Buyers On The Lookout For Life Balance In Dual Season Resorts In The French Alps

Buyers On The Lookout For Life Balance In Dual Season Resorts In The French Alps


Given the current extraordinary global crisis, buyers have had time to focus on what they really want out of life and their properties. With more attention now on balance in life, buyers are expected to be on the lookout for properties that can be accessed year-round following lockdown measure being relaxed. Many are also looking to further explore their newfound enjoyment of outdoor pursuits. Châtel on the Franco-Swizz border in the Northern Alps is a charming resort town, originally built in the 16th century by farmers. Today, the town maintains much of its farming heritage, charm and has risen to become a popular year-round resort. MGM French Properties has two different development, Les Chalets d'Angèle and La Ferme de Suzanne, available on leaseback and outright purchase, discerning buyers looking for a sought-after dual season ski property. Prices start from €212,500 at les Chalets d'Angèle and €415,000 at La Ferme de Suzanne.

Both Les Chalets d'Angèle and La Ferme de Suzanne have been meticulously designed to fit seamlessly with the surrounding 16th Century Alpine chalet architecture, utilising warm timber and soft stone across the developments. Inside, the resorts have all of the modern hallmarks of MGM French Properties residences including secure access by digicode, large balconies, underground parking space and ski locker.

Laurent Hallez, Sales Manager at MGM French Properties comments, “Châtel is a delightful resort set at the top of the valley with charm and convenience in abundance. For those who are seeking a property they can visit year-round Châtel is a gem with a deep-rooted sense of community and access to a host of stunning slopes and great activities.”

Châtel, in the Upper Savoy region is situated in one of the world’s premier ski areas. Portes Du Soleil, a combined 650km of serene Franco-Swiss pistes, giving skiers of all abilities the opportunity to explore 12 different resorts inside of the sizeable cross-border area. However, despite the unparalleled interconnectivity of the resort, Châtel maintains an authentic French feel, with a lively traditional town centre, as many locals work in the thirty farms surrounding the village.

Les Chalets d’Angele comprises of seven two to three stories, one to two-bedroom chalets, which fit perfectly with the local alpine architecture. The chalets have been designed to meet the latest environmental standards emphasising clean energy and incorporating local resources. Interiors are a fusion of alpine and contemporary décor providing an authentic feel with all of the conveniences of modern living. Each apartment enjoys grand balconies providing vistas of the valley in all seasons. The residence is ideally situated near the centre of the village providing swift access to the ski equipment shop, friendly ski schools, grocers, day nursery, bars and restaurants.

La Ferme de Suzanne is located in Petit Châtel, to the north of the village. This area of Châtel captures an abundance of sun all year round and the grand balconies of La Ferme de Suzanne, that overlook the surrounding Abondance valley are perfect for lounging on during the day. La Ferme de Suzanne can be found at the foot at the Barbossine chair lift which gives owners direct access to the expansive Portes du Soleil ski area. Internally, buyers can expect MGM French Properties typical luxurious finishes with pine doors, granite and stone surfaces, oak parquete flooring and warm timber furniture.

Although famous as a winter destination, during the summer months the snowline retreats reveal the luscious alpine forests and woodlands across the valley. The village is a popular destination throughout the year and the valley is a delightful setting for a well-established range of summer activities for families, including access to the Ecrins National Park, Region Park, Gruyère Pays-d’Enhaut and Régional du Massif des Bauges National Park. The area is particularly popular with cyclists, runners, windsurfers, ramblers and sailors who use the nearby Lake Geneva as their playground. The more adventurous can also try paragliding, zip lining and rafting on the white-waters.

For those who have embraced cycling during lockdown, Châtel has The Mountain Bike park, regarded as one of Europe’s best bike parks, dedicated to mountain biking enthusiasts, located at Pré-la-Joux / Plaine Dranse and is reached via Pierre-Longue and / or Rochassons chairlifts.  The park has twenty downhill trails at all difficulty levels and a number of fun zones full of ramps and areas to practice jumps, including The North Shore zones, a Kids’ Shore and a Slopestyle with a Live Park.

The village has a lively local community and every August, celebrates the Fête de la St Laurent and the Fête de la Belle Dimanche. St Laurent is the patron saint of Châtel and the village adopts a carnival atmosphere celebrating the life of the Saint. La Belle Dimanche celebration is the local farmers tribute to the "beautiful Sunday".

Each Monday the village hosts welcoming drinks for new arrivals giving the chance for the local community and ski instructors to meet new arrivals and inform them of events taking place in the local community during their stay. On Wednesdays, the traditional market runs in the heart of the town providing exceptional local produce, including local speciality, Abondance Cheese.

For those looking to fly to the Alps, Châtel is located within an hour and half of Geneva International Airport and an hour from Morzine, both airports have frequents services to the UK making Châtel one of the most accessible ski resorts in Europe.

For further information on the properties in Châtel contact MGM French Properties on  Tel: 0207 494 0706 or visit:  www.mgmfrenchproperties.com

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