Moving to Nice?
Housing in Nice
There is a wide variety of housing available in Nice. Different districts cater for very different standards of living, from those with an average income to the rich and famous. The information below should give you some idea about where to settle after moving to the city, and how much to expect to pay once you are there.
High Housing Prices: Making the Right Choices
Unsurprisingly, moving to Nice can be very expensive. The city’s popularity as a tourist destination has caused housing prices to soar, as wealthy foreigners choose to buy vacation homes there. Many long-term residents choose to rent apartments, instead of buying them outright. Though apartments are available furnished, it is much more common to rent or buy unfurnished (larger) apartments in Nice. As of September 2017, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center was 743 EUR, rising to 1,341 EUR for a three-bedroom apartment.
Studio apartments and student rooms in Nice start from a monthly rent of about 450 EUR, but such accommodation is normally tiny and sparsely furnished. The further you move from the city center and/or the beach, the cheaper the rent will become. If you are sure that you want to buy property when you move to Nice, prizes for an apartment near the city center start at around 4,300 EUR per square meter to purchase, but the sky’s the limit!
Moving to the Best District
As space in the city center is generally reserved for hotels and tourist attractions, you should consider buying a home in the suburbs. Nice will seem much more pleasant if you opt to live away from the crazy hustle and bustle of the center and enjoy the relative peace and quiet of the surrounding areas.
A word of warning, though: pick your area carefully! You will find extortionate prices in some, such as the Mont Baron. This part of the city is where celebrities choose to live. Elton John famously has a house in this part of the Riviera. Consequently, it would be wise to steer clear of it completely, unless you are one of the few who could afford the extremely high prices.
A much more reasonable district to move to is that of Fabron. Situated fifteen minutes by car to the west of the city center, it is fairly secluded, safe — because generally devoid of tourists — and ideal for those with families. It is well served by public transportation and has splendid views of the sea, due to its hillside location. Prices are, however, still on the high side, with plenty of homes sold with attached pool and luxury garden.
The Cimiez district, on the other hand, is more of a modern and middle-class suburb. It is a residential neighborhood, located on the hillside above Vieux Nice. It is famous for its Roman antiquities and beautiful old villas and grand houses. Located between these, however, are more affordable modern apartments. The excellent public transportation links, and the area’s popularity among both French and Italian residents, make this an ideal home location for many expats.
If you can afford to spend a bit more on housing, there is the Carre d’Or district, which is closer to the city center and home to a mix of locals, tourists, and affluent expats. The nearby Musiciens district is slightly cheaper than the Carre d’Or, but retains a sense of grandeur and elegance.
Looking for Accommodation
Prices in the Nice real estate market are on the increase, so make sure to shop around between various agents before settling on one, because there is often a great variation between prices!
When looking for properties, try these popular real estate agents:
- Nice Pebbles Sales
- Chez Riviera
- Nice Properties
- French Riviera Only
- Pap Immobilier (French only)
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