More than 150 years of tailoring your dreams
Once upon a time a young passionate British gardener decided to try his luck on the French Riviera. His name… John Taylor. He first arrived on the fabulous French Riviera at the age of 20, a convergence of fate and serendipity forever linked him to a history of cordial Franco-British relations and the rise of first-class tourism in the South of France
Lord Brougham discovered the charm and appeal of Cannes back in 1834. His enthusiasm and passion for this region quickly became notorious and Cannes started to attract wealthy English aristocracy.
The little fisherman village was soon to become very well populated, and imposing, lavish villas started emerging all around. Cannes' reputation started to attract the wealthiest Clergymen, the most affluent of which was Thomas Robinson Woolfield. Mr Woolfield became very active in the community, and contributed to developments such as the first Anglican Church.
Lord Brougham and Mr Woolfield had played an immense role in the promulgation of the region, but despite their efforts, they remained amateurs. A true professional was required. An increasing number of wealthy Englishmen were seeking to acquire a spot on the esteemed French Riviera, however the lack of professionals in this sector, the middleman between those pursuing the sale of their unused land and those in quest of an exceptional property, slowed the prosperity of the region down. Deficiency created the requirement. The most remarkable of Mr Woolfield’s actions on the Riviera was to convey the man of the situation.
The quest for the most prestigious properties was launched. In 1854, at the age of 20 John Taylor was called upon by Mr woolfield to work as a gardener in his Cannes domain. It was then that he began to mingle amongst the high society.
John Taylor’s expertise soon became apparent for all seeking to acquire a spot on the esteemed French Riviera, and thanks to his cunningness and flair he rapidly became the reference in luxury real estate.
John Taylor's unique entrepreneurial talent allowed him to become a pioneer by opening up the first real estate agency in 1864 at the age of 30.
His remarkable reputation and immense success incited him to be appointed British Vice-Consul in Cannes, and Member of the Royal Victorian Order, and so, in 1884, he became … Sir John Taylor. 2 Years later his son Walter joined force with his admirable father. In true family spirit, Walter’s son, Jack was then soon to jump on board. John Taylor managed an exceptional portfolio for the British, French and American nobility and political class, amongst them the Prince of Wales, King Edward VII, the French royal family, Lord Brougham and William Gladstone.
The company continued to expand extending to Nice, Monaco, SaintJean-Cap-Ferrat, Saint-Tropez, with the company headquarters on the Croisette in Cannes.
Jack’s daughter Jacqueline, along with her husband George Montagu directed the business after WWII and introduced spectacular development programs in Cannes. Due to the outstanding talent of this family, John Taylor attracted members of the high society and wealthy celebrities…
…such as Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Eddie Barclay and Gianni Agnelli.
An International Dimension
In the 1990s John Taylor was acquired by Michel Pastor. Preserving John Taylor’s remarkable legacy and keeping the flame of family tradition, Michel Pastor, in 2006, appointed his daughter Delphine Pastor as president of the Group. Since then the company has expanded internationally and recently opened new agencies in Courchevel, Megeve, Milan, Paris, Geneva, Gstaad, London and Doha. Since last year, John Taylor has opened three new agencies in Berlin, Madrid and Malta, and signed an exclusive alliance with the Corcoran Group, the leading real estate brokerage firm on the East Coast of the United States of America.