Monday 8 July 2013

Rental offers in Les Parcs de Saint Tropez

Welcome to "les parcs", one of the most sought after and prestigious addresses in Saint Tropez.

Les Parcs not only offers an excellent location, a short distance from the centre of Saint Tropez and the beaches, the closest being the Plage des Salins.

With approximately 280 villas, with 24 hour security, another advantage is that there are a considerable amount of water front properties.

The villa here is one of the most elegant properties on the Riviera rental market. Exceptional views, luxurious furnishings, fully serviced, it is THE ultimate piece of real estate

See the villa in Les Parcs de Saint Tropez

Tuesday 2 July 2013

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat by Alexandra

The beginning of Cap Ferrat
I love Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat for one important thing: History. I love old houses. I cant get enough of them and I see less and less of them.
People nowadays build contemporary. I am not allowed to say that I dont like them as this is what clients are looking for, but they bore me. I love white but I love it when it is mixed with green and beige and grey, not at the same time.

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is elegant and truly timeless. It has by far the biggest and baddest estates on the Riviera, and of course its one of, if not the most expensive place on the earth to buy.

It offers an interesting location, bang in the middle of Nice and Monaco, close to the airport and "La Petite Maison" on one end and Cipriani on the other. There is a quint fishing port and little stores. There are alot of famous houses. I am not allowed and have no interest to state who owns what but there are and has been many well known people that have owned property on this peninsula, if you want to know more then you should go on one of those boat tours during the summer.

As a general rule, my favourites tend to be those built by the King Leopold of Belgium. The very famous Leopolda is actually located on the hill behind the Cap, which is probably the most famous house of his collection. I worship La Radiana and I also love the Villa Nellcote which was made famous as the house that the Rolling Stones rented in the 70s. When I am on a boat I become a villa stalker, mainly of Nellcote, and it makes me sick that I dont own it or at least have friends that own it. One day, one day.

Concentrate. Luxury villa rentals on the Cap Ferrat are in high demand, and nowadays there are fewer of them. Geographically the area is not large and also there has been a number of properties taken off the rental market after being purchased.
Several have been renovated to a high standard and put back on the market with hotel like services in house. This  newly renovated villa on the Cap Ferrat is a perfect example of true luxury and excellent in house service.

Monday 1 July 2013

Hanging out in Val des Costes

villa with pool in Eze, views on the sea
One of the most guarded domaines on the coast, with 16 villas and 24 hour security, perfectly located just off the "Moyenne Corniche", 10 minutes from Monaco.

This is the only house available for rent in the domain, a fully serviced house with a personal concierge, and fabulous views.

See the villa EZ5 in Domaine Val des Costes

Tuesday 25 June 2013

Todays office in Corsica :-)

Arguably on of the most remarkable beaches in Europe, Tamaricciu, part of the Palombaggia stretch in Porto-Vecchio.
One of the most well known towns of the island, offering a wide selection of luxury villa rentals, five star hotels, excellent restaurants with locally caught fish and of course cute boutiques :-)

The way to get around on the island

I found a great restaurant this evening recommended by many locals "Le Rouf" in Pinarello. From what I understood from the heavily accented owner, a "roof" is part of a boat. Well the most important thing here is that the food is amazing and the service is charming.
View from the restaurant Le Rouf

Monday 24 June 2013

Saint Tropez by Alexandra

From the hills
Saint Tropez is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the world, it also gets quite a lot of criticism notably that it is overrated and terribly expensive. Expensive it is. Overrated is an opinion.

I personally enjoy Saint Tropez in the summer. First and foremost it is, in 2013, the area where I rent the most amount of houses. I am not sure if it is because my website is set up that way or simply because it is the most popular area on the French Riviera.

When compared to other towns along the Coast, in my opinion, Saint Tropez has the most to offer for families and also for 'socialites' (by the way, it also has the largest portfolio of luxury villas on the rental market). Families are attracted to Saint Tropez as the beaches are great, there are alot of activities for kids to do such as water sports, sailing clubs, cycling, kids clubs and for adults, a great selection of restaurants, night clubs, designer boutiques and of course people watching or even recognising. Socialites go there as all of their friends are there, its like Disneyland for adults wearing Jimmy Choos.  

For me, the beach restaurants make Saint Tropez. Nowhere else on the Coast has this king of atmosphere (ok there is the Beach Club in Monaco and Anjouna in Eze but thats it), and they are just so much fun. My favourite is "Les Palmiers", it is ridiculously expensive, but the settling is lovely, the food is excellent, extensive wine list and the music is great; If I am bored and want to post pictures of famous people on Facebook (which I never do except Nadal with his shirt off) I go to Club 55. I cant imagine Rafa going there so it is not my usual haunt. Nikki Beach is great fun, again, great music, very cute waiters and the food is actually good. Last year they introduced a 'rotisserie' which makes a veggie girl green with envy, but luckily they roast potatoes and other vegetables. Ocoa makes great calamari (thanks Tony G), la Cabane Bamboo has great fish and very nice staff, go to Tahiti Beach on a Sunday lunch it ROCKS, Key West, Plage des Jumeaux... I could go on for a while, yes there are plenty to choose from.
View of Saint Tropez village from the terrace
All of this, and more can be arranged as I offer a complementary concierge service to all of my clients. It is important to have local people on the ground and I want their vacation to be as hassle free as possible. The good news is, that it is not me who does it :-)

Tuesday 16 February 2010

Rainy Saint Tropez in Feburary

Saint Tropez is almost unrecognizable in the winter. No traffic jams (so good!) rain, grey skis, big waves, closed stores... but the village lives throughout the winter with a friendly local clientele who all seem to work in real estate.

Modern house walking distance to the village of Saint TropezSo, we have a interesting new property on the rental market, close to the village (a nice five minute walk) with a wonderful modern interior.