Sainte Maxime Property For Sale
Overlooking the Gulf of St Tropez, in the department of Var, lies the picturesque town of Sainte Maxime. With the clear waters of the Mediterranean to the south, and the shelter of the Maures Mountains to the north, this town boasts breathtaking views. The weather too is exceptional, with over 300 days of sun annually, and it is this combination that has drawn artists, writers and poets to the town for generations. No wonder this is a popular and lucrative area to buy a Sainte Maxime villa for sale.
Originally named after a monk living in the 8th century, the town was, for centuries, little more than a collection of farmsteads centred around the church. It was only in the 18th century that the town began to grow into the vibrant and beautiful town that exists today, due to the fertile plains that surround the town and the ever growing port. With the creation of the Frejus-Cogolin railroad, visitors began to discover this picturesque port, and ever since it has drawn many famous names, such as Matisse and Jean de Brunhoff, creator of ‘Barbar the Elephant’. In fact, having set some of his work in the town, the local beach is now called ‘Elephant Beach’.
There are a wealth of new and resale houses, apartments and villas for sale in and around Sainte Maxime, with prices ranging from just 100,000 to over 8 million euros – we have a large selection of villas for sale. By purchasing a Sainte Maxime villa either as a second home or purely as an investment, you can be sure you have chosen one of the more interesting and vibrant areas of the French Mediterranean coast.
Despite being a tourist destination, Sainte Maxime still retains its traditions and history. The locals still celebrate the coming of spring on the first of May with the festival of ‘The Little Girl of May’. At the end of November the olive harvest, which produces the regions famed olive oil, is celebrated, showing the locals have not forgotten their farming traditions. Of course, the monk that gave Sainte Maxime its name is also celebrated. Also in May, locals gather for the annual feast and procession to the church to commemorate the date of the monk’s death.
View our portfolio of coastal and urban Sainte Maxime villas for sale. We also have many apartments, including studio, duplex and penthouse.
In the old town, not only have the ancient traditions not been lost, but neither has the architecture. Here the pedestrianised streets lined with shops and cafes have a feel of authentic French history about them, perfect for whiling away a day in the sunshine. From here, the square tower ‘La Tour Carree’ can still be seen.
There are over 10km of clean sandy beaches in and around Sainte Maxime. As well as ‘Elephant Beach’, each is organised to offer something different. La Croisette Beach offers a specialist sailing school, Madrague Beach a diving school, and La Nartelle Beach offers jet and water skiing. Most of these beaches, especially in the town centre, have lifeguards on duty offering safe swimming facilities in the clear waters of the Mediterranean. The beaches in the town can also be enjoyed from the promenade, the views across the ocean being especially spectacular at sunset which can be enjoyed from one of our large selection of Sainte Maxime property for sale.
As well as the abundance of water sports, Sainte Maxime has much to offer. With two sports halls and many outdoor facilities, the town can offer every sport from tennis to archery. There is also an 18-hole golf course on the outskirts of town. Other facilities include cinemas, theatres, two modern shopping centres, a casino, and even a music school, offering courses for all levels.
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.
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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.
Charming and beautifully presented 5 bedroom villa, with a total spacious living area of 170m2, set within a mature landscaped plot of 1,360m2 with a swimming pool and various beautiful terraces and s...
- Floor Size: 170 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,360 square metres (0.14 hectares / 0.34 acres)
- Bedrooms: 5
Ideally situated within a prestigious and highly sought after area of Sainte Maxime and with stunning sea and harbour views, this spacious fully refurbished 3 bedroom penthouse apartment has a total b...
- Floor Size: 104 square metres
- Bedrooms: 3
A charming and spacious 5 bedroom villa in a private domain close to the beaches with a pretty sea view. The 230m2 property was built in the 1980's and includes a large living room with fire...
- Floor Size: 230 square metres
- Plot Size: 3,300 square metres (0.33 hectares / 0.82 acres)
- Bedrooms: 5
Bright and spacious ground floor apartment in a good location in the historic heart of Sainte-Maxime in a recent luxury residence, located between the harbour and the covered market, with private g...
- Floor Size: 117 square metres
- Plot Size: 60 square metres (0.01 hectares / 0.01 acres)
- Bedrooms: 3
Styllish and luxurious modern villa overlooking the golf courses of Sainte Maxime with direct access to the clubhouse, in a quiet residential environment. The spacious and stylish 4 bedroom pr...
- Floor Size: 205 square metres
- Bedrooms: 4
Stylish south facing 4 bedroom villa with pool, enjoying stunning sea views, located in a secure area close to the beach and all amenities. This beautiful property is in perfect condition, situ...
- Floor Size: 175 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,200 square metres (0.12 hectares / 0.30 acres)
- Bedrooms: 4
Charming one storey, 3 bedroom villa with pool, set in beautiful mature gardens, enjoying stunning sea views, located near to the beach in Sainte Maxime. This lovely property is situated in...
- Floor Size: 137 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,900 square metres (0.19 hectares / 0.47 acres)
- Bedrooms: 3
Fabulous and stylish 11 bedroom property in a lovely quiet area just 400 metres walk from La Nartelle beach, with swimming pool and offering flexible accommodation. With a total living space...
- Floor Size: 390 square metres
- Plot Size: 2,400 square metres (0.24 hectares / 0.59 acres)
- Bedrooms: 11
Fabulous and beautifully presented 5 bedroom villa in a desirable location in Sainte Maxime, close to the beach and not far from the town centre. Built in 1991, this spacious neo-Provencal 3...
- Floor Size: 350 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,300 square metres (0.13 hectares / 0.32 acres)
- Bedrooms: 5
Pretty semi-attached villa with 3 bedrooms and a pool, situated in a sunny hillside location in Les Issambres, just a 5 minute drive from the golden sandy beaches, shops, restaurants and other local a...
- Floor Size: 91 square metres
- Plot Size: 150 square metres (0.02 hectares / 0.04 acres)
- Bedrooms: 3