Virtual reality: transforming the real estate experience

At the start of the year, real estate giant Coldwell Banker released the findings of a US poll. 77% of participants stated they would prefer to take a virtual reality tour of a property before viewing it in person. In the luxury sector, where transactions are often done on a global scale, VR is becoming an attractive tool for buyers and agents alike.Read more

iHome: the house that thinks in sync

With a few simple clicks, the user can unlock the door, open the garage, turn on the lights, regulate heaters or control of the volume – and genre – of music in one room to the next. Electrical and water consumption can be monitored as can any suspicious movements in or around the property. If it all sounds too complicated, you can programme the network system to recognise your voice commands or even a snap of the fingers. The house will automatically know how to react.Read more

Saving with the help of a courtier

You’ve agreed a price with the agent and appeased the owner, but now you need to secure financing. Not an easy task living in a foreign country with different ways of doing things. In France, it can mean knocking on the doors of countless banks and partaking in complex negotiations. If it all sounds very complicated and long-winded, that’s because it usually is.Read more

The great outdoors: improving the value of your property & your standard of living

With 300 days of sunshine a year, the French Riviera lifestyle is all about outdoor living. Whether you have hectares of space or a small, urban terrace, even a few simple touches can drastically improve the quality of a garden – and the value of your home.Read more

Villa Eilenroc: eternal elegance on the Cap d'Antibes

Villa Eilenroc appears like an apparition straight from a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel as you take the Sentier Littoral from Plage de la Garoupe to the Baie des Milliardaires. Built over 150 years ago as a luxurious winter retreat, the property is now owned and protected by the Ville d’Antibes.Read more

Where is the best place to live?

‘Bonne’, ‘beau’ and ‘bio’… All three have positive connotations, but surely there’s something more than a good start to their names that has made the towns of Valbonne, Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Biot the three most attractive places to live in the Alpes-Maritimes.Read more

Salon Déco Habitat in Nice

Avid interior designer? Amateur stylist? Professional in the field? Whatever your level of skill when it comes to décor, the Salon Déco Habitat at Nice’s Palais des Expositions has something to enhance every portfolio and home.Read more

Kiwi financier given extra time to purchase Picasso estate

Pablo Picasso’s former home in the village of Mougins may have a new owner: New Zealand financier Rayo Withanage. After displaying an interest in the 800-square metre villa, which was the home of the most famous artist of the 20th century until his death in 1973, earlier this year, Withanage was reportedly unable to raise the funds for the property. He has now been given two extra months to find the cash in order to complete the sale.  Read more

New measures again for furnished rentals

The French government has launched further measures to regulate furnished rentals. More and more landlords are using the services of private rental websites for short-term rentals and the French authorities want to control this rapid development.Read more

Bnbkeys: a new property management solution for homeowners in the French Riviera

If Airbnb seems too informal, but a management company seems too strict, recent start-up Bnbkeys could be your solution. Launched at the start of this year in Vallauris and is now offering its services in English online, Bnbkeys allows homeowners to rent out their properties short-term without the hassle of managing client demands. For holidaymakers, the fledgling company provides a fivestar welcome service with 24/7 assistance. Riviera Insider speaks to co-founder Charles Semmel.Read more