Posted on 14 December 2019
Homebuyers to the French Alps should look hard at the exclusive Val d’Isère property market because it has a good chance of delivering everything they want and more. Sitting in the Tarentaise Valley of south-east France, and close to Italy’s border, it taps into the Espace Killy ski area, alongside nearby Tignes. As a long-time, British favourite, Val d’Isère isn’t content to rest on their laurels. It is a top-luxury ski holiday destination, not only for skiers but house buyers and real estate investors as well.
Skiing in Val d’Isère: It is common when buyers go house hunting in the alps to think just about skiing. Now while Val d’Isère ticks all the boxes of a well-rounded, luxury ski resort, with 300 kilometres of pistes, it offers any skier exceptional potential that other areas can’t match. Albeit beginners might struggle on the ski slopes. However, nursery slopes soon get them up to speed with confidence.
Also accommodating off-piste skiers, it attracts die-hard fans through mountain skiing, snowboarding, outstanding ski areas, ski lifts, a cable car and stunning panoramic mountain views are to die for. Its altitude ensures top notch snow conditions and the ski schools selling lessons for people of all ages uphold a strong reputation for excellence. However, what else makes it a top spot of France’s luxury ski chalet property market?
5 Good Reasons to Look at Val d’Isère’s Property Market
1: Children’s Activities in Val d’Isère
Its core strength is diversity in luxury travel, and this theme carries one away in the off-slope s activities. Couples and groups slot right in, as do families thanks to children’s activities and tourist attractions. Ski schools catering for children will pick them up and drop them off, and if your child doesn’t take to skiing, try the large sports centre. Aquasportif Sports World offers an indoor swimming pool, badminton, table tennis, indoor football, basketball, and volleyball, while Village Des Enfants satisfies infants with their childcare creche and daytime clubs.
2: Off Slope Activities
While skiing is the core feature, the town also does an excellent job of keeping people entertained during ski holidays by offering off-slope activities. If you fancy a day off to do something different, think para-gliding, ice-driving, ice diving under lake Tignes, dog sledging, ice climbing, ice skating and some impressive trekking trails. Anyone who buys ski property for a rental income has a lot to offer potential guests.
3: Things to Do in Summer
To maximise tourism potential, some ski resorts market themselves as year-round destinations by offering summer activities. Val d’Isère’s vast selection draws in families who want a year-round holiday destination, and buy-to-let investors. So, what can people get up to when the ski season has passed? Quite a lot. Think archery, mountain bike trails, horse riding, e-bike rentals, and golfing in nearby Tignes. Val d’Isère also plans events and festivals during summer, enabling home buyers to make the most of the great outdoors all year round.
4: Le Coin Project Impacts the Property Market
Any buyer to the French alps must look at what potential resorts are doing in terms of infrastructure. In 2017, the local council embarked on a 200 million-euro, a 5-year project to reinvent its town centre. Having already upgraded the Solaise gondola to the tune of 16 million euro, both projects confirm the town’s commitment to the future. Despite the upgrading, Val d’Isère does an outstanding job of maintaining its alpine feel through traditional architecture. (More about Le Coin De Val.)
5: Lively Après-ski
Après-ski is as bigger part of skiing holidays as is the slopes, and Val d’Isère also excels with a wide choice of bars, and restaurants to wind down and catch up with friends. For eating out, we recommended sampling the French menus but think international for more choice. The resort’s two Michelin starred restaurants also serve the best food by esteemed chefs. While L’Atlier d’Emond, La Peau de Vache, and Avancher hotel restaurants hold the top three spots on Trip Advisor.
The Daily Telegraph in their updated ratings, give a thumbs up to Les Marmottes for budget dining, and La Folie Douce, a popular spot in town. Most bars hold theme nights, whether it is parties or events or cosy, low key for couples.
All these aspects and more ensure Val d’Isère’s property market stands out in among the rest of the French Alps by offering everything. For more advice, or to speak to a sales agent about investing in the resort, call or email us today.
Also, see the range of property for sale here. Each listing includes photos, key features of that ski in ski out chalet or apartment, price, and location. To find out more or arrange a viewing time and date, use the enquiry form on the same page.
Of Further Interest
Why Brits Love Val d’Isère: Including the odd Royal and celebrity here and there, Val d’Isère’s British community stands out, hence the language barrier is rarely a problem. This article discusses that, skiing and snowboarding opportunities, and many other reasons why Brits flock back there.
Tips for Buying French Alp Property: This checklist of things to look for when buying ski chalets or apartments in the French alps, will help you choose the best ski resort to suit you, your budget and lifestyle preferences.