THE ADDRESS Magazine Summer 2014 - Page 185

Chic Sophistication A stylish villa that impresses with its fabulous design, attractive décor and coveted setting G lamorous and tantalizingly beautiful, the Côte d’Azur remains one of the world's prime luxury property investments. Exuding a timeless elegance, with magnificent landscapes that have inspired generations of artists, glimmering shores kissed with water the colour of deep blue sapphire, and the joie de vivre that permeates the atmosphere, a luxury home here offers a rare and prestigious coastal lifestyle in the most renowned waterfront location in France. The French Riviera enjoys universal appeal. The mere mention of its name evokes what is synonymous with a prized location and distinguished locality. The infinite allure of the Cote d’Azur continues to attract a host of wealthy international buyers, who come increasingly from Russia and the Middle East, as well as the more traditional sources of the UK, Scandinavia and the Benelux. At the heart of one of the most picturesque bays in the world, Villefranche-sur-Mer boasts a magnificent panorama that has established it as the City of Painters and Artists. Anchored by two cosmopolitan cities on either side: Nice to the west and Monaco to the east, Villefranche-sur-Mer has succeeded in retaining its traditional Niçoise fishing village allure. Surrounding its large, natural bay are cliffs and steep hillsides, brimming with olive and citrus trees, Mediterranean pines, and bougainvillea flowering plants. The village enchants, with its traditional colourful buildings, its web of criss-crossing streets and its 185