘Cannes Film Festival’ is perhaps the most famous film festival ever and attracts international journalists every year who write about the city of Cannes for ten days. As a logical consequence, luxury real estate is impacted by the arrival of celebrities. Each year, the experts observe an increase in demand from buyers in Cannes, including for rental properties in response to the high popularity of the city during this period.
The ‘Cannes Film Festival’ helps the city to gain international visibility and to reveal its beauty to the public. The presence of celebrities and the scale of the event make this film festival the most renowned in the world and gives prestige and authenticity to real estate properties in Cannes.
Cinema and real estate in Antibes
Antibes and especially the ‘Cap-Eden-Roc’ hotel is the usual residence of many movie stars such as Sharon Stone, Robert Redford, George Clooney or Madonna who have all stayed there. Today, the city is considered a true reference point in the cinema industry. Antibes also owes this reputation to the many films that have been made on its shoreline or in the sumptuous villas that border the city. Among the most famous, we find ‘Le Grand Bleu’ by Luc Besson (1988), James Bond, or also ‘Jamais plus jamais’ by Irvin Kershner (1983).
Cinema and real estate in Saint-Tropez
Renowned for being a city of culture and arts, Saint-Tropez is one of the most important houses of the 7th art. The city became iconic for French people, who remember the well-known scenes of the film ‘Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez’ by Jean Girault (1964) with the very famous actor Louis de Funès. The film was so successful that it has now become part of the city, after a museum was opened in the former police office devoted to the profession and the art of cinema in Saint-Tropez. Many other iconic films have been completely or partly shot in this mythical city which has occasionally hosted the greatest celebrities such as Brigitte Bardot during the shooting of ‘Et Dieu ... créa la femme’, directed by Roger Vadim (1956).