pop singer, serious actress, successful author
and now property magnate. This diverse performer
once famed for her punk haircut is now persuing a
fourth career as a property investor overseas and
has bought two apartments on the French Riviera.
Closest to her heart is an
apartment in the seaside town of Menton, which
she completed on last June and cost £271,800.
She spent five months improving the property,
which she says she fell in love with instantly.
dreamt of owning a property with French windows
that open out onto a sea view and when I walked
into this apartment, I felt instantly attached to
it, she says.
Wisely, Toyah rents her
two-bedroom property out when shes not
there, using a local agent, Tracy Egan at A-Plus
Properties for between 600 and 950 Euro a week.
She finds the sort of people Id want
to rent it out to people who love gardens
and the outdoors, and who will respect it,
The property is typical of
bohemian Menton, with its sun bleached shutters
and antique appearance.
The French dont
go for properties like this, they dont like
anything old or decrepit, Toyah says, which
is more in line with her second property, an
ultra-modern steel and glass one-bedroom
apartment in nearby Eze, which she bought
The apartment appeals to
the local French rental market, which generally
prefers more modern buildings. It was the
£720-a-month that this investment earned that
allowed Toyah to buy her Menton apartment.
Toyah is an astute
business woman, with a property portfolio of
three houses in the UK as well as her apartments
on the French Riviera. She is mortgage free in
the UK and spots the potential for investment in
Menton, saying: My apartment in Menton is a
place of peace for me but its also a
very exciting business venture. Im always
looking at what else I might want to buy here.
A Place In The Sun