Eric found an apartment in old Nice when he was visiting in early March (thanks to a fluke $300 plane ticket). We put an offer on it, but until a few weeks ago we didn't know if the second owner was going to sign the purchase agreement. But it's official now! We're finalizing details regarding the mortgage and closing date.
Things we like about the apartment:
- High ceilings (12-14 feet?)
- Kitchen/dining/living room are all open to each other
- Kitchen is small--no big surprise--but nicely done
- Great location on a pedestrian street in old Nice.
- No nightclubs or restaurants nearby = no evening/night noise
- 3 minute walk to the ocean and, of course, in the middle of everything else :)
- 2nd to top floor, so the apartment does get some sun and adequate light. If you're on the bottom floors on a narrow street, your apartment will be quite dark
- Could use a total repainting and, over the year that we're in France, new flooring in some of the rooms. Also the bathroom is functional but blah...perhaps we'll change that?
- Great location & size for a vacation rental when we come back home
It was renovated about 5-6 years ago. These pictures were taken right after the work was done.
|kitchen & dining room, with view of living room|
|living & dining room|
|bedroom #1 with shower and sink|
It's on the 4th floor (which is called the 3rd floor in France) on a narrow pedestrian street. Although it's listed at 700 sq ft (65 sq m) and 2 bedrooms, there is an additional 3rd bedroom and storage area in the attic. Because the ceilings are less than 5 feet tall, the attic isn't officially counted. It's the light gray area on the floor plan.
The apartment will need some cosmetic work...it looked like this when Eric visited it:
You can look out our bedroom window, across the staircase, and into the other bedroom window.
Stairs going up to the attic...more like a ladder really:
See the original beamed ceilings and the exposed rock wall?
Zari, Dio, and Inga will all sleep up here. Ivy will be in bedroom #2 unless we have guests. Then she will come in our bedroom.
View from the apartment. Notice the clotheslines outside the window? I will be using those every day!
Our neighborhood has lots of art galleries. There's a butcher & grocery store right out our front door.