Cap d’Antibes, past, present and future splendour
Year after year, the French Riviera remains the number one investment region in the world for the purchase of holiday villas by the sea. Since its creation in Cannes in 1977, Michaël Zingraf Real Estate has been meeting the expectations of mainly international clients by offering the sale and the rental of luxury apartments while providing a broad range of customised services.
Today the group has ten agencies and over fifty employees, half of which are not French (English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, etc.). Passionate professionals who know like nobody else, the specific characteristics of the luxury real estate market in Cap d’Antibes.
Moreover, this know-how has convinced Christie's International Real Estate, which has chosen Michaël Zingraf Real Estate to be its exclusive partner for the entire French Riviera.
Located in the commune of Antibes, Cap d'Antibes is a 3.7 km² wooded peninsula, famous for its many luxury villas nestled in greenery. The expansion of Antibes towards its cape went hand in hand with the creation, in 1882, of the seaside resort of Juan-les-Pins which went on to become, with the birth of the French Riviera, the first major fashionable summer resort. According to legend, the location of Juan-les-Pins was discovered by the Duke of Albany, the son of Queen Victoria…
After the First World War, during the golden years, the American billionaire Frank-Jay Gould, heir to the king of the railway, partnered up with the French promoter Edouard Baudoin to buy the old casino on the sea front in order to make it one of the most beautiful ones on the French Riviera. British aristocrats and Russian emigrants scrambled to see its virgin pine groves and its spectacular beaches to build exceptional properties rivalling each other in splendour. Artists, stars and royalty hoisted aloft this new destination; Charlie Chaplin, Rita Hayworth, Walt Disney, Marlène Dietrich and Pablo Picasso quickly became regular faces to be seen in Cap d’Antibes. Just like Francis Scott Fitzgerald, who took his inspiration from here for his sublime novel Tender is the Night.
Benefitting from an ideal geographic location between Cannes and the Nice Côte-d’Azur international airport, every year Cap d’Antibes is in the limelight during the Cannes film festival as the most prestigious evening parties are held here. In particular the Amfar gala, traditionally organised by the actress Sharon Stone at the very select Cape hotel, the Eden Roc.
Cap d’Antibes has lost nothing of its splendour, on the contrary. This can be shown by the well-known celebrity, the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovitch, who is the owner of Chelsea football club. In 2004 he bought Croë Castle, a 2000m² property nestled in 7 hectares of land, which was where the Duke of Windsor lived for a long time. One of the jewels of the Cape, which he has had carefully restored so that the legend lives on …
Michaël Zingraf Cap d'Antibes
Tuesday, 5 August 2014