THE ADDRESS Magazine Summer 2014 - Page 191

Cannes as a celebrity stage last summer when Woody Allen shot parts of his latest film here. The mesmerising seaside town and its surroundings are as typically and classically Riviera as one will find. Palm trees sway in the breeze, blue seas lap the beaches and even bluer skies sit above the terracotta rooftops. The beaches are safe and pleasant, and the covered market, where shoppers may purchase fresh fish, olives, honey and other Provençal produce, add up to a picture with immense appeal. Here, life goes by at a leisurely pace. Residents enjoy an exceptionally high standard of living, whilst holiday homeowners love it for its unique symphony of medieval and baroque architecture, sandy beaches and the magnificent gardens of Serre de la Madone, Maria Serena, Fontana Rosa, Les Colombières and Val Rahmeh. The sea is a predominant feature of Menton. The outstanding coastline, the old fishing port and a newer marina seduce the numerous visitors. Menton is also the first community in the Maritime Alps region to have obtained the award Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (City of Art and History). Over the past few years, Menton has been actively reinventing itself, with an exciting mix of top-notch restaurants, newly restored historic gardens and a futuristic, multimedia Jean Cocteau Museum at the port, which was designed by the eclectic French architect, Rudy Ricciotti. Menton is fortuitously located both on the sea and next to the Italian frontier. Alpine skiing and Mediterranean swims afford residents and holidaymakers alike the best of both worlds. And Monaco is just 13 kilometres distant, whilst a day of shopping in Nice, starspotting in Cannes and yachting in Antibes are so very close. Lifestyle tops the list of reasons for owning real estate in Menton. Property buyers laud the wonderful sea views, terraces and proximity to the beaches as prime factors in their selection of the idyllic seaside resort. All of this makes Menton real estate an increasingly popular choice for those seeking a comfortable and refined lifestyle on the Mediterranean, with buyers coming chiefly from France, Italy, the Benelux nations, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. The town’s low-key sophistication, classic allure and awe-inspiring beauty, plus the deep-rooted sense of authenticity, give that ever-lasting appeal to Menton. It is perfect for th