Monaco

One of the world's most expensive places to live

The Principality of Monaco is one of the world's most expensive places to live, bolstered by a benign tax-system, a property market with a very limited supply and an irreproachable level and sense of personal security, Monaco has the right ingredients to attract many high-net-worth individuals, not forgetting the wonderful Mediterranean climate as well as a vibrant cultural scene and nightlife.

Despite author W Somerset Maugham famously describing Monaco and the French Riviera as a sunny place for shady people, Monaco has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, an intensely cosmopolitan and international environment with more than 125 nationalities.

Monaco is home to a wealth of world famous events, the Monaco Grand Prix the Formula 1 event held in May each year, the Monte Carlo Open Tennis held at the Monte Carlo Country Club and the International Circus Festival.

Monte-Carlo is the heart of Monaco, with the Place de Casino as it's centre piece dominated by the Casino of Monte Carlo designed by the architect Charles Garnier in 1897 and the Belle Epoque splendour that is the acclaimed and luxurious Hotel de Paris originally conceived in 1864 by Prince Charles III, home to the celebrated restaurant le Louis XV presided over by Alain Ducasse for the last 25 years, a 3 star Michelin establishment specialised in the finest food inspired by the French Riviera.

The Hermitage Hotel created in 1900 is a superb example of Belle Epoque architecture its principal galleries contain beautiful frescoes and a Winter Garden roof designed by Gustave Eiffel.

The Princes palace is located on the Rocher, a rocky promontory overlooking the coast to Italy, the monumental Oceanographic museum founded in 1889 by Prince Alert I is edified at the other extreme of the Rocher, dedicated to sea exploration and scientific understanding of the Mediterranean, it is one of Monaco most important attractions with over 600.000 visitors each year.

Lavortto lies to the east of Monaco, a residential quarter which runs along avenue Princesse Grace and a sought-after location in the Principality, with many luxury residence and penthouses offering panoramic views. The Lavortto offers the proximity to the private beaches, the Japanese gardens, the cultural centre which is the Grimaldi Forum, Hotel Monte Carlo Bay and the exclusive Monte Carlo Beach Club, Monte Carlo Country Club as well as the Sporting and the legendary Jimmy'z Night club.

We have an intimate knowledge of the Principality so if you are interested in becoming a Monaco resident and are looking to purchase or rent a property in Monaco's Carre d'Or, Fontvieille or overlooking the Port of the Condamine, please do contact us for a property selection corresponding to your criteria.

We can recommend through our network of expert advisers, estate, tax planning, residency accounting and business service. For your real estate investment Monaco is an ideal choice we offer luxury apartments for sale and rental in the most sought-after areas and residences.