Property in Libération
Libération is the quarter that changed most with the introduction of Tramway 1 in 2007. The streets from rue Malaussena to avenue Borriglione possess the same bourgeois buildings as the rest of the city. But all are now connected with the train station, town centre, Old Town and Port in ten minutes flat. The principal Libération streets have been entirely renovated from top to bottom.
Nowhere is this massive urban overhaul more apparent that around place Général de Gaulle. Every day until lunchtime (except Monday) over 200 stalls vend honey, pastries, charcuterie and flowers in the recently renovated surrounding square. Entire alleys are given over to organic, or ‘bio’, produce. Prices are far cheaper than the Cours Saleya market. Lazy shoppers can hit famed locals-only eateries like Le Gambetta to have the day’s highlights prepared for lunch.
At between €3,500m2 and €4,000m2, real estate prices are also less expensive than Nice’s city centre. Values in the adjoining suburb of Cimiez (avenue Malaussena in a 9-minute walk from Cimiez’s Marc Chagall Museum) are far higher. Residents also benefit from living in a real neighbourhood with requisite police stations, parks and schools. Banks, bakeries, opticians and beauticians – not branches of Louis Vuitton – line the streets.
Two train stations each highlight a different attraction to the area. The first is Gare de Chemins de Fer de Provence, which links every Alpes-Maritimes town on the mountain route to Dignes via the retail district of Lingostière on the River Var. The second is the Gare du Sud, the neoclassical train station that welcomed Queen Victoria during her trips to Nice. Closed to rail traffic in 1991, this historic station reopened as a high-tech library in 2015. A new 700-space underground car park opens behind in 2017. Plus a nine-screen multiplex cinema in 2018.