Property in Nice Old Town
The oh-so-pretty Old Town, known in French as Vieux Nice, is the most authentic neighbourhood in the city. It’s also among the best located: all of our apartments for sale in Nice Old Town are a few minutes’ walk away from the beach, Place Massena, the Gare Routiere bus station and the tramway.
Stretching from the Place Garibaldi and Place Massena to the Cours Saleya and the Promenade des Anglais, this bustling quartier was built by the Italians. They had a penchant for picturesque window shutters, petite piazzas and streets so narrow that you can’t drive a car down them (the Old Town is a pedestrian-only zone). From early morning to late evening these colourful streets are alive with cafe culture, restaurant terraces and open-air bars, as befits the city’s principal tourist hotspot. It really is in the centre of everything.
In investment terms the Old Town is hot property. Our sister rental agency, Nice Pebbles, boasts over a dozen apartments in this timeless area, and they book out in a flash. Moreover, the zone has an almost complete lack of hotel accommodation, meaning that if you want to stay here, you simply have to rent an apartment.
Entertainment in the Old Town starts on the pavement cafes of the Cours Saleya, the quarter’s elegant main thoroughfare and home of its daily farmers’ market. This pedestrian-only street runs along to the Opera house and the Hotel Beau Rivage, the only large hotel in the area. In the dead centre of the Old Town, Place St Francois boasts a daily fish market, selling fresh catches from sunrise onwards.
All of our apartments for sale in Nice Old Town are totally unique. Many date from up to 300 years ago, so are as charming and atmospheric as they are weirdly shaped! All have windows looking on to the atmospheric streets below. Ownership in the area includes a huge amount of non-Niçois residents, including migrants from Paris, London, New York and Milan. Many properties are thus finely, and stylishly, renovated, and spending a day viewing them is inspiring.
However, the Old Town’s charm and ambience may not be for everyone. We’ll be honest with you: there are a few downsides to living in the city’s ancient heart. Most apartment blocks were built several centuries ago and do not have the space for lifts – the stairs leading up to the higher floors are sometimes narrow. Common areas of these buildings can be neglected, as apartment co-owners must agree on communal works before they are carried out. And air-conditioning can be hard to come by because permission to install the box outside is seldom granted, lest it spoil the historic and picturesque feel of the Old Town streets. These facts put off very few of our rental guests, but we like to give a clear picture before you arrive.
The Old Town is our most requested area in Nice for both sales and rental clients, and it’s hard not to fall in love with it.
“In investment terms the Old Town is hot property. The zone has an almost complete dearth of hotels, meaning that if you want to stay here, you have to rent an apartment…”