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Unique 6 bedroom House for sale with panoramic view in Tanneron, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249391
Surrounded by over 10 hectares of glorious land with olive trees, is this luxuriously renovated 6 bedroom house set in beautiful landscaped gardens with expansive pool, while enjoying breathtaking ...
5,450,000 EUR
Luxury 4 bedroom House for sale with panoramic view in Terre Blanche, Saint Paul en Foret, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249390
Ideally located in a sought after private domain enjoying direct golf course access, is this luxurious 4 bedroom stone villa nestling in 3/4 acre of beautiful landscaped gardens with expansive Sout...
4,400,000 EUR
Wow factor 5 bedroom House for sale in Ramatuelle, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249389
Ideally located near the beach and all amenities in a prestigious area of Ramatuelle, is this absolutely outstanding 5 bedroom single storey luxury villa set in one hectare of glorious gardens with...
15,500,000 EUR
Luxury 4 bedroom House for sale with panoramic and sea views in Sainte Maxime, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249387
Luxuriously renovated 4 bedroom villa set in beautiful landscaped gardens with pool, while enjoying panoramic sea views from its prestigious location near all amenities in the heart of Sainte Maxim...
3,950,000 EUR
Income Producing 7 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Avignon, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249380
Wonderful opportunity to acquire a beautiful rural estate of three separate dwellings, nestling in 93 acres of glorious land with vineyards, gardens and pool, enjoying far reaching countryside view...
3,895,000 EUR
4 bedroom Apartment for sale with Income Potential in Montfleury, Cannes, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249379
Unique opportunity to acquire a luxurious, bright and spacious 4 bedroom apartment with beautiful communal gardens, ideally located near all amenities in Cannes. Situated in the popular area of Mo...
1,590,000 EUR
Luxury 3 bedroom Apartment for sale with panoramic view in Californie, Cannes, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249377
Bright and spacious 3 bedroom luxury apartment enjoying slight sea views from its ideal location near all amenities in Basse Californie, Cannes. This superb property of 91m2 is situated in a low-r...
1,480,000 EUR
Stylish 6 bedroom Villa for sale with countryside view in Biot, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249376
Enjoying stunning countryside views from its peaceful, elevated location near Biot, is this stylishly renovated 6 bedroom villa set in nearly half an acre of beautiful landscaped gardens with pool ...
1,650,000 EUR
Luxury 5 bedroom House for sale with sea view in Mougins, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249375
Beautiful and elegant, fully restored 5 bedroom Bastide nestling in 2.5 acres of glorious landscaped gardens with expansive pool, while enjoying panoramic sea views from its prestigious location i...
4,450,000 EUR
Modern 4 bedroom House for sale with sea view in Castellar, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249374
Enjoying panoramic sea and mountain views from its elevated location on the heights of Menton in Castellar, is this stylishly renovated 4 bedroom villa set in mature gardens with pool. Ideal for ...
980,000 EUR
Immaculate 5 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Callian, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249373
In excellent condition is this beautiful, spacious 5 bedroom house nestling in over one acre of glorious landscaped gardens with expansive pool, while enjoying uninterrupted countryside views from ...
1,450,000 EUR
Immaculate 3 bedroom Villa for sale in Mougins, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249372
Stunning new 3 bedroom architect designed villa with pool and garden, ideally located near all amenities in the heart of Mougins. Situated in a sublime private and secure domaine of 8 villas with...
2,350,000 EUR
Modern 4 bedroom House for sale with sea view in Cavalaire sur Mer, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249371
Beautifully renovated 4 bedroom villa set in over half an acre of glorious mature gardens with pool, while enjoying panoramic sea views from its location in Cavalaire sur Mer. Facing South-West, ...
1,750,000 EUR
4 bedroom House for sale with countryside view with Income Potential in Mougins, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249367
Enjoying scenic countryside views from its peaceful location near Mougins, is this spacious 4 bedroom house with studio, set in mature gardens with pool. This superb 160 m2 property boasts a fitte...
1,100,000 EUR
Immaculate 1 bedroom Apartment for sale with panoramic and sea views in Juan les Pins, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249366
In excellent condition is this stylishly renovated one bedroom apartment, enjoying breathtaking sea views from its idyllic location near the beach and all amenities in Juan les Pins. This superb ...
495,000 EUR
Modern 2 bedroom Apartment for sale with panoramic and sea views in Roquebrune Cap Martin, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249365
Rare opportunity to acquire a bright and spacious 2 bedroom duplex apartment with communal garden, enjoying panoramic sea views from its ideal location in Roquebrune Cap Martin. Situated just a ...
750,000 EUR
4 bedroom House for sale with panoramic and sea views with Income Potential in La Turbie, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249364
Enjoying panoramic views of the sea and the Principality of Monaco from its location near La Turbie, is this well presented 4 bedroom villa set in a beautiful landscaped garden. This superb proper...
1,490,000 EUR
Spacious 4 bedroom Villa for sale in Grimaud, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249342
Set in beautiful lush gardens with a pool is this bright and spacious 4 bedroom luxury villa ideally located near the beach and all amenities in a a small, secure area of Grimaud. On the ground ...
1,664,000 EUR
Exclusive 5 bedroom House for sale with countryside and panoramic views in Saint Michel L'observatoire, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249340
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Beautifully presented and full of character and charm, this superb 5 bedroom property is ideal for hosting paying and non-paying guests without compromising owners privacy. Set within large matur...
1,200,000 EUR
Luxury 4 bedroom House for sale with panoramic and sea views in Sainte Maxime, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249339
Ideally located near the beach and all amenities in Sainte Maxime is this stunning 4 bedroom luxury villa set in over half an acre of glorious mature gardens with expansive pool, while enjoying pan...
3,300,000 EUR
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Area Guide

The Area

Cannes - home to the rich and famous with its casinos, festivals, fairs, beach and nightlife. It is of course one of the most busy, glamorous and fashionable of the Riviera resorts. The heart of the city is built around the palm-lined boulevard de la Croisette. However, this is not all Cannes has to offer, it is also rich in history. The old port is a mixture of colours and traditions, with the fishermen gathering in all the fruits of the sea.

Nice - very popular at the turn of the century, it still boasts many buildings from the Belle Epoque era. Nice, bursting with elegance and style, is a wonderful city to stroll around, the beautiful seaside promenade affords wonderful views over the Mediterranean. A short drive along the coast and you arrive in Monaco, Europe's most famous principality. Sophisticated, chic and playground to the rich and famous, Monte Carlo combines the best features of a cosmopolitan city and a Mediterranean resort. Wander through the medieval streets of the old town to the harbour to admire the magnificent yachts and after sunset try your luck in the world famous casino.

St. Tropez - miles of rugged scenery and beautiful sun-soaked beaches surrounding a series of chic resorts, it attracts thousands of visitors each year. Stroll along the dreamy port with its gleaming yachts and cruisers, browse the trend-setting shops or simply take in the magnificent atmosphere and spot the celebrities. St. Tropez bubbles with life and vitality and boasts undeniable style and sophistication.

Activities

Nesting in the bay of St. Tropez is pretty Port Grimaud, a masterpiece of design, built in typical Venetian style, offering a fabulous array of bars, shops and restaurants interlaced by a network of canals and waterways.

Sporting facilities are widely available such as scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, tennis, golf and horse riding. There are daily Provencal markets in St. Maxime. Places to visit include the famous flower markets of Nice, the Miniature Park and Phoenix Park nature reserve in Nice, the Museum of Underwater Archaeology in St. Raphael.

Buying a Property in France

1. Signing the Agreement (Compris)

On finding a property you wish to purchase you will need to negotiate the terms, price and conditions of the sale with the owner.

The next step, once you are in agreement, is to sign the preliminary contract (Compromis de Vente). This is a legal document and after ten days will be binding on both parties. Rules change frequently in France and it is best to consult with your notary about when this period starts. Generally the compris will be signed in France with the Agent.

Variants can be included in the compris, for example an Acte (clause) can be added if the name or names to go on the title deed have not been finalised. If a mortgage will be required to purchase the property, the details for this, including the name of the mortgage company, must be on the compris.

2. Paying the Deposit

Generally the deposit will be 10% of the agreed purchase price. This will normally be paid to the notaire. There are exceptions to this, if the agent holds a carte professionelle, is bonded and fully registered then you may pay them, but do not hand over the deposit to anyone else. If for some reason the purchase does not go through, for example, if you write to the notaire and the agent that you do not wish to go continue with the purchase before the contract is binding (within seven days of signing the compris), then your deposit would be repaid. This would also apply if a condition had not been met, or the mayor or S.A.F.E.R. (a government agency that has the right of first purchase on most rural property that comes onto the market in France) could oblige the purchaser to give way. If you decide after the seven days 'cooling off' period that you do not wish to complete the purchase and pull out of the sale you would lose your deposit. If however the vendor pulls out of the sale then you will receive your deposit back plus the same amount from the vendor.

3. On Completion

Generally it will take around two or three months to complete the purchase.

During this time the balance of the purchase money must be paid into the account of the notaire, this must be done well ahead of the completion date. The notaire will prepare the documents, check that the deed of sale (Acte de Vente) is in order and have the legal title ready to be signed over. It is possible to have someone sign on your behalf if you give them power of attorney. An interpreter may be of use at this point if your French is not very good and many Notaires will suggest (or insist) that an interpreter is with you.

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