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France’s Savoie region favourite with British property-buyers

Posted on 22 January 2013

Hunger for a slope-side home in the French Alps increased at a higher rate than any other international skiing destination during December, according to the UK’s leading property portal, maintaining France’s position as the most desirable place to own a ski property.

The most recent Rightmove Overseas report showed that of all destinations around the world, the number of searches for property in December for the Savoie and Haute-Savoie, home to many of France’s leading resorts, increased by 30 and 36 per cent respectively compared to November. Enquiries for the Rhône-Alpes as a whole, which encompasses the Haute and Haute-Savoie, also increased by 30 per cent, indicating an overall demand for French ski homes.

“The combined area of the Savoie and Haute-Savoie, known as Savoy, has so much going for it,” commented Julian Walker of Skiingproperty.com. “It’s home to Mont Blanc and that hub of winter and mountain sports, Chamonix, it has excellent access by car from the ferry port at Calais, by air from Geneva Airport and by rail direct from London, not to mention of course the great skiing and picturesque resorts. It also includes Lake Annecy.”

The Haute-Savoie is home to the largest interlinked skiing area in the world, the Portes du Soleil, which connects the resorts of Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets. Property in Les Gets is especially sought after, thanks to the resort’s chocolate box architecture, easy access to the slopes and great range of facilities. In the Savoie, the Espace Killy is a key ski area, home to Val d’Isère and Tignes, with some equally desirable ski property.

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