The great outdoors: improving the value of your property & your standard of living

With 300 days of sunshine a year, the French Riviera lifestyle is all about outdoor living. Whether you have hectares of space or a small, urban terrace, even a few simple touches can drastically improve the quality of a garden – and the value of your home.Read more

Villa Eilenroc: eternal elegance on the Cap d'Antibes

Villa Eilenroc appears like an apparition straight from a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel as you take the Sentier Littoral from Plage de la Garoupe to the Baie des Milliardaires. Built over 150 years ago as a luxurious winter retreat, the property is now owned and protected by the Ville d’Antibes.Read more

Where is the best place to live?

‘Bonne’, ‘beau’ and ‘bio’… All three have positive connotations, but surely there’s something more than a good start to their names that has made the towns of Valbonne, Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Biot the three most attractive places to live in the Alpes-Maritimes.Read more

Salon Déco Habitat in Nice

Avid interior designer? Amateur stylist? Professional in the field? Whatever your level of skill when it comes to décor, the Salon Déco Habitat at Nice’s Palais des Expositions has something to enhance every portfolio and home.Read more

Kiwi financier given extra time to purchase Picasso estate

Pablo Picasso’s former home in the village of Mougins may have a new owner: New Zealand financier Rayo Withanage. After displaying an interest in the 800-square metre villa, which was the home of the most famous artist of the 20th century until his death in 1973, earlier this year, Withanage was reportedly unable to raise the funds for the property. He has now been given two extra months to find the cash in order to complete the sale.  Read more

New measures again for furnished rentals

The French government has launched further measures to regulate furnished rentals. More and more landlords are using the services of private rental websites for short-term rentals and the French authorities want to control this rapid development.Read more

Bnbkeys: a new property management solution for homeowners in the French Riviera

If Airbnb seems too informal, but a management company seems too strict, recent start-up Bnbkeys could be your solution. Launched at the start of this year in Vallauris and is now offering its services in English online, Bnbkeys allows homeowners to rent out their properties short-term without the hassle of managing client demands. For holidaymakers, the fledgling company provides a fivestar welcome service with 24/7 assistance. Riviera Insider speaks to co-founder Charles Semmel.Read more

Taxe d’habitation remains stable for second home owners

The Fédération Nationale de l’Immobilier Côte d’Azur (FNAIM) has welcomed a decision by the Municipal Council of Nice not to increase the taxe d’habitation surcharge on people who own second homes in the city. In 2015, France implemented the law requiring a 20% surcharge on properties that aren’t registered as a primary residence in areas of France where there is a recognised housing shortage.Read more

Prince Albert buys Philadelphia home of Grace Kelly

According to CNN, Prince Albert II of Monaco has bought the Philadelphia home where his mother Grace Kelly grew up. The Colonial-style house holds even more history for the Monegasque Princely family, having been the location of Prince Rainier III’s proposal to the future Princess of Monaco in 1956.Read more

Booming housing market in the Alpes-Maritimes

In the first half of 2016, 22% more new homes were sold than during the same period of the previous year and 18% more were put on the market. This equates to almost 2,000 sales of new builds per week - an amount not seen since 2006. The speed of the process to buy also decreased from 11 months to nine. Prices for the properties in this bracket remained stable: offers were up 3% and sale prices down 2% per m².Read more