Set inland from the popular city of Cannes, the area known locally as the “Hinterland” includes the popular locations of Valbonne, Opio, Roquefort-les-Pins, and Mouans Sartoux to name just a few of the charming locations which await to be discovered.
Valbonne, Mougins and St Paul de Vence offer a slower pace of life than the Riviera’s coastline. These pale stone villages, with a medieval heritage, offer great natural beauty, all within an easy 30 minutes of the coast.
Boasting historic heritage and both high-tech and scientific industries, this region is truly an exciting location, popular with families, business leaders, entrepreneurs and students. This range of residents ensures a vibrant community in addition to the traditional nature of the towns and villages, not to mention the excellent educational opportunities in the form of the ever popular Mougins International school and the Centre Internationale de Valbonne ('CIV').
Properties range from tall thin townhouses and intriguing historic property to detached villas with gardens. Valbonne and the surrounding areas are popular locations for those relocating to the Côte d’Azur, in search of space, a French community, locations with history and character and excellent amenities.
A recent study shows the steady rise of property prices in these locations from early 2000, with figures close to the values of the market peaks in 2007/2008. Importantly, buyer confidence in these locations remains.
Properties within Valbonne, Mougins and the surrounding countryside villages retain their charm, popularity and price. One of the key attractions of the area is the international community factor, plus the excellent schooling and access to world class research facilities and business solutions.
Much loved by Picasso, Winston Churchill, Edith Piaf and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few, the famously snail-shaped village of Mougins is set in the dramatic Riviera countryside, overlooking the valley, the Mediterranean sea and the dramatic Maritime Alps. Surrounded by popular golf courses and beautiful walking trails, such a setting ensures residents enjoy access to the enviable dual lifestyle of coast and mountain living, with the ski resorts of Isola and Auron at approximately 110 km distance.
To the north of Mougins lies the famed commune of Grasse, the home of perfume that was recently boosted by a UNESCO recognition for the areas heritage and skills in cultivating flowers and blending fragrances, which has secured a prestigious industry clientele including the likes of Chanel, Galimard and Fragonard.
The village of St Paul de Vence enchants visitors, artists and residents alike with its charming cobbled streets and traditional village life.. A popular film set location, the area is most widely known for the world famous Maeght art foundation and the village is home to numerous art galleries.
Valbonne, meaning the “Good Valley” in French, truly lives up to its name. In the centre of Valbonne village is the charming, 16thcentury Place des Arcades. This central square is surrounded on all four sides by picturesque café terraces and boutique shops and features the weekly market. The old village, which has a significant Anglophone population, has retained much of its quaint 16th century character, now complemented by an active community spirit. Real estate within the village is highly prized with property selling quickly and at sustained prices. Moving away from the village, larger villas take precedence, many with spacious grounds and exceptional views.