Living in Monte Carlo

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If you think of Monaco, then the shining lights of this fabulous French Riviera jewel that come to mind are probably the iconic images of Monte Carlo. A district of Monaco, as opposed to the capital, Monte Carlo is the pinnacle of luxury and epitomizes all that Monaco is famed for. The excellent Côte d’Azur lifestyle is a symbol of the principality’s true abundance and riches.

Other districts nearby comprise Monaco-Ville which is the old city with its medieval streets out on a rocky outcrop, the La Condamine which is the port quarter, and also Fontvielle, reclaimed from the sea, with its port and residential and recreation developments.  Easy to get around, compact and bijoux, Monte Carlo is a perfect area to stroll around with some of the absolute best restaurants and shops in the whole of the French Riviera.

Living in Monte Carlo is to live in the epicenter of Monaco; the heartland of upscale living in an energizing and dynamic European enclave. Compared to the numbers who pass through or live in the principality, and more specifically in Monte Carlo, this area is deemed low-crime and has a global reputation for safety and security.

Whether purchasing real estate as the main apartment or holiday bolthole, there is much to understand and enjoy about living in Monte Carlo.

City by the Sea: Being on the coastline is one of the most enjoyable aspects of life in Monte Carlo. Here, you can have the best of both worlds. Residents can spend time chilling out at the beach or dining al fresco by the water before heading into the main city streets with upscale boutiques and restaurants. The main beach at Monte Carlo, Larvotto Beach with its pebbly shore and a backdrop of glamorous residences, while there are plenty of beach clubs to add to the sense of beachside chic.

Yachting life: While the port area is considered a separate district, the deep-Port Hercule is just a short drive away. Within Monte Carlo, the Yacht Club de Monaco is an impressive building designed by world-renowned architects and an important hub of social life and leisure pursuits in the city. Many residents own yachts or at least enjoy cruises for the day or a dinner cruise in the evening, with some luxury yacht charters operating here. What might be surprising to some is just how outdoorsy life in Monte Carlo can be and with lots of pretty gardens, there are plenty of green spaces to relax in on a sunny Mediterranean day.

Related: Monaco’s Yachting Lifestyle

Apartment living: The majority of properties being bought and sold in Monte Carlo are apartments, particularly one and two bedrooms real estate. This applies to both new builds and resales. Those used to living in a house rather than a condo complex soon see the merits of living in a beautiful apartment with a gorgeous view of the city, the Mediterranean Sea or a garden setting. In a small space, skyscrapers are inevitable, but in Monte Carlo, the stunning cityscapes give the little city a big-town feel.

Carré d’Or: The golden center of Monte Carlo luxury is undoubtedly Golden Square in the heart of Monaco. Here, the most exclusive fashion-brand names and jewelers parade their high-end brands. High fashion meets antique art too with the area renowned for being home to the city’s art dealers.  The Place Du Casino is a big square and popular place to meet and socialize, with big-name performances playing here in the open air too.

Close to France and Italy: Monte Carlo may be of its own, world of luxurious apartments but, it is a beautifully natural setting, not only by the Med but also the countryside and the coastline of the beautiful Italian Rivera. Nice, St. Tropez, and Cannes are just down the coast from Monaco and are great getaways within easy reach. The Alps are within driving distance too and living in Monte Carlo is really about residing in the wider Riviera region and embracing that rural as well as city energy.

Cosmopolitan community: Monte Carlo is the central area in Monaco for residents, as well as being the center for resorts too. With mainly an expat rather than native population, Monte Carlo is open to newcomers and is a friendly, welcoming, and friendly place. There is a strong community feeling amongst residents too which is far more inviting than the cold atmosphere of some major cities. Monte Carlo’s attraction to the wealthy and famous creates a rather dynamic mix of characters and interests too.

Gourmet dining experiences: Monte Carlo and Michelin stars go hand in hand, with the likes of world-renowned chefs such as Alain Ducasse and Joël Robuchon at the helm. These culinary stars assure Monte Carlo’s status as a gourmet capital not only in Europe but across the globe. From grand tables to less formal, yet world-class eateries, fine-dining is sophisticated and innovative promising cuisine par excellence.

Music, theatre, and performance: From its orchestra to a grand opera house, a ballet company and modern performance space, Monte Carlo excel magnificently culturally. Gorgeous open-air venues and impressive auditoriums are state-of-the-art and house the most popular artistes and a stunning array of music, dance, and art. This passion for artistic expression is a significant part of the lives of those who live in Monaco, whether a formal attire event or music in the park.

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Living in Monte Carlo can give newcomers a new lease of life. Residing in a spacious apartment with great views and quality design and specifications creates a comfortable retreat to relax and feel at home with superior, sophisticated facilities making a big difference too.