John Taylor

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The company has developed impressively since the arrival of John Taylor (1834-1922) on the French Riviera at the age of 20. Fate had chosen him for a fabulous destiny, commanding the history of Franco-British relations and the development of tourism on the Côte d’Azur.

John Taylor began his career in Cannes, a charming, small fishing village, which, with its pleasant climate, attracted the English aristocracy. It was during this time that John Taylor worked as a gardener for Reverend Woolfield, one of the most emblematic figures of the Riviera during the Belle Epoque, allowing him to mingle with the wealthy community that spent the winter on the Riviera, and with whom he enjoyed a privileged and exclusive relationship.

Estate agencies didn’t exist at the time, but thanks to his talent, imagination and knowledge of the area, John Taylor was constantly called upon to find and negotiate transactions for the most desirable properties and plots of land.

His success was such that in 1864, at the age of 30, this young entrepreneur created his own estate agency in Cannes. He also opened a bank so that his clients could deposit money there. He later opened a wine and spirits business, a reading room, a tea room, and even a furniture and luggage storage service.

John Taylor counted among his clientele the most illustrious celebrities of the era. He went on to become British Vice-Consul in Cannes, and in 1884 was made a member of the Royal Order of Queen Victoria.

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