The Baumettes district in Nice
15 March 2017
The Baumettes district is located in the west part of Nice city center, just a few minutes walk from the Promenade des Anglais. The name of Baumettes comes, it seems, from the dialect bauma which means cave and the diminutive eta, and therefore "small caves".
In the 17th century, the singular was used and the area was called Baumette; It was then the countryside near the city and the people of Nice had made it a place of walk and relax for the weekend, also called the "little Paris".
Until the nineteenth century, the district of Baumettes was much more extensive than today. It was a real suburb between the valley of Magnan (Madeleine) and the Marble Cross (beginning of the pedestrian zone). Its location a little out of center explains that this district remained rather discreet in the history of Nice and has kept all its charm.
The hill of the Baumettes, a Jurassic limestone ridged by caves, culminates at 52.90 meters; It is bounded on the east by the Francois Grosso boulevard, on the north by the Mathis road, on the west by the Emile Henriot street, and on the south by the Rue de France. The Baumettes avenue is the main thoroughfare, but there are other streets : rue Marie-Christine, rue Chateau de La Tour, avenue Louis Cochois, rue Auguste Renoir, rue Cordier, Impasse Saint-Laurent, and the rue Louis de Coppet.
Nowadays, the Baumettes district is a residential sector, popular for both residents and foreign investors. You will find the superb Fine Arts Museum, two castles (folies of the XIXth century), old hotels and pretty villas ... and some residences built after the sixties.
If you wish to buy or sell a property in the Baumettes area, contact Serge Cajna, the real estate agent of the district since more than 23 years.