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Floating penthouses: A new trend is coming to the Côte d'Azur


The floating penthouses of the German manufacturer "Rev House" are now also available on the Côte d'Azur. Photo: Rev HouseWho doesn't dream of living, working and celebrating with a front-row view? A floating penthouse provides a marina feeling, closeness to nature and maximum freedom all at the same time. At the beginning of September, this innovative living concept will reach the Côte d'Azur in a spectacular way. The first penthouse boat of the German company "Rev House" will be launched from a container ship off Nice with a giga crane.

The luxury floating abode can be used as a holiday home, as an office or for customer events, or even as a restaurant. The "Rev House Sea II", which will first arrive in Nice at the beginning of September before sailing independently to the Old Port of Saint-Raphaël (Var) and mooring there. Measuring 20 meters in length, it offers 125 square meters of living space and 156 square meters of terrace. It is approved for a maximum of 100 people (at anchor), twelve of whom can be accommodated into six bedrooms.

Thanks to innovative German engineering, the penthouse can be self-sufficient for several weeks at a time with its large freshwater and wastewater tanks and its own bio-treatment plant.

At the beginning of September, the first floating penthouse of Rev House will be moored in the Old Port of Saint-Raphaël. Photo: Rev HouseThe Rev House Sea II will officially launch at the Cannes Yachting Festival from 10 to 15 September. Visitors will be able to discover the 20-metre penthouse at the Port Pierre Canto marina (stand "Sail 233" - Rev House Sea GmbH), where it will serve as a VIP area during the Yachting Festival.

Each floating penthouse made by Rev House is fully customised and equipped before leaving the shipyard. From the number of bedrooms to the interior design, to whether or not to have a Jacuzzi or sauna, the customer decides the details.

"Such a floating luxury apartment is mobile water property and investment in one, especially in times of scarce and expensive living space," explains Philippe Urbin, who markets the penthouses on the Côte d'Azur and will use the new rectangular boat as a showroom as well as an event space and holiday location.

Philippe and Martina Urbin, French-German couple living in Saint-Raphaël, market the floating penthouse exclusively on the Côte d'Azur. Photo: DRUrbin is looking forward to the new challenge in addition to his international consulting activities. The Frenchman benefits from the fact that he speaks English as well as fluent German after years of working in the neighbouring country. He also has his wife Martina on board as a business partner who specialises in rental properties and concierge services and manages the penthouse rental.

What are people looking for who opt for a floating abode? According to Lars Voigt, co-founder and current managing director of Rev House since 2011, it is a question of mentality: his customers long for being close to nature and enjoy the freedom of being able to anchor wherever they wish to be. 

Tired of a particular location? If you want to go further away: Hop on a container ship with the penthouse and head for Thailand or the Caribbean for the next two years!

Spacious, open living area, fully glazed: kitchen, dining area and living room occupy most of the main deck. Photo: Rev House"Rev House Sea II" is a boat of the latest generation and their first penthouse. Sophisticated technology, modern environmental standards and the highest functionality of German made floating homes are the result of many years of continuous tinkering.

"Such a construction, which can hold up to 100 people on the top of the terrace while remaining stable is more complex than you might think," says Urbin.

A sound investment

There are some surprising highlights when buying a floating penthouse – aside from the originality of a property at sea, it can be classified as a sports boat. "Neither the housing taxe d'habitation nor the property taxe foncière are due, nor are notary fees or inheritance taxes," Urbin explains. Anyone who buys a houseboat on behalf of their company also saves VAT, which is only around 20 percent of the gross purchase price. A sizeable savings compared to terra ferma.

The high quality interior is included and adapted to the wishes of the future owner. Photo: Rev HouseDepending on size and equipment, a Rev-House penthouse is available from 497,000 euros (standard model) or 870,000 euros (20-metre version). "A comparable house or apartment in the centre of Saint-Raphaël or Cannes costs several times as much," emphasises Philippe Urbin. The delivery time for a tailor-made penthouse boat is about ten to twelve months.

Speed records cannot be broken with the rectangular ship - the steering wheel is located at the front of the surrounding terrace, but it can do a leisurely 12 km/h as it sails from one port to the next. On the other hand, its price is only a fraction of a comparable yacht and scores accordingly with much lower fuel consumption.

The TV station TF1 also finds the "Rev-House" living concept so exciting that filming for the popular series "Les plus belles vacances" will begin at the penthouse in Saint-Raphaël from 5 September before the Cannes Yachting Festival. Afterward, the cube-shaped ship will set its course for the festival city, where it will take part in the ILTM tourism fair at the beginning of December. Otherwise, the penthouse will be available at any time for events or exclusive holidays.


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