So, the countdown begins! This time next year, the new East-West tramline is set to be up and running. Forget taxis, just jump on a tram that takes you from the airport to the Port in just 26 minutes. Or less if you live near any of the other 18 stops like Place Garibaldi or Avenue Victor Hugo.
Two-thirds of Nice’s population will be within walking distance of Tramway 1 and 2 as well as 85% of hotels. You can include holiday rental apartments in that percentage too. A huge advantage if you’re thinking of seasonally renting your property.
Costing a whopping €650 million it’s no wonder it’s impressive. Over 77,000m2 of green spaces will be created and 2,400 different tree types planted.
Could it get any greener? Yes, the air will be fresher and more peaceful thanks to the 20% reduction in traffic on the Promenade des Anglais. So, you can enjoy your Apéro on the beach in a little more peace. Who knew Nice could get any better?
Not only does this new tramline save time, – with a service speed of 25km/h, one of the fastest in France – it preserves Nice’s architectural character, public spaces and the local economy. With easier access to shops and services, it goes without saying that new job opportunities will blossom and the economy will be boosted.
But don’t panic, there will still be Vélobleu stations. By every tram stop in fact. So you can simply jump off the tram, pay a euro and spend a leisurely afternoon cycling through Nice.
What other good news does this mean for buyers?
Well, large property price increases were seen along the Tramway 1 route as it neared completion. Prices along the new route are yet to leap so now is definitely the time to get your offer in. We expect prices around the Port area to start nudging up from the start of 2017, and everywhere else from mid 2017.