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Where to live in Nice

Posted by highburyhank - Created: 16 years ago
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Posted by stgeorge-182529 - 16 years ago

In fact the Port of Nice area is now reminiscent of a cross between Hampstead in the 60's and the Rive Gauche in Paris in the early 70's !

My previous comments ref. Antibes , are not because  its a Yacht port - it just hasn't been handled properly ; unlike Nice , which is also a Yacht port , but doesn't impose and is unpretentious ! Probably due to a higher intellectual and cultural local international populace  (than Antibes )  who've managed to keep everything under control !!

 

stgeorge

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Posted by stgeorge-182529 - 16 years ago

At least the gays in Nice have a bit of class, and their bars are where I pick up all the 'rampant french totty ' !!

Chacun a son gout !

 

stgeorge

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Posted by stgeorge-182529 - 16 years ago

Antibes is a 'false' town , full of 'false' people and with an economy completely out of synchro with the rest of the Cote d'Azur. The fact that it's the biggest Yacht Port just about anywhere, has completely corrupted its original social and cultural balance , leaving a large hollow shell of greedy bar owners , astronomical prices right over the board, from property to Baked beans , con men in all shapes and sizes, hordes of late night revellers , and a Police Force ill adapted to control the appalling lack of security - cars, boats, flats and villas !

Maybe Nice does have a problem with litter and ' crottes de chien ' , but it makes no pretense to be other than what it has been for the last 150 years - a genuine tourist town , catering as best it can with modernisation and providing a product that suits the many nationalities that visit !

If you want an English bar, be bored into oblivion , pay over the odds, wonder why you left the UK and find little or no journalistic inspiration,then Antibes is for you !

 

stgeorge

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Posted by Cabbie-182008 - 16 years ago

SirLurkalot

I disagree about Antibes and Nice, but then it depends what you like. Antibes (I've been told) has a lot more English speakers and may be considered to be an anglo island in the midst of the CdA. But I wanted a bit of France, and I get that in Nice.

I also hear that Antibes is small enough for everyone to know everyone else. Don't like that idea at all. I don't want everyone knowing my business. I like the "anonymity" of Nice, although we do meet people we know on the streets and we know our neighbours well enough.

Besides, before last July, I seemed to have a curse on me whenever I went to Antibes. It always rained.

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Posted by SirLurkalot - 16 years ago

Highburyhank,

Why is it you want to move to Nice?  I think Antibes is a much nicer town.  It's about the same size as Nice, and easy to get to from the airport.  The old town has lots going on by day and night, and if you're looking for English-speaking socialising there's more in Antibes than Nice.  Whenever I go to Nice I think what a dirty congested place it is.  What is it about Nice that attracts you?

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Posted by stgeorge-182529 - 16 years ago

If you live in Islington then there's no doubt that round the Port of Nice area would emminently suit - public transport, decent bistros and good cheap restaurants, pleasant characters , 10 minute walk to the Flower Market , and every conceivable shop on the doorstep ! Now's the time to purchase , before prices sky rocket and everyone is hesitating , waiting for Iraq to sort out !! I purchased 2 years ago, and already my flat is worth twice what I paid !

Try and get a parking of some description with your property - even if you don't drive , you can rent it out !

Good luck with your search !

 

stgeorge

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Posted by highburyhank - 16 years ago

Thanks Cabbie. I'll appreciate being in an area where I don't need a car, and I'll definitely check these places out.

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Posted by highburyhank - 16 years ago

Cheers Mike, thanks for that. Funnily enough I will be in town on Monday and staying at a hotel on Victor Hugo.

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Posted by Cabbie-182008 - 16 years ago

Highburyhank

I suggest 3 areas.

First, the old town, tho' you'll need to be just on the edge of the hill to enjoy the quiet. Most of the evening action is in the old town, loads of bars which open late and also loads of restaurants. Very close to the sea. Most of the buildings are old tho' and may not have lifts. Also, slightly overpriced property due to it being the old town, which is popular for tourists.

Second, the area just back from the old town, between Avenue Jean Medecin, Avenue Felix Faure, Avenue Notre Dame and Rue Carabacel. This was the original "new town", where all the old hotels went up when Nice became a popular place to spend the winter. Good mixture of old and new property. Reasonable prices. Not as many bars and restaurants as the old town, but you're only 5 to 10 mins walk away. Also, very quiet in the side streets. 10 mins walk from railway station, very close to shopping areas.

Third, the port area and Place Garibaldi. The plan is to pedestrianise Place Garibaldi and just have the tram run through it. This would be a fantastic place to live then, but it won't be for another 5-10 years. You're right by the old town, but not quite in it. Could be a bit traffic noisy tho'. They've also been doing up some of the old property in the port, which is also quite lively for night life. If you can find something just where the port turns into Mont Boron, that should be quiet, but again only 5-10 mins walk from the old town. There are some quite pricey places there tho' as Mont Boron is one of the upmarket areas.

For all these 3 areas, you won't need a car to get about (in fact if you live in the centre of Nice, you won't need a car).

Good luck.

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Posted by mike-179830 - 16 years ago

Well, you don't want to be in the Old Town...

However, you might find the area around bd Victor Hugo interesting. And Cimiez is rather nice (IMHO) - it's not the cheapest part of Nice, but your budget should find a very nice place in one of the converted Belle Époque villas.

 

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Mike