The land of Mont Blanc
Chamonix and its valley, dominated by Mont Blanc, offer all Winter and Summer mountain activities but also the opportunity to live all year in a traditional yet international atmosphere.
In Winter, the ski areas of Les Houches, the Brévent, Flégère, the Grands Montets and Montroc / Vallorcine will fill the skier's dreams, in particular the majestic Vallée Blanche, which is accessed from the famous Aiguille du Midi cable car.
In Summer Chamonix is naturally the capital of mountain climbing, with all major summits on your doorstep, but many other activities are also available. The Mont Blanc Ultra Trail race is the highlight of the season but the less adventurous can also enjoy hiking, swimming, tennis or golf.
Access to Geneva airport, just over an hour away by road, is facilitated by numerous shuttle services all year round.
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SAINT-GERVAIS / LES CONTAMINES
The gateway to Mont-Blanc
Nested between Chamonix and Megève at the foot of Mont-Blanc, Saint-Gervais les Bains and Les Contamines Montjoie are two picturesque villages with excellent quality of life for permanent residents and holiday makers. Saint-Gervais is the larger of the two with 6,000 inhabitants and Les Contamines has 1,500. Both are part of one of the largest ski areas in France, the Evasion Mont Blanc domain, which has 445km of pistes for all levels. Cross-country skiing, an ice rink and a new swimming pool complete the set-up.
The valley is also very welcoming in Summer and offers numerous trails for hiking, mountain biking and other activities such as paragliding, fishing, horse-riding and many others, including the thermal spa of Saint-Gervais. For permanent residents Saint-Gervais and Les Contamines have all amenities such as shops, doctors, dentists, schools, pharmacies, supermarkets etc.
A wave of investment in the last decade has largely benefitted the property market. Whilst prices are high by French standards, they remain fairly affordable when compared to Chamonix and Megève, as many foreign buyers have discovered. The continued improvement in public services and facilities has been followed by sustained construction of chalets, apartments and residences. However the valley has its own architectural tradition which makes it stand out from purpose-built resorts.
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PAYS DE LA FILIERE
Peace and quiet, and convenience
Ideally located close to Annecy and Geneva, the villages of the Pays de la Filière offer the great quality of life of a rural environment and easy access to all amenities of the nearby large cities. Aviernoz, Les Ollières, Thorens-Glières, Villaz are all growing in popularity thanks to the quality of service there (schools and shops) and the local environment. Geneva is less than an hour away by car and Annecy only 20 minutes away, which makes it possible to benefit from the surroundings in the vicinity of a large centre of economic activity where one can work.
The shores of Lake Annecy are 20 minutes away by car and all ski resorts of Haute-Savoie less than an hour up the road. This makes the area very well suited to both full-time and holiday residence. The diversity of housing (chalets, traditional houses, farmhouses, apartments, new developments) will satisfy all requirements.
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Albertville, Olympic City with lifestyle!
Albertville has traditionally always been at the heart of international trade between France, Italy and Switzerland. Situated at the centre of a key intersection, this alpine city is an obligatory route to access Italy via the Combe de Savoie, the Val d’Arly (Espace Diamant ski area via Megève), the Beaufortain valley (for Les Saisies, Hauteluce, Arêches-Beaufort) and the Tarentaise (for the 3 Vallées, l’Espace Killy, Paradiski ski resorts). Thanks to the 1992 Winter Olympics, Albertville benefits from numerous infrastructures which are still present, a good road network and easy links to Geneva airport (only 1 hour away), Lyon airport Saint-Exupéry (1 1/2 hours away) and the TGV train service comes to Albertville and Bourg-Saint-Maurice during the winter season for onward access to ski resorts. In addition, there are also regular flights from the UK to nearby Chambery airport.
Locally Albertville has a strong local offering with producers of wine, cheese and vegetables (AOC Appellation) as well as outstanding wood, stone and metal craftsmanship. With regards to sport, the city offers numerous events such as biking competitions, ice-rink sports and running races and there are many leisure associations which propose a diverse offering of activities. From the town's abbeys, museums and fortifications that surround it, to the medieval centre of Conflans, Albertville offers a rich cultural heritage. .
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An authentic mountain area
The ESPACE DIAMANT ski area offers 192km of ski runs spread over several mountains, 6 villages combined to create a large and varied domain, with ski runs for all levels in between forests with Mont-Blanc in the background. The fantastic scenery is completed by great sunshine.
You will find the spirit of old villages in Praz sur Arly, Flumet, Notre-Dame de Bellecombe, Crest-Voland / Cohennoz, Les Saisies, Hauteluce. They all offer Winter and Summer activities with unmissable events such as the hot air balloon festival, the Aigles à ski festival, the Great Odyssey for dog-sledging for example.
The particular location of the ESPACE DIAMANT benefits from all commodities and easy access. Geneva airport is 1h30 away by car, Lyon airport 2 hours away and in the Winter season Chambéry airport offers regular flights.
The elegant world-renowned resort of Megève is only 4km away from Praz sur Arly, with Chamonix just further up the road 40 minutes away.
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