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St Jean Cap Ferrat Properties for sale

French Riviera

It was the famous Hollywood actor, David Niven, who said that he had been looking for paradise all of his life and found in St Jean Cap Ferrat. He loved it so much he decided to build his own water-front villa, which remains one of the most endearing properties in St Jean. Situated on a peninsula between Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is known for its luxurious properties nestled amongst lush vegetation. Discreetly built and protected from prying eyes, these stunning homes will often include private access to the beach, guarded entrances and very high level security. It is a very private place and most of the houses are surrounded by high fences and imposing gates.

A truly divine setting and one of the most stunning and exclusive areas on the Mediterranean coast, making it a favourite residential site for International aristocracy and celebrities. St Jean was a sleepy fishing village, before it was first discovered by King Leopold 11 of Belgium, first cousin to Queen Victoria. He bought the entire Cap and decided to construct three villas, one for him and three for his mistresses! After this came a flurry of English and Russian aristocracy who decided that they too wanted a piece of this extraordinary paradise .

This era became know as the ‘The Belle Epoque’ and its legacy is some of the most beautiful villas in the world. Most of these villas are now privately owned, however, one that can still be seen and is the most fabulous example of this period is the villa ‘Ephrussi de Rothschild’ (or Villa Ile de France) which was owned by Baronness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. Villa Leopolda has recently been sold (July 2008) to a Russian billionaire for 500 million euros – the world’s most expensive property to date.

The most sought after villas on St Jean today are the water’s edge villas, that can command in the region of 60 000 000€ upwards. It is not often that one of these villas come on the market and there is even a waiting list for people wanting to buy them! If you are interested in purchasing a water’s edge villa on St Jean then please feel free to call us to enquire about our listings which are not featured on our site. Apart from the water’s edge villas if you are looking to buy a property in St Jean then prices will start at abut 1 500 000€ for an apartment. For a decent sized villa with 4 bedrooms and a good sized plot of land then you will be looking in the region of 7 000 000-10 000 000€ .

St Jean Cap Ferrat also has a very good letting market with villas commanding anything from 50 000€ to 350 000€ per month for the months of July and August.

If you want to buy a property in St Jean Cap Ferrat then contact your French Riviera Real Estate team- Attika International at