French Alps property buying tips, Haute-Savoie chalets sales guide, French ski homes purchase advice

French Alps property buying guide

31 March 2023

Buying a mountain property in the French Alps

Location: Rhône-Alpes region, France

When it comes to investing in rental property, location is the most important thing to take into account. The property’s position must be the number one factor, whatever the type of investment, including mountain chalets.

Whether you are buying a main or second home, to live in or let out all year round, the same rule applies: a good mountain property is a well located one! Benefit from our experts’ advice on choosing the right location for your mountain apartment.

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Buying French property in the mountains : how do I choose a resort?

For several decades, our in-depth knowledge of the local market has enabled us to help customers like you find the ideal resort and the best location for their future purchases.

These are some of the major factors to take into account when buying property in the French Alps:

Choose an accessible resort

In the mountains, a good location is one with good transport connections. The resort must therefore be well connected, by road, motorway or air. An airport is in fact a bonus if you are planning to let your property to a foreign clientele, or if you are very mobile for work. In all cases, accessibility remains a fundamental aspect of any successful rental investment.

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Opt for a high-quality environment and site

Choosing a good location means opting for a flourishing and attractive environment. In the mountains, the quality of a site depends on the resort’s snow record, the richness of the natural heritage (famous mountains and peaks, beauty of the landscape) and the preservation of the territory. This last point is very important today, as tourists now prefer resorts that are well integrated with their natural environment. Several other criteria directly influence the attractiveness of the site, such as the resort’s reputation, the ski area’s offering, a southern exposure, quality of infrastructure or variety of activities available.

Choose a French ski resort that is dynamic all year round

We also strongly recommend choosing a resort that is dynamic all year round. When you invest in a mountain apartment, you want to be able to let your property in every season, including summertime. So it is important to check the resort’s seasonal offering and find out about the activities available in winter and summer.

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Invest in a French ski resort that will appeal to the whole family

For a long time, the mountain was seen as a place for extreme sports and thrills. This is an exhilarating prospect for sport-lovers, but less attractive to families and senior customers.

Today, the mountain’s marketing position has totally changed. Many activities are now enjoyed there, including traditional hiking, water and air sports, cycling or relaxation. There is something to suit every taste, and the resorts are accessible to children and adults alike. They appeal to lovers of cocooning and winter sports fans in equal measure.

Take a look at the best ski chalets and apartment for sale in the French Alps.

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French ski resort Chalets and Lodges in the Alps – a selection of properties:

Alpen Lodge – La Rosière

The residence Alpen Lodge is located in La Rosiere, the only French ski resort in the Northern Alps to offer a Franco-Italian ski area, Espace San Bernardo. The altitude of this area, between 1850 & 2650 metres, garanties an optimal snow coverage from December to the month of April.

Chalet Anaé – Sainte Foy Tarentaise

Ideally located in Sainte Foy Tarentaise, a village resort nestled in the heart of the Haute-…

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The new property development, Chalets Bérénice, in the resort of Samoëns, is an excellent opportunity to invest in the mountains.

Le Grand-Bornand – Chalets de Joy

Chalets de Joy development integrates perfectly with the environment of traditional farms in the Aravis Valley. This Leaseback residence is located in the heart of the authentic village of Le Grand Bornand and at the foot of La Joyère and Rosay gondolas.

Chalets Éléna, Les Houches – Chamonix Valley

An exceptional setting in the heart of Chamonix valley, for the new residence in Les Houches. « Chalets Éléna » benefits from all our know-how in alpine construction.

Chalets Láska – Les Contamines-Montjoie

In visual and ethical adequacy with the resort, Chalets Láska blends perfectly into the lands…

Chalets Myrna – Bisanne, Les Saisies

Located in the picturesque area of Bisanne 1500, much sought after for its sunshine, tranquil…

Chalets Séléna – Les Gets

Located in the resort of Les Gets, between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, Chalets Séléna offers …

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