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Our team of professional, bi-lingual and helpful agents are all part of the Leggett Immobilier group, established for over 20 years. We live in some of the most beautiful places in France, we have insider knowledge and we are passionate about the places where we live and the work that we do. We provide an effective, time saving, professional and honest service aiming to find you the property that will work for you – a ski hideaway, a ski resort rental studio, a luxury ski chalet, a valley haven not too far from the slopes, a lakeside villa ..... whatever you’re searching for ..... we get results.
The summer has arrived! Daytimes spent hiking and biking in the mountains, followed by a swim in the local pristine lakes, then BBQ filled evenings with a bottle of rosé and sunset lit Mont Blanc. Does summer get better than this?
Yes it does! All through summer are various events, one of which many of the lakes host a “Fête du Lac”. Beginning with activities, displays, concerts, food and drink, then the main event, a spectacular firework display where mountains echo whistles and explosions and lakes reflect illuminations.
For a more pampered experience, you can pre-book a dinner cruise on the main lakes where the biggest fêtes take place: Lac Leman (Geneva), Lac Annecy or Lac du Bourget (Aix les Bains):
Better still, you can have your very own private viewing spot – in one of these divine lake view properties for sale:
Here are the dates for just some of the main Fetes du Lacs throughout the Alps. Get in touch with your local agent to find out where your nearest lake is – they will most likely be heading to at least one festival themselves! :
Le Bouveret (Lac Leman/Lake Geneva)
Lausanne (Lac Leman/Lake Geneva)
Geneva, Annecy, Montriond, Les Gets, Combloux, Amphion les Bains
Aix les Bains
Excenevex, Les Gets, Evian, Rumilly, Les Contamines Montjoie
Thonon les Bains
Aix les Bains
Another fun fueled and prosperous winter season has flown by. Within the property market, the demand is up and prices are at their lowest since 2008 proving a great time to buy.
With snow melting in the approaching summer heat, the Alps dramatically change into a completely different world.
Buyers who are seeking all-season properties come to experience what this beautiful haven has to offer, whether it’s for the chilled out atmosphere at the lakes and beaches, the family friendly activities, or the more challenging adrenalin filled sports…
One sport in particular simply replaces skis for bikes! The resorts lifts re-open and become the transport link to 100’s of kms of biking terrain.
Here is an insight, put together by a specialist guide and friend of the Alps team in the Belleville Valley (Val Thorens, Saint Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires):
If you think that’s hairy, then get over to Alpe d’Huez to see the MEGA AVALANCHE event – the biggest open downhill bike race in the world:
Road biking is also very popular in the Alps with the challenging ascents and descents and dramatic backdrops. There are numerous races through the summer and of course the Tour de France. This year it will be passing through Jackson Collins’ home turf, les Hautes Alpes. Starting in Grenoble passing Bourg d’Oisans, La Grave, into Briancon les Hautes Alpes, then over the Col d’Izoard, ending in Risoul.
Here are just some of the biking events to look out for this summer:
Here is a list of contenders our Leggett Ski Agents in the Alps will be rooting for:
1. Alpine Skiing
19 x FR:
2 x GB:
2. Freestyle skiing
21 x FR:
6 X GB
13 x FR
7 x GB
4. Cross Country skiing
15 x FR
4 x GB
12 x FR
2 x GB
10 x GB (3 x mens, 1 x ladies)
8 x FR (3 x mens)
10 x GB
8. Figure skating
9 x FR (5 x mens, 4 x ladies)
6 x GB (3 x mens, 3 x ladies)
9. Short track (speed skating)
4 x FR (3 x mens, 1 x ladies)
5 x GB
10. Ski jumping
4 x FR
11. Nordic combined
5 x FR
4 x GB (2 x mens, 2 x ladies)
13. Speed skating
3 x FR (mens)
1 x FR ladies
15. Ice hockey
There will be a “super” lift linking the two resorts of Alp d’Huez with les 2 Alpes! There has been speculation of this project for years but our sources reveal that the project is to go ahead in 2018.
The link will be between the top of Signal de l’homme in the Auris sector of Alpe d’Huez and Le Cret in les Deux Alpes. The estimated transit time 17 minutes.
If the link goes ahead, here is how the area will sit among the 10 largest linked areas in Europe:
With property prices here remaining modest compared to other large resorts, perhaps now is the time to be looking to invest!
To see properties for sale in Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez, please visit:
Lac du Bourget’s neighbour, the renowned lac d’Annecy with its beautiful city located on one end of the second largest lakes in France is chic, expensive and bustling with energy and fun – and has long attracted foreign property buyers.
However, if you want a more relaxed, green experience then the larger Lac du Bourget is a great option. The nearby city of Chambery is both historic and beautiful, while Aix-les-Bains offers splendid mountain views, lakeside beaches, thermal baths and a relaxed and very French atmosphere.
Many British and foreign buyer are showing interest in Lac du Bourget, already very popular with the French, and it looks set to be one of the next major areas for property price growth in Savoie and indeed the Rhône Alpes. Thierry Barry our agent based in Aix les Bain has some fantastic properties for sale in Aix-les-Bains and around the lac.
An exhilarating 65m plunge off the new bridge in St Gervais les Bains (between Chamonix and Megeve), over the the Gorges and river du Bonnant.
The base opened to public on the 22nd June and is open every day through the summer and weekends outside of season. A standard jump costs €80.
For more information, prices and reservations you can visit this site:
(English version not yet available)
Our very own agent, Sophie Justice from Les Portes du Soleil region of the Alps team, has just completed the “Tour des Anges” Charity Walk for Lavender Trust Breast Cancer association.
The event saw a group of intrepid local women hike over a total distance distance of 52km, climbing more than 4250m, covering the French and Swiss Alps in 4 days.
During the walk, they had a lucky escape, when a violent storm with hail stones the size of golf balls hit nearby!
All back in 1 piece, they managed to raise a total of €10,000 for the charity.
Hats off to the girls and well done Sophie!
Heading over the border into Switzerland, on Lake Geneva (known locally as Lac Leman) is the picturesque Alpine Riviera town of Montreux.
For two weeks every July, Montreux hosts the second largest worldwide Jazz Festival with not just Jazz but a variety of Live Music from headline bands to the lesser known acts. Since it was founded by Claude Nobs in 1967, it has drawn in the crowds and is increasingly popular every year.
There are 3 venues where entry tickets are required to see the main acts but there are heaps of other free concerts, bands and artists playing in the parks and along the lake to enjoy throughout the day and evening.
This year, some of the lead acts are Prince, Leonard Cohen and Marcus Miller. A few acts aren’t confirmed until 2 weeks before, so it is worth checking the full listing on the festival’s website in June.
Aside from the music, there are food and drink stalls catering for every taste from fresh Thai curry to Movenpick Ice Cream. If you are bringing young kids, there are a couple of playgrounds to keep them at bay whilst you’re wetting the palette and enjoying the music, or there’s even a kindergarten leaving you childfree so you can head off to a concert.
To get full information on the Festival, here is the official website: http://www.montreuxjazzfestival.com/2013/en
Did you know… Montreux is where Deep Purple got the inspiration for their song, “Smoke on the Water” when Montreux Casino burnt down in 1971
We are nearing the end of a spectacular ski season in the Alps with copious amounts of snow, powdery on and off-piste and endless slopes. It’s always sad hanging up the skis and saying goodbye to the winter… but on a positive note, summers on its way!
Always a hot topic amongst the team, summer or winter, which do you prefer?
• Shorts and shades or staloppettes and goggles?
• Evening al-fresco dining or lunch times on the sunny slopes?
• Beautiful walks in the mountains or a snow shoe through the forest?
• Bbqs at the beach or a hearty fondue in a cosy Alpine setting?
• Sunbathing at the lake or relaxing in the hot tub?
• A crisp glass of rosé or a warming vin chaud?
• A leisurely bike ride in the green Alpine hills or a day skiing/riding down powdery, white mountains?
• An outdoor festival or an après ski concert/gig?
You may associate dining in the Alps with its hearty Raclettes, Fondues and Tartiflettes fulfilling the skiers appetite – but, there is more to the Alps than meets the stomach!
Last month saw one of the world’s largest and most prestigious culinary competitions in Lyon, where 24 finalist chefs gathered from 3 continents to compete for the title of, “Le Bocuse d’Or”.
French Chef, “Paul Bocuse” created the event in 1987 which takes place over 5 days every 2 years in the gastronomic capital of France, Lyon. The event entices foodies from across the globe coming to get a first glimpse of the newest trends in the world of gastronomy.
There are all kinds of demonstrations and exhibits, including the “Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie”, the National Cheese making contest and best Winemaker, however the awaited event is the contest between the 24 best chefs in the world competing for Gold in “Le Bocuse d’Or”.
This year, not only did the UK make history with their best result to date coming 4th in the competition, it saw local French chef, Thibaut Ruggeri win the title, who trained in the Michelin Star restaurant, Le Flocon de Sel in Megeve, Haute Savoie. Le Flocon de Sel is just one of 75 Michelin Starred restaurants in the Rhone Alpes.
So… next time you are in the area and fancy a taste of something a little more special and unique, take a look to see if you are near any of these award winning restaurants – make sure you book in advance:
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