Morzine is a resort with a lot to offer which is attracting an increasing number of property buyers. Follow Cimalpes' comprehensive guide to understand how the real estate market in this mid-mountain resort works.
Situated in the department of Haute-Savoie at an altitude of 1,000 metres, Morzine is an authentic resort popular with families as well as mountain sports enthusiasts. It is an ideal destination for buyers looking for a second home in the mountains or a rental investment. With a wide range of summer and winter activities on offer, Morzine attracts a varied clientele, especially those with families, who come to enjoy the wide open spaces and excellent leisure facilities.
Did you know ? Morzine is just an hour and a half by road from Geneva airport, and two and a half hours from Lyon and Grenoble.
Morzine's real estate market is driven by strong interest from foreign Anglo-Saxon clients in accommodation close to the village centre and the pistes, especially large, modern and well-equipped chalets. Morzine particularly appeals to British clients because of its picturesque, traditional appearance. This clientele is attracted by the resort's upmarket reputation and availability of luxurious serviced accommodation. Morzine also attracts many French buyers, and is popular with mountain sports enthusiasts and families throughout the year. People who buy properties here are passionate about skiing, the great outdoors and the Savoyard lifestyle. Investors looking for a second home, or to expand their investment portfolio, can also expect excellent rental yields on their property.
An Offer in Line with Client Expectations
Due to the high demand for properties in Morzine, real estate prices are among the highest in Haute-Savoie, with luxury apartments and chalets to rival those found in the most upmarket resorts. Here, contemporary design and top-of-the-range comfort are married with authentic and traditional Savoyard architecture.
With 3,000 year-round residents and over 9,000 dwellings, 83.6% of which are used as second homes, Morzine is a resort with excellent potential. With demand consistently exceeding supply by around 8%, the real estate market is very dynamic. Properties tend not to be on the market for very long, with sales usually completed quickly.
Where to invest in Morzine?
The Village Centre
In the centre of the village, where most of the restaurants, bars and shops are located, you can find new and renovated luxury properties in fully-equipped residences. This area derives much of its charm from its historic buildings which tell the story of Morzine's past. Thanks to the proximity to the ski slopes, the village centre is an ideal location for rental investments.
Located near to the famous slalom stadium, Le Pleney is the sporting centre of Morzine with ski-in/ski-out access from the various residences and chalets along the Avenue de Joux Plane. A quieter area on the snow front than the lively village centre, it offers a wide range of restaurants in which to enjoy a meal close to the slopes. On some winter evenings, night skiing brings a real buzz to the district, and can be enjoyed by young and old alike.
This area is named after the famous gondola lift that takes skiers from Morzine up to Avoriaz in less than four minutes. Clustered around the road leading up to Avoriaz are numerous rustic chalets with large volumes, wellness facilities, cinema rooms and concierge services. Midway between the ski area and the village centre, it is a prime location for buyers seeking properties with good investment potential in an unspoilt natural setting. Quieter than other parts of the resort, Super-Morzine has retained its rustic and traditional architecture whilst offering accommodation on a par with the newest luxury residences.
This district stretches to the north-east of Morzine, along the Vallée des Ardoisières. With easy access to the walking and hiking trails, most of the accommodation in this area is made up of apartment residences. Close to the shops and ski area, it represents a good compromise between accessibility and tranquility. The Avoriaz cable car is located at the end of the valley, allowing access to the ski area without going into the centre of Morzine.
Pied de la Plagne
Heading out towards Lake Geneva, Pied de la Plagne is a lively, residential district close to the shops, sports centre, and aquatic park, which offers good investment opportunities in luxurious, fully-equipped mountain chalets. These high-end properties, built using wood and old stone typical of Morzine's architecture, and are ideal for investors looking for an exceptional property in an authentic resort. Traversed by the Route des Grandes Alpes, which links Thonon-les-Bains to Nice via the most beautiful alpine ridges, it typifies the Savoyard art of living appreciated by Morzine's cosmopolitan clientele.
The true Haute-Savoie chalet
With its slate roofs, wooden chalets and picturesque village centre, Morzine is one of those village resorts that has managed to retain its character by effectively balancing tradition and modernity, whilst developing itself into a year-round tourist destination. In the 1970s, the inhabitants of Morzine were careful to preserve the village's architectural heritage, and resisted the construction of the concrete apartment blocks that were springing up in many other French resorts. Today, apartments and tourist residences designed in line with current buyer expectations sit alongside the resort's many chalets.
Morzine is notable for its mix of the traditional and the contemporary. We at Cimalpes believe it to be an excellent choice for a real estate investment thanks to its many advantages. When buying a property here, you can be confident that you have made a sound decision.
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