Cafes, antiques and glamorous yachts
Second only to Nice Old Town in terms of charm and access to restaurants and shops, the Port area of Nice has always been an affluent area. Some of France's finest antique shops line the quiet boulevards on the western side, while the eastern perimeter of the Port rises up to the exclusive Mont Boron quarter.
In terms of Nice real estate, investment the Port is fast becoming the new Old Town as properties in that area get more and more difficult to find while prices are still climbing at a high level. Since 2003 totallyRiviera has experienced a real shift with investors into this area. From most areas in the Port it's only a five to ten minute walk to the centre of the Old Town.
It is what's afloat that has made the Port an investment centre in recent years. A staggering increase in the luxury yachting scene, combined with several yacht shows every year, has led to new bars, restaurants and shops, all of a superior quality. Numerous cruise ships and smaller boats touring the Riviera now visit the Port on a daily basis.
The rental potential is high here. The attractiveness of the area is combined with great shopping nearby and a bus route along the coast towards Monaco, Menton and Villefranche every 15 minutes.
The quarter is ideal for those searching for a unique Nice property. Over the past three years totallyNice has sold several huge renovation projects with balconies. They include a harbour-front property partly designed by Gustave Eifell, plus an 18th century palazzo where the owner-knight used to gallop his horse three floors up to bed. Property prices are similar to that of Nice Old Town, but there is slightly less choice and the apartments are usually larger.