Owning a property situated on or close to one of the Caps on our coastline is a wonderful way of experiencing a closer to the ocean feeling.
There is something quite magical about standing on the edge of a peninsula, looking out across the deep blue sea with only the odd seagull or boat featuring in an otherwise vacant seascape.
Across the Mediterranean coastline of the South of France, jutting out from the Riviera and the Provence coast, are a number of such peninsulas, or Caps – Cap d’Ail, Cap Ferrat, Cap Martin, Cap d’Antibes, Cap St. Pierre, Cap Benat, Cap Brun and Cap Canaille.
These pieces of land, surrounded by water on all three sides are still connected to the mainland and are often rocky, rugged and a little bit wild, whilst also seeming to have quite an exclusive feel.
The Caps on the Riviera which are the most active for Home Hunts at present are the Cap d’Antibes, which is one of the most expensive areas to buy property on the Riviera, along with Cap Ferrat and also Cap St. Tropez – this area attracts some of the world’s wealthiest clients, particularly the wealthy French families but also other Europeans, Russians, Chinese, and clients from the Middle East.
Cap d’Ail enjoys a privileged position on the Côte d’Azur, located at the gateway to Monte-Carlo, and only 20 minutes from Nice and Italy, with rocky peaks rising up to 500 meters, beaches and peaceful bays. At the very end of Cap d’Ail sits the Villa ‘The Rock’ of Prince Jean Louis de Faucigny-Lucinge, French aristocrat, whose best known and most frequent visitor was Greta Garbo.
Cap d’Ail shelters many exclusive luxurious villas, some of which can be seen from the Sentier Littoral which traces a rocky seaside path from Cap d’Ail to Fontvieille in Monaco.
At Home In Cap d’Ail…
CAP D’AIL, CALIFORNIA-STYLE VILLA – Price: €31,000,000 (Ref: HH-5648497)
This Californian-style waterfront property benefits from an exceptional location and private access to the sea from the bottom of the garden.
The villa offers approximately 700 sq.m. of living surface, a large entrance hall, a vast reception room opening on a splendid terrace facing the sea, 6 bedrooms each with their bathroom, two equipped kitchens, a study, a gym with sauna and hammam.
Private elevator, garage with rotating platform, large swimming pool, air-conditioning and electronic surveillance.
Cap Ferrat located in the commune of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, between Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Villefranche-sur-Mer, was recently voted as one of the most beautiful bays in Europe.
Its tranquility and warm climate make it a sought after destination for European aristocracy and international millionaires and billionaires to own homes. Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat has always welcomed worldwide celebrities and some of the streets are named after them, including Sir Winston Churchill, Romy Schneider and Somerset Maughan.
Other celebrity property owners over the time have included: King Leopold II of Belgium who has owned many properties here; such as the ‘Villa Les Cèdres’, which is now owned by the Marnier-Lapostolle family. Those who are familiar with the Grand Marnier liquor will have tasted some of the herbs which come from the park of this property.
Also, the Rothschild baroness has had a magnificent palace built on a superb 7 hectare park, and Prince Rainier III of Monaco and David Niven have both made home here. More recently, the new business tsars of Russia have bought incredible properties in Cap Ferrat.
At Home In Cap Ferrat…
PROVENCE VILLA – CAP FERRAT – Price: €5,900,000 (Ref: HH-6953030)
This elegant Provençal villa (see lead image) is approximately 220 sq.m. and ideally located in the heart of Cap Ferrat. The tastefully decorated villa is built over two levels.
On the garden level it has a guest bedroom with en suite shower room, a fitted kitchen, a dining room and large living room with large bay windows, opening onto a 1,500 sq.m. garden with a terrace and pool. It also has a guest toilet, dressing room and pantry.
The upper level has three bedrooms with bathrooms including a master bedroom. An independent studio is also located next to the villa and there is ample parking space at the entrance to the property.
MODERN VILLA – SAINT-JEAN CAP-FERRAT – Price: €2,400,000 (Ref: HH-6895148)
This modern family-style 3 bedroom villa has recently been renovated and is situated within the gated domaine in Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat.
The villa comprises of a living space of approximately 150 sq.m. built over two levels with a 1,000 sq.m. garden.
The garden level has a spacious living room with a dining area and kitchen as well as two bedrooms and a guest toilet. The first floor level has a master bedroom with its own bathroom.
Roquebrune Cap-Martin, situated between Monaco and Menton was originally known as Roccabruna. It was founded in 970 by Count Conrad I of Ventimiglia in order to protect his western border.
After centuries of being under the control of the Grimaldi family of Monaco, Napoleon built a road along the coastline in 1804, connecting the village to the rest of the Côte d’Azur, eventually leading to its merger with the smaller town of Cap Martin.
Cap-Martin comprises several villages and towns: St. Roman, practically a suburb of Monaco, the residential areas of Cabbé, Bon Voyage and Serret, Roquebrune with its perched village and château, the exclusive Cap Martin peninsula and the modern seaside resort of Carnolès with its long pebble beach bordering Menton.
At home in Cap Martin…
VILLA/HOUSE, ROQUEBRUNE, CAP MARTIN – Price: €15,000,000 (Ref: HH-6778023)
Roquebrune Cap Martin, an exquisite 19th century private domain, built in 1897 by the celebrity Hans-Georg Tersling, this property is registered by the ‘Society of Art and History in Menton‘.
A property to be marvelled at which was fully renovated to its former grandeur in 2000. Full of charm and grace, set in private domain with 24 hour security, and only 10 minutes from Monaco.
Offering views of Monaco, the Mediterranean sea and its own private established and beautifully landscaped park of 2,100 sq.m.. Many of the original features are to be found throughout, including its marble fireplaces and splendid wooden staircases. With 5m high ceilings, this home offers a perfect example of 19th century grandeur.
With a total of 15 rooms, including grand 2 reception rooms, an impressive entrance hallway, a guest toilet, office, a formal dining room and a kitchen on the 1st floor. On the second floor there are 4/5 bedrooms and bathrooms plus a lounge/library plus a music room and a games/TV room. The laundry, sauna, staff apartment is to be found on the garden level. Also there is a grand swimming pool, pool house and gym, a barbecue, bar and summer dining room and a double garage.
The Cap d’Antibes really started to develop by the middle of the nineteenth century. At that time, wealthy people from all Europe, notably UK and Russia started to discover the area and built luxurious homes.
In 1926, the old castle of Antibes was bought by the local government and restored for use as a museum. Pablo Picasso came to the town in 1946 and was invited to stay in the castle. He stayed for six months, painting and drawing many pieces of art as well as crafting ceramics and tapestries. When he departed, he left all his works here, and the castle officially became the Picasso Museum.
Many people are looking for places to buy on the Cap d’Antibes and the property market is booming here, probably more than anywhere else on the Riviera at present. From an apartment to large waters edge villas, people flock here to experience the wonderful history, beautiful views, numerous festivals and head down to one of the 48 beaches which stretch between Antibes and Juans-les-pins.
At Home In Cap d’Antibes…
BELLE EPOQUE VILLA – Price: €12,600,000 (Ref: HH-5447672)
This stunning, Belle Époque villa which is located on the west side of the Cap d’Antibes has great sea views. The west side is favoured because you get the views of the bay of Juan les Pins and can watch the sun go down. This property has been renovated throughout with top quality materials and has 350 sq.m. of living space including a large master suite and three further spacious en suite bedrooms. There is also a separate caretaker or guest apartment.
Although the name St. Tropez is world-famous, is not normally associated with the actual name of Cap de St. Tropez.
There are several breathtaking Caps in between the Bays of Pampelonne and Gigaro such as Cap Camarat and Cap Taillat – still relatively unknown to many.
The areas on these Caps are fervent and rich in vegetation, the beaches boast fine sand and there are many pretty creeks tucked away under immense rocks. It has become a mecca for many naturists who avoid the glitz and glamour of the St. Tropez port, favouring the rugged rocks and pine scented forests which lie on this part of the coastline.
At Home In St Tropez…
CONTEMPORARY HOME, ST TROPEZ – Price: €17,000,000 (Ref: HH-6655226)
A five minute drive from the famous Pampelonne beaches, 2 minutes from the beach of l’Escalet and 15 minutes from the centre of Saint-Tropez, this outstanding contemporary property stands in two hectares of landscaped grounds, with panoramic views of the pine forest to the bay of Pampelonne.
The modern architecture is in perfect harmony with the vast lawns, splendid landscaped garden, large infinity pool with outdoor spa. Built in an elegant style over 400 sq.m., the spacious living area offers large bay windows opening onto an enormous teak terrace.
The villa offers six en-suite bedrooms all with air-conditioning. All rooms, including the top-of-the-range American kitchen, are equipped with modern amenities, decorated to a high standard, and furnished with exquisite taste. There is a brand new tennis court, helipad, double garage, boules court and several parking spaces.
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