In this series, we are interviewing members of our club, so that you can get to know each other a bit better. Today we talk with Sylvie Moussiegt about her life and work in the region.
What brought you to the French Riviera?
After 9 years expatriation in Dubai and 3 years in Athens (Greece), I chose to move to the Côte d’Azur in 2009.
I had a choice between Paris, Lyon or Nice. But I chose the Côte d’Azur for four main reasons.
First, my father had been living in the Var for a few years. Second, the sun was essential for me and my daughters. Third, I needed an international school for my two daughters, Sophia-Antipolis was the right place. And lastly, being next to an international airport was also important for me!
I was also hoping to find again the atmosphere of a place with many nationalities!
Could you tell us about your professional career? What do or did you do for work?
My early years were spent in tourism. I worked in travel agencies, accompanying groups and then organising business trips.
Unfortunately my expatriate years didn’t allow me to continue in my profession. However this was beneficial in terms of taking care of the bilingual education of my two daughters myself.
Learning languages (I love them) and discovering the culture of both countries, exchanging with different nationalities and traveling. It was a very enriching experience.
When I returned to France, I worked as a temp and in 2011 started working for a real estate agency specialising in luxury property sales and management.
I really enjoyed managing properties, which represented 95% of my business.
Last year, I decided to set up my own company, Conciergerie d’Antan, which offers services tailored to the needs of property owners. Basically bringing them peace of mind and comfort during their stay in their property.
I needed to put my energy into a project that I could call my own.
What does your company do?
I offer a one-off service when buying a property, or for main residences when the owners go on vacation or business trips.
And I offer a year-round service with a complete program: reading water, electricity and gas meters, checking mail and sending copies to owners, coordinating with various suppliers for small and large jobs, paying taxes online, property inspections and so on.
Beyond these administrative things, I can respond to all kinds of requests. Such as finding a babysitter, a special brand of drink, a dog breeder, information on international schools, a caterer, a jazz band or anything else.
I also work closely with real estate agencies to offer my services for property sales.
‘Anything is possible’ is my daily motto!
Why did you decide to start your own business?
In the real estate agency where I worked, I had a lot of positive feedback from homeowners, suppliers and craftsmen, who suggested I set up my own business.
I also wanted to be able to offer the service as I defined it. And I said to myself, this is a new challenge!
It’s important for me not to be in a routine.
What is your best advice to others thinking about living or working on the French Riviera?
For me, living on the Côte d’Azur was an obvious choice. I’ve traveled a lot in France.
I’m from Normandy, I’ve worked in Paris and I’ve been on vacation all over France.
The Côte d’Azur has so much to offer. It has sun, colour, sea, picturesque inland villages and mountains.
But also an international airport, borders a beautiful country, Italy, and it’s always a pleasure to go to Monaco.
I’ve participated in two very nice events in Cannes and Nice. And honestly can’t wait to discover more!
Fun facts about Sylvie Moussiegt!
Since when do you live on the French Riviera?
Where are you originally from?
Rouen in Normandy (France)
What languages do you speak?
French & English
What is your favourite wine?
I don’t particularly have any favourite wines and I really like discovering food and wine pairings.
During my travels I also have the opportunity to taste interesting wines such as those from Lebanon and South Africa.
And in my family I had wine lovers which was an advantage during family meals!
What is your favourite spot on the French Riviera?
The Esterel and its colours. But I also traveled a lot on motorbikes during weekends and I traveled a lot through the passes (La Bonette, Col de Vence…).
I really love the different landscapes that the French Riviera offers.
What French word do you find difficult to pronounce?