The skiers have gone home and the summer’s action sports fans are still saving up. So if you want to look at homes in the French Alps, this is a great time to do it. It helps that France’s mountain villages are looking so beautiful right now.
If you, like me, love skiing and have always thought that buying a home in the mountains would make economic sense too, the period between the end of the ski season and ahead of the summer holidays is a great time to buy. Prices at this time of the year are competitive too, and France has plenty of great skiing locations.
I don’t need to remind you of the sheer joy of breathing in that mountain air, soaking up the fantastic views, the beauty of the snow covered mountains, the energy which fills you when you are whooshing down a ski slope, the joy of relaxing with a glass of wine or a coffee at the end of the day as the mountains take on their evening hue at sunset.
There is really nothing quite like a ski holiday, whatever your level is. You really don’t have to be Jean Claude Killy to enjoy a magical time on the slopes and the French Alps are home to some of the best skiing in Europe.
If you are a lover of apres ski as well, we have some great suggestions for you here. The ideal place to consider buying is somewhere with good access to the ski lifts, with facilities close by including bars, restaurants and shops, good rental investment and easy access by air from the UK.
Skiing is as popular as it ever was amongst British people and although no property in skiing areas comes cheap, a strategic move is to look at properties now, out of season. With low mortgage rates and vastly improved infrastructure in many areas in the Alps, you will not only benefit from having your own place, you will be able to rent your place out when you are not there very easily. The properties we have found for you in Megeve, Meribel (always a hugely popular resort) and Alpe d’Huez are all perfectly rentable out of the ski season. It is worth noting that these resorts have a tremendous appeal during the summer season also.
Here are three superb suggestions for you in which to find your own ski home.
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Megève, Evasion Mont Blanc
In the Haute Savoie department and close to Mont Blanc, Megève is a well known and hugely popular resort in both the winter for ski-ing and in the summer for a variety of activities. Prices here can reach €20,000 per m2, such is its appeal, but the Evasion Blanc area currently has new build apartments at just under half this price for sale in an enviable position close to the centre of the resort. With stunning views of the town and easy accessibility to the slopes and ski lifts (always an important consideration), as well as low mortgage rates of 1.50% fixed over 20 years, these apartments offer a fantastic opportunity for investment.
Méribel, Three Valleys
It has long been a favourite for those who love not only fabulous ski-ing but excellent apres ski night life too. This is one of the largest ski resorts in the world. Currently for sale are some ski-in ski-out new build apartments in one of the best locations in the resort. With all amenities being within just a 3 minute walk and miles of excellent ski runs, this is an excellent chance to purchase a property with proven investment value.
Alpe d’Huez is often known as the sunniest ski resort in the Alps. White Peak Lodge is a new investment opportunity with a choice of 69 apartments situated close to the centre and with a variety of amenities such as indoor and outdoor pools, children’s club, sauna, spa and wellness centre and bars and restaurants within very easy walking distance. Each apartment is being sold fully furnished and at a price which will not break the bank starting at €315,000.
For all ski lovers, these three options present a fantastic opportunity to buy a beautiful ski home. There are regular flights to each from the UK to either Geneva or Lyon airports.
Just think: you can be enjoying every winter ski-ing in the sunshine safe in the knowledge that your new ski home is bringing you an income when you are not there and undoubtedly increasing in price!