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French Riviera: why are rooftop apartments so idolised?

French Riviera: why are rooftop apartments so idolised?

The real estate market along the French Riviera offers a myriad of prestigious properties. Over the last few years, rooftop apartments, penthouses and rooftop villas have become particularly coveted by investors. Michaël Zingraf Christie’s International Real Estate teams explain the reasons for this success.

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Rooftop apartments have been truly in vogue along the French Riviera for the last few years. Now commonly used, the term “rooftop” means there is a terrace up on the roof of the building.
In the real estate sector, a penthouse refers to a private residence boasting an exclusive terrace up on the roof. This lay-out is extremely rare and sought-after, and particularly popular in the South of France. In Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat, Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Saint-Raphaël or Saint-Tropez, investors are looking for exceptional properties swear only by these rooftop villas. 

What advantages do rooftop apartments have along the French Riviera?

A breathtaking sea view

One of the main assets of a rooftop apartment is the clear and panoramic view over its surroundings. Once on the rooftop, you can gaze out at the city and blue hues of the Mediterranean, without being disturbed by neighbouring buildings. Often offering a 360° view, you can also look out onto the rolling Alpes-Maritimes hills, for a lovely land-meets-sea effect. 

Enjoying being outside for a large part of the year

The South of France is renowned for its mild climate. Towns along the French Riviera boast optimal sun exposure: about 300 days of sun per year for a city like Cannes. Having a penthouse there means enjoying being outside for a large part of the year. Ideal for perfecting your tan in a tranquil environment, and living as the sun rises and sets throughout the year. 

Additional surface area

With a rooftop apartment, having so much extra room up on the roof means you can significantly expand your living area. Furnishing possibilities are endless: garden lounge with a barbecue, flowers and vegetable patches, office set up in a veranda, jacuzzi area… Your imagination can run free!

All the advantages of a home... in an apartment!

Another major advantage when living in a rooftop apartment is that its wide open terrace means owners can enjoy having an outside area just like in a house, whilst making the most of all an apartment has to offer. As opposed to standard apartment terraces, you will never be bothered by a neighbour living above you, or by next-door buildings. This is ideal for breathing in some fresh air without having to leave the comfort of your own home!

Finding a rooftop apartment along the French Riviera

Our Michaël Zingraf Christie’s International Real Estate agencies boast over 40 years’ experience in prestigious real estate along the French Riviera. Are you looking for a rooftop apartment in Cannes, Nice, Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat, Cap d’Antibes or anywhere else in the Var region? Our agencies present new and exceptional properties all year round that meet all your criteria for excellence. 
You can browse through our list of panoramic sea-view apartment offers online, and purchase the property you have always dreamt of. Our agencies also have rooftop apartments in the heart of the Provence area. Contact our luxury real estate experts now!


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Michaël Zingraf Christie's International Real Estate / Marine SCHMITT


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Michaël Zingraf Christie's International Real Estate