Considered to be the world’s perfume capital, Grasse is renowned across the globe and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Alongside the historic perfume houses of Fragonard, Galimard and Molinard, the annual Rose Exhibition (May) and Fête du Jasmin (August) boost the town’s reputation further, as do its links with Chanel, Edith Piaf and a host of celebrated artists, writers and public figures.
Situated 20 km north of Nice and set within the hills, Grasse benefits from a sheltered microclimate, as well as a plentiful water supply from the Siagne canal, which together ensure perfect conditions for extensive flower production. Producing close to 27,000 tonnes of Jasmine annually, the flower industry dates back to the 16th century, along with perfumeries such as Galimard, which was established in 1747 and is just one of the 30 perfume factories in the area.
Alongside a charming town full of winding streets, fountains, painted houses, markets and boutiques, not to mention an 11th century cathedral and incredible views, you will find an intriguing history and a remarkable industry. With a turnover estimated at circa €600 million a year and producing over two-thirds of France’s natural aromas, Grasse is a town quite definitely ‘on the map’.
With such an incredible setting and history, it is no surprise that property here includes historic estates, grand villas, Provençal architecture and incredible gardens. The area is popular with residents looking for greater space, more land, breathtaking views and a little respite from the summer coastal temperatures. Below is a selection of beautiful properties in Grasse, available through Savills.
To discuss your search in more detail, or for further details regarding any of the properties mentioned, our multi-lingual and knowledgeable teams based throughout the Riviera would be delighted to assist you.