Nestled in the Abondance valley, Châtel is one of the most charming villages in the French Alps and has seen significant infrastructure investment and high property value growth over the past few years. Active in Châtel for over a decade, our property experts have an intimate understanding of this desirable destination and have watched Châtel evolve into one of Portes du Soleil’s most popular ski resorts for property investment, all while retaining its unique authenticity. Discover the resort for yourself and explore our handpicked selection of properties for sale in Châtel, including super stylish apartments in the best locations, and luxurious chalets with high rental values.
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In order to preserve the rustic charm that makes Châtel so unique, the town hall often imposes rental obligations on new-build properties. However, we have identified a great selection of brand-new freehold apartments and chalets for sale in Châtel.
Châtel has a diverse offering of ski properties ranging from prime apartments right in the village centre, such as Club 26 and Imelda and Gaby, to larger chalets and semi-chalets on spacious plots just outside of the centre.
Whether you are looking for a chalet or a ski apartment for sale in Châtel, all of the properties here are built in a typical chalet-style with sloping roofs and a traditional facade.
Once the playground of the few local families whose flocks grazed on the land here during the summer, Châtel has steadily grown as a ski resort by improving its infrastructure and diversifying its offerings to better compete with its siblings in Les Portes du Soleil. Infrastructure improvements include the €13m aquatic centre, Forme d’O, which opened in 2014 and a new ski lift in 2015 which connects Super-Châtel with Linga. In addition, Châtel has gone to great lengths to ensure that it is family-friendly and has even been awarded the prestigious ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ label.
However, as much of Châtel’s appeal is due to its rustic charm, considerable care has gone into protecting its authenticity and Châtel is one of just seven ski resorts to be awarded the ‘Flocon Vert’ label thanks to its commitment to sustainable development.
A small authentic resort within the sprawling Portes du Soleil ski domain, Châtel boasts the best of both worlds whilst offering more competitive prices than the neighbouring resorts of Morzine and Les Gets.
As a resort develops, many fear that it will lose its authenticity. However, this is not the case with Châtel. Acutely aware of the timeless appeal of the village’s Savoyard charm, the town hall is dedicated to preserving the character of the resort. As a result, new plots for development are restricted in the village and many new-build properties for sale in Châtel can come with a rental obligation.
An authentic dual-season resort where the summer months are just as lively as the ski season, owning a property in Châtel is a fantastic lifestyle investment for those looking for a home away from home where they can enjoy holidays throughout the year.
Whilst Châtel has matured over the years, properties here are still competitively priced when compared to other resorts in the Portes du Soleil. In Châtel, prices range from €6,000 to €10,000 per sqm whilst prices in nearby Les Gets vary from €8,000 to €13,000 per sqm. Plus, there is still potential for capital appreciation as this resort continues to grow in popularity.
Before skiing became Châtel’s main draw, agriculture was the principal source of income for most of the inhabitants. The farming industry is still thriving today and you will find 30 or so working farms dotted around the vicinity, some of which produce the area’s famous Abondance cheese. Proud of its agricultural roots, Châtel celebrates its farming heritage through the ‘Fête de la Belle Dimanche’ which is held every year in August.
Châtel is one of just a few French ski resorts that have access to a large ski domain while being less than 90 minutes from Geneva Airport. This authentic, family-friendly resort is part of the sprawling Portes du Soleil ski domain which boasts 650km of groomed pistes and encompasses 12 resorts between France and Switzerland.
A true dual-season resort, Châtel is perfect for summer holidays too. From mountain biking and hiking through to ziplining and white water rafting, there is something for everyone to enjoy.