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Buying and living in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

The stunning Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region encompasses world-class skiing, sparkling lakes, historic cities, national parks and Unesco world heritage sites. Its year-round appeal means a steady demand for properties Welcome to the Auvergne, Rhône and French Alps


The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is home to many of the world’s most prestigious ski resorts, as well as beautiful lakes and historic cities. Whether you are looking to ski/snowboard in winter, cycle up the mythical mountain climbs in summer or browse vibrant markets, you will be doing so in an exceptional setting. There is property in the region to suit all budgets; our team of expert agents will be happy to share their local knowledge, working with you to find your ideal property.

Transport and Access

The French Alps are efficiently served by four airports – Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble and Chambéry. There are non-stop flights to Geneva from 142 destinations in 47 different countries, with excellent onwards access to all the major resorts. Lyon is also a popular entry point to the Alps, with flights from 189 international destinations. Grenoble and Chambéry also offer regular flights to the UK during the winter season. (https://www.inauvergnerhonealpes.com/la-region-auvergne-rhone-alpes/venir-en-auvergne-rhone-alpes/)

You may prefer to drive, taking in the breath-taking scenery. Driving from Calais takes around eight hours. Winter regulations now make snow equipment mandatory for cars in mountain regions.

You could also travel by TGV. A direct train from London St Pancras can whisk you to Bourg-Saint-Maurice in as little as 8 1/2 hours with easy access to Les Arcs (Savoie). The station at Thonon-les-Bains serves Morzine and Avoriaz (Haute-Savoie) and Briançon serves Montgenèvre and Serre Chevalier (Hautes-Alpes).

The market

For an in-depth analysis, read our latest French Alps Market Comment (link below), which includes average prices in all the major towns and resorts.

Property in the French Alps is seen as an ideal long-term investment due to the global nature of the clientele. Lately we have seen an increased level of demand from North America and the Middle East, particularly from those who make their living in the oil and gas industries, which are pegged to the US dollar. The bedrock of demand has been from the domestic market though – French buyers have been seeking “the great outdoors”, whilst not being too far away from their businesses, family and friends. The French Alps are the ideal place to own a second home with around 37% of properties in the Savoie estimated to be holiday homes and around 25% in the Haute-Savoie.

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The shared passion amongst everyone who lives, works, or owns a home here.

The Auvergne- Rhône-Alpes captivates visitors with its enchanting blend of natural beauty and rich heritage. There is no shortage of outdoor adventures with the mountains and lakes of the Alpes, the vineyards of the Bourgogne and the volcanos of the Auvergne whilst the cities offer a vibrant cultural scene. The region is also renowned for its enchanting spa towns with natural springs offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

In winter the region is transformed into a real-life wonderland, as picture-postcard ski resorts fill with people enjoying the slopes. In summer the area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts offering a variety of activities including, hiking, mountain/road biking, paragliding and rock climbing. The warm summer weather means you can also enjoy swimming, fishing, and boating on dramatic rivers and beautiful lakes.

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    • Global demand makes property in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes an excellent investment.
    • Efficient transport links from all corners of the world
    • Ski resorts offering around 8,500km of slopes across 140 resorts
    • Year-round activities for both personal enjoyment and augmented rental returns.
    • Unique and dramatic landscapes

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    Departments and Major Cities

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    Rhône (69)
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    Lyon - Villefranche-sur-Saône

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    Loire (42)
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    Saint-Étienne - Montbrison - Roanne

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    Ardèche (7)
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    Privas - Largentière - Tournon-sur-Rhône

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    Drôme (26)
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    Valence - Die - Nyons

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    Isère (38)
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    Grenoble - La Tour-du-Pin - Vienne

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    Savoie (73)
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    Chambéry - Albertville - Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne

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    Haute Savoie (74)
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    Annecy - Bonneville - Saint-Julien-en-Genevois - Thonon-les-Bains

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    Bourg-en-Bresse - Belley - Gex - Nantua

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    Puy-de-Dôme (63)
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    Clermont-Ferrand - Ambert - Issoire - Riom - Thiers

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    Allier (03)
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    Moulins - Montluçon - Vichy

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    Cantal (15)
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    Aurillac - Mauriac - Saint-Flour

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    Haute Loire (43)
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    Le Puy-en-Velay - Brioude - Yssingeaux

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    The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes :

    This region covers a variety of landscapes from mountains and lakes to villages and cities and the wild beauty of the numerous national parks. Its architecture, influenced by the local materials and construction techniques, is reflected the range and style of properties.

    From typical Alpine chalets with their charming and cosy atmosphere, wooden shutters and balconies to sprawling stone wine properties in the Burgundy area, rustic farmhouses and village properties. Closer to the cities you will find elegant manor houses and sleek modern city apartments. There is a huge choice of styles across the region.

    New build/ off plan properties are very popular with both domestic and international buyers. Being sited in prime locations, such as ski in/ski out, lakeside and all the best spots near vineyards and leafy villages. A luxurious modern take on classic French and mountain architecture. In cities you can benefit from great transport links and proximity to international schools. All newbuilds conform to or exceed the most recent energy, sound and insulation regulations and benefit from the latest technologies making them secure and efficient to run. With 10 year guarantees in place, there is the further benefit of low maintenance.

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