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The French Riviera has a lot houses and apartments for sale; in fact everyone could find something to live here, it’s just a matter of budget and priorities. Are you happy with just being here, and riding a bike or taking a tram to go to the beach is perfect to start your day? Have a look at our houses for sale in Nice, Antibes and Cannes. Pricing in real estate starts as low as 130.000 euro. It will be a simple studio, but it’s a good start to create a whole new way of living in a place that offers 300 days of sunshine!

And the more you desire like a large terrace, sea view, double space parking, a free view, a residential swimming pool, a rooftop garden, the higher the price. If you want to walk to the beaches and one separate bedroom apartment is enough, we can help you. If you want a discrete villa in a stunning bay, with six bedrooms, we can help you with the best there is from all houses and apartments for sale. And of course anything in between, from new constructed villa’s a in a green valley to sea front apartments to keep an eye on your yacht. All our luxury properties are hand picked and selected with great care. You can buy houses and apartments for sale on the French Riviera, but will it make you happy? We will be honest with you, telling of there is a train way at 50 meters from your apartment. Or if there are plans for a new shopping mall in your area. Things like that make a difference and with this approach we hope to serve you the best way. If you want to see our current listings, click here to see our selection of Houses and Apartments for sale on the French Riviera. The most recent is placed at #1.

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Houses and apartments for sale

There are hundreds of websites online offering you houses and apartments for sale, but most of them are generated by robots with smart scripts. It could be that the information is out of date, because removing the information about all houses and apartments for sale, would take so much time. These websites are non-personal listing websites, only here to be found, hoping to be able to drag you into an other property from the total houses and apartments for sale.

Our houses and apartments for sale
Our websites are updated weekly with one or two properties. We could place 50 properties per week, but we don’t. This website shows the best houses and apartments for sale, and if you have special wished regarding your new home on the French Riviera, we will be happy to make you a tailor made proposal, besed upon the availability of the real estate situation on the French Riviera. Simply send us an -email, your ideal home, your favorite city, the amount of bedrooms and a budget. We will contact you to discuss this and send you within 48 hours a proposal to think about. If you want to move forward, we will represent you to the developer or local agent. All our services are free, as we get paid by the developer or local real estate agent for bringing them a new client. So, it;s a win-win for everybody involved.

Buy new Houses and apartments for sale
If you found a new project with the ideal apartment for sale, we will block this on your name and send you the bank details for a first reservation payment. You pay in general 5% of the buying price within seven days. After reception, the developer will send you the preliminary sales contract. After this contract is signed by both parties and returned to your address (this process takes normally 10-15 working days); you still have 8-days withdrawal period for a property in France. The 5% will be returned immediately, but you had the reservation on the property for at least 3 weeks. A good strategy if you are planning to visit the project but don’t want to take the risk to wait too long!

The buying process for new construction real estate in France

The entire procedure is very buyer-friendly and protects buyers to a maximum. The procedure is a bit slow but very secured for the buyer. That’s why the buyer should first sign the contract to start the procedure. The buyer has then plenty of time to think about it and to get his financing settled.

When you have decided to buy, you will receive from us the IBAN and SWIFT bank details of the notary plus payment instructions. Your ID and address will be with the developer that waits for the arrival of your down payment; mostly 3-5% of the purchase amount. Once the money is received, a dossier is opened and a contract will be made.

This is sent to you by UPS or DHL. You have to sign the contract first (often 5 copies) and send it back. Then the developer will sign it and send it back to you. Now the 8 days period becomes active

Ten days withdraw

This period starts from the day you receive your copy of the reservation contract signed by both parties by registered mail – you will receive the contract by courier services like DHL or UPS. Within ten days you can still withdraw the purchase without any reason given.

30 days withdraw
After the 10th day, a new period starts; the 30-working days (about 45 days) period to obtain a loan starts. In case you get a loan refusal, you can then withdraw from the purchase without any financial punishment or costs.

The buying process for existing real estate in France

If you are buying property in France, you might feel overwhelmed by the paperwork. Your heart says ‘This is my dream house’ but your logic sense whispers ‘Watch your back, they’re all French…’ Luckily, we are in Europe and the buying process has become very transparent, especially in France. And of course, you have the friendly Dutch people from Living on the Côte d’Azur to assist you!

Here we explain the differences between Offre d’achat, Promesse de Vente and Compromis de Vente.

What is an Offre d’achat?

Once you are you happy with the final price, the selling real estate agent will propose an ‘offre d’achat’ for the existing property. The main aspects of the property are in this paper described, such as address, lay-out, size and separately made agreements. This information is signed by both parties and then the notary will use this info to make a provisional purchase agreement. This agreement should be signed within 30 days of the ‘offre d’achat’.

Offre d’achat is a unilateral promise from the buyer to the seller. The potential buyer indicates that he wants to purchase the specified property within a specified period. However, it does not guarantee that the house must also be sold to the buyer. The offre d’achat largely describes what you wish to buy. If the term expires and buyer and seller do not agree, then the offer will expire.


What is La Promesse de Vente?

La Promesse de Vente is a unilateral promise by the seller. Seller agrees with this “Promise of Sale” that he agrees to sell the property at a certain price for a given period. The buyer pays 10% and gets a period of 7 days to rethink the decision and stop the buying process. If the notarial deed is on for signing, your 10% of the purchase amount will be deducted and you will pay the remaining amount. If you do not provide a timely notice of cancellation and you have no decisive reasons (such as reserve funding) then you will be in default and the seller may retain your 10% deposit.


What is a Compromis de Vente?

The Compromis de vente is a purchase agreement between the two parties. The seller agrees to sell his property, while the buyer agrees to buy the property for an agreed price. After signing the initial purchase agreement, you always have a right of withdrawal of 7 days as a buyer. In addition, it has suspensive terms, which means that the purchase will not continue under certain conditions such as not obtaining a loan. Source (

If you want to choose from quality existing properties, you can work with Living on the Côte d’Azur. We’ve been active in French Riviera real estate since 2006 and only work with professionals. Our services to find suitable existing properties, negotiate a fair price and find a notary that talks English are free of costs. Call or WhatsApp with Ab and Jo on +33770186203 or mail us at We are open seven days a week to give you the best service available on the Côte d’Azur.

Contact Living On The Côte d’Azur and call Ab or Jo in France + 33 977 197 800. Or mail us via for all houses, villas and apartments for sale on the French Riviera around and in Nice, Menton, Antibes, Juan les Pins, Cannes, Mougins and Theoule. And we’re also open on Corsica!

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Living On The Côte d’Azur, real estate promoters since 2006 is a Dutch operated real estate consultancy for foreign people that want to buy real estate on the French Riviera. We are open seven days a week. If you register first with us, you can enjoy our additional services and support, free of charge.

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