Welcome to... Villefranche sur Mer
Villefranche sur Mer sits between Monte Carlo to the east and Nice and Cannes to the west. Unlike its neighbours it is a tranquil, relaxed town without the bustle of tourists in the season. Villefranche clings to the terraces of a steep hill overlooking the turquoise blue of the sea in the bay below. The narrow cobbled streets either slope towards the sea or run parallel to it; the transverse streets sometimes going through arched passages underneath the houses. The most famous of these vaulted passages is the Rue Obscure (Dark Street) running under the harbour front houses which dates back to 1260. All this gives the place a very medieval savour.
The climate here is near perfect with the summer being hot, the winter very mild and the other seasons warm and balmy, just right for wandering around the old town with the beautiful ancient houses lining the streets, or exploring the harbour and beach. The old harbour of la Darse dates back to the 17th century.
Walking in Villefranche is very popular and the parks and old section of the town positively breathtaking. There are also quiet diminutive squares and a number of cafes to enjoy the local cuisine and sample wine of the region.
Villefranche was born in Roman times and there are some wonderful older buildings of interest especially the 16th century citadel that houses a number of museums and an open air theatre. This nestles at the foot of a huge amphitheatre of hills which along with the regal curve of the shoreline has retained the same appearance since the town’s birth in 130 BC. Properties in Villefranche are positively staggering. Luxurious villas dominate the coast and hillsides overlooking the bay. Contemporary villas and those from days gone by sit side by side in discrete and peaceful harmony, with stunning examples from the beautiful Belle Epoque era standing proudly in their secluded and sumptuous grounds. The Villa Leopolda in the hills was once the residence of King Leopold II of Belgium and is reputed to be the most expensive house in the world.
Closer to the water front grand villas grace the coastline with direct access to the sea which include private jetties, tennis courts and swimming pools, their overhanging gardens and vast terraces married perfectly to the rugged shoreline overlooking the crystal clear waters and the panoramic views from across the bay. There is also a wide range of apartments to choose from in this most charming of locations, from detached and renovated 18th century residences that include mature gardens, balcony and pool, to villas and palaces tastefully converted, which still retain the splendour and luxury of their original design. Estate Net France has established an enviable reputation along the French Riviera as one of the premier real estate agencies. Our local knowledge and experience enables us to meet our client’s most demanding requirements and specification. Whatever your preferences, Villefranche is a wonderful old town, still unspoilt despite its popularity. It is an appreciation of the simple things in life that has drawn people to the area for many years; the climate, the sea, the stunning views, the history and atmosphere, fine food, and ambiance.