31 october 2018
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is an extraordinary, unique commune in the Alpes-Maritimes, in mint condition as if time has had no effect at all on this village perched on the coast between Menton and Monaco. Here, modernism meets the Middle Ages.
There are many reasons why the beautiful residences in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin have such a high profile. In fact, to the pleasure of lovers of nature and aesthetics around the world, the commune offers 3 distinct sides: the village, the seaside resort, and the Cape.
The historic village of Roquebrunesits on the heights of Mount Agne. It’s a village untouched by time, with narrow alleyways, colorful old buildings, and vaulted arches. Its elevated position boasts magical and breathtaking panoramas, overlooking pink Provençal tile roofs, punctuated by green cypress treetops, descending toward an infinitely blue sea, glazed with the foamy trails of speedy yachts. Although a French territory, the commune of Roquebrune is very closely linked to the Principality of Monaco (its neighbor). The Château de Roquebrune, built by the Comte of Vintimille in 970, proudly watches over the village and seaside resort of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. TheGrimaldi dynasty restored and fortified a large part of the chateau we know and love today. The charm of living in the Old Town, in a pick, ochre, citrus-colored building, is indescribable. Likewise, the sublime luxury of a renovated apartment with a terrace and amazing view leaves us at a loss for words. Here, you're living in the heart of history, in the shadow of the Olivier Millénaire(the oldest olive tree in the world).
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is highly appreciated by an affluent population, the ones who love the Riviera, Monaco, the splendor of the Côte d'Azur. Nature also plays an important part in this sunny town. You’ll find 5 acres of parkland, maintained and admired by lovers of green spaces. The commune of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is characterized by its hundred-year-old olive trees planted on descending terraces (“en restanque”). Not to mention the region’s extraordinary stone walls - a sight for sore eyes.
From the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th, European aristocrats flocked to the Riviera. First, they stayed in luxurious Belle-Epoque hotels, falling so in love with the region and its mild climate that they began to build secondary residences there, just like Empress Eugenie. Even today, the seaside resort and Cap-Martin are exclusively sought after by a clientele that knows not only beauty but luxury when they see it.
Roquebrune-Cap-Martinis famous around the world for the architecture of the spectacular villas on Cape Martin, located between the village and Mont Ange. Its celebrity dates back to the 1920s when, just as today, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin was the go-to source of inspiration for architects and designers. Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici were among the first with their E-1027 villa. (Fun fact: the figure is based on the place in the alphabet where the duo’s initial falls.) In fact, many villas today in the world’s most beautiful regions have been inspired by Gray’s pure lines and sleek aesthetic design. In the private areas of Cape Martin, sumptuous modern villas inspired by the Belle-Epoque are on display.
Nowadays, the trend is leaning towards contemporary villas. Many potential buyers who are interesting in investing in a high-end residence in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin choose a modern villa with huge glass windows boasting stunning panoramas of the surrounding nature. In short, the Cap is one with the elements.
These beautiful homes are hidden in forests of pines or large cypress trees and provide charming terraces to enjoy sunrise just as sunset. Rest assured, BARNES Monaco knows their addresses.