A property in the Alps means year-round holidays and rental income – these three locations tick all the boxes for a successful second home investment
Life in the French Alps is like no other. Not far from the glitzy Riviera coastline, choosing a property here can bring year-round activities, lucrative rental deals, an invigorating lifestyle and unique business opportunities, which make the most of the excellent transport links to Geneva and the rest of Europe.
Live it up in Lake Geneva
One of the most sought-after places to own property in this area is Lake Geneva (Lac Leman), particularly in locations such as Chens-sur-Léman, Sciez, Yvoire, Thonon-les-Bains and Evian.
It’s a popular place for relocating families, as good schools and safe neighbourhoods make it a highly suitable area for raising children. The rental market is strong here, especially the closer you get to the Swiss border, in places such as Veigy-Foncenex and Chens-sur-Léman, due to high demand from commuters.
A stone’s throw from the centre of Geneva, this prestigious waterfront property in Chens-sur-Léman offers luxury at every turn. A Tuscan-style, eight-bedroom house (HH-12160796), you can soak up panoramic views from the many terraces and the sensational infinity pool. From the marble floors to the lake-facing bay windows and the independent caretaker’s house, this is a rare find in such a coveted location.
No place like Morzine
For those that want to invest in property in an all-year-round ski resort, Morzine and Les Gets, in the Portes du Soleil ski area, are endlessly attractive to prime property buyers. Despite being in high demand, more luxury properties are being built in these resorts, so supply is getting better in the short term.
If you are able to buy a property in the main ski area it will also bring in high rental yields. Some luxury five-bedroom chalets in Morzine can be rented out for as much as €15,000 a week in peak season.
A stunning four-bedroom new-build chalet (HH-12370680) with a modern intuitive layout, this south-facing property catches the sun and the views. A benefit of buying a new property is that buyers can choose their own finishes from a selection of many materials and options. A large bike room – useful for cyclists in the summer and ski equipment in the winter – and sunny garden make this an excellent choice for a family. It is on the market for €980,000.
The old ones are the best in Chamonix
Chamonix, which hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924, is always a favourite with property investors. It offers four different ski areas and something for everyone, from nursery slopes for beginners to the exhilarating off-piste Vallée Blanche run.
Investment in the resort helps to keep visitor figures high and rental properties buoyant. A new six-seat chairlift will be opening for winter 2018/2019, which can take up to 3,200 people per hour.
An attractive 1950s chalet (HH-11982390), this five-bedroom property, priced at €2,310,000, is ideally located just 700 metres from the town centre. With views across to Mont Blanc and a hammam and Jacuzzi, this is a property that could provide the ultimate luxury lifestyle in Chamonix.
If you are looking to buy a second home in the Alps, you can view more properties for sale at www.home-hunts.com. To speak to a property specialist directly about the market and your criteria, call +33 (0)970 44 66 43.