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French Riviera waterfront or seafront properties on the Côte d’Azur

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Waterfront Properties at the most beautiful coastline in Europe: the Côte d’Azur. You would expect that the sunny French Riviera has lots of waterfront properties for sale. But the truth is; waterfront or seafront properties are very exclusive.

When you start dreaming about buying a waterfront property, you want to have this healthy beach life feeling, right? The sounds of the sea, from early morning to late at night. Being able to walk barefoot to the sandy beach, or to take a picnic basket and get on board of your boat or the tender. Life at it’s best.

French Riviera waterfront properties on the Côte d’Azur

French Riviera waterfront properties on the Côte d’Azur

The truth is that this type of property on the French Riviera will often have roads in between the sea and your land. Or a train, or rocks that make it unable to go to the beach. In fact, finding a waterfront property on the Côte d’Azur close to the beach is rather unique. And it’s even more unique if you can find a seafront property with a boat garage. Or a mooring deck in front of the house. 

Enjoying the sound of the ‘Grand Bleu’ waves

There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to the sound of the waves of Le Grand Bleu. It’s the combination of feeling Zen and the excitement of being so close to the Grande Bleu, that it is worth searching for it. And maybe saving money for it too, as these are the villas in the higher price range. Properties so close to the water are obviously sexier and also more pricey than a luxury villa on the land. If you find one for a good price and you want to make a good return on investment with seasonal renting, income from a waterfront property is around 30% higher than from a standard villa. Location and uniqueness are the key factors that define your rental price.

What is a seafront property?

The official definition of a property with the label seafront or waterfront is that the villa or mansion is directly connected to land on the edge of the water. Beachfront property is however not the same as waterfront property. A seafront property will not always have a beach in front of it. Sometimes you have your garden and at the end some stairs that go down a path, towards the sea and maybe a little beach. Other properties are on the same level as the nearby beach and can therefore also be called a beachfront property. However, the general term for such a villa is a waterfront property.

French Riviera waterfront or seafront properties on the Côte d’Azur

French Riviera waterfront or seafront properties on the Côte d’Azur

In between Monaco and Nice, you will find some lovely waterfront villas in a place like Villefranche Sur Mer, Roquebrune Cap Martin, or Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Towards Cannes, you have to be lucky to find one; Golfe Juan, Vallauris will have some suitable and exclusive properties, but after Cannes, you have a better chance in Theoule Sur Mer and further down the coast, towards Saint Tropez.

Saint Tropez waterfront properties

The waterfront properties in the Saint Tropez area are not only one of the best, they also have the most glamorous area to look at; the Bay of Saint Tropez. Pick your own boat or a ferry to drink a cappuccino at Places des Limes, stroll down the old village, or enjoy one of the sandy beaches. With a waterfront property on the Cote d’Azur, you will have something rare and unique. Contact us for a selection of waterfront properties in the area you like most.  

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Ab Kuijer

Radio, TV and advertising producer. Owner of an international marketing company. Lives in the South of France since 2006. Former President of the British Chamber of Commerce, later Riviera Business Club. Happily married to Jojo. Reads and writes 2000 words per day about different topics. With the Living on the Côte d'Azur platform, Ab and Jo together provide 'Good old Dutch' Service for buyers of real estate on the Côte d'Azur, Portugal, Mauritius, Italy and Ibiza.