Property in Zone Pietonne
Ask yourself the question: what holidaymaker wouldn’t want to rent an apartment midway between Louis Vuitton and the Mediterranean? This sublime location sums up the Zone Pietonne’s allure.
The Zone Pietonne translates as ‘pedestrianized zone’. The area begins on rue Paradis, which means ‘paradise street’ in English. The title is apt as this mini Champs-Élysées is sandwiched by Chanel and MaxMara. The newly renovated Coulée Verte park is a 30-seconds stroll, the sea just two minutes.
Rue Paradis leads onto the longer pedestrian-only avenues of rue Massena and rue de France. Each one is no more than three minutes from the Promenade. Expect handy branches of Orange and Planet Sushi, as well as banks, bakeries, convenience stores and patisseries. There are countless pavement cafés for a leisurely breakfast in the sun. And a dozen more restaurants for an alfresco dinner of oysters and frutti di mare, such as elegant Boccaccio on rue Massena.
The Liberty-style building stock is population dense. Businesses as diverse as medical consultancies and yoga studios occupy the first floors. Lawyers, stores managers and other professionals live above. Unlike a commercial centre in Britain or the US, the Zone Pietonne throngs with well-dressed locals – commuting, socialising and strolling – until late. The same goes for the classy (and quieter) pedestrianized squares of place Magenta and place de la Liberté. Older Niçois-style buildings are common in the surrounding streets.
And rental income? Just ask the owners of the surrounding high-class hotels. These include the Boscolo Plaza (above Tiffany’s), Le Meurice (off rue Massena) and the Westminster (on the Promenade a block south of rue de France).