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SPECIAL EDITION: Discover the Joie de Vivre on the Riviera This Coming September!

 7-5-13anotherNiceThe Nice coastline7-5-13anotherNice2Another view of Nice7-5-13anotherNice3The colors of NiceLIFNice-le-matisseLe Matisse apartment7-5-13courssaleyaFlower market at the Cours Saleya7-5-13viewfromLeSaleyaView from “Le Saleya”

The Huffington Post says that Southern France is one of the 10 best places for a stress-free retirement…”With one of the best healthcare systems in the world — and of course, that classically French joie de vivre — Southern France can be both pleasant and practical for expat retirees. Residents can enjoy the natural beauty, temperate climate, country life in rural villages, rich history, and stress-relieving benefits of spending time in nature.”

Business Insider reported that France scored in their top 10 spots in the Natixis Global Retirement Index where “France’s health care system is literally the best in the world –– just ask the World Health Organization. Apart from that, there’s a reason 79.5 million foreign tourists flocked to the country in 2011 (even more than the U.S.). The culture, scenery and those long summer vacations may give retirees the ‘Joie de Vivre’ they’re looking for.”

Market Watch says France is Number Two as the “The Gallic nation has been described as the best example of a country where you get what you pay for: the museums, culture, food, wine, atmosphere and health care are all excellent. While living in Paris is extremely expensive, it is possible to buy a small apartment for around $200,000 in the countryside or small town. The Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France is along the Mediterranean and has a host of great towns to live in. Montpelier is a small university city, Nîmes has Roman ruins, and Perpignan also would be a great place to retire. Elsewhere in Provence are towns like Arles, Nice, and Avignon and countless other charming towns.”

Ok, so enough sales pitch about France. You probably already know all this and that’s why you’re even reading this Nouvellettre®! I didn’t come to France to retire, but it seems awfully likely I will after having devoted the last almost 20 years to creating a life here. With eyes on retirement, the trek to the South of France is the logical route, considering all it has to offer: weather, lifestyle, affordable property…and of course, the “Joie de Vivre” that all the articles talk about.

I already own one apartment in Nice. You may know it as “Le Matisse.” It’s a sunny escape from ‘Gray Gay Paree’ that we offer as a short-term rental apartment year-round…when I’m not using it. The guests have all had as much pleasure in the apartment as I’ve had — which of course is the greatest compliment — comments such as…”A little piece of heaven on rue Massena! An amazing apartment — beautiful design and decor. The colors of the apartment are like out of a Matisse painting!”…”From the moment we entered the door, we felt the physical beauty of Le Matisse and also the emotional warmth of a place well loved. We thoroughly enjoyed the comfortable furnishings, the conveniences offered in the flat and the ideal location.”…”It’s been our favorite accommodations in our travel to Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Scheggino.” And the comments go on…

You may have read that I had the purchase of another “pied-à-terre” in the works — this time an 18 square meter studio in Vieux Nice that I was purchasing with an old friend. The signing of the Compromis de Vente was to take place today…but it won’t…sadly.

For personal financial reasons, we’ve decided not to proceed with the purchase — not for any reason associated with the quality of the property. For us, it’s a huge disappointment, but someone else is going to benefit — and perhaps it could be you.

We did all the ‘due diligence’ on the property — visited with two banks, prepared return-on-investment spreadsheets, consulted with our Notaire about the structure of the purchase and spoke to an attorney specializing in fractional ownership to create an agreement between us. Our architect reviewed our floor plan and our designers started working on ideas for the decor. We even had a name for it: “Le Saleya,” because of its close proximity to the famous Cours Saleya just one block away — the heart of Nice’s most visited tourist destination.

All this was in the works when we pulled the plug. This means that someone like you could pick up the pieces and purchase this property, just as we were planning, as a smart investment with an ongoing income and the ability to use it as a home-away-from-home on the Riviera!

For those of you who think you might like to consider it, don’t waste a single moment letting us know because the agents are scrambling NOW to find a buyer.

For a total of 90,000€ cash investment, with a mortgage of 120,000€ (about 850€/month payment over 15 years that will be covered by rental income), this apartment with a balcony and view of the sea, an elevator and a drop-dead perfect location, can be yours — purchased on your own or with one friend or more.

If you are SERIOUS and can make a very fast decision, email me immediately at [email protected]!

MAllposters Nice 028 8056eanwhile, don’t forget that come this September, we are hosting the first Living and Investing in France Conference
we’ve done since 2009 there in Nice!

Yes, Nice is nice. Nice is booming and ‘regentrifying’ — almost to the point of exploding. It’s the hub of the entire Riviera with an international airport and a multi-ethnic population bursting with Anglophones from Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia, with Italians and Russians and North Africans and of course, the French. They are relaxed and friendly — way more so than the Parisians! The climate is “Méditerranéen” — sunny and mild. The sea is blue and calm. It’s a heavenly haven for the wealthy, for retirees, for tourists…and for Parisians who, like me, are tired of the long, gray winters!

It’s for this reason that this upcoming Living and Investing in France Conference will be held in my new second home — Nice — the last weekend in September when the weather is still gorgeous, but when the kids are back in school: September 27 – 29, 2013.

The idea to hold the conference came like a bolt of lighting over lunch with two of our best real estate agents. There are lots of Americans living on the Côte d’Azur, but they have always tended to gravitate to Cannes (for the film festival), to Villefranche-sur-Mer (for the Institut de Français) and to Monaco (to rub elbows with the world’s wealthiest). Nice was left to the British, the Italians and the Russians…until now. NOW we are discovering Nice for all its great times and glory…and for its true investment potential, too!

7-5-13athebeachAt the beach in NiceNice has a less-seasonal rental market than any other spot in the South. As the business center of the Riviera with full-service for tourists, they flock to Nice all year long. While those who own vacation homes in the countryside shut them up from November to March, the Niçois are booking their apartments throughout the year. And Nice is growing and changing and increasing in value faster than any other spot along the coast.

We believe, that if investment is what you’re after, Nice is the nicest. And it certainly got everyone’s attention. What’s so amazing about this conference is that everyone we spoke to got so excited about it that they couldn’t wait to be a part of it! The moment I asked, each one said YES! So, the line-up of speakers is AMAZING!…they are the cream of the proverbial crop of professionals from both Paris and Nice…all coming together for this very special weekend.


Hotel Ellington Nice 02The Ellington HotelWe got really lucky because the conference venue is beautiful — the Ellington Hotel (yes, named after Duke himself) — and located in the heart of the city steps from all the important sights. Wait till you see the gorgeous terrace over which the conference room looks! (It’s here we’ll have cocktails!)

The schedule is packed with fun!…not only will we take a full day on Friday to learn everything you need to know about living and investing in France, but we’re going to show you some real properties during a property tour on Saturday…and on Sunday we’re going to take you on a tour of the entire Riviera from Cannes to Menton with stops at Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco and Eze!

This is a weekend of a lifetime you won’t want to miss!

First we’ll start on Friday, September 27th with one full day of presentations from our guest speakers. During the course of the day, we’ll break for coffee and snacks, have a three course gourmet lunch with wine and celebrate the end of the day with cocktails.

And meanwhile, you will discover…

* Why Invest in Property in France?
* How to Minimize Your Tax and Maximize the Benefits!
* How to Find Your Dream Apartment in Paris or Home in the Country!
* How to Buy and Own Property in France!
* How to Obtain a Mortgage in France!
* How to Reduce Your Currency Exchange Risk!
* How to Learn More About the Best Kept Secret in Offshore Banking and Investing!
* How to Renovate, Decorate and Rent Your French Property for Profit!
* How to Learn French and Speak Fluently!
* How to Meet Other Expats and Enrich Your Life!

Plus, answer all of your questions during a Q and A panel with the presenters!

Just look who’s coming to Nice to offer us their wise words…




Stéphane Adler, the Paris Notaire who has been handling our transactions since the year 2000!





Sébastien Bacoup, an “Expert Comptable” (CPA) from Atisse Audite & Expertise who has lived in the U.S., speaks perfect English and understands both sides of the financial worlds!






Mary Fort, of Banque Patrimoine & Immobilier, who has been working with us to provide our clients with mortgage solutions for 13 years!





Claire Healy, the Director of Attika International, a leading real estate agency in Nice and our best ally on the Riviera!



Beverley Holt, the “Ambassadrice” of Internations.Org and the city’s hottest networker who everyone knows or knows about!




Carole Jaskarzec, an Account Manager for Moneycorp Currency Specialists with whom we have worked and trusted for many years!



LIFNice-Fréderic Latty

Fréderic Latty, Adjoint de Direction and Conseiller Pédagogiqueof the Institut de Français who may be responsible for more people learning French than anyone else in the world!


LIFNice-Martine di Matteo



Martine di Mattéo, of M. Concept, who is the reason our apartments are not only gorgeous, but stay rented!



Peter A. Zipper, President of Caye International Bank in Belize who has been offering offshore banking solutions for more than 30 years!

It’s an amazing line-up, right?


That’s who you will meet the very first day!

Deluxe RoomDeluxe room at The Ellington The conference takes place at the four-star Ellington Hotel in a special meeting room that overlooks their beautiful terrace. It’s a ’boutique’ hotel in an elegant district of central Nice that is a short walk to the sea, Old Town, the best shopping and the most important sights. It’s sophisticated living in an authentically typical building of the region with ornate ceilings, designer furniture, parquet floors, original and unique décor. It’s contemporary, comfortable, cozy and charming. It is here where you will want to stay without a doubt.

Of course, you may stay anywhere you like while in Nice, but we’ve negotiated a special room rate for our group during this high-season period that includes breakfast. The Ellington is holding a block of Deluxe rooms just for us, but if you don’t book by May 31st, we can’t guarantee you a spot.



LIFNice-Blue Note Room 03At 9 a.m. we’ll start with coffee to get us up and ready for a very power-packed day of presentations. Don’t worry, we’ll break for coffee twice during the day and for lunch, we’ll dine together a sumptuous three-course meal with wine and coffee!



Then, before we say “au revoir” for the evening, we’ll toast the day over cocktails with your new-found friends.

And you will make friends! Lots of friends — and this, in fact, is a really good reason to be there. This is your opportunity to meet other like-minded people who love France and want to have their stake in it, no matter how large or small. We have always found that the networking conference attendees do is one of the most valuable aspects of the gathering.

A7-5-13-cote-de-paradis-niceLa Côte du Paradis apartmentnother benefit as part of the conference is the property tour you’ll be able to take on Saturday, September 28th. Enjoy your weekend on your own or join one of our agents or staff in visiting a variety of Niçois properties to get your imagination off the ground. Some will be for sale, some will not, but either way, it will give you a good idea of what you can buy at what price and how the property can be transformed to make a profitable rental. For sure we will show you my own apartment, a one-bedroom in the Carré d’Or I call “Le Matisse” and another we represent just next door, “La Côte du Paradis.” My newest apartment, “Le Saleya,” a small studio apartment located in Vieux Nice just steps from the Cours Saleya with a view of the sea, is sure to be on the roster, too.

The weekend of activities does not end here. As a matter of fact, what’s coming on Sunday is the best part of all. It’s OPTIONAL, but you will not want to miss this opportunity.

Villefranche-sur-MerVillefranche-sur-MerBeginning at 9 a.m., we’re going to take a luxury coach bus tour of the entire Riviera with a professional guide, starting off from Nice, but spanning the coast from Cannes to Menton. Along the way, we’re going to see it all and make some key stops — at Villefranche-sur-Mer, where we will tour the Institut de Français and have lunch on the port (or wherever you like in this lovely sea-side village), the chic of the chic Monaco and Monte Carlo, Eze-le-Village that oozes charm and Menton, the last town before the Italian border that has more Provençal shops than any other.

LIFNice-Menton Citrus FestivalThe annual Menton Citrus FestivalOur guide will talk about everything we are seeing and you’ll be able to ask lots of questions. At the end of the afternoon, we’ll head back to Nice where you’ll get a full tour of this amazing city we have come to love before returning to The Ellington.

Allow all day for the tour and be sure to invite your friends — even those that are not attending the conference!…because at the special bargain price we’ve worked out with the tour company, there is no better way to see it all and see it so well.


The cost of the conference is a ridiculous bargain.

We’ve priced it so that you can afford it and it gets less expensive the more people you bring with you. Actually, it’s about the same price as a two-hour consultation with little ol’ me!…but look how much more you get!

For only 377€, the first person you register gets the full first two days all inclusive — with all the presentations, the property tour, all the coffee breaks, the three-course lunch and the cocktails.

Add only 197€ for each additional person in your party and they will get the same great deal — all inclusive!

ALIFNice-tourbusnd to take the luxury coach tour of the Riviera, just add on 67€ per person for the entire tour with the professional guide (not including lunch).

That’s because this is not for OUR profit. This is for YOUR PROFIT!

We’ve designed this conference so that you will get a taste of the Mediterranean lifestyle and learn all you need to know about Living and Investing in France without it emptying your pockets.

So, don’t pass this up. REGISTER NOW and make your plans to join us in Nice September 27, 28 and 29 for the time of your life now and for good times in your life to come.


A la prochaine…

adrian NiceAdrian Leeds

Director of The Adrian Leeds Group, LLC

(In Nice, of course )

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