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Resort property in the French Alps is a prospective investment, both from the point of view of getting income in high season, and getting a «second home» for vacations in a sunny, comfortable Alpine climate. Alpine resorts are as popular as resorts on the French Riviera, and property prices in the Alps annually show a significant increase, often exceeding the indicators of other regions of France.

The main Alpine resorts of France are located on the territory of the departments of Savoie and Haute-Savoie, named after the Duchy of Savoy, a state entity in Europe that existed on this territory in the past. Among the main resorts are Megeve, Chamonix, Courchevel, Meribel, Val Thorens and other resorts of the Three Valleys, each of which has its own characteristics, cultural and historical base, features of the mountain landscape and sports infrastructure.

Investing in properties in the Alps, you get high-quality and reliable property «for the ages» in the historical centre of Europe, year-round access to a rich natural source, the best European sport infrastructure and the opportunity to receive a high percentage of income when renting out.

Natalya Emelyanenko Natalya Emelyanenko Tranio real estate expert in France:
Property for sale in French Alps 1,963 listings on Tranio
Large new chalet with beautiful views 300 m from the slope, Courchevel, Savoy, Alps, France for 4,000,000 € 4,000,000 €
Large new chalet with beautiful views 300 m from the slope, Courchevel, Savoy, Alps, France

Total area 277 m² 6 bedrooms

Stunning ski-in/ot four-bedroom penthouse in Courchevel, Savoie, Alps, France for 3,856,000 € 3,856,000 €
Stunning ski-in/ot four-bedroom penthouse in Courchevel, Savoie, Alps, France

Total area 167 m² 4 bedrooms

Three-storey chalet with a garden and a panoramic view, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, France for 1,180,000 € 1,180,000 €
Three-storey chalet with a garden and a panoramic view, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, France

Total area 120 m² 3 bedrooms

New four-storey chalet with a spa area, a cinema and terraces, Les Gets, France for 5,500,000 € 5,500,000 €
New four-storey chalet with a spa area, a cinema and terraces, Les Gets, France

Total area 409 m² Land area: 814 m²

Spacious apartment with a balcony in a ski-in/ski-out residence, Le Grand-Bornand, France for 611,000 € 611,000 €
Spacious apartment with a balcony in a ski-in/ski-out residence, Le Grand-Bornand, France

Total area 67 m² 3 bedrooms

New luxury residence in Châtel, France for From 1,722,000 € From 1,722,000 €
New luxury residence in Châtel, France

Completion in: 2024 Total of 13 apartments

New complex of traditional chalets in a quiet area, Meribel, France for From 1,700,000 € From 1,700,000 €
New complex of traditional chalets in a quiet area, Meribel, France

Built in 2022 Total of 6 apartments

New residence with a spa center near the ski slopes, Châtel, France for From 433,000 € From 433,000 €
New residence with a spa center near the ski slopes, Châtel, France

Built in 2022 Total of 52 apartments

Megeve, a mountain resort of the European aristocracy

One of the most famous resorts of the French Alps, Megeve, gained popularity after the Rothschild dynasty founded the first luxury hotel in the early twentieth century in order to compete with the prestigious Swiss resort of St. Moritz. After its foundation, the resort became a popular winter holiday destination among the European aristocracy and high society: for example, King Albert I of Belgium stayed at the resort for several seasons in a row.

Currently, the resort is one of the most popular places for winter sports, as well as summer Alpine hiking trails.

More than 80% of the commune’s property is «secondary homes» and is used for rental and seasonal holidays of its owners. About 3,000 people live permanently in the commune.

The system of ski resorts and ski lifts around Megeve forms the ski area «Evasion Mont Blanc», which consists of 219 pistes of varying complexity and a total length of 450 km. Megeve is one of the closest resorts to Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe, so from the peaks of its ski resorts in winter and summer there is a magnificent panorama of the snowy peak of this mountain.

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The municipality of Megeve has a developed infrastructure for summer entertainment: numerous hiking trails through Alpine meadows and mountain passes, golf courses, a small airport for private air transport flights, a sports palace with an indoor figure skating rink, as well as complexes with thermal springs and locations for music festivals.

Property for sale in Megeve 75 listings on Tranio
Exclusive chalet located in Megève Mont D'Arbois. Price on request Price on request
Exclusive chalet located in Megève Mont D'Arbois

Total area 1,500 m² Land area: 2,000 m²

Magnificent new turnkey apartments in the center of Megeve, Alps, France for From 830,000 € From 830,000 €
Magnificent new turnkey apartments in the center of Megeve, Alps, France

Completion in: 2026.II Total of 11 apartments

Duplex apartment in a residence with a sauna, a garage and a gym, Megeve, France for 1,280,000 € 1,280,000 €
Duplex apartment in a residence with a sauna, a garage and a gym, Megeve, France

Total area 99 m² 4 bedrooms

Three-level apartment with a terrace and a picturesque view, Megeve, France for 890,000 € 890,000 €
Three-level apartment with a terrace and a picturesque view, Megeve, France

Total area 113 m² 3 bedrooms

Renovated chalet with a jacuzzi and a panoramic view, Megeve, France for 2,600,000 € 2,600,000 €
Renovated chalet with a jacuzzi and a panoramic view, Megeve, France

Total area 173 m² 5 bedrooms

Three-storey chalet with a jacuzzi and a garage near the center of Megeve, France for 5,400,000 € 5,400,000 €
Three-storey chalet with a jacuzzi and a garage near the center of Megeve, France

Total area 302 m² 6 bedrooms

NEW 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT — VILLAGE CENTRE — GARDEN LEVEL for 1,780,000 € 1,780,000 €
NEW 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT — VILLAGE CENTRE — GARDEN LEVEL

Total area 31 m² 3 bathrooms

Four-storey chalet with a swimming pool, a guest house and a panoramic view, Megeve, France for 10,185,000 € 10,185,000 €
Four-storey chalet with a swimming pool, a guest house and a panoramic view, Megeve, France

Total area 875 m² 10 bedrooms

Purchase of a Savoyard-style chalet

By the time of contacting Tranio managers, investor Anton was well acquainted with this region of the Alps. Anton is an entrepreneur whose company operates on the international market. Investor loves Alpine skiing and mountain hiking, he has visited the ski resorts of Megeve several times before, both in winter and summer seasons. The client noted the quality of the resort’s infrastructure and the convenience of its location — just an hour’s drive from Geneva Airport.

Work with Tranio managers

Throughout the transaction, Natalya Emelyanenko, Tranio’s real estate expert in France, worked with the client. In the summer of 2023, Natalya visited the Alpine region of France during a business trip with the Tranio team: she personally met with the key developers of the region and assessed the quality of work in many projects: both at the construction stage and at the finishing stage. Natalya is an experienced property investment expert, who herself acts as an investor in a number of projects. Therefore, she is well acquainted with the details of French paperwork and the specifics of working with French partners.

Natalya Emelyanenko (left) during a business trip to the Alps in the summer of 2023
Natalya Emelyanenko (left) during a business trip to the Alps in the summer of 2023

Before signing the contract, Anton personally visited Megeve to select a suitable property for investment with Tranio partners. The property chosen by our client is currently under construction. The investor pointed out the good location of the property: in a distance from tourist locations, but close to all the necessary infrastructure.

Anton chose a mountain chalet in the traditional Savoyard style. The building with a sloping roof has three floors, where the lower one is made of rough stone, and the upper two are made of large wooden beams of coniferous trees. The property chosen by the investor has 3 bedrooms, 2 showers, a living room with a terrace and utility rooms. The chalet also provides parking for 2 cars and a ski storage area.

The panoramic windows and the terrace have breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain peaks. The interior decoration is made of natural materials in high-tech style, video surveillance is provided in the house. From the chalet it is convenient to get to the nearest mountain resorts by car or on foot, and in 30 minutes by car you can get to another ski resort — Chamonix or Mont Blanc on the border with Italy.

At the moment, investor Anton is waiting for the completion of the construction of his property. The investor plans to spend more time in the French Alps with his family and friends in the future.

Chalets for sale in Megeve 10 listings on Tranio
Exclusive chalet located in Megève Mont D'Arbois. Price on request Price on request
Exclusive chalet located in Megève Mont D'Arbois

Total area 1,500 m² Land area: 2,000 m²

Renovated chalet with a jacuzzi and a panoramic view, Megeve, France for 2,600,000 € 2,600,000 €
Renovated chalet with a jacuzzi and a panoramic view, Megeve, France

Total area 173 m² 5 bedrooms

Three-storey chalet with a jacuzzi and a garage near the center of Megeve, France for 5,400,000 € 5,400,000 €
Three-storey chalet with a jacuzzi and a garage near the center of Megeve, France

Total area 302 m² 6 bedrooms

Four-storey chalet with a swimming pool, a guest house and a panoramic view, Megeve, France for 10,185,000 € 10,185,000 €
Four-storey chalet with a swimming pool, a guest house and a panoramic view, Megeve, France

Total area 875 m² 10 bedrooms

Spectacular 15 bedroom chalet, south east facing with panoramic views in Cordon (A) for 3,150,000 € 3,150,000 €
Spectacular 15 bedroom chalet, south east facing with panoramic views in Cordon (A)

15 bedrooms

Three-storey chalet with a swimming pool, a garden and a garage, Megève, France for 2,580,000 € 2,580,000 €
Three-storey chalet with a swimming pool, a garden and a garage, Megève, France

Total area 380 m² Land area: 1,430 m²

Gorgeous 6 bedroom south facing luxury chalet with outstanding views (A) for 5,900,000 € 5,900,000 €
Gorgeous 6 bedroom south facing luxury chalet with outstanding views (A)

6 bedrooms

Stunning 6 bedroom chalet, south west facing, located in a quiet area in Demi Quarter (A) for 3,990,000 € 3,990,000 €
Stunning 6 bedroom chalet, south west facing, located in a quiet area in Demi Quarter (A)

6 bedrooms

Advantages of buying property in Megeve

  • High-quality sport and public infrastructure. For more than 100 years, Megeve has attracted the best athletes from all over the world with its developed network of pistes and hiking trails.
  • The proximity of the international airport and the border with Italy. Geneva Airport can be reached by car in less than an hour, and the border with Italy is in 30 minutes by car.
  • Traditional property and modern technologies. Savoyard-style architecture reflects the culture and traditions of the local region, but at the same time integrates modern technologies into the structure of the house.
  • The resort is popular in any season, both among sports enthusiasts and for families with children. In each season, there is an opportunity to find something for yourself according to personal preferences.

Purchase property in the Alps for vacation and investment profitability

Currently, resorts in the Alps show some of the highest rates in terms of rental returns.

It’s no secret that buying Alpine property is interesting, first of all, as a profitable investment that brings good income. The percentage of rent over the past decade has been increasing no matter what happens in the world. In recent years, due to the warming climate, the Alps have begun to attract tourists not only in winter, but also in summer and in the off-season.

Natalya Emelyanenko Natalya Emelyanenko Tranio real estate expert in France:

Why is it interesting to invest in the Alps today?

  1. High rental yield by EU standards: up to 6% per year.
  2. Residence permit of France. When buying any property, an investor can get a residence permit for financially independent people in France. Approval statistics for Russian citizens are high, including after 2022.
  3. A reliable legal system that protects the investor from any adverse social and economic changes in the world.
  4. Infrastructure. One of the best sports infrastructures in Europe for quality winter and summer holidays.
  5. Good ecology. The rich natural source of the Alps.
  6. Transport infrastructure. A good transport network and the proximity of international airports allows you to get to the Alps from anywhere in the world in a short time.

Our team will choose the best property for any of your requests. We work only with trusted partners and visa specialists who are ready to provide support for our clients on any question.

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