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.
Marketing manager Jessica Wood is based in Manchester. Her retired parents purchased their 90m2, two-bedroomed apartment, tucked just off of Nice’s Place Garibaldi, in autumn 2011.
Jessica, why did you choose to buy an apartment in Nice? In particular, why did you choose your neighbourhood?
“My mother and my late father purchased our apartment after falling in love with Nice. The convenient, short flights made it a really accessible place. They used to own an apartment in the Old Town but they found it too noisy when staying there for longer than a few weeks. I know plenty of people adore the Old Town, however – due to their age and their lifestyle – it just wasn’t a perfect fit for my parents.
They bought their current apartment between Place Garibaldi and the port, choosing this neighbourhood as it is more residential. The flat itself offers more light (great if you’re someone who likes to spend time at home), and it is far more spacious than their previous place. The apartment also has two lovely balconies and great views. And we’re all so excited about the brand-new tram line 2 that’s now under construction. Upon completion (now slated for 2017), it will connect the port and Garibaldi neighbourhoods directly with the airport in 26 minutes flat!
Since my parents’ purchase of our apartment in 2011, its been a really special place for us. Nice itself continues to inspire our whole family, from its dependable sunshine to the diversity of the city.”
What are your goals for the apartment?
“My husband and I see it as a place that we’ll continue to visit as a family – both with our own son, as well as with my mother and my brother – for years to come. We hope to rent it out around 15 weeks each year. So we also imagine that the rental income will assist with all of our eventual plans for retirement.”