French Riviera Villas with Sea Views
If you're coming to the French Riviera, you're probably coming for the warm azure waters of the Mediterranean. Frolicking with friends and family along the coast from Menton to Saint Tropez amongst the rich and famous is one of life's great experiences
But inevitably you return home and miss those sparkling horizons. We have hundreds of properties with partial and panoramic sea views to enjoy, from frontline apartments to villas set in the beautiful hills overlooking the coast.
Guide to the French Buying Process
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.
IMPORTANT - Disclaimer :
All information provided is believed to be current and provided free of charge. No liability can be accepted for the reliability of the information and statements made as this is obtained from 3rd parties. We always recommend you take legal advice from a fully qualified Lawyer or Notary before buying a property overseas.
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- Floor Size: 300 square metres
- Plot Size: 6,188 square metres (0.62 hectares / 1.53 acres)
- Bedrooms: 5
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- Floor Size: 400 square metres
- Plot Size: 9,727 square metres (0.97 hectares / 2.40 acres)
- Bedrooms: 5
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- Floor Size: 153 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,250 square metres (0.13 hectares / 0.31 acres)
- Bedrooms: 3
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- Floor Size: 1,201 square metres
- Plot Size: 12,000 square metres (1.20 hectares / 2.97 acres)
- Bedrooms: 8
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- Floor Size: 150 square metres
- Plot Size: 2,000 square metres (0.20 hectares / 0.49 acres)
- Bedrooms: 4
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- Floor Size: 850 square metres
- Plot Size: 4,000 square metres (0.40 hectares / 0.99 acres)
- Bedrooms: 10
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- Floor Size: 700 square metres
- Plot Size: 5,300 square metres (0.53 hectares / 1.31 acres)
- Bedrooms: 9
Close to the centre of Sainte-Maxime and situated in an elevated setting with stunning sea and mountain views, this bright and spacious villa has a total living area of 160m2, which comprises of: <...
- Floor Size: 160 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,225 square metres (0.12 hectares / 0.30 acres)
- Bedrooms: 4
Immaculately presented and full of character and charm, this superb Provencal style villa has a total spacious living area of 260m2 and is set within a large mature flat plot of 3,600m2 with a swimmin...
- Floor Size: 260 square metres
- Plot Size: 3,600 square metres (0.36 hectares / 0.89 acres)
- Bedrooms: 4
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- Floor Size: 250 square metres
- Plot Size: 2,186 square metres (0.22 hectares / 0.54 acres)
- Bedrooms: 4