Antibes can be separated into two very distinct parts, the picturesque Juan-les-Pins and the Sophia Antipolis Technology Park. It is a pleasant town that is very much alive and is a stronghold of the French Riviera culture. With nearly 80,000 local residents, the town is active and lively during the summers, but generally quieter during the winter months.
The Antipolis Technology Park houses some of Europe’s most important and prolific technology companies. To this day, more than 1,300 call the area their home, and the area is often called the Silicon Valley of Europe.
On the other side of town, Juan-les-Pins is a resort and a seaside town. Its port and ramparts still outline the wealthy past of the town. The casino, nightclubs and boutiques are what keep the area alive and popular today.
The ramparts and protective walls of the port are charming and make the town aesthetically attractive at first glance. The cobbled streets that make up Antibes are winding and have plenty of boutiques and restaurants to keep visitors occupied. Antibes is generally quieter than some of the other towns in the French Riviera, but still manages to attract tourists with its Provencal markets and its many restaurants offering local flavours.
The town’s quieter side attracts adults who are looking for a relaxing place to enjoy the sun. The nightlife is mainly reserved to casinos and a few nightclubs in the main square of Juan-les-Pins, but generally the town isn’t boisterous.
Antibes is very popular and the property market healthy. Prices are not cheap when it comes to the French Riviera property market. An Antibes property for sale can be among the highest in the region. The Cap d’Antibes is lush and expansive and hosts some expensive properties, even for French Riviera standards.
You won’t find a small house with a pool for anything below €2,000,000 and a six-bedroom house in Cap d’Antibes can start around €16,000,000. But properties around the area of La Garoupe tend to be on the cheaper side. A five-bedroom villa can be priced for €8,000,000. Farther away from the coast, the price of properties drop. However, rarely are any houses priced below €1,250,000. Apartments and studios for rental investments are available and, depending on the size, can be found to be priced at around €500,000.
The rental opportunity in Antibes property is strong and has not slowed down in recent years. The prices continue to increase, and the popularity of the town is proving to be lasting. Purchasing a smaller studio or apartment would be a great investment and would easily provide return quickly.
GET - the lobster linguini at the Brasserie l’Alcyon, a local favourite for seafood in the area.
DO - buy tickets to the Jazz à Juan. A legendary jazz festival in the summer that has been happening annually for over 50 years.
SEE - the town of Villeneuve-Loubet, about 10km away from Antibes, for a futuristic shock to the eyes. Cancun meets the Riviera.