Leggett Immobilier's Alps Team Offer their Top Ten Reasons to Buy in the Alps this Summer

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A ski chalet or apartment is not just for Christmas! Leggett Immobilier's Alps team offer their top ten reasons why you might consider buying an alpine property for the summer as well as the winter.

Summer in the Alps

Excellent rental potential during the winter can also be capitalized upon in the summer as many people are realising the benefits of holidaying in the Alps.

A ski chalet or apartment is not just for Christmas! Leggett Immobilier's Alps team offer their top ten reasons why you might consider buying an alpine property for the summer as well as winter.

1. Fantastic climate for an outdoors lifestyle - snow sure in winter and warm and sunny in summer. Fantastic food with a wide choice of properties to suit all tastes and budgets. New build apartments to 150 year-old barns, luxury chalets to 'belle-epoque' stone town houses. Low-valley towns offer wonderful year round living, something often unknown to Brits and other foreigners who think the Alps shut-down in April

2. Strong property market - even in a down-turn, properties have maintained their values - an excellent investment opportunity.

3. Unique identity; very much the Alps, not just another region in France. Amazing environment to enjoy the good life, views, fresh air, good food, great activities.

4. Biking, hiking, canyoning, rafting, zip wiring, paragliding, horse trekking, white water rafting to enjoy in the summer month. The mountains and valleys make for great biking routes both off and on road. Not all about adrenaline though, with many other extra-curricular activities for businesses to focus on. Golf, cookery, painting, road-trips for bikes and classic cars, hot-air ballooning for example.

5. Excellent rental potential during the winter can also be capitalized upon in the summer as well as more and more people are realising the benefits of holidaying in the Alps.

6. Several of France's largest lakes are all within 30 minutes to an hour of most of the ski resorts adding an extra dimension to life in the Alps. These lakes are large enough to sail on and swimming is a pleasure in the fresh mountain water warmed nicely in the summer sun. Perfect combination of hot sunny days and pure mountain air for a perfect nights sleep.

8. Traditionally younger, more outdoors orientated, multi-national ex-pat community, often with kids. Very much the case that it is not simply British and not just retirees. More opportunity to make friends of a similar age/mind-set.

9. Train journeys through the spectacular snow capped mountain ranges passing glaciers, pristine turquoise lakes and glistening waterfalls. Medieval cities to explore.

10. Excellent travel links with the area serviced by three international airports: Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon. Easy drive to three great cultural cities: Milan, Lyon and Geneva. International job opportunities available in Geneva, just 45mins drive from Chamonix/PdS and just 20mins from Annecy. For some it is 'commutable' from the UK, but at the very least offers easy access for weekend trips, ensuring best use of a 'second home'. Close to Italy and Switzerland for a true variety of style, culture and atmosphere, whether attending the Classical festival in Verbier or Skiing in Courmayeur.

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