We all know Saint Tropez as the ultra-desirable hub of the French Riviera, but what if there was an area within this chic town that was even more exclusive? Welcome to Les Parcs de St Tropez: a luxury gated community ideally located between Bay of Canoubiers, Massif des Maures and the glittering Mediterranean sea. Here, guards secure the area to ensure that only villa owners and their guests are allowed within its beautifully-decorated walls, with a private beach and tennis courts available strictly for the use of residents. Those who rent or buy a villa in Les Parcs St Tropez are uniquely invited to experience this Eden of the Cote d’Azur, but for one time only this article invites you in – here’s what you’re missing.
What is Les Parcs de St Tropez?
It was visionary sailor Robert Geffroy who first discovered the Parcs de St Tropez area in 1951, when his boat broke down in the port of St Tropez, sending one of his crew to find a small stretch of land by the water to build a house for the winter. When Geffroy arrived it was a world away from the manicured haven you see today, full of unruly shrubs that no one had deigned to build upon. However, with Geffroy’s passion it started to transform into the paradisiacal community we know it as, beginning with just 16 hectares – named the Parc de la Pointe de l’Ay – and eventually growing into the peaceful 110-hectare neighbourhood that is Les Parcs de St Tropez.
Today, the question of where to stay in St Tropez for the ultra-elite only comes down to one place – Les Parcs. With only an estimated 160 luxury houses in the estate, finding a villa in Les Parcs St Tropez can be a challenge. This only adds to the desirability of the area, with its exclusivity balanced by its close proximity to all the other jewels of this glamorous town – St Tropez centre is only a 5 minute drive away, with Tahiti beach a mere 7 minutes drive and Pampelonne beach club just 12 minutes by car. However, there is no need to travel at all to reach the private beach within Les Parcs de St Tropez, with the sparkling turquoise sea lying just beyond the doorsteps of these elegant villas.
The Playground of the Rich & Famous
Is there any wonder that so many people search for villas for sale in Les Parcs St Tropez? After all, buying a house in this area sets you alongside the likes of Bernard Arnaud, CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury products group, whose stunning property is valued between 25 and 30 million. Lakshmi Mittal, the Indian steel magnate who has not one but two properties in Les Parcs de St Tropez, having recently acquired his neighbours plot. Mohamed Al-Fayed, the owner of the Ritz group, who bought his house here for an incredible 72 million euros. Francis Holder, who founded the Paul bakeries and, prior to redesigning his villa, had a built in bread oven where he could bake freshly-made wonders every day. Tony Murray, French-born British billionaire and owner of a number of businesses, whose house comes complete with a helipad and is renowned for its legendary parties. Jean-Michel Signoles, owner of ultra-exclusive leather brand Goyard, whose villa is located in the outbuildings of the former castle Borellii and is estimated to cost around 18 million euros. Who wouldn’t want to share a neighbourhood with such inspirational and entrepreneurial figures?
You may think that all this celebrity would make for a community driven by bling, but in fact what most people like it for is the peace and escapism it offers, especially for those who may not be able to live out of the spotlight elsewhere. Here you are completely free to do as you please without the threat of the paparazzi, and that’s what makes it so special.
What type of properties are in Les Parcs de Saint Tropez, and what prices to expect?
Villas for sale and rent in Les Parcs St Tropez come at the price you would expect for such an idyllic area. It is a chance for renters to experience one of the most beautiful villa domains in the world, and for buyers the opportunity to own a piece of premium real estate within this domain, with house prices that seem to only continue to shoot up.
Villa prices start at approximately €5 million, which will get you a beautiful house of 280 m2 in grounds of 4,000 m2. However, those that want a sea view should expect their costs to increase by 30-40%, so desirable it is to see the sea from the moment you wake to the moment you fall asleep. Likewise, villa rental in Les Parcs St Tropez ranges from €35,000 per week to €160,000 per week, with waterfront villas proving to be the most expensive.
Top Villas for rent in Les Parcs St Tropez
Where to stay in St Tropez when you are just visiting? Just because you are stopping by doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the best… in fact, it is even more reason to treat yourself. Browse some of our favourite rental properties below.
One of the most idyllic villas for rent in Les Parcs Saint Tropez, the newly-built Villa Agape stretches over 400 m2 and is located just 100 m from the private beach. Offering five en suite bedrooms, a luxurious TV and cinema room, a relaxed living area, a dining room and a modern kitchen in the interior, guests can also take their pick of the many alfresco terraces for lounging and dining, with outdoor space including a large heated pool, a 20 m2 pergola, a BBQ area and a petanque court. Not to mention, it comes with modern amenities such as a laundry room and double garage, a Bose sound system, WiFi and satellite TV. This is the perfect house for everything from extravagant beach side parties to a relaxing family holiday, providing the ultimate escape in Les Parcs de St Tropez.
Stunning design and French opulence come together in Villa Hacienda, a 450 m² luxury villa located in the heart of Les Parcs de St Tropez. Spread over a vast piece of land with manicured gardens, several outdoor terraces and a picturesque swimming pool, this majestic villa enjoys one of a kind views of Chateau Borelli and invites guests into its romantic surroundings.
If the idea of buying or renting a villa in the exclusive gated domain Les Parcs appeals to you, please contact Emilia to find out more.