French Riviera - BARNES opens a concept store in Valbonne

The inland region of Cannes represents a property market in its own right, popular for decades with a family-oriented clientele partial to the unspoilt Provençal atmosphere, set between the sea and the mountains. The perfect place for BARNES to set up its new concept store combining real estate, art and lifestyle.

From Valbonne to Mougins, Mouans-Sartoux, Opio and Châteauneuf-de-Grasse, the up-country villages are vibrant all year round, particularly on the artistic, cultural and culinary fronts. The clientele is largely international, established around the Sophia-Antipolis technology park and Mougins School. Whether you’re looking for a countryside residence or a village house, the properties are top class, but sale times are extremely short given the high level of demand.

More discreet than the coast, the inland region is coveted for the authenticity of its villas, its mills, its farmhouses and its traditional mas. Demand continues to grow in the seasonal rental market for these stunning properties renovated and modernised in keeping with tradition.

The BARNES concept store is creating a new approach to luxury real estate in Valbonne.

At the heart of the village of Valbonne, on the ground floor of a typical Provençal-style house, the Concept Store exudes a cosy atmosphere. A cross between a lounge and an art gallery, it showcases artists hand-picked by BARNES Art Advisory.  In addition to art exhibitions and private viewings, evening events will be hosted here to explore the worlds of wine and yachting. Clients - who are offered a choice of wine or champagne - naturally have access to all of the properties listed at the 90 BARNES offices worldwide.

BARNES aims to meet the expectations of clients who have become accustomed to a high level of service across all of their investments”, explains Thibault de Saint Vincent, President of BARNES. “In addition to oversight of their property projects, our concept stores provide dedicated assistance in spheres such as art, vineyards and yachting with the ultimate goal of promoting French Art de Vivre internationally”.

The BARNES Valbonne concept store invites you into a realm of art de vivre from the moment you step in the door. “Up until September 2020, we are exhibiting exclusive works by German artist Emil Michael Klein and Italian plastic artist Daniele Milvio, with the Federico Vavassori Gallery in Milan, rewarded last year at the prestigious ArtMonte-Carlo fair”, says Caroline Bertignon-Metout, Director BARNES Valbonne.

Prestige and discretion

Covering a geographic area spanning from Biot to Roquefort les Pins, Le Rouret, Opio, Valbonne, Mougins, and from Mouans-Sartoux to the Pays Grassois, BARNES Valbonne has a portfolio of properties ranging from village houses with character, to traditional Provençal mas, modern villas, manor houses and farmhouses. “Although many of the in-demand properties are worth between €1 million and €3 million, some can sell for up to €5 million. And even as much as €30 million for premium properties in Mougins”, adds Caroline Bertignon-Metout. The international clientele interested in the Cannes up-country is largely made up of Scandinavians, Germans, Swiss, and English-speakers looking for houses with character, while the French clientele are on the hunt for a primary residence or second home in preparation for their retirement. “Our clients appreciate the lifestyle in the region, known for its gastronomy, its excellent restaurants and its fondness for art, with numerous galleries established in the area. The Cannes inland region thus offers our buyers a prestigious living environment and the utmost discretion”, she sums up.

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BARNES Valbonne : 35, rue Gambetta, 06560 Valbonne

Tél : +33 (0)4 22 70 01 07 - [email protected]

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