Gstaad Real Estate
Ski through breath-taking miles of snowy white slopes bordered by deep green fir trees; enjoy an aperitif in a stylish cocktail bar before dining in a five star restaurant; take a trip to the Lauenensee and enjoy a leisurely walk around the lake rich with wild flowers, dragonflies and waterfalls. Located in south west Switzerland, about two hours' drive from Geneva or Zurich on the boundary between the Bernese Oberland and the Vaud Alps, Gstaad has been a mecca for the rich and famous for decades. Today it continues to draw a sophisticated and discerning clientele both as a holiday destination and as a popular and exclusive location to buy property.
Surrounded by some of Switzerland’s most beautiful mountain scenery, Gstaad is a charmingly traditional Alpine village famous for its traditional wooden chalets, discretely understated luxury and international jet set visitors. The first famous guest to visit Gstaad was Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery, known as "Monty" when he spent his first Swiss holiday in the Sporthotel Saanenmöser, where subsequently the Thai royal family resided for some time. In 1938 Ernst and Silvia Scherz-Bezzola took over the management of the luxury Gstaad Palace hotel and after the end of the Second World War, they began to develop it with great style and success attracting international artists such as Maurice Chevalier, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. With the village beginning to radiate style and glamour, the rich and famous - including Elizabeth Taylor, Roger Moore and Sophia Loren all began choosing Gstaad as their holiday destination either staying in the hotel or in their own luxurious holiday chalets. Today Gstaad is synonymous with stylish luxury and understated wealth and this is reflected in the prices for Gstaad real estate which remain high.
What To Do In Gstaad
Gstaad is a genuine Alpine village uniquely combining style and class with a traditional Alpine heritage. It has 200 farms, 80 of which still use Alpine pastures and around 7000 cows and yet also offers a diverse range of leisure and sporting activities in both winter and summer, first class hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants and luxurious and exclusive boutiques.
In the summer, take a picnic and hike along one of the many hiking trails, stopping to drink in the fabulous views or enjoy a concert at the Menuhin Classic Music Festival. Sporting enthusiasts can choose between the ATP Tennis Championships or the Polo Silver Cup. When the temperature drops and the snow falls then Gstaad transforms into a picturesque skiing village with a magnificent ski area served by 60 ski lists and catering for all levels.
Due to its popularity both in winter and summer, Gstaad real estate is an attractive investment and a crucial factor for potential property buyers is that there is a strong rental market which remains high all year around. As well as properties in Gstaad village itself, there is a whole range of Gstaad real estate for sale throughout the whole valley – with properties in the exclusive region of Rougemont being particularly sought after.
Gstaad Real Estate
Gstaad real estate is at the top end of the luxury market with fabulous chalets and apartments mostly starting at around £1m with the higher end properties commanding prices in excess of £10m and sometimes even more. For example, a three bedroom apartment in the centre of Gstaad village with parking, a cellar and a large terrace with mountain views would cost in the region of £1.1m. Choose a luxurious and secluded traditional wooden chalet in the exclusive area of Rougemont and the price tag increases to £8.5m although that would include 6 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a kitchen equipped to professional standards, a private cinema, indoor swimming pool, parking for 4 cars, a large garden and breath-taking views of the Alps!
Demand for Gstaad real estate remains extremely healthy, particularly for exclusive chalets in the traditional Bauten-style which are one of the hallmarks of the Saanenland. Originally built of wood but today often constructed in red brick and then clad in timber they are covered in rich ornamentation with flower decorations on the balconies in summer and almost disappearing under a blanket of powder snow in winter. They remain the traditional heart of Gstaad.
Whether you decide to buy a modern apartment with sun soaked terrace and panoramic views or a luxury and secluded traditional wooden villa gazing out across the snowcapped mountain peaks, Gstaad real estate provides investors with the perfect opportunity to buy property in one of the most exclusive and luxurious areas in the Swiss Alps. The combination of style, understated wealth and glamour, fabulous scenery, chic restaurants and buzzing nightlife combined with its genuine Alpine heritage and tradition make Gstaad a perfect holiday and property investment destination.
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