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Great value property in the French Alps wowing buyers in 2013

This season’s fantastic snow conditions might be part of the reason, but the appeal of a long-term lifestyle investment combined with comparatively stable prices and cheap mortgages are the key reasons more British people are looking to buy French ski property. Proof of this comes from a report by the...

Posted on 15 March 2013

French bank accounts – are you ready to open one?

Owning a home in the French Alps brings with it the need for a local bank account, but before choosing which bank to go with, property-buyers are advised to research their options and familiarise themselves with banking in France. Utilities bills, council taxes, property management fees, rental income, spending money...

Posted on 12 March 2013

Hot tubs and flat screens – the key to a luxury chalet in the Alps?

Pretty views, en-suite bathrooms, underground parking and close to a ski lift - all things you should expect as standard with a chalet in the Alps, but have you thought about those things that make certain ski properties extra special? If you’re in the market for a chalet that’s the...

Posted on 08 March 2013

Could a stronger euro affect your property purchase in the Alps?

British people searching for a property in the French Alps in recent weeks will be painfully aware how much the exchange rate has gone against them, to the extent that since the start of the year property prices have effectively increased by around six per cent for Sterling buyers, and...

Posted on 06 March 2013

Courchevel offers home owners fine dining as well as fine skiing

The French resort of Courchevel has confirmed its place as a world leader in gastronomy as well as skiing by achieving a further two stars in the new 2013 Michelin Guide, bringing its total number of stars to 12. Buying and owning a property in Courchevel, which is split into...

Posted on 23 February 2013

Châtel’s new lifts a boost for home owners and cross-border skiers

A new lift system and links with the Portes du Soleil ski area due to open in 2014 are creating a buzz in the desirable French Alpine resort of Châtel, an increasingly popular destination for buyers of ski property. Châtel, a pretty low rise Savoie village that has grown into...

Posted on 18 February 2013

Looking for the perfect property for skiing holidays with the kids?

One group of people who can look forward to half-term skiing trips with the family without the stress of having to book suitable accommodation during one of the busiest weeks of the season are those who own a home in the Alps. Travel arrangements are about all owners of ski...

Posted on 12 February 2013

Club Med is Setting Its Sights on Canadian Ski Resorts

Club Med is said to be looking at various ski destinations in North America, one of which is Québec's Charlevoix region, as it is looking to launch high-end ski resorts based on its all-inclusive resort model. The company which has its headquarters in Paris, became famous in the 1970s for...

Posted on 22 September 2012

Andermatt in the Swiss Alps Could Be A Lot More Than Just a Ski Resort

Andermatt is usually associated with skiing and winter sports but looks set to become a year round holiday destination as a new development is currently under construction. The development has been planned by Samih Sawiris of Osracom Hotels. He plans to introduce a mind-boggling number of new facilities for travellers...

Posted on 18 August 2012

French Ski Area Diversifies to Become Year Round Tourist Destination

A ski area in the French Alps is considering diversifying in order to cope with climate change, and if it decides to go ahead will focus its attention on low-impact alpine activities. The current mayor of Biot, Henri-Victor Tournier, wants to clear away the cable towers from the 1,230 m...

Posted on 10 August 2012

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