Posted on 22 March 2021
Known for glitzy, glamorous Courchevel 1850, Courchevel has had the reputation for being upmarket and expensive. A lunch on the mountain might involve some of the best food you’ll have all holiday, but it’ll have the price tag to match. For anyone looking for property for sale in Courchevel, this might be off-putting.
There’s more to Courchevel than prices that would make an oligarch wince, though. Even 1850, which has undoubtedly earned its’ reputation, isn’t all high prices and huge chalets. The villages lower down the slopes that make up the four centres of the Courchevel Valley each have their own character distinct from Courchevel 1850, and the valley has charms that often get lost amid Meribel and Val Thorens.
So, why should you look at buying a ski property in Courchevel?
Courchevel Le Praz: A Quiet Alpine Village
Not everybody who’s looking for a chalet for sale in the Three Valleys is after the sort of nightlife you’ll find in 1850, Moriond, Val Thorens, or Meribel; some skiers want a quiet Alpine idyll to retire to at the end of the ski day. Courchevel Le Praz, which is the lowest of Courchevel’s four villages, is also the quiet, Alpine retreat and the oldest, prettiest village of the four.
For those of you who know the valley well, Le Praz is also where the luge trail finally ends. The village is popular amongst families and has a high-speed lift straight to 1850 that will get you onto the slopes in time for ski school in the mornings.
While much of Courchevel has been at least partially purpose-built, Le Praz is the oldest part of the resort and it’s got the most traditional character of all the villages. That isn’t to say the other villages don’t have plenty of their own charms, but we think Courchevel Le Praz is an underrated part of the village. This is owing in large part to the low altitude and the concerns that many buyers looking at property for sale in Courchevel have over whether they will be able to ski to their door in the evenings.
The Development of Courchevel Moriond
Courchevel Moriond, also known as 1650, has been undergoing a huge project in recent years that changed the face of the resort and brought new, high-end apartments to the village previously occupied largely by seasonaires. This makes Moriond a great choice if you’re looking at property for sale in Courchevel.
Moriond has some of the liveliest après ski in the Courchevel Valley, and the immediate slopes are good for intermediate skiers. The area isn’t as rustic as Le Praz and, to a lesser extent, Village or as glitzy as 1850, occupying a midpoint between the two. Moriond combines elements of the old farming village that once stood in its’ place with the large purpose-built, wood-clad apartment buildings that line the main street.
While Courchevel Moriond might not be as pretty as Le Praz, it’s far more snow-sure, so buyers can be reasonably sure that their apartment or chalet for sale will be as close to ski-in / ski-out as it can get.
The Skiing is Amazing
It hardly needs saying, when it comes to the fabulously extensive Three Valleys ski area, but the slopes of Courchevel are some of the best in Europe. The miles of pisted terrain are great for beginner, intermediate, and expert skiers and snowboarders, with high altitude couloirs and great snow parks. If you’re looking at property for sale in Courchevel you’ll be getting famously great skiing that attracts visitors from across the globe.
While the Courchevel Moriond ski area is at the far end of the Three Valleys, so day trips over to the Val Thorens ski slopes might be a little trickier, the area is well connected with high-speed lifts and good, well-pisted connecting runs. The mountain restaurants at 1850 have a reputation for their high prices but it’s very possible to avoid that if you know where to go.
Courchevel Villlage Market
Less exclusive than 1850, quieter than Moriond, and higher than Le Praz, Courchevel Village is nevertheless an excellent base for skiers looking for property for sale in Courchevel; whether you’re after an apartment or chalet for sale. Village also has a weekly food and clothing market that sells local cheeses, cured meats, and preserves like jam and chutneys.
As a food and clothing market, you can also pick up some second-hand bargains and take a look at the wares of local clothing sellers. As the lift from Village up to 1850 is open until 12.30 am each evening, it’s easy for residents of 1850 to pop down for the market, and for residents of Village to head up to the glamorous 1850 during the evenings.
Market or not, Courchevel Village is a great little ski village to visit if you’re looking for property for sale in Courchevel 1850 or Le Praz. The village might not be quite as lively as its’ sister resorts Moriond and 1850, but it’s got more than a few merits of its’ own that are often lost amid the pure glamour of 1850.
New Developments are Available
Compared to the fully developed Val Thorens, where property rarely becomes available to new buyers, both Meribel and Courchevel have a selection of new-build apartments and chalets for sale. The Courchevel Valley has a selection of different ski apartments, with two or three bedrooms apiece, and some ski-in / ski-out property available to buyers.
There are also a number of chalets for sale, which is comparatively rare in the better know ski areas across the French Alps. When it comes to property for sale in Courchevel, there’s something for everyone. As elsewhere in the Alps, buying new-build property has some benefits that aren’t necessarily available for resale properties. The presence of new development in the valley is also a sign that the property market is still growing, and therefore a great investment option.
Whether you’re looking for property for sale in Courchevel, or elsewhere in the Alps, take a look at our selection of property for sale in the Alps. For further information, or to arrange a viewing, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!