Homes and Houses: The Pointe Croisette, pointing to the calmer Cannes
It's clearly part of Cannes, but only up to a point.
The Pointe Croisette area is in fact a “principality” in its own right, the land of the quartier owned by the residents themselves rather than by the Cannes authorities. For practical reasons, the citizens of the Pointe Croisette principauté have ceded the administration of their domain to the Cannes mairie.
This is just one of the things that sets the southeastern part of La Croisette apart from the rest of the famous festival town. The area is renowned locally for its special calm beauty. Just fifteen minutes on foot from the centre of Cannes and its buzzy bustle, nightclubs and festive high jinks, this is an area of beautiful public gardens and open spaces, generally less crowded beaches and a few select restaurants.
The Pointe Croisette is attractive to those film festival-goers who have been round the block and value a place to stay where partying is not an all night affair, yet is only a short stroll – or a pleasant hop aboard the open-topped No. 8 bus – from the Palais and its associated fleshpots.
It is here that Maurizio Boschi has made his home over the past 30 years. He has been blissfully happy in the two-bedroomed apartment that his parents bought new in 1958.
“The Pointe Croisette has a special atmosphere,” says Maurizio, who is moving to a larger apartment in the Montfleury district as accommodating a growing family makes more bedrooms a necessity.
“One feels much more connected with the sea than in central Cannes. I lie in bed at night being lulled to sleep by the waves on the beach. The peace and quiet we enjoy in this quartier make it a heavenly place to live.”
Maurizio’s pad in paradise benefits greatly from being built in an era when architects and builders were more generous with living space than is now the case generally. Observe the terrace, deep and extensive to maximise the stunning view west across the Bay of Cannes to the Esterel mountains, Maupassant’s “suite of bluish hills”.
The terrace at sunset
Maurizio can walk across from his apartment to a beach restaurant that is high on the list of favourites of the Cannes cuisine cognoscenti. Bijou Plage is indeed a jewel in the crown of the town’s eateries.
Next door to Bijou Plage is a summer institution of which Cannes can be justly proud – Handiplage. Here disabled sun-worshippers can enjoy superb facilities, which allow them safe access to the warm Croisette sea, all under the discreet supervision of trained helpers.
Maurizio’s Residence l’Amiral was built by an Italian architect and has been properly maintained since it was constructed. The apartment offers 83m² of living accommodation, not including the large terrace.
The apartment consists of 2 bedrooms, the master bedroom has its own access to the terrace.
There is a fully fitted kitchen and a large open plan lounge, as well as a bathroom and separate WC although both of these are in need of modernising.
In the lounge there are 2 large open panel sliding doors, which bring plenty of light to the room.
Heating is via electric radiators and costs are minimal due to the southwest aspect of the building. Hot water is provided via a gas boiler. The monthly maintenance charges for the building are very reasonable at €220. The residence has a shared path at the back of the building that leads on to a charming square. Here you will find several restaurants, grocery shops, a fishmonger, pharmacy and newsagent. Off-street parking is not included in the price but there is an opportunity to rent a parking space nearby.
In sum, this apartment offers a wonderful opportunity for investors who want to buy an apartment on the world famous Cannes Croisette.