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French Riviera: where to buy your second home?

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For over a century, the French Riviera has been a little paradise for real estate investors: a large French and international clientele acquires often prestigious second homes there. As a renowned specialist in real estate in the region, Michaël Zingraf Real Estate presents you with the best areas of the coast to invest in.

Which municipalities to invest in on the French Riviera?

The French Riviera has been attracting investors since the 19th century thanks to its fantastic natural assets. In France, it is currently the preferred destination for buyers after Paris. Its numerous advantages ensure it occupies a prominent place in the second homes market: in 2019, it attracted the highest number of investors in this segment (the Var department leading the way).


The famous lake city inspired by Venice is particularly sought after by buyers of second homes: in 2019, second homes accounted for 68.8% of the real estate stock (INSEE figure). Thanks to its unique natural and architectural heritage, the municipality is particularly appealing. Its ideal location in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez also makes it a highly sought-after market.


A tourist destination with international influence, Nice has been the preferred location for foreign investors since the second half of the 19th century. It still constitutes a prime market to acquire a second home: strong year-round tourist presence, international airport, ideal sunshine rate, immediate proximity to the sea.


Famous worldwide for its international film festival, Cannes is a city with a great reputation. The second homes market is highly sought after thanks to a wide range of luxurious villas and residences offering magnificent views of the sea, especially in the neighborhoods of California, Super Cannes, and on the Croisette.

Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat

The peninsula of Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat is a privileged destination for buyers of exceptional properties, where second homes represent 60% of the market. A temple of luxury real estate, it offers a remarkable preserved natural site between Nice and Monaco, not far from the delights of the Italian border. You will find prestigious villas, as well as high-end apartments and superb private mansions.


The region of Saint-Tropez is one of the most sought-after destinations on the Mediterranean coast. Nestled in an exceptional natural setting, it attracts demanding French and foreign clientele every year. With a thriving market for the purchase of a second home, Saint-Tropez offers a wide range of luxurious villas, contemporary houses, waterfront properties, and typical Provencal farmhouses.

Other ideal destinations on the French Riviera to buy a second home

The French Riviera is, in general, a favorable place to acquire a second home. Each municipality can represent a great opportunity if the offer is well located and, even better, if it benefits from a sea view. However, several municipalities stand out particularly for their attractiveness:

Would you like to be accompanied by a professional in your real estate acquisition project? As luxury market specialists on the French Riviera, the Michaël Zingraf Real Estate agencies, exclusive affiliates of Christie's International Real Estate for the Southern region, meet all your requirements. Discover our selection of prestigious properties in the most coveted areas of the region and find the second home of your dreams.

(dernière mise à jour 25 Jul 2023 à 03:07 )