Villefranche sur Mer – Background information to help you in your search for the perfect Villefranche property for sale

Villefranche sur Mer lies 10 kilometres south west of Monaco and adjoins the City of Nice to the east. The beautiful bay is one of the deepest natural harbours of any port in the Mediterranean attracting many cruise ships. With city limits extending to the surrounding hills Villefranche is an excellent choice to buy or rent property. Its position on the main roads linking Nice to Italy makes Villefranche desirable to tourists too.

Villefranche has been settled since pre-historic times and has had many rulers. In the late 13th century it was established as a free port, granting tax privileges and port fee rights which remained in existence until well into the 18th century and encouraged trading in the area.

Today Villefranche is considered to be a suburb of Nice so a Villefranche property would be ideal for those seeking a quieter setting. Since its economy is dependent on tourism buying Villefranche property could be a good proposition for investors. An increase in residential construction and maintenance in the mid 20th century increased the numbers of Villefranche properties giving wider choice to those seeking to rent or buy a Villefranche property.

Visitors to Villefranche will enjoy visiting the Church of St Michael, which houses various works of art and is situated in the old town and also the 16th century St Peters Chapel which was included in the French Historic Sites Register. The many visitors to these buildings ensure there is always demand for Villefranche property. Other places of interest include the old harbour of La Darse which is now a marina and also the site of an oceanographic observatory. The old buildings and structures around the area attract many visitors many of whom seek accommodation in Villefranche Property. Villefranche is also home to museums and an open air theatre. The Rue Obscure is a passageway dating back to 1260 which runs under the harbour front houses.

One famous piece of property is the Villa Leopolda on the hills surrounding Villefranch. Once home to King Leopold II of Belgium it is allegedly “the most expensive house in the world”. Unfortunately this villa is not part of the Villefranche property portfolio but would be of great interest to visitors.

Whilst the beaches in neighbouring Nice are pebbles the main beach at Villefranche is sandy there is also a small pebble beach behind the harbour jetty.

Villefranche property provides accommodation for visitors seeking a peaceful haven but with easy access, via rail or road, to bustling Nice, Cannes and Monaco.

Villefranche property owners reach their property by flying to Nice Airport and then continue their journey by train bus or hired car.

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