Spring has Sprung!

One of the loveliest times of year on the French Riviera where flowers in bloom abound and everyone is out and about enjoying the Mediterranean sun whether taking a leisure seaside walk / jog or vigorous cycling on the Promenade des Anglais, wining and dining outdoors at the local cafes, chic beach clubs or famous gourmet restaurants.

One of the surprises this year for the Provence Alpes Maritimes region is the incredible amount of snow we received at our local ski stations Isola 2000 and Auron this season. Here we are the middle of April and we are still skiing in the sunny optimum ski conditions!!

The season officially begins this week with the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, followed by the Antibes Yacht Show, the Monaco Grand Prix, the Cannes Film Festival and the Iron Man France Triathlon in June.

With all the beautiful weather and the major events, spring is an ideal time to come and enjoy the French Riviera as well as visit a few properties before the summer season so that your second vacation home will be ready to go for summertime.

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17th Festival Femin’arte – February 12th-March 8th

Women Power!

This women’s art festival in Antibes is a true celebration of feminine creative and artistic talents.

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Entrepreneurs! Marketing Plan Workshop March 15th

Creating a simple marketing plan can have an amazing impact on a small business, especially if you are a solopreneur.” – Deborah D’Alessandro


Do you have marketing overload?


Learn how to effectively plan sales increases.

Learn how to estimate earnings from your marketing ideas.

Esprit Seminars is offering a hands-on workshop in nice where you will not only learn how to embrace the implementation process of marketing for your business, but actually walk out with a written marketing plan for your business!

This 3 hour workshop is designed to help you confidently navigate through marketing overload and feel good about knowing what to do next.

Join us and help your business grow!

When: Saturday, March 15th

Place: Hotel Vendome Nice – Rue Pastorelli 26 (7 min walk from Place Massena)

Time: 9:00am – 12:15pm

Fee: 45 euros

For more information and registration contact Deborah D’Alessandro at: info@espritseminars.com   06 99 72 19 27

Carnival Time in Nice Feb14th – March 4th

Don’t miss out on Nice’s biggest and craziest event of all time…the Carnaval de Nice!

affiche_2014Nice’s landmark event that has actually been present since the middle ages, continues to draw in over 1 million visitors through the course of the 2 week event with 600,000 spectators gleefully watching and participating in this magnificent display of creativity, music and dance.

This year’s theme will be the “King of Gastronomy” with Germany as being the special selected guest this year.  This year’s theme is set to launch the revival of the “Cuisine Nissarde” label, an initiative by the municipality to promote the regional produce by honoring those restaurants that withhold the Nicoise tradition in their menus.

With all this food, we need some exercise!

In it’s second consecutive year, the Rock-n-Roll Carnaval 10 mile run will accompany the festivities. Suit up in your festive garb and throw on your running shoes for the most festive run of your life!  3,000 runners participated last year and is expected to to exceed 5,000 this year on February 16th at 9am.

And if that is not enough exercise for you, there will be a giant Zumba class on the Promenade des Anglais from midday.

Bring your kids, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles for the biggest social celebration on the French Riviera!  Viva la bella Nissa!!

Insights from Abroad: France Show in London

What a fabulous weekend we had at the 2014 France Show in London!

Nice Properties and My Place Riviera had the amazing opportunity to exhibit at the France show this year and we were completely amazed at how many vendors and services were represented at the show. Everything from mountain fresh cheeses to ferries, notaires, currency exchange companies to estate agencies covering all regions in France.

One of the most interesting highlights for our group was the insight we received through talking to so many people about how they feel about the French Riviera.  It was wonderful to see people’s reactions passing by our booth and looking at the expansive backdrop of Villefranche and pointing to the hotel or apartment they stayed at when visiting.  I think we brought back a lot of memories and were happy to hear so many good stories.

In addition to the wow’s  and ahh’s, we had heard several comments such as “If I was a millionaire I could live there.”  From all the worldwide fame that the French Riviera possesses as being the playground for the rich and famous (which is true!), it is understandable that some people would think you have to be a millionaire to have a property on the Riviera.  And while yes, there is prime prestigious villas, penthouses and luxury apartments that carry a hefty million dollar price tag, there are so many beautiful apartments and homes that are in fact reasonably priced.  And you can be sure that your  property investment will be secure as this is one of the most coveted destinations in the world.

One of the things that some people might not be aware of is the fact that the topography of the French Riviera’s coastline is terraced with surrounding hills. This means that the properties located on these terraced parts offer some of the most spectacular views of the Mediterranean because they are set back from the beach.  The advantage here is that these properties offer quiet residential neighborhoods with more affordable properties, yet still have very quick and easy access to the beach either by walking or by car. And since there is a tremendous amount of real estate on the Riviera, that means there is always a deal to be found. You just have to know where to look.

The 2014 France Show was a true success and we hope to see everyone next year for another 3 days of French bliss in the glorious city of London!

Nice Properties is going to London!!

We are very excited to announce our participation in the 2014 France Show in Earls Court London on January 17-19th at booth 207, conveniently located across the Champagne bar at booth 207.

Currently in its 7th consecutive year, the France Show features the largest French property exhibition in the UK.

But that is not all!  We have partnered up with an exceptional interior designer My Place Riviera, who is a subsidiary of one of the most talented London based interior design firms Callender Howorth.  Visitors who come by our booth 207, will not only have the chance to preview the latest properties on the French Riviera including brand new projects, but also find out about the best options in bespoke interior design and furnishings.

You will have the French Riviera at your disposal with our on site international management team to answer all your questions about buying property in France.

Host to the weekly series “Property Report of the Week” for the Property Thursday segment on Monaco based Riviera Radio 106.5FM, Nice Properties will also be broadcasting live updates and interviews on Riviera Radio 106.5FM.


Spectacular Holiday Fun in Nice

The Holidays are Here!

One of the most festive times of the year as Nice puts on the holiday festivities full tilt. Rides and games for the entire family along with an ice skating rink and charming Christmas village where you can taste some hot sizzling Socca (traditional Nicoise chick-pea pancake) with mulled wine to warm you up in this spectacular winter wonderland located right in the heart of Nice in the Place Massena.

place massena3This year is a bit special as the new Coulee Verte (green corridor) has opened and is a wonderful place to take a long stroll and an even more fun place for the kids to play. While this is a very fun place to go during the day, the night is extra special as it is transformed into a spectacular array of color and light.


For the best perspective, take the ferris wheel and you will be able to enjoy the entire panorama of the city center as well as the sea.  Great photo ops!

An evening spent at the Place Massena during the holiday season is a must-do and will certainly immerse you in the holiday spirit in the famed capital of the French Riviera.

The lights are on and the Nice Christmas Village is open!

Its Christmas time in Nice and the festivities are underway as the Christmas Village in Place Massena is now open featuring many attractions and activities until the 2nd of January.

This year the “Noel à Nice” offers attractions like the Big Ferris Wheel and other children’s attractions, Christmas Tree Forest, Artisan Craft Chalets, Ice Skating, Pictures with Santa on his Sleigh, shows and music performances, and lets not forget the Oyster and Champagne Bar!!

Throught the city of Nice different activities will take place such as christmas parades by the local schools, collection for Letters to Santa with 5 drop off locations on the Promenade des Anglais and what about those beautiful Christmas lights and decorations throughout the city especially in the Place Massena!

With so much cheer and festivities, “Noel a Nice” is sure to bring you memorable holiday season. Happy Holidays and an even better 2013 New Year!

For the schedule of holiday events and activities, please visit the Nice Tourism website: http://en.nicetourisme.com/.