Just over an hour’s drive from Geneva, Les Gets has become an extremely popular mountain village in the vast Portes du Soleil ski domain. Upmarket yet unpretentious, this family-friendly resort is a winter sports paradise and a major hub for mountain biking, meaning it’s active throughout the year. As a result, the Les Gets property market can be competitive. We have decades of experience in finding our clients their dream property in Les Gets, helping them through the entire buying process. Explore our curated selection of properties for sale in Les Gets, including the very best ski chalets and the most stylish apartments.
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Buying a Property in Les Gets with Charles Antoine Sialelli, Destination Adviser, Athena Advisers.
Les Gets is one of the most popular ski resorts in France for various reasons. The first reason is the size of the ski domain. Les Gets is part of Les Portes Du Soleil ski domain which is a very large ski domain with more than 600 kilometres of ski runs across France and Switzerland.
Another reason why Les Gets is very popular is its proximity to the airport. The drive is between one hour and one hour and 15 minutes which means it is very convenient, especially for weekend trips when you want to come at the last minute.
Then, it is one of the rare resorts with a proper dual season. The summer here is very nice. “We are very proud to offer a very, very long summer season. We begin at the end of the month of May. Of course, during the summer, we have the opportunity to welcome all the families because Les Gets has a lake with a Wibit (water park inflatables). We have an 18-hole golf course and much more to discover.” (David Chabanal, Director, Les Gets Tourist Office). Most of the main lifts are open in Les Portes Du Soleil which allows you to do summer activities, like mountain biking, hiking and paragliding.
Compared to many ski resorts, Les Gets has been very preserved in terms of architecture, making properties for sale in Les Gets very attractive to investors and second home buyers. The village has grown around the historical centre preserving the local architecture, so that it is why in Les Gets you don’t see any big blocks, like ‘70s blocks with big flat roofs like you would find in purpose-built ski resorts.
The village is organised around a long main street with shops, restaurants and bars and everything you need, and then higher up, halfway up the mountain, you have two main areas. One is called, La Turche, which benefits from direct access to the slopes. The second one is called, Les Chavannes, with the same access to the slopes and ski lifts.
Les Gets is perfect for clients who are looking to buy a chalet or apartment for sale in a large, dual season ski domain which is very close to an airport.
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There is a fantastic array of ski properties for sale in Les Gets. Those who want to be close to the heart of the action should consider looking for a property in the village centre as this will enable them to have the best selection of shops, restaurants and amenities on the doorstep. Ski apartments can be mainly found in the village centre, all of which are built in a beautiful chalet-style – no high-rise tower blocks here. For jaw-dropping views, consider a property on a dominant plot just outside of the village centre.
There are plenty of options away from the village centre too for those who want something more intimate and spacious such as ski-in ski-out chalets in the calm Gibbanaz area.
Les Gets is constantly improving its offerings on and off the slopes to help it better compete with its fellow siblings in Les Portes du Soleil. For the 2019/20 ski season, Les Gets opened two new pistes, a dog sledging experience for children and Les Sources du Chéry, a chic wellness centre with a 1,000 sqm adults-only spa and fun children’s area.
Some €7m has been invested in improving the resort’s snowmaking capabilities and the new facilities have upped snow coverage from 35% to nearly 50% for the 2019/20 ski season. Once the project is complete, snow coverage will reach 75%.
An authentic and welcoming village, Les Gets is a true dual-season resort with access to one of the largest ski domains in the world and with a lively summer season. From golf and mountain biking to paragliding and watersports, there is something for the whole family to enjoy in the summer.
This not only makes owning a property in Les Gets an excellent lifestyle investment, but it also means that property owners have the opportunity to generate strong rental yields throughout the year.
A true dual-season resort with superb skiing and an excellent array of summer activities, properties in Les Gets represent an interesting investment opportunity as there is potential to generate strong income during the summer months too.
According to the figures in the 2020 Summer in the French Alps report, Les Gets has an estimated occupancy rate of 50% in the summer. Additionally, those who invest in a new-build property in Les Gets will also have the option to reclaim 20% VAT from the property purchase price if they choose to rent out their property and certain conditions are met.
Les Gets opened its first chair lift back in 1938 and welcomed the first Ecole du Ski Français soon after in 1940. Since the opening of the Mont Chery lift in 1954, the ski resort has steadily grown and now boasts 47 lifts.
However, the origin of the village stems back to the 12th century and before Les Gets evolved into the popular ski resort it is today, it was a dairy farm community. For a taste of what life was like back then head to La Fruitière des Perrières, a fromagerie with a restaurant which is more than 100 years old.
Part of the vast Portes du Soleil ski domain, Les Gets has 650km of groomed pistes on the doorstep and is conveniently located just over an hour’s drive from Geneva which makes it perfect for weekend visits or last-minute trips. Well-deserving of its Famille Montagne Plus label, Les Gets is a fantastic resort for families as it boasts plenty of activities to keep little ones amused such as the Grand Cry Territory ski area.
Les Gets is a major hub for mountain biking as not only is it home to one of the largest bike parks in Europe, it is also the host of major international competitions.