Dear Friends and Fellow Travelers,
We’re busy as can be, preparing for our upcoming Living and Investing in France Conference with Adrian Leeds – September 27-29 – in Nice, on the French Riviera!
And we’re so excited to be traveling again.
We’ll kick off our conference on September 27, at the Splendid Hotel & Spa with moving-to-France and property expert, Adrian Leeds… and she’ll be joined by our local, on the ground specialists.
Together they’ll teach you how easy it can be to make your dreams come true…
To live in France and find a property to rent or buy anywhere in this marvelous country your heart desires.
For starters, our team will walk you through the process of how to acquire a visa…
They’ll provide up-to-the minute information about properties on the market… and review what you can expect to spend on a purchase, or rental.
And, during this info-packed, three day immersion about visiting… living… and investing in France…
You’ll not only experience this splendid area, you’ll have the chance to learn much more about it!
Believe me… this really is a golden opportunity to get to know the famous and fabulous Cote d’Azur!
Adrian Leeds needs little introduction!
French property expert, HGTV’s House Hunters International personality, published journalist and author, event coordinator, marketing, public relations and communications expert…
She arrived in Paris in 1994 with more than 21 years in marketing and public relations, not to mention a young daughter.
With a need to survive in the City of Light as a single mother, she created a variety of businesses devoted to assisting other expats in their quest to fulfill a dream to live in France.
Her company, the Adrian Leeds Group, is a licensed real estate agency offering complete property consultation services primarily for North Americans and other anglophones wanting to live and/or invest in France.
No place in France compares with Nice.
It’s the hub of the entire Riviera… a cosmopolitan city with vibrant street life, old-world opulence, and superb inner-city transportation so you don’t need a car to fully enjoy it.
The incomparable Mediterranean Sea is at your doorstep, accompanied by mild weather and plenty of sunshine – officials claim 300 sunny days a year!
Property is half the price of Paris real estate, and the beach lifestyle is much more relaxed.
On top of all that, Nice has a welcoming international community that makes you feel very much at home. Not knowing the language is less of an issue, thanks to the many non-French speaking residents and visitors.
And for internationals, there’s no shortage of activities here and in the nearby Cote d’Azur communities.
It’s easy to understand why Nice is a wonderful place to visit… and live.
During our time together in Nice, starting with a full day of informative conference sessions and ending with cocktails, you’ll get to meet folks who share your desire to enrich their lives in France.
We’ll introduce you to our “boots on the ground” contacts who will make sure you get answers to all your questions…
So you’re bound to come away with new friends and a host of valuable resources…
Everything you need to know about living, investing or retiring in France!
We’ve secured one of Nice’s finest venues to host our conference – the Splendid Hotel & Spa, a four-star hotel with a fabulous rooftop terrace.
Our conference will be held here September 27-29, and you can also stay at the Splendid if you choose, and take advantage of the very special rate I’ve secured for our attendees.
It’s located in the Carré d’Or district, just a short walk to the Promenade des Anglais with its famous blue chairs – a popular spot for people watching, gazing at the sunset or simply lounging in this stunning, seaside location.
Have you dreamed of retiring in France and living the good life… immersed in rich history, culture, breath-catching scenery, and fabulous cuisine?
Have you considered exploring the French Riviera or making a property purchase in France?
If your answer is yes to one or both questions, this informative three-day conference was designed for you.
One thing is for certain, we’ll have a lot of fun!
Along the way, you’ll learn about this sought-after destination… and you’ll have a chance to get well prepared to make the very best decision for your future.
And if you don’t already know Nice and the French Riviera, then it’s time to discover why they say… “Nice is nice!”
Here’s what we have in store for you…
Director, Nice Tourist Office
Denis Zanon, the Director of the Nice Tourist Office, will kick-off the event. No one knows Nice better than Denis…except perhaps the Mayor! He’s taking time from his busy schedule to offer the city’s open arms to all of us.
Next there’s the formidable Frédéric Latty, the Assistant Director and Pedagogical Advisor of the renowned Institut de Français in Villefranche-sur-Mer. It’s the country’s premier full language immersion program that has been turning out bona fide French speakers since 1969, all from a magnificent villa in Villefranche-sur-Mer overlooking a million dollar view of the Mediterranean – the port at Villefranche and Cap Ferrat.
Institut de Français
Kim Bingham will be with us… she’s our international mortgage broker, securing loans for non-resident buyers purchasing property across France. She runs the team of international mortgage brokers at Private-Rate.com and works with clients worldwide, finding financing solutions adapted to each individual’s needs. Kim will explain what it takes to get a mortgage in France…at today’s interest rates of under 1.5 percent!
Tuula Rampont from International Living will talk about how you can obtain the right to live and work in France. She’s IL’s France Correspondent, originally from Southern California, who also manages an English-language school in the city of Toulon. Tuula quickly became a confirmed Francophile and shares her passion for France regularly through blogging and freelance writing for International Living and others. At our conference, Tuula will share her insights into the visa and immigration process… one of the most important sessions of the conference.
We’re thrilled that Moneycorp’s Tanya Uniacke is in our line-up. Moneycorp is a foreign exchange and international currency specialist based in London, with an office in Florida for American clients. They provide competitive exchange rates and are the professionals who will support you during your property purchase in France. They help secure the best rate possible – they’ll explain how to reduce the rate of exchange risk and take more control over your finances.
I’m certain you’ll want to hear what financial advisor Brian Dunhill has to say. Brian’s firm, Dunhill Financial is a team of international financial planners who specialize in working with American expats, and they have a wide scope of experience with multinational firms. This company offers independent advice and personalized solutions for each client based on their individual situations through aggregated planning and collaborating – they’re in a position to help with every aspect of your financial planning, including a way to fund a property purchase in France.
Our local and trusted interior designer Laura Poirier will talk about how to renovate and decorate your new Riviera abode. Most properties on offer need refreshing, if not a complete renovation. She’s worked with dozens of Adrian’s clients on the Côte d’Azur and updated their properties to perfection.
Carole Vangioni, our Riviera Notaire will be on hand to talk about the process of purchasing property in France. Carole is not only fluent in French and English, but she lived in the U.S. for many years which gives her the advantage of understanding expat’s needs. She’s responsive, efficient, and a creative thinker when it comes to the toughest questions. We’re sure you’ll hang on every word she has to say.
CPA, Pik Consulting
Benjamin Pik, of Pik Consulting has agreed to speak about French and U.S. taxation. He’s a dual French and American Certified Public Accountant admitted to practice public accounting both in France and in the U.S. Benjamin is bilingual in English and French, holds degrees from both the University Paris Dauphine (France) and from Concordia University (Canada). Prior to opening his own practice, he worked for eight years in international accounting firms across North America, the Middle East, and Europe where he coordinated French and foreign financial audits and provided advisory services. He won’t be in Nice at the time of our conference but he’s agreed to pre-record his presentation so we won’t miss a single, important word about this vital issue.
Adrian Leeds Group
Ella Dyer and Jennifer Parrette will be with Adrian throughout the conference and they’ll tell you all about buying property in France. Ella and Jennifer are Adrian’s search consultants on the ground in Nice, and they can find just about anything you’re looking for.
Ella’s varied career path has taken her from working at the Playboy Mansion to earning an MBA from The International University of Monaco. Jennifer launched her own real estate company in the southwest of France and she’s a perfect partner for Adrian’s team. Between these two, you couldn’t be in better hands.
Get ready! We’re taking a full day to explore the Cote d’Azur by motor coach with a professional guide. We’ll tour the Riviera starting off from Nice, and spanning the coast from Eze Village to Menton. You’ll see it all!
Along the way we’ll make some key stops – Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat… Villefranche-sur-Mer where we’ll have lunch on the port or wherever you like in this lovely seaside village… and Menton, the last town before the Italian border with more Provençal shops than any other.
Our guide will discuss everything we’re seeing, and you’ll have a chance to ask plenty of questions. We’ll head back to Nice at the end of the afternoon and take a full tour of this amazing city before returning to the Splendid Hotel.
Often known in English as the French Riviera, the Cote d’Azur is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France, and includes the sovereign state of Monaco.
At the end of the 18th century, it began as a winter health resort for the British upper class – one of the first modern resort areas. With the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century, it became the playground and vacation spot for British, Russian and other aristocrats, and the likes of Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, when he was Price of Wales.
Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Edith Wharton, Somerset Maugham, and Aldous Huxley were among many “artists” who frequented this breathtaking coastline in the first half of the 20th century. After World War II, it became a popular tourist destination and convention site. Today, Elton John and Brigitte Bardot have homes in the region along with many other celebrities.
Officially the Cote d’Azur is home to 163 nationalities with about 84,000 foreign residents, but estimates of non-French nationals living here are often much higher.
The French Riviera surrounds the principality of Monaco with a total population of over two million. It also contains the seaside resorts of Cap-d’Ail, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Cannes, Saint-Raphael, Fréjus, Sainte Maxime and Saint-Tropez.
Nice is its largest city, with a population of approximately 347,000. The city is the center of a communauté urbaine – Nice-Côte d’Azur – bringing together 24 communes and over 500,000 inhabitants, with 933,000 residents in the urban area. Despite its size, Nice is an easy city to explore, with most places of interest focused around the central area.
Èze is famous worldwide for its hilltop view of the sea. Chapelle de la Sainte Croix is the oldest building in the village, dating back to 1306. Members of the lay order of the White Penitents of Èze, in charge of giving assistance to plague victims, held their meetings here. Thanks to its beauty and charm, this small medieval village attracts tourists and honeymooners, drawn to the gorgeous views, many shops, art galleries, hotels and restaurants.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is considered the “Presquîle de Rêve” or Peninsula of Dreams, a perfectly preserved 282-hectare headland. No wonder so many rich and famous have villas here! Beaches and paths by the seaside pass luxurious mansions and magnificent gardens. At the beginning of the 20th century, King Léopold II of Belgium owned an estate on Cap-Ferrat and built several houses and an artificial lake. Villa des Cèdres is the main residence today, owned by the founder of Grand Marnier, Marnier-Lapostolle since 1924, and it’s now a private botanical garden called “Les Cèdres.”
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a town and seaside resort, a short distance east of Nice and close to the French border with Italy. On a site occupied since Roman times, ‘modern’ Villefranche was founded by Charles II of Anjou, the Count of Provence in 1925. Soon after, the town fell into the hands of the Dukes of Savoy and had Italian ownership until 1860, when the region was transferred back to France. Built on terraces up a steep hill, the town overlooks the azure blue sea and a beautiful Mediterranean bay below. It’s small enough that exploring is easy and main attractions can be comfortably reached from the center.
Menton is one of the most popular and vibrant destinations on the Riviera, a coastal town and resort with a lovely combination of the sea and port, the old town, and its magnificent gardens and villas. Mountains behind the town protect it from cold northerly weather and bless it with a fine climate even compared to the rest of the Cote d’Azur.
The French Riviera’s unparalleled beauty is sure to make you want to return… and we will!
Tomorrow we have some special treats in store for you!
Today in the afternoon, we’ll venture out to see various properties in the Nice area during a special “Open House American-style.” Thanks to our search consultants and trusted real estate agents in the area, you’ll have the opportunity to visit dozens of properties on the market, all open for your viewing.
You’ll have a chance to leisurely wander from one to the next, and see what’s currently available. You’ll also get to visit recent purchases made by Adrian’s clients.
Day 3 – Special Bonus!
Join Adrian Leeds and her team for a round-table discussion this morning at the Splendid – yes, a bonus opportunity to sit with them and their professionals, and ask your questions that perhaps you missed in the previous days.
This wasn’t on the original schedule but we’ve added it because we don’t want your three days with us to end without you getting every drop of information you desire.
And then… when the day is done, you’ll have plenty of time for fun with your new friends at our farewell cocktail reception.
If this trip sounds interesting to you, I urge you to register right away so that you don’t miss out on this “golden opportunity.”
And due to the growing interest in this region and Adrian’s popularity, I expect this conference to sellout quickly.
Space is limited to 100 and already we’re more than half booked!
So don’t delay… register now!
I hope to see you this September on the French Riviera…
Doesn’t that sound just wonderful?
Barbara Sedita, Director
Opportunity Travel & Events
Pricing for conference ONLY per person: €997 euros*
*As of July 26 – USD $1,177
Price for your guest attending the conference: €797 euros*
*As of July 26 – USD $941
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