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Happy property buyers from the world over

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Don’t just take our word for it, buying an apartment or villa with Nice Pebbles is easy – and a lot of fun in the process.

Testimonials Featured in our Pebbles Guides
Pebbles guide 2012-2013: Rachel and Brian Hoppes testimonial…read more
Pebbles guide 2011-2012: Eric and Hans testimonial… read more
Pebbles Guide 2010-2011: Tony and Marie Glover testimonial… read more
Pebbles Guide 2010-2011: Anne and Hew Collins testimonial…read more
“Dear Gayle, I think we may have spoken some weeks ago when I was thinking about buying a flat in Nice, following a couple of rental holidays with Pebbles over the past 18 months. I have gone through with that purchase and am now dealing with Hannah in your owners department as I want to rent the flat through Pebbles. It should be ready for rental towards the end of April – I am very much looking forward to working with your team on that. I also bought the flat through Pebbles’ Sales and dealt with Maria there. I just want to let you know that Maria was delightful to deal with : upbeat in the face of setbacks, thoroughly professional and she demonstrated a poise and thoughtfulness quite a way beyond what I understand her age and experience to be. I think she’s a real asset for your business but I suspect you already know that!”
Regards, M. Honoc, March 2014
“Working with Nice Pebbles was a pleasure and efficient. From the start they showed me a good selection of properties and guided me through the purchasing procedure and were responsive to my questions and needs. They have a good network of resources to help with other areas of buying a flat in France (setting up bank accounts, insurance, notaries etc). Throughout the whole process they have been willing to help. Small things like dealing with 3rd party contractors, the developers, dishing out the keys on my behalf and helping out with small favours make a huge difference when buying a 2nd residence away from home. A special thanks to Maria who always went beyond the call of duty to help me with everything from making sure the vendor fixed things before the sale to advice about good cocktail bars in the area!”
Ali, February 2014
“Hi Gayle, I hope you are well. I just returned to Dubai following a successful few days in Nice. I met the current owners, the compromis was signed, and we discussed the required fixes and design options. Your team was great – very thorough and supportive – and I know that we’re in good hands with you and Ioana. So, I just wanted to thank you for your hospitality and to say that I look forward to working through all the necessary steps to have a great apartment ready and on your books over the coming months to serve both our interests.”
Best wishes, David Grunfeld, January 2014
“Hi Gayle, We have just completed on the purchase of an apartment through NicePebbles and have been very well looked after all the way though the process by Ioana Haralambie. Ioana has been fantastic throughout, extremely helpful, prompt in communication and superbly efficient. She even managed to find the apartment for us on our first visit to look. We are therefore very pleased with the service we have received throughout and think that Ioana has been absolutely great. We thought you may like a little feedback and we have nothing but the highest praise for Ioana.”
Kind regards, Greg and Tracey Waldron, January 2014
“Dear Maria, I just want to say how glad I am that I decided to sell my apartment through Nice Pebbles. My reasoning was that it would be so much easier to coordinate the lettings and viewings and the eventual cleaning/hand-over if I kept the business “in the family” as it were. I have been proved right, and I think you have done a terrific job. Thank you very much. If any of my friends or relatives decide to invest in property on the Cote d’Azur, or just buy a little holiday home, I will not hesitate to recommend Nice Pebbles and next time I am in Nice I will pop in to the office in case you are there to say hello.”
With all good wishes for the future. Valerie, October 2012

“We decided to look for an apartment in Nice because it’s a town that offers everything: nice beaches, restaurants, boutiques and museums. We have known of Nice for a long time but it has seemed for the last few years, probably due to the increase in airlines flying here, Nice is on the map as one of the popular and hip places to visit.

We saw the bonus of working with Nice Pebbles for buying our apartment. We had done our research and knew we wanted to offer the apartment we bought for rent to holidaymakers through Pebbles. It made sense to buy from them too if we could. We knew we would then get the best advice on what to buy and the potential for holiday rentals when we were not using the apartment ourselves.

As well as the sea view and balcony we knew the area was great – right in the middle of the Carre d’Or on Rue de France. For us this is the best part of Nice, but it’s also the most expensive area in which to buy. Because it needed a little work, though not too much to be scary, we could buy it for a cheaper price and then spend a little on it to bring it up to the standard we wanted. Even though it is only a one bedroom apartment of just under 40 square meters, we felt that the apartment had the allure of a small villa, avec beaucoup de charme.

This appealed to us and Matt confirmed to us that many of the Pebbles guests would appreciate the feel too. It is also in an atmospheric Art Deco building with a lovely garden entrance that makes it a bit special.

We are excited about getting the keys and then renovating the apartment later in the year. On the advice of Pebbles we will offer the apartment as it is for the summer so we do not lose out on the season, bringing in a little more money to help with the renovation in the autumn”
Eric and Hans, happy owners of a Nice property on Rue de France

“Thanks for making the process of buying an apartment in Nice so easy. I’m glad I have taken the plunge but couldn’t have imagined doing it without your help.

I hate to admit it was a surprise how much more there was to do, after I got the keys and I can’t thank you enough for helping me with setting everything up and sorting out tradesmen and the utility bills.

I hope we can keep in touch!”
Lynsey Stevens, happy owners of a Nice property on Rue Verdi

“We contacted Nice Pebbles in order to buy an apartment in April. We had stayed with them on holiday for the last three years and their service was always impeccable.

The sales process was no different. By June we were the proud owners of a small studio. We wanted to do the decoration ourselves, but leaned on Matt and the team quite heavily for help with tradesmen and getting ourselves sorted out. We’d have been lost without their help!

Thanks to all of you, we’re so pleased with our little studio, though the hard part is now getting dates for ourselves! We certainly can’t complain about the rentals, they come in so fast. We hope to buy another next year, and leave the studio as just a pure investment, so we’ll be in touch.”
Richard and Zoe Hastings, happy owners of a Nice property on Rue de la Buffa

“In April this year we decided to invest in property in Nice. Not knowing where to start, like most people we turned to Google. On the first page we found it peppered with Nice Pebbles and upon investigating further we found it to be a company with English-speaking representatives, which was a good start!

We rented an apartment through Nice Pebbles in July 2009 to begin our search. We met with the team who discussed in depth with us our requirements, budget, location, whether we wanted a development project or whether we preferred to just walk straight into something. Sea views were important to us and so Laura and Matt concentrated on finding us properties that suited.

Nice Pebbles held our hand through the whole process, using their wide network of local contacts, they helped us arrange a mortgage, open a bank account, sort out insurance, assisting us on many levels, on all the things that you don’t think about or consider as your sole focus is just getting hold of those keys!

Interestingly, we found the process of buying in France very simple and straightforward. At all times you know exactly where you stand, and when things will happen along the way.

We viewed the apartment in the first week of July. We agreed a price and Nice Pebbles got the ball rolling immediately, so here we are on 9th September waiting for our furniture to arrive.”
Tony and Marie Glover, happy owners of a Nice property on Rue de Ponchettes

“Thank you for the quick sale of our one bedroom apartment in Nice. All aspects went very well in our absence and the Nice Pebbles team were very professional.

We are looking to sell our apartment in Antibes next year and we’d like to work with you again if you can cover that area.”
Neil McCarry, happy seller of a Nice property on Corniche Fleurie, Nice West

“My husband and I would have no hesitation in recommending Nice Pebbles to find your ideal apartment.

We had decided to purchase an apartment in Nice and rent it through Nice Pebbles – so who better to find us one? We spent an enjoyable few hours viewing several apartments, all of which were good possibilities for renting but loved one in particular on Rue Alberti.

Our offer was accepted and after recommending a Notaire, we were steered through a surprisingly problem free acquisition and completion was, in fact, several weeks earlier than anticipated.

Nice Pebbles were keen for us to have a rental income by September, which we thought was rather ambitious (having previously bought property in France) but sure enough, it was ready for renting by the 3rd week of August and has rented out almost solidly until the end of November.

Matt of Nice Pebbles recommended Liz Gibney Interiors, to furnish it. The result is a lovely stylish apartment, which is renting out well.”
Anne and Hew Collins, happy owners of a Nice property on Rue Alberti

“We bought an apartment through Nice Pebbles last year. We had stayed at a Nice Pebbles apartment before and we were delighted to see that they were now also in the sales business. We had wasted a lot of time with other agencies who seemed more interested in showing us what they had to sell rather than finding something that met our requirements.

We wanted to buy a one bed apartment in the centre of Nice which we could let to the holiday market and use ourselves from time to time. After narrowing down our search, Nice Pebbles showed us a good selection of apartments one of which met our requirements exactly. We were guided through the whole buying process, introduced to the lawyer and they attended the signing meeting.

Nice Pebbles explained every step and were always on hand for advice and they even helped us to organise the insurance, contact the syndic (the management company for the apartment block) and put us in touch with a local renovation company who were able to advise us on renovating the apartment. When we returned home help was always available by phone or e-mail and any queries were dealt with in a professional and efficient manner. This is extremely comforting and reassuring when you are dealing with a purchase in another country.

Our apartment will soon be ready for rental and we intend to rent it out through Matt and Gayle at Nice Pebbles. Buying property in Nice doesn’t happen overnight, some of the processes take a bit of time. We certainly would have struggled without Nice Pebbles help and we have been delighted with the outcome of our purchase, so much so that we are looking for another project this year and will be looking to Nice Pebbles to help us again.”
Sarah and Declan Brewster, happy owners of a Nice apartment on Rue Chauvain

“Thank you to all at Nice Pebbles for all the hard work they put into selling my apartment during these difficult selling times.

Special thanks to Laura for making the selling experience a smooth process from start to finish for me, which was especially important as I wasn’t in France at the time.”
Keith McInerney, happy seller of nice apartment in Mont Boron