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All aboard! Nice’s new tram commences service this June

They’re here. The bright red Airport Trams have been spotted on the newly cobbled tram tracks near the Promenade des Anglais. Better still, they look seriously cool. Variously described as ‘chic’ and ‘racy’, the new trainsets were given the once over by mayor Christian Estrosi in February 2018. This June they will zip towards the … Continue reading



Why Nice’s turnkey property market is booming

A turnkey property is just that. One that you can twist a key to open post-purchase, revealing a fully furnished space with cutlery in the drawer and sheets on the beds. Preferably with a bottle of rosé in the fridge as well. For good reason is Nice’s turnkey market booming. To most investors, time is … Continue reading



Neighbourhood investment hot spot: Nice-Ville Train Station

The grandest building stock in Nice isn’t along the Promenade des Anglais. Nor does it reside in the venerable Musiciens quarter. The most rococo, ostentatious and general over-the-top apartment blocks in the Cote d’Azur sit just north and south of Nice-Ville train station. There’s a reason for that. Back in 1860 the former Italian city … Continue reading



Five rental property additions that could make you thousands

I’ve been in the Nice property rental business for 15 years. Just when I thought I had made every lock and local instruction foolproof…I get a call at 2am wondering where the night pharmacy is or why the key doesn’t work. By interviewing dozens of property owners I’ve managed to ascertain what I can purchase cheaply … Continue reading



Neighbourhood investment hot spot: Nice Port

Until 1860 Nice was an Italian city. The rococo legacy of soaring churches, Genoese buildings and elegant piazzas like Place Garibaldi remain. When Nice became part of France counts more in property investment terms. In 1861 the French took surprise ownership of the finest port after Toulon, and an infrastructure building boom continues to this … Continue reading



Airport Tram: 12 months to go!

Just 12 months to go! This time next year chic red trams will zip along the Promenade des Anglais, as Line 2 of the Nice’s tramway opens for business. It’s about time. The new line will run every three minutes between Nice Port and Nice Airport. Equally importantly, it will take 20,000 cars off the … Continue reading



Profit from the Italians: the Cote d’Azur’s best customers

The Cote d’Azur’s best customers aren’t Brits (second place). Nor Americans or Germans (in joint third place with 8% each of all overseas visits). Say buongiorno to the Italians, who make up nearly 20% of all French Riviera tourists. And say benvenuti to the billions of tourist Euros they bring in each year. That statistic … Continue reading



5 reasons why we think the French Riviera will be more vogue than ever by the start of 2019

As Macron unpacks at the Elysee Palace, the country is breathing a sigh of relief and expectations are high. We have high hopes that if progress can be made, those who take the plunge and buy their dream second home will be basking in more than just sunshine for years to come. Removing the shackles … Continue reading



Why people we’ve dealt with choose to limit the money they make on their Short Term Let (extract, Room for Profit)

  My book, Room For Profit, shows you how to make maximum income on your holiday home, wherever in the world that may be. Over the coming months, you can enjoy extracts from the book here. This time, let’s look at some common excuses for not maximising the available rental calendar from Room for Profit, … Continue reading



The Riviera’s strangest real estate: Negresco, Nice Promenade

It’s a building where studios sell for €8,000 per square metre. A rococo wedding cake that dominates the Promenade des Anglais. A seafront castle where a rogue’s gallery of world leaders – Nikita Khrushchev, the Shah of Iran – have bedded down under mink throws. Welcome to the Negresco. This palace-hotel – and little known … Continue reading