THE ADDRESS Magazine Summer 2014 - Page 169

Blissful Luxury A gracefully elegant villa with a relaxed atmosphere in a sophisticated setting F or centuries, the Côte d’Azur, or the French Riviera, has been attracting the rich and famous, from British aristocrats and Russian nobles, to American movie stars and European artists. All are drawn to the Mediterranean sun, glistening blue waters and mountainous hinterland. All come because of the area’s image as a glamorous playground for the world’s jet set. When it comes to property, the Côte d’Azur is second to none for its magnificence, its beauty and its universal appeal. The real estate market here commands a premium in France and also in a global context. The French Riviera provides one of the best year-round destinations for quality living and it is one of the most prized areas in the world for holiday home-seekers, or for those relocating. Most of the area’s inter- national property buyers hail from Scandinavia, Russia & CIS, the UK, the Benelux and the Middle East. Situated at the heart of one of the world’s most picturesque bays, Villefranche-sur-Mer is located between Monte Carlo and Nice, and is one of the most coveted luxury residential communities along the famed French Riviera. The serene fishing village boasts a beautiful natural port. Lovely pastel-hued houses, long, sand and pebble beaches and a medieval town centre with its winding cobblestone streets constitute its trademark. The small seaside resort offers breathtaking views, views that make the area so highly coveted by wealthy buyers of luxury properties. From luxurious beauty and sparkling sea views, to the enviable location, this deluxe villa presents a lifestyle of quality 169