The commune of Mougins is situated in the beautiful Alpes-Maritimes department of south eastern France and is home to approximately 20,000 inhabitants. Surrounded by pine forests and olive groves, Mougins is just a fifteen-minute car journey from the Riviera resort of Cannes while the department’s capital, Nice (with its Côte-d'Azur International Airport) is only a 30-minute drive away. The popular destinations of Grasse and Antibes are also nearby.
Historically, Mougins was renowned as a centre of floral production and bears the title “Ville Jardin”. However, in recent decades, as one of five sites comprising the Sophia Antipolis science and technology park (known as the Silicon Valley of France) the town has established itself at the cutting edge in the fields of electronics, computing, pharmacology and biotechnology.
Mougins is also known for its close association with the art world and has a first-class museum featuring a collection ranging from Greek and Roman antiquities to modern and contemporary exhibits. Among the 20th century artists who have worked in or inhabited the town are Fernand Léger, Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso, who spent the last years of his life there. Today, many stars from the world of showbusiness, along with a host of wealthy people from other fields, have villas in the town.
For those looking to rent property in Mougins, the town has many attractions. Perhaps one of the most important is Mougins’s highly respected international school which was established in 1964. The school welcomes students between the ages of 3 and 18 and provides a first-class education in state-of-the-art facilities, and boasts an excellent record in exam results. Sport, art, music and drama are also important to the curriculum, providing students with all the tools required to fulfil their potential and go on to prestigious universities worldwide.
Another attraction is the Royal Mougins Golf Resort with its 29-suite luxury hotel. The resort features an outdoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a fitness centre and an intimate spa and solarium. It also boasts a designer restaurant where diners can enjoy superb meals while taking advantage of the panoramic views over the 18-hole golf course. Of course, there are many other restaurants in Mougins’s charming streets and alleyways that confirm the town’s i reputation for its gourmet cuisinIn terms of property itself, Mougins has a lot to offer, ranging from brightly shuttered 19th-century houses to luxury villas and apartments. Statistically, houses and villas represent 60% of the local housing stock compared with 40% of apartments, but which neighbourhoods should you be looking at if you wish to secure long-term rental properties in Mougins?
The Haut-Bréguières is widely considered to be one of the must-see districts of Mougins. This neighborhood is the ideal place to begin for those looking for apartments to rent. The Redon, on the other hand, offers residences with land that can frequently be up to 2 hectares. Etang, sheltering in the Valmasque, Domaine de La Chapelle and Les Parcs de Mougins are also interesting locations for those looking to rent properties with land attached. Les Colles and Pigranel, meanwhile, are extremely popular with Anglo-Saxons but a minority of French residents, charmed by the village and the sea view, still remain. Those with families, along with younger couples without children and singles, are concentrated largely in the neighborhoods of Saint-Martin and Le Haut. People over 55, on the other hand tend to prefer the Le Colombier district.
As rental prices go, you should be prepared to pay an average of between €800 and €1,000 per month for a 60 sq m apartment, though you may find significantly lower prices in the western quarter of the town. You can also save money by choosing to rent between June and September when prices are at their lowest. Overall, the location, standard of life and the varied attractions of the town make Mougins one of the most appealing destinations for anyone looking for long-term rental properties on the stunning Côte-d'Azur.