Redevelopment in Nice
If you’re a regular visitor to Nice you may see noticeable changes to the city over the next few years. In 2007 the proactive city authorities inaugurated a new tramway, in 2008 the new Musée Massena city museum, in 2009 a citywide bike sharing scheme, in 2010 a renovation of Place Garibaldi and in 2011 a redevelopment of Nice port. All these factors will affect the Nice property market in a positive light.
Nice’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, has big plans for the capital of the Riviera in the coming five years. In 2011 locals waved goodbye to the ugly Gare Routiere, which will be replaced by 12 hectares of urban parkland. This Coulée Verte, or green corridor, will run from Place Garibaldi to the Jardin Albert Ier and the Promenade des Anglais. Complete with water features and artwork, this vast green space in the heart of the city will link the Old Town to the New, and give a more picturesque outlook for residents of this area of town.
The Old Town will also be getting a facelift in the form of a renovated Place Pierre Gautier next to the Cours Saleya. Better still, another new feature is the roof terrace that will be constructed on top of the historic Ponchette houses. The finished product will be a raised green walking stretching along the Promende des Anglais where visitors can take a stroll, enjoying views of the Mediterranean on one side and the architecture of the Old Town on the other.
In 2016 Line 2 of Nice’s successful tramway system will be completed.The route will connect the airport to Place Massena, before slipping underground to Nice Port and up to the city’s northern suburbs, allowing passengers to hop off a plane and into town in around 15 minutes. The council’s magic wand will also be passed over the old Gare du Sud in the Libération area (which will host new stores and a media centre).
And finally, in 2025, a new TGV high-speed train line will link Nice with Marseille in just over an hour. The final journey from the capital of the Riviera direct to Paris will be just under four hours.