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The sunny street view from Christy's apartment, La Luciole

From high-fliers to foreign families, a variety of buyers regularly choose to purchase property on the French Riviera. In this five-part series, we get up close and personal with a selection of clients, asking them about the buying process and their property goals.

International consultant Christine Quirk purchased La Luciole (The Firefly), her 1936 Art Deco apartment located in Nice’s port, through Nice Pebbles in autumn 2013.

Christy, why did you choose to buy an apartment in Nice? In particular, why did you choose your neighbourhood?

“Nice combines both the climate and flight connections to Europe, Asia and the Gulf that make it a convenient and relaxing escape for me at any time of the year. I chose the Port because it’s not as touristy as the Old Town and more vibrant than Nice’s other neighbourhoods, yet still close to its attractions and the sea. New bars, restaurants and galleries are opening all the time, yet you can still eat lunch in old Italian places alongside generations of Niçois families. With its classic Niçois charcuteries, boucheries, patisseries and epiceries, Rue Bonaparte is a foodie’s dream. I love my apartment and my neighbourhood!”

What are your goals for the apartment?

“My apartment is an escape for me when the pressures of the big city in which I live (Istanbul) get to be too much. I plan to rent it for short and medium-term holiday visitors.”

What has been the biggest surprise about owning property on the French Riviera?

“Having purchased and sold property abroad before, I approached the process with a thick defensive armour which, it turned out, I didn’t need at all. The process, shepherded by Nice Pebbles’ friendly, super-competent English speaking staff, could not have been more straightforward and transparent. Pebbles recommended a great Notaire (critical to a smooth transfer) and connected me with a mortgage broker who helped me obtain a good mortgage with very little fuss. I couldn’t recommend them more highly!”

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