The demand for chalets in which to enjoy mountain holidays in the French Alps is exploding. The Grandes Rousses massif is no exception to this trend, with prices per square metre in Alpe d'Huez for a luxury chalet at the foot of the slopes as much as 50% lower than in some other resorts. Busy in both summer and winter, with a lively après-ski scene and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, Alpe d'Huez offers prospective buyers excellent potential for a profitable investment. Many of the chalets on offer are situated close to the lifts with ski-in/ski-out access, and available with luxury services on request.
Cimalpes specialises in real estate sales for prestigious properties in the French Alps and will guide you in the choice of your chalet, drawing on our in-depth sector expertise built up since 2003. Our team will assist you with the rental management of your property, enhancing its value with the addition of facilities such as relaxation area, hammam, Jacuzzi and indoor swimming pool, and optimising rental income. We can also set up concierge services such as breakfast delivery and private chef, and advise on market-driven flexible pricing. We have a comprehensive range of services and advice to help you on a daily basis.
There are many reasons to invest in a chalet in Alpe d'Huez:
At an altitude of 1,860m, the resort has an ideal climate for enjoying the mountains, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year
Access to a vast ski area, soon to be linked to Les Deux Alpes and Les Sybelles, with breathtaking views of the mountains, and in summer, direct access to walking and cycling trails. All of this is just one hour's drive from Grenoble
The growing popularity of holiday rentals, along with the development of luxury, hotel-style services, giving owners confidence about future rental income
In the heart of the Grandes Rousses massif, with panoramic views of the national parks of Vanoise and Écrins, "l'Alpe" is an extremely popular travel destination. Made famous by the Tour de France, the iconic climb up to Alpe d'Huez with its 21 hairpin bends, is a key part of the resort's identity, attracting hundreds of cyclists each day over the summer. Starting from an altitude of 1,860m, there are 250 kilometres of hiking trails, making the resort an ideal base from which to explore the summer landscape of lakes and mountains. An important snowsports destination, in winter the resort attracts skiers and other lovers of the mountains in winter who come to enjoy unforgettable moments in the Isère region's largest ski area.
Just 60 kilometres from Grenoble, Alpe d'Huez is also easily accessible from Lyon (2h30min by car), or Paris (3h by train, then 1h by road), and is also close to Annecy (2h) and Geneva international airport (2h30min). The resort's good transport links and proximity to several major urban centres opens it up to the short-stay market, and makes it ideal for the purchase of a second home. Alpe d'Huez is also building a shuttle link to the village of Huez via an autonomous lift which will reduce holidaymakers' carbon footprint and preserve the quality of life for its inhabitants.
Alpe d'Huez was a pioneer in the development of winter sports tourism. Today, the resort is focusing its efforts on the construction of sustainable accommodation combining profitability, high quality materials and efficient use of space. Developments in the resort's various hamlets include underground car parks and feature buildings clad in old wood and stone, in accordance with the urban planning measures in Alpe d'Huez's local development plan. New buildings conform to the latest standards for energy efficiency, and new chalet developments favour local contractors who are conscious of their ecological footprint. In this way, the resort aims to be a leader in sustainable development in the mountains.
Reclaiming the VAT on Your New Chalet
In addition to the current low level of interest rates that facilitate access to real estate loans, prospective buyers of new individual chalets benefit from attractive tax incentives. Investors can claim back VAT amounting to 20% of the purchase price on the condition that they make their property available for rental on a furnished and serviced basis. They retain the right to use the property whenever they wish. This measure acts as an incentive to French and international buyers who wish to generate a profit from their acquisition of a luxury chalet in the mountains. The Cimalpes team is at your disposal to assist you in this area.
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