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Prestigious villas on the French Riviera

Who hasn’t dreamt of buying a waterfront villa in the South of France with a panoramic view of the Mediterranean and private beach access so you can dive straight into the sea? Dropping anchor at one of these seaside villas along the French Riviera, encompassing the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes, is a chance to enjoy a little taste of heaven on earth. Let’s get the latest on this type of luxury property.

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Magnificent villas by the Mediterranean Sea

Many exclusive villas dominate the French Riviera. Dotted across different peninsulas, on the sea front, they evoke notions of luxury and exotic travel. With their distinctive architecture, identifiable from the sea, they contribute to the region’s exclusive atmosphere.

You can’t talk about the luxury villas of the French Riviera without mentioning the best-known properties which include: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a genuine Renaissance style palace, Villa Kérylos in Beaulieu-sur-mer, directly overlooking the sea, the neoclassical style Villa Beau Site in Nice and Villa Eilenroc, featuring a similar neoclassical design, on Cap d’Antibes peninsula.

It is very unusual to find seaside properties for sale in this region and prices in Ramatuelle, Cannes, Nice and Saint-Tropez can reach record highs particularly if the luxury villa includes sea access, a garden, a natural or infinity pool and outhouses.

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An exclusive setting for sea lovers

The Mediterranean coastline boasts numerous, discreetly located luxury properties. These unique properties, with modern or Belle Epoque architecture, sell to buyers from all over the world. The Bay of Billionaires in Antibes is a good example of exclusive real estate on the Côte d’Azur.

This region, in particular has inspired artists who have depicted the beauty of the sea, its unspoilt landscapes, colours and reflections. Some, including Matisse, Renoir, Picasso, Cocteau and Chagall, seduced by the relaxed South of France lifestyle, even chose to set up home here.

Unlike villas in the countryside, waterfront properties offer an exclusive environment, guaranteed to delight sea enthusiasts and fans of beautiful coastlines; some feature private beaches or stunning views of unspoilt coves and the vast expanse of sea. In a word, it’s paradise.

To help locate your piece of paradise on earth, let our teams at Engel & Völkers, specialists in luxury real estate, do the hard work for you!

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