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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



Rent your property with Nice Pebbles
Buy amenities first, location a close second

At Pebbles we’ll always find you the right property for your needs. We have access to 10 years worth of rental figures for all key locations in Nice. We’re confident that no-one in Nice knows what and where to best buy for rental investment. The buzzword for property was always “location, location, location”. These days … Continue reading



Garden Festival tops new 2017 tourism activities

On the French Riviera coastline between Monte-Carlo and St Tropez, a full third of people are employed directly or indirectly by tourism. Just think of all those tour guides, hotel receptionists and staff at Nice Airport, which smashed its record of 12m yearly arrivals in 2016. Plus all those restaurant chefs, café owners and apartment cleaners … Continue reading



How to profit when France wins the Olympic Games

The Olympics are coming to Nice’s Allianz Riviera. Surely not? Well read on, because this September the International Olympic Committee will choose who hosts the 2024 summer games. The out and out favourite to win? That’s right, France at 2/5. Los Angeles are in a distant second at 2/1 with Budapest rank outsiders at 8/1. … Continue reading



The tasty way to find your property investment

It’s never been a secret that local restaurants and desirability of an area go hand in hand. It’s even less of a secret that the French Riviera’s restaurant reputation is one of the best in the world. Even so, we’d felt that Nice’s offerings were getting a little stale of recent years, but we’re noticing … Continue reading



Buy to let UK v. Buy to let France

If you’re a Briton with some cash to invest, you’ve probably considered residential property. However, you can’t have missed the moans and outcries from landlords everywhere at the introduction of the controversial new Stamp Duty surcharge on rental properties and the government policy of tapering off mortgage tax relief for landlords from April 2017. As … Continue reading



Buying in the Old Town for investment

In the early days of Pebbles, before the twenty-tens, if anyone asked us where they should buy for rental investment it was ALWAYS the Old Town. If an owner contacted us and said would we like to come and see an Old Town apartment to add to our portfolio, we’d eagerly set up the earliest … Continue reading



Opportunity Cost rental economics – and how to profit

Are you ready for a lesson in Opportunity Cost economics? “No, I’d rather be drinking rosé in place Garibaldi.” Well, I urge you to read on. Because I have used this key economic concept to squeeze thousands more Euros out of my holiday rental apartment in Nice. Each and every year. That’s a lot of … Continue reading



Cote d’Azur museum passes – how it pays to use them

Here’s the good news. Nice boasts more museums than any other French city outside Paris. The bad news? A bewildering array of museum passes grant free access to sights at a city, regional and provincial level. (Think that’s complicated? Try paying tax here.) Nice is blessed with enough cultural history to make any other European … Continue reading



The property money can’t buy: Opera House, Nice Old Town

Wouldn’t you just love to own this Promenade des Anglais palace? A mansion with a gold-embossed rococo façade. A ‘house’ that accommodates an incredible 1,093 guests. One crowned with four golden statues to represent the four Muses: Music, Tragedy, Comedy and Dance. Well read on, as Pebbles consistently have a little bit of history on … Continue reading