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Bright 2 bedroom Apartment for sale with panoramic and sea views in Villefranche sur Mer, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 249171
Superb 2 bedroom duplex apartment situated in a luxury residence in Villefranche sur Mer, with a communal swimming pool and 2 terraces with stunning views towards the sea, the old town and Cap Ferr...
1,049,000 EUR
Renovated 2 bedroom Apartment for sale with sea and panoramic views in Villefranche sur Mer, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248965
Very nicely presented 2 bedroom apartment in Villefranche sur Mer, within easy reach of the village and the sea with fabulous Mediterranean views. The 100m2 property is situated in a well maintai...
1,190,000 EUR
Grand 2 bedroom Apartment for sale with sea view in Villefranche sur Mer, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248843
Rarely available 2 bedroom apartment in an historic residence overlooking the bay and the old town of Villefranche, set in landscaped gardens. The 124m2 apartment comes with an entrance hall, a l...
1,838,000 EUR
Spacious 5 bedroom House for sale with sea view in Villefranche Sur Mer, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248805
Spacious, modern 3 storey villa with garden, enjoying panoramic sea views from its sought after location near the beach and all amenities in Villefranche Sur Mer. Situated in walking distance to t...
3,850,000 EUR
Luxury 3 bedroom Apartment for sale in Villefranche sur Mer, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248751
Fabulous Florentine-style apartment of around 160m2, located in a villa divided into 3 flats with swimming pool, offering uninterrupted sea and garden views from all rooms, which open onto a magnif...
3,296,000 EUR
Luxury 3 bedroom Penthouse Apartment for sale with sea view in Villefranche sur Mer, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 247868
Outstanding 3 bedroom luxury Penthouse apartment with beautiful communal gardens, enjoying breathtaking sea views from its peaceful location near all amenities in Villefranche sur Mer. Set in a sp...
2,950,000 EUR
Inviting 5 bedroom House for sale with panoramic view and sea view in Villefranche sur Mer, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 247695
Situated just 150m from the water's edge in Villefranche sur Mer and just above the historic port of La Darse, this superb family home offers spectacular views over the bay and St Jean Cap Ferrat a...
3,400,000 EUR
Bright 3 bedroom Duplex Apartment for sale with panoramic view and sea view in Villefranche sur Mer, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 247563
Bright and spacious 3 bedroom duplex apartment, ideally situated within a high standing building with a swimming pool and with stunning views overlooking the magnificent bay of Cap Ferrat. With a ...
2,400,000 EUR
Luxury 4 bedroom Penthouse Apartment for sale with panoramic view in Villefranche sur Mer, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 247507
In excellent condition is this absolutely exceptional 4 bedroom luxury Penthouse apartment with beautiful communal garden and amazing infinity pool, enjoying panoramic sea views from its This mag...
3,700,000 EUR
5 bedroom House for sale with panoramic view and sea view with Income Potential in Villefranche sur Mer, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 247413
Enjoying breathtaking sea views from its sought after location in Villefranche sur Mer, is this exceptional 3 bedroom luxury villa with separate 2 bedroom guest house, nestling in nearly half an ac...
4,900,000 EUR
Spacious 5 bedroom House for sale in Castellet, Villefranche sur Mer, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 247397
Magnificent 5 bedroom neo Provencal villa set in beautiful landscaped gardens with pool, ideally located in a peaceful area of the private Domain of Castellet. Built on a 1,500m2 flat plot of land...
2,800,000 EUR
Immaculate 6 bedroom House for sale with sea view and panoramic view in Villefranche sur Mer, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 247147
Recommended
Remarkable 6 bedroom Belle Epoque style property, which has been recently beautifully renovated, situated in a quiet elevated position in Villefranche sur Mer and with breathtaking sea views overlo...
17,000,000 EUR
Refurbished 2 bedroom Apartment for sale with sea view in Villefranche sur Mer, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 247018
Splendid 2 bedroom apartment located in a small condominium situated in a quiet setting and offering a panoramic views of the Rade de Villefranche and the bay of Nice. Completely renovated with h...
990,000 EUR
Refurbished 2 bedroom Apartment for sale with sea view and panoramic view in Villefranche sur Mer, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 246970
Set within a residence which is conveniently located close to the shops at Col de Villefranche, this splendid apartment is set on the top floor of a small and quiet condominium, offering panoramic ...
990,000 EUR
Turn Key 3 bedroom Apartment for sale with panoramic view and sea view in Villefranche sur Mer, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 246787
In excellent condition is this fully furnished, stylish 3 bedroom apartment enjoying panoramic sea views from the roof terrace, ideally located near all amenities in the heart of Villefranche-sur-M...
2,350,000 EUR
Immaculate 4 bedroom Villa for sale with panoramic view and sea view in Villefranche sur Mer, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 246319
Set in beautiful landscaped gardens with amazing infinity pool, is this stunning new 4 bedroom luxury villa enjoying panoramic sea views from its peaceful location in villefranche sur Mer. Offerin...
3,500,000 EUR
Beautiful 4 bedroom Villa for sale in Villefranche sur Mer, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 245777
Desirable four bedroom property located in a quiet, south-facing and mature plot in a closed domain on the heights of Villefranche-sur-Mer with a large swimming pool and shaded terraces. The be...
4,550,000 EUR
Wow factor 4 bedroom Villa for sale with panoramic view and sea view in Villefranche sur Mer, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 245616
Nestling in beautiful landscaped gardens with amazing infinity pool, is this exceptional 4 bedroom luxury villa with separate guest house, enjoying uninterrupted sea and countryside views from its ...
5,950,000 EUR
Wow factor 5 bedroom Villa for sale with panoramic view and sea view in Villefranche sur Mer, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 245519
Absolutely exceptional 5 bedroom luxurious villa nestling in half an acre of beautiful landscaped gardens with pool, while enjoying breathtaking sea and countryside views from its prestigious eleva...
5,900,000 EUR
Immaculate 7 bedroom Villa for sale with panoramic view and sea view in Villefranche sur Mer, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 245138
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In pristine condition throughout, this superb 7 bedroom home offers stunning bird's eye views of the bay of Villefranche and Cap Ferrat. Set in an exceptional private setting and with a rare timel...
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Area Guide

Villefranche- sur- Mer, situated on the Côte d’Azur in the far south-east of France, is a delight to behold. This former fishing village is situated on a steep hillside, cascading down to what is considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world. It is no wonder that Villefranche property is so highly desirable.

A particular feature of Villefranche is the ‘vieille village’ – the old town – home to cobbled medieval alleyways and quaint old Villefranche property. Many of the colourful houses date back to the 13th century and arch over the narrow streets, forming vaulted walkways. A famous example of this is the Rue obscure (the hidden street), so-called because a covered walkway runs for half of its length, hiding the street from view. Villefranche property can certainly be very unique!

In fact, history abounds in this small coastal town. The dramatic Citadel (Fort Sainte Elme), built in 1557, now houses a town hall, convention centre and an open-air theatre. It is pleasant to take a stroll along the path below it, which leads down water’s edge or explore its lush gardens. You can also go for an intriguing drive in the ‘moat’, where you will be sure to marvel at the imposing 100 foot-high walls! The 16th century Chapelle Saint-Pierre is also well worth a visit. It has become famous for its murals depicting the life of the saint and that of local fishermen, painted by Jean Cocteau in 1957. Such wonderful natural and man-made scenery have offered a fantastic setting for many films, including Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Jewel of the Nile and The Bourne Identity, to name but a few. Look out for the beautiful Villefranche property next time you watch!

Some of the most lavish Villefranche property can be found in the hills above the town. Beautiful villas and mansions are the order of the day here, and this area is a favourite residential site for celebrities and the aristocracy. The Villa Léopolda, once the residence of King Leopold of Belgium, is the most exclusive Villefranche property with stunning views down to the bay. Dating from the start of 1900, this cream-coloured villa, set in 20 acres of gardens, is now considered to be the most expensive house in the world! Rental income from your Villefranche property is sure to be high.

The old harbour, La Darse, dates back to the 17th century, and is now a marina and the site of an oceanic observatory for scientific research. The bay itself is one of the deepest natural harbours of any part of the Mediterranean, and as such provides safe anchorage for large ships, and many luxurious yachts can often be seen here, alongside the traditional Mediterranean pointus (fishing boats).

A Villefranche property certainly has much to offer, with nearby sandy beach, La Plage de Marinières, stretching for a kilometre along the North end of the bay. How better to spend your days when visiting your Villefranche property than sitting on the beach and taking in the scenery? Alternatively, whiling away the hours in a beachfront café, with views out to Cap Ferrat is pure bliss. There are many opportunities to explore the area on foot, with some picturesque walks in the hills above the bay. The waters are fantastic for bathing and snorkelling, or why not explore the area by boat? With a Villefranche property all of this is on your doorstep. And let’s not forget that Villefranche enjoys perfect Mediterranean weather to boot! In fact its warm sunny days and temperate nights provide a unique micro-climate, which encourages the growth of a variety of exotic flowers and foliage.

This former fishing village has succeeded in maintaining its charm and character in spite of expansion, and you can enjoy a typically French Riviera lifestyle here. Why not sample the local cuisine, delicious produce and wine and shop at local markets? Quality shopping and dining abound.

The town’s location makes it perfect for exploring the wider area. The town is 6 km from the City of Nice, separated by hills to the East, and there are frequent train services to nearby Monaco and Cannes. Italy is a mere 30-minute train journey away and the neighbouring quaint fishing village of Banlieu-sur-mer is also worth a visit. There are good, reliable train and bus services, so cars do not have to be a necessity. Connecting you to your Villefranche property is the airport at Nice and links via the Eurostar and TGV.

If you are looking for a luxury property in a highly desirable and exclusive location on the French Riviera, then a Villefranche property is waiting for you.

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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