Ski through breathtaking 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; indulge yourself at the world’s most exclusive health spa or play golf at the oldest mountain style golf course. Situated in the beautiful mountain region of the Haute-Savoie in the French Alps, Megève 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 prestigious location to buy property.
The village began to develop as a ski resort in the 1910s when the Rothschild family started to spend their winter holidays there after becoming disenchanted with St. Moritz in Switzerland. By the 1950s, Megève was one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe and today, after Paris and the Côte d'Azur, the Rhône-Alpes is the third most popular tourist resort in France and this is reflected in the prices for Megève property which remain buoyant.
Despite its popularity, Megève has lost none of its Savoyard charm and remains a traditional alpine village. Its narrow cobbled streets are centred around a fine, old medieval church and hand painted horse-drawn sleighs carry tourists around the traffic-free central square and through the winding streets.
Boasting one of the largest ski areas in Europe, Megève offers skiers of all levels the opportunity to ski some of the most beautiful trails in the region; some meandering gently through trees and forests, others cutting through ravines beneath the shadow of majestic Mont Blanc. As the skiing day winds down, Megève transforms into the glittering après ski sophistication of exclusive boutiques, smart cafés, chic cocktail bars and gourmet restaurants.
Megève in the summer
In the summer, the surrounding forests, rivers, lakes and gorges provide a beautiful backdrop for hiking, cycling, climbing and white water rafting. Keen golfers can play on the 18-hole golf course situated at an average altitude of 1,320m and currently the oldest mountain style golf course, designed by Henry Cotton in 1964. For those with a head for heights, Megève is also a great place to take a hot-air balloon ride or to be flown over the Mont Blanc range in a light aircraft.
Due to its popularity both in winter and summer, Megève property is an attractive investment and the good news for buyers is that prices are considerably lower in the French Alps than in Paris, although still above the national average. A crucial factor for potential property buyers is that there is a strong rental market in Megève and this remains high all year around with properties close to the village centre or with easy access to the ski slopes commanding a premium rental price.
Megève property comes in all shapes and sizes to suit all pockets and tastes; from modern and chic apartments and chalets in the centre of the village to exclusive chalets built in the more traditional Savoyard style – often complete with swimming pool, sauna and stunning views of the slopes.
Demand for Megève property remains extremely healthy, particularly for luxury chalets near the centre of the village where new building is restricted to a low volume of apartments. Alternative destinations for property buyers wanting individual chalets are either in the exclusive Mont d'Arbois area, which is at the foot of the slopes at 1,350 metres, or in the pretty villages around Megève such as Combloux or Praz-sur-Arly, which are just minutes away.
It is easy to see why this area of the French Alps is so popular and why Megève – considered to be the jewel in the crown - makes a perfect holiday and investment destination. With Geneva airport less than one hour’s drive away, Megève is perfectly located both for a holiday home or permanent residence.
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