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Top Ten Reasons to Buy a Flat or Apartment in Nice

Nice is the jewel in the crown of the French Riviera - so it's no wonder it is one of the most desirable places in France to own a flat or apartment

Nice - the perfect place to buy a flat or apartment

If you're looking for the ideal location in France to buy that longed for holiday home, you know you need to choose carefully. Everyone's dreams are different, but there are few dreams that can't be fulfilled by the great southern seaside city of Nice (Nice Property Guide). Nice has everything, from tranquil, hidden corners to bustling cosmopolitan centres of life and culture. It's got glorious sea views, harbours, shops, restaurants and entertainment - and it's got almost year round sunshine. The property is pretty spectacular too! The market in Nice offers everything from grandiose billionaire residences to bijou studios and apartments, many of which are within the price range of ordinary mortals. So, if you're still wondering where to buy your flat or apartment, here are ten great reasons to choose Nice:

1. Nice is beautiful!

It may seem obvious, but anyone who has been to Nice can't help but be captivated by the sheer beauty of the city. Graceful old buildings sit happily alongside more modern, state of the art architect designed properties, blending the best of man's abilities. The sea is as blue as you'll find anywhere, and the pine and palm trees add an ambience that comes straight from the best movies. Climbing the hillsides that reach up from the sea, the views of the harbour and bays are spectacular. And, all is kissed golden by year round sunshine. Wherever you come from, this lovely old centre of European culture remains a delight.

2. Your own flat in Nice means no hassle holidays

Holidays are meant to be relaxing. But, anyone who's tried to book one might have found the experience quite stressful. You can spend hours looking through brochures or internet sites to find a perfect holiday pad only to find that the ones you like are already booked up. When you finally book one, you might arrive to discover it is in a noisy location, or too far away from the beach - if only you'd known! Owning your own place in Nice does away with the uncertainty. Choose wisely, with the invaluable advice of an experienced and trustworthy local agent, and the stress evaporates. Your home from home awaits you. You can arrange to have it cleaned and aired for your arrival, and you can book a table at your favourite nearby restaurant in time for your first evening. No hassle bliss.

3. Desirable Nice - a safer investment

There's no denying that recent times have seen the property market in many parts of France become depressed. But, certain areas have bucked the trend, and Nice is a prime example. Prices may have become more reasonable than they were a few years ago, but for prospective buyers this can only be an added incentive. At the lower end of the price scale, small studios and apartments in this wonderful city are now more affordable than ever. But, that said, Nice has retained its popularity with both buyers and renters. And this doesn't look set to change any time soon. Nice, along with the Alps and Paris, is one of the most desirable locations in the country. France has a reputation for being one of the safest countries in the world to invest in property, thanks to its careful banking and lending, and strict building laws. So any investment in property is likely to prove a wise one. (How To Buy the Perfect Second Home in France.)

4. Nice has a year round rental market

Nice has a very strong rental market in all seasons. So, if you can't be in your apartment all year round, you'll be able to rent it out and have a healthy income in addition to your own enjoyment of the property. While short summer lets are the most popular, long term letting is common in winter. And the average rents in Nice are the second highest in France, beaten only by those in Paris. Holidaymakers love Nice. It's got a fantastic sunshine record (between 300 and 325 sunshine days a year, including an average of five hours daily sunshine even in winter!) and its blue sea, fabulous shops and superb restaurants are only the most obvious of its attractions.

5. Buy to let in Nice is successful

While many lesser known destinations can be somewhat hit or miss for property letting, Nice is always a popular destination for short and long term renters. So, letting out your buy to let investment apartment is relatively easy. However, it's important to get the details right if you want to maximise your earnings and minimise your time and workload. Certain factors (such as the right fixtures and fittings and the most desirable locations) can make the difference between successful lettings and weeks with no bookings. So, it's good to know that in Nice, you can turn to the experts for help. There are few French cities with such a long a record of catering to the needs of the rental market. Specialist advice is available from Nice's experienced agents on everything, from finding the perfect property to financing it and managing the lettings. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the income! (Letting property in France.)

6. Nice has a great variety of flats and apartments

Nice has a greater variety of property than you might imagine. Even staying within the lower priced apartments, studios and flats, there is a great choice, with something to suit most tastes. There are modern apartments in purpose built blocks overlooking the sea - perfect for low maintenance living and lock up and leave holiday boltholes. And there are charming studios in the often grand old buildings of Nice's Old Town. This lovely city has the perfect property for you, whoever you are.

7. You can afford to join the jet set!

Although Nice is one of the more expensive cities in France when it comes to buying property, there is a surprising number of really affordable options on the market. Yes, the city is popular with the international jet set, and there are a number of celebrity and multi-millionaire property owners already in residence. But, when it's possible to find a charming studio for less than 90,000 Euros in the atmospheric Old Town, there's no reason why you can't join them! You might not be able to host marvellous parties on your own luxury yacht, but owning an apartment in the city makes you part of this magical world. (Coastal Provence - Land of the Rich and Famous.)

8. A city centre apartment in Nice has everything within reach

Nice is a fairly compact city, and buying property in the centre means that you'll have all the attractions within easy reach, with most within walking distance. Imagine taking an evening stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, one of the Riviera's most exciting and famous places. Here the world gathers, to walk, to skate, to watch. Or, take an outside table at a restaurant that serves fresh fish and seafood while looking out at the azure waters of the Mediterranean where your dinner was caught! If you haven't eaten too much and you're still feeling lively, another pleasant stroll will take you to the bars, clubs and casinos where you might just spot a famous face in the crowd.

9. Enjoy a sunny retirement

If you're retired, or soon to be retired and are wondering how to enjoy all that spare time, there is no better time than now to buy a bolthole in Nice. Whatever you see yourself doing, it will be more enjoyable in the sunshine and warmth of the Riviera. Many flats and apartments have lifts or are on the ground floor, so you won't even have to cope with the stairs. And, as an apartment in central Nice is on the spot for all the shops, restaurants and amenities, you won't have to walk far either.

10. Nice is accessible so you spend less of your holiday travelling

If you're considering buying a flat or apartment as a holiday home, accessibility is likely to be a key factor. After all, you don't want to spend valuable days travelling when you could be soaking up the sun, walking on the promenade or dining at a wonderful restaurant overlooking the harbour. And Nice is one of the most accessible cities on the Riviera, thanks to its airport, TGV links and excellent road network. You can fly to Nice with a budget airline for just a few pounds, and be settled in your apartment just a few short hours after leaving home.

What's your top reason to buy in Nice?

So, there you have ten reasons to buy a flat or apartment in Nice. Once you've done that, and are enjoying all the benefits, it won't take long before you'll have come up with many more.

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