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Real Estate Villefranche: Villas and houses for Sale
Situated some 5km to the east of Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and fashionable locations on the French Riviera. The town is blessed with a microclimate that generally insures balmy summers and mild winters. As such it is a popular destination for tourists throughout the year and many visitors become so captivated by this charming little town that they choose to buy Villefranche property and make the town their second home.
Indeed over the years Villefranche has been home to numerous celebrities and cultural icons and former residents include Jean Cocteau, Aldous Huxley and Keith Richards. Indeed the Rolling Stones recorded their 1972 album, Exile on Main Street, at Villefranche's Villa Nellcôte, which was formerly the residence of Richards and Anita Pallenberg. Current residents include Tina Turner who owns a palatial villa and is reported to visit Villefranche on a monthly basis.
Villefranche lies nestled between three hills and its limits stretch from the sea level to an altitude of 520m at Mont Leuze. The old town is characterised by its medieval buildings, with their red tiles and pastel coloured façades, and its brick and cobblestone streets, which slope down, or traverse, the steep hill towards the sea. Villefranche also has a number of vaulted passageways, the most spectacular of which is the Rue Obscura, which is completely covered for almost half its length.
Villefranche is perhaps most recognisable for its port, where the brightly coloured fishing boats and the pastels of the buildings combine to form exquisite scenes of picture postcard perfection. The town is an extremely popular destination for cruise ships and the fact that Villefranche has one of the deepest natural harbours of any port in the Mediterranean, makes it an ideal anchorage for large ships and one can often see large US Navy vessels docked here.
Villefranche is a truly charming town and its beautiful houses and villas are amongst the most sought after properties in the world. Coast & Country offer a range of property for sale in Villefranche. Please browse our listings and contact one of our representatives should you have any questions regarding any of our Villefranche properties.