Part of the largest ski domain in the world, Courchevel is as diverse as the huge ski domain it sits within and prices can change by up to 50% from one resort to the next. From glamorous Courchevel 1850 with its chic boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants to rustic Courchevel Village, each of the villages has a unique atmosphere, allure and property scene. We’ve helped hundreds of people buy ski chalets, apartments, second homes and investment properties in Courchevel using our unbeatable knowledge of the different ski resorts. Discover our handpicked selection of properties for sale in Courchevel.
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Buying a Property in Courchevel with Alice Autran Garcia, Athena Advisers.
If in the summer, the high society anchors in St Tropez, it’s in the Courchevel valley that they clink their champagne glasses in the winter. Charming, sophisticated, and above all, perfect for alpine sports, this valley of four completely different resorts, brings together the perfect conditions for skiing and all sorts of fun. It’s no wonder that there is so much interest from people looking for properties for sale in Courchevel.
Courchevel has some of the best skiing across Les Trois Vallées, The Three Valleys, which is the largest and most well-connected ski area in the world. There are more than 600 kilometres of pistes, connected by 180 lifts where every season is a parade of characters from the international jet-set to local families who live nearby.
“Courchevel is very internationally known if you look at the nationalities who come here. Of course, we have the French, all the Europeans, even our British friends, but also across the border or Europe with Americans, Brazilians, South Americans, so it is very, very international here.” (Charles Antoine Sialelli, Destination Adviser, Athena Advisers)
Composed of four different villages, each named after its altitude, they are quite different amongst themselves. In 1850, the most luxurious of the four, you can have a Michelin star dinner, or rub shoulders with royalty. Catch a wave in 1650’s impressive multi-million Euro aqua centre; get a ride on one of the world’s fastest lifts in 1550; or feel like you are time-travelling into a Savoyard wonderland at 1300.
But, the most special thing about Courchevel is the quality of its slopes for all levels of adrenalin. Most of them are for beginners, which makes it a family paradise, but Courchevel can also boast having some of the most challenging slopes on earth. Yet, here there is life beyond the snow season. For some, it is when everything melts that the holidays begin. Who would have thought that you could surf artificial waves in a mountain resort? In Courchevel, anything and everything is possible.
From Courchevel Village up to Courchevel 1850, Courchevel boasts an excellent variety of ski properties for sale. Ranging from impressive standalone new-build chalets to ski-in ski-out apartments and penthouses coupled with excellent services, there is something for every taste and every budget in this iconic resort.
Ski-in ski-out properties are especially sought-after, especially in Courchevel Moriond where piste-side plots are usually occupied by hotels, which means that properties on the front de neige bought today could become trophy assets in the future.
Alongside Méribel, Courchevel will be hosting the World Ski Championships in 2023 and the front de neige of Courchevel Le Praz is undergoing an ambitious €26.6m renovation project which includes a brand-new super leisure centre called Alpinium and a new highspeed lift which can take skiers from Courchevel Le Praz up to Courchevel 1850 in just under six minutes. The lake is also having a makeover and its promenade is being expanded which will help improve Courchevel’s summer appeal.
With huge renovation plans underway, there is excellent potential for capital appreciation in this resort as well as generating strong rental yields, especially during the 2023 World Ski Championships.
In Courchevel, the most expensive properties tend to be found in the highest villages and, as many of the piste-side plots here are already occupied up by hotels, ski-in ski-out properties are especially sought-after.
One of the most popular resorts in the French Alps, Courchevel was named the 3rd best European ski destination in CN Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. Its international appeal means that owning a property here not only allows you to have a home away from home in one of the chicest resorts in the Alps, but it is also an opportunity to generate strong rental yields.
Property prices in Courchevel continue to rise with an increase of 2.3% recorded in 2019 (UBS) and with regeneration plans in action to help the resort prepare for the World Ski Championships, there is strong potential for capital appreciation too.
One of the most glamorous resorts in the French Alps, Courchevel was conceptualised by architect and avid-skier Laurent Chappis whilst he was held as a prisoner of war in Austria. Once liberated, Chappis was able to put his plans into action and Courchevel 1850 became the very first French ski resort to be created completely from scratch. At the time, other resorts were based around existing villages.
By 1959, Courchevel was well on the way to becoming the world-class resort it is today with several lifts and cable cars in action as well as plenty of accommodation for tourists. Another first for Courchevel, in 1961 construction began on the Courchevel altiport which was first mountain international airport and is famous for its short runway of just over 500m.
Courchevel had an important role during the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympic Games, as Courchevel Le Praz hosted the ski jumping events as well as the Nordic combined competitions. Since the games, Courchevel as solidified itself as one of the most upmarket resorts in the French Alps. It is here that you will find seven Michelin-starred restaurants, a plethora of high-end boutiques and a number of iconic hotels, including two prestigious hotels which have been awarded the coveted ‘Palace’ status.
Part of the largest interconnected ski domain in the world, the Three Valleys, Courchevel boasts access to 600km of groomed pistes as well as more than 120km of cross-country skiing. Impressive skiing credentials aside, Courchevel is also famous for its four unique villages, each with a distinct atmosphere.
Courchevel 1850 is the highest and most prestigious of the resorts and it is here where you can rub shoulders with royalty and find the best fine-dining experiences and high-end boutiques.
A little lower down, Courchevel Moriond, previously called Courchevel 1650, offers easy access to Courchevel 1850 but it is a destination in its own right, not a mere satellite village. The most famous attraction in this village is the impressive Aquamotion aqua centre which boasts a dazzling array of pools and spa treatments.
Courchevel Village, formerly known as Courchevel 1550, is one of the most reasonably priced neighbourhoods in the resort and is especially popular with families.
Finally, Courchevel Le Praz, or Courchevel 1300, is arguably the most authentic village in the resort and exudes Savoyard charm with its narrow streets and traditional wood and stone architecture.