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Authentic 3 bedroom House for sale with lake or river view in Veyrier du Lac, Auvergne Rhone Alpes
Ref 249249
Charming 3 bedroom house with garden enjoying wonderful lake views from its ideal location near all amenities in Veyrier du Lac. This property is set in a peaceful neighbourhood with a wonderful v...
995,000 EUR
5 bedroom House for sale with lake or river view with Income Potential in Sevrier, Auvergne Rhone Alpes
Ref 249088
Unique opportunity to acquire two stunning new houses with garden, enjoying panoramic mountain and lake views from its location in Sevrier. The 3 bedroom house comprises of an entrance hall with c...
1,780,000 EUR
Modern 5 bedroom Villa for sale with countryside view in Alex, Auvergne Rhone Alpes
Ref 248556
Stunning modern 5 bedroom luxury villa nestling in half an acre of glorious lush gardens with pool, while enjoying panoramic mountain views from its peaceful location in Alex. Situated 15 minutes ...
1,595,000 EUR
Authentic 4 bedroom Townhouse for sale with sea view in Annecy, Auvergne Rhone Alpes
Ref 248465
Ideally located in a peaceful area near all amenities in the heart of Annecy, is this charming 4 storey, 4 bedroom house with garden. Situated between the Annecy Haras and the Nouvelles Galeries,...
1,680,000 EUR
Bright 4 bedroom Villa for sale with panoramic view in Annecy Le Vieux, Annecy, Auvergne Rhone Alpes
Ref 248102
Bright and modern 4 bedroom villa located in a quiet setting in Annecy le View, set within a landscaped garden of 750m2 with a large garage and heated swimming pool. This house, which is virtually...
1,990,000 EUR
Stunning 4 bedroom House for sale with lake or river view in Veyrier du Lac, Auvergne Rhone Alpes
Ref 247901
Stunning 4 bedroom luxury architect designed house with pool and garden, enjoying panoramic lake views from its prestigious location in Veyrier du Lac. This modern property of 320 m2 interior spa...
4,300,000 EUR
Immaculate 6 bedroom Villa for sale with lake or river view and panoramic view in Annecy Le Vieux, Annecy, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 247644
Stunning 6 bedroom family home located in a quiet setting in Annecy le View, set within a large garden of 2,385m2 with a swimming pool and stunning clear views of the mountains, town and lake. Wi...
3,950,000 EUR
Bright 4 bedroom Apartment for sale with panoramic view and lake or river view in Veyrier du Lac, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 247548
Bright and airy 4 bedroom duplex apartment in heart of the village of Veyrier du Lac. This top floor duplex apartment comes with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and with living space of 91.12 m2 Law Ca...
735,000 EUR
7 bedroom Land for sale with panoramic view and lake or river view with Income Potential in Veyrier du Lac, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 247154
Unique opportunity to acquire a brand new, 3 storey, 7 bedroom villa set in beautiful landscaped gardens with amazing infinity pool and petanque court, enjoying panoramic views from its spectacular...
1,950,000 EUR
Lovingly Maintained 4 bedroom House for sale with countryside view and panoramic view in Alex, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 246546
Located in a quiet setting in Alex, just 4km from the lake in Menthon St Bernard and with beautiful mountain views, this pretty 4 bedroom house of approximately 160m2, is set on a plot of 1,104m2 w...
1,150,000 EUR
Bright 3 bedroom Apartment for sale with countryside view in Annecy, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 246526
Beautiful 3 bedroom garden apartment, with a living area of 111.50m2, situated within a recently built residence in a quiet area of Annecy, with a lovely private garden and terrace, which is not ov...
1,090,000 EUR
Quiet 5 bedroom Villa for sale with lake or river view and panoramic view in Annecy Le Vieux, Annecy, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 245203
Situated in a quiet setting in the 'Petit Port' area of Annecy le View, this beautiful 5 bedroom designer home , with a living area of 348m2, is surrounded by a lovely landscaped garden of 3,300m2 ...
2,200,000 EUR
Inviting 4 bedroom House for sale with lake or river view and panoramic view in Veyrier du Lac, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 245017
Modern and beautifully presented 4 bedroom house, with a bright and spacious living area of 265m2, set on a beautiful plot of 1,540m2 with a heated swimming pool and simply stunning lake and countr...
3,990,000 EUR
Authentic 4 bedroom House for sale in Annecy Le Vieux, Annecy, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 244807
Beautiful, well presented 4 bedroom wooden frame house, set in lush mature gardens with pool, located in a peaceful area near all amenities in Annecy le Vieux. Enjoying quick access to the motorwa...
1,680,000 EUR
Architect Designed 3 bedroom House for sale in Annecy, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 243878
Stylish architect-designed house in a peaceful and popular town just 10 minutes from Annecy, with swimming pool and mountain views. The 3 bedroom 2005 house has been the subject of a recent and ...
1,095,000 EUR
Project 10 bedroom House for sale with panoramic view in Saint Jorioz, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 241616
Excellent opportunity to update a spacious 10 bedroom chalet in Saint Jorioz, with fabulous views of the mountains and Lake Annecy. The 321m2 property has huge potential and sits in half an ac...
1,299,000 EUR
Immaculate 5 bedroom House for sale in Sevrier, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 239234
Bright and spacious new modern 5 bedroom house comprising of 2 separate apartments with garden, enjoying beautiful views of the lake and mountains from its ideal location in Sevrier. Situated in a...
1,780,000 EUR
Immaculate 5 bedroom Villa for sale in Veyrier du Lac, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 238139
With stunning lake views, this immaculately presented 5 bedroom villa, which is ideally situated within a quiet and elevated setting in Veyrier du lac, on beautifully landscaped gardens of 4,300m2 ...
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Authentic 6 bedroom House for sale in Sevrier, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 237356
Absolutely enchanting 6 bedroom house with indoor pool, nestling in nearly 3 acres of glorious land while enjoying breathtaking views across the lake from its idyllic location near Sevrier. This s...
2,835,000 EUR
Immaculate 6 bedroom Villa for sale in Lathuile, Rhone-Alpes
Ref 235203
Spacious, charming and luxurious 6 bedroom home, ideally situated in a quiet setting in Lathuile, just a few km from the west side of Lake Annecy. With a total beautifully presented living area of...
1,490,000 EUR

Area Guide

Enjoy a leisurely swim in the warm, sheltered waters of one of the cleanest and purest lakes in the world or plunge down into the watery depths and explore ancient underwater archaeological sites dating back to Neolithic times; stroll through the charming medieval streets of Annecy old town before dining in one of the canal-side restaurants and sampling the local speciality of creamy and deliciously cheesy ‘raclette’ washed down with the local red Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardèche; cruise around the lake to drink in the breathtaking scenery of majestic mountains rising up behind the sparkling blue hues of Lake Annecy. Within 30km of popular ski resorts such as Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz and strategically located between Italy, Geneva and France, Lake Annecy property offers investors a central location in one of the most picturesque areas in the Haute Savoie region of the Rhône-Alps.

Quintessentially Savoyard, Annecy is a charming Alpine town beating with an ancient medieval heart criss-crossed with canals, flower-covered bridges and narrow streets. Located on the shores of Lake Annecy – over 14km long and said to be the cleanest in Europe – Annecy is a popular and chic town, drawing visitors throughout the summer and winter months. Lake Annecy property is highly sought after, particularly for lakeside properties where supply is limited, and continues to command a premium price both to buy and rent.

Annecy enjoys a rich culture and history, drawing on its historical links with Italy, France and Switzerland. Originally belonging to the Geneva County, the town was integrated into the House of Savoy in the Middle Ages, before becoming part of the new French department of Mont Blanc during the French Revolution. In 1815 during the Restoration it returned to House of Savoy, which finally became part of France in 1860. Annecy has also been named a ‘French town of Art and History’ by the French government to protect its historical, cultural and architectural heritage. Lake Annecy has an even older history spanning thousands of years - archaeologists have found remains of a waterfront settlement near Annecy-le-Vieux dating back to at least 3100 BC.

Lake Annecy’s sheltered location is a perfect setting for water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing and scuba diving. Home to over twenty different species of fish including Féra and Arctic char, as well as crayfish, the lake also draws fishing enthusiasts from around the world willing to try their luck and hook that elusive catch. An alternative to the water is to hire a bicycle and go for a leisurely cycle along the shore, drinking in the fabulous views and stopping for lunch at one of the beautiful villages dotted around the lake.

Lake Annecy is synonymous with friendliness and good living and is a Mecca for French cuisine so there is a wealth of choice when deciding where to dine out; four Michelin-starred chefs have establishments on the lake shore and in the town itself there are many chic restaurants and bistros offering famous regional dishes such as tartiflette – a deliciously rich and creamy bake of reblochon cheese, bacon and potato - and fondue savoyarde made with comte emmental and beaufort cheeses cooked with white wine and garlic.

When winter closes in, skiers need to drive a mere 30 minutes to reach popular family resorts like Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz to enjoy a relaxed weekend of skiing.

In 2012, French property price growth slowed to 0.8% according to the latest figures from the FNAIM, the national federation for estate agents in the country and is forecast to drop by 2% in 2013. However, property in the Rhône-Alps is continuing to increase in popularity resulting in increased demand and sales. A study of property market trends published at the end of 2012 by the Chambre Interdépartementale des Notaires de la Savoie et de la Haute-Savoie found that the region is weathering the economic storm and continues to appeal to overseas buyers as a second-home destination. Lake Annecy property prices remain higher than the national average with property nearer the lake being the most expensive with chalets and villas easily commanding over 2 million Euros.

Due to it popularity both in winter and summer, Lake Annecy property is an attractive investment; there is a strong rental market which although high all year around, typically peaks in the winter with properties near the lake or closer to the ski slopes commanding a premium rental price. The choice of Lake Annecy property is diverse and suits all pockets and tastes ranging from exclusive lakeside chalets built in the traditional wooden Savoyard style, country houses with gardens and swimming pools, traditional half-timbered and stone town houses and modern apartments.

Traditional log chalets on the eastern side of the lake in villages such as Talloires enjoy charming locations with their own beaches and you can commute to Annecy by steamer!

These properties command premiums prices but as they are closer to the ski slopes they will also generate higher rental income.

Dotted around the lake are secluded country houses with traditional wooden beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, open fires and beautiful gardens with views of the lake. Some also have their own private swimming pools. If you want to live in town within walking distance of the shops and restaurants, then you might be lucky and find a traditional half-timbered house in the Old Town which has preserved its original timber frame.

In the town, over 90% of the accommodation are apartments so finding one to suit your taste and pocket is not going to be difficult. Many have terraces and balconies with traditional open fire places and the majority are large and spacious with all modern amenities and parking.

Lake Annecy property provides investors with the perfect opportunity to buy a timeless piece of real estate in one of the most beautiful areas in the French Alps. Whether you decide to buy a traditional wooden chalet or a modern apartment, Lake Annecy property prices have remained upbeat and competitive compared with much of the rest of France.

It is easy to see why this area of the French Alps is so popular and why Lake Annecy makes a perfect holiday and investment destination.

Buying a Property in France

1. Signing the Agreement (Compris)

On finding a property you wish to purchase you will need to negotiate the terms, price and conditions of the sale with the owner.

The next step, once you are in agreement, is to sign the preliminary contract (Compromis de Vente). This is a legal document and after ten days will be binding on both parties. Rules change frequently in France and it is best to consult with your notary about when this period starts. Generally the compris will be signed in France with the Agent.

Variants can be included in the compris, for example an Acte (clause) can be added if the name or names to go on the title deed have not been finalised. If a mortgage will be required to purchase the property, the details for this, including the name of the mortgage company, must be on the compris.

2. Paying the Deposit

Generally the deposit will be 10% of the agreed purchase price. This will normally be paid to the notaire. There are exceptions to this, if the agent holds a carte professionelle, is bonded and fully registered then you may pay them, but do not hand over the deposit to anyone else. If for some reason the purchase does not go through, for example, if you write to the notaire and the agent that you do not wish to go continue with the purchase before the contract is binding (within seven days of signing the compris), then your deposit would be repaid. This would also apply if a condition had not been met, or the mayor or S.A.F.E.R. (a government agency that has the right of first purchase on most rural property that comes onto the market in France) could oblige the purchaser to give way. If you decide after the seven days 'cooling off' period that you do not wish to complete the purchase and pull out of the sale you would lose your deposit. If however the vendor pulls out of the sale then you will receive your deposit back plus the same amount from the vendor.

3. On Completion

Generally it will take around two or three months to complete the purchase.

During this time the balance of the purchase money must be paid into the account of the notaire, this must be done well ahead of the completion date. The notaire will prepare the documents, check that the deed of sale (Acte de Vente) is in order and have the legal title ready to be signed over. It is possible to have someone sign on your behalf if you give them power of attorney. An interpreter may be of use at this point if your French is not very good and many Notaires will suggest (or insist) that an interpreter is with you.

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