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When it comes to high-end real estate in France, the French Riviera is the place to go. And for those sifting through the Riviera's finest towns, Vence is hard to beat. What makes the commune so special?
This is all you need to know about buying luxury property in Vence :
Average Prices in the Area
€2.5m – 10m
Most Common Property Type
Thanks to its location near the South coast of France, Vence benefits from a temperate climate, with hot sun-soaked summers and cool springs. Expect highs of 26 in August – unacclimatised residents should take care to wear sunscreen – and bearable winters that stay away from becoming too chilly.
Vence is famous for its spring water, which can be drunk from fountains throughout the town, but there is plenty more for locals to drink up: contemporary art museums, a beautiful chapel and cathedral, and other stunning medieval architecture. It's the kind of life that D.H. Lawrence approved of.
Like many places along the French Riviera, Vence depends upon a lively tourist industry for its income, particularly in the summer, with visitors attracted by its culture, history and art. But at heart Vence is a market town – a vibrant centre of fragrances, vegetables and, of course, that famous mineral water.
"Vence is much nearer the airport, but the properties are more reasonably priced. They can go up, but villas start at around €800k. Vence covers a huge region, but Saint Paul du Vence is the crème of the area. Lots of British buyers come here, but others are taking hold, particularly the Swiss…"Google+