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Les Gets

Just over an hour’s drive from Geneva, Les Gets has become an extremely popular mountain village in the vast Les Portes du Soleil. Our local experts have carefully chosen the very best property for sale in Les Gets, from ski chalets for families to stylish apartments for weekend breaks.

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, property for sale in Les Gets is highly sought after.

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A family-friendly resort that exudes Savoyard charm

We have decades of experience in finding our clients their dream property in Les Gets, helping them through the entire buying process. Explore our handpicked selection of properties for sale in Les Gets, including the very best apartments and ski chalets in Les Gets.

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Many people say Les Gets is the best of the Portes du Soleil. 

And if Alpine life revolves around family, food and the savoir vivre of the mountains, then they might be right. 

It’s a resort that people return to, time after time, year after year which explains why property for sale in Les Gets is in such high demand.

Its family-friendly infrastructure is amongst the best in the world. Beyond the ski schools, childcare and amenities, it keeps renewing itself each season, with new events and activities to excite people of all ages. 

People have lived in this valley since the 1200s, and you can see the echoes of tradition in its architecture, the way of life.

Today it is upmarket yet unpretentious. A winter sports paradise, with pistes, terrain and parks for all ages and abilities combining everything you need for the ultimate skiing holiday - no wonder prices for property for sale in Les Gets have been steadily increasing year-on-year!

In summer it also boasts the biggest mountain bike park in Europe.

People love Les Gets because it has all the makings of the perfect family-friendly destination. Lots of activities centred around the children, high altitude skiing within a large domain and all just over an hour from Geneva airport.

Prices for property for sale in Les Gets are much less than the big resorts in The Three Valleys, with prices ranging from 9-16 thousand Euros per square metre. In Méribel, it can reach 35 thousand Euros a square metre so in Les Gets there is real value too.

But what people here value most is the Savoyard lifestyle. Creating special moments in the mountains, amongst stunning scenery, good friends and family.

And for those lucky few that own a ski chalet or apartment in Les Gets, they have a place they can return to, in the summer or winter, year after year, to see friendly faces and familiar sights, but also what’s new as it evolves and grows.

Everyone who loves the mountains has a favourite resort. But if there really is a resort that is better than all the rest, then Les Gets is a serious contender.

If this has stimulated your interest, do have a look at our handpicked collection of property for sale in Les Gets.

Why buy a property in Les Gets

“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.”

Camille Letuve, Partner & Adviser, French Alps

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Our team of local property experts have found the finest ski chalets and apartments for sale in Les Gets, only choosing those with the most lifestyle appeal and best investment potential.

There is a fantastic array of ski apartments and chalets 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. Some ski apartments also come with excellent communal facilities such as Kinabalu which has a swimming pool, a spa and a concierge service.

As space is limited in the village centre, spacious chalets for sale in Les Gets tend to be located just outside of the centre in one of the resort’s charming slopeside neighbourhoods such as the Gibannaz area. It is in this calm neighbourhood where you’ll find the six-bedroom Gibannaz 3 which boasts ski-in ski-out access and offers panoramic views over the valley, Mont Chéry and the slopes. 

Why is Les Gets a good resort?

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 an apartment or chalet 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.

Read our Les Gets ski property market update (April 2021) for more information and insight.

Why are apartments and chalets in Les Gets a good investment?

With superb skiing and an excellent array of summer activities, owning a property in Les Gets is a fantastic lifestyle investment for those looking for a home away from home in a dual-season resort. Plus, as Les Gets is active throughout the year, it is possible to generate rental yields year-round – not just during the ski season. 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 for sale 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 on an ongoing basis and certain conditions are met. This incentive is very popular with our clients with around 80% of those who buy an Alpine property from us taking advantage of this programme. If this is something of interest, please do get in touch and our experienced in-house team can help you with this process. See our complete guide to renting out your ski property in the French Alps to learn how to maximise your rental income and the key factors you need to take into account.

What can you do in Les Gets during the summer?

A true dual-season resort, Les Gets is very active in the summer months and a great destination for those seeking a sporty holiday surrounded by breathtaking Alpine scenery. In the summer, swap your skis for hiking boots and explore the many hiking and walking trails of Les Gets which range from the challenging Les Crêtes du Mont Chéry route to easier paths designed for families with young children.

For golf with a view, head to 18-hole Golf Les Gets on the Chavannes side of the village. Facing the Mont Blanc, each hole of this challenging course offers a different stunning vista.

Lac des Ecoles is a must-visit for families during the summer. Monitored by lifeguards this Alpine lake is perfect for swimming whilst the grassy banks are an ideal spot for sunbathing or picnicking. On the water, you will also find the action-packed Wibit park which comprises around 40 inflatable obstacles, including a giant slide. There is also an easier obstacle course designed specifically for children aged between five and eight.

Les Gets is a superb destination for mountain biking enthusiasts as it is home to the largest MTB park in Europe which comprises more than 128km of marked trails that cater to all abilities. Les Gets also hosts the MTB world cup finals and in 2022 the resort will host the DH and XCO Mountain Biking World Championships. 

Inspired? Take a look at our full range of properties for sale in Les Gets.

Infrastructure development in Les Gets

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%, possibly resulting in an increase in demand for property for sale in Les Gets.

Les Gets: a quick history

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 that is more than 100 years old.

What is the skiing like in Les Gets?

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. Les Gets is a great destination for mixed ability groups as it has a diverse array of slopes with 38 green runs, 131 blue runs, 105 red runs and 32 black runs. 

Novice skiers should check out the nursery runs near the village centre and the Mappys area in the Chavannes area which has four gentle runs with a snow cable and rope to help new skiers practise. There are also several ski and snowboarding schools where you can attend group lessons or one-to-one sessions. Seasoned skiers will enjoy the steep black runs of Mont Chéry and the Yeti mogul field.

Well-deserving of its Famille Montagne Plus label, Les Gets is a fantastic resort for families looking for property for sale in Les Gets as it boasts plenty of activities to keep little ones amused such as the Grand Cry Territory, a fun themed ski area, and the Milka slope.

Les Gets offers plenty of activities away from the slopes too. In the village centre, you will find an outdoor ice rink, a cinema, a bowling alley as well as plenty of restaurants and a handful of bars. There are also several spas for unwinding and resting ski-weary legs including the new Les Sources du Chéry spa. 

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Why should I buy a property for sale in Les Gets?

Part of the Portes du Soleil ski domain that comprises 650km of slopes between France and Switzerland, Les Gets has an excellent variety of pistes on the doorstep which makes buying a property in Les Gets a wonderful investment for families as there is something for all levels. Thanks to its proximity to the Swiss border, Les Gets is very accessible from Geneva Airport making it a great choice for those who want a property for weekend ski trips too. 

As a dual-season resort, buying a property in Les Gets is a smart investment as it means that you will have a home away from home for sporty summer breaks as well as ski trips. Plus, Les Gets has strong occupancy rates in the summers months too which is good news for those who plan on renting out their apartment when they are not using it themselves. 

Finally, one of the great things about Les Gets is its authentic atmosphere. A far cry from purpose-built ski resorts, the village itself exudes Alpine charm and the ski properties for sale in Les Gets are built in a typical Savoyard style with sloping roofs and facades made from wood and natural stone.

Is Les Gets a good ski resort to buy a property for family holidays?

Well deserving of its ‘Famille Plus’ label, an accreditation given to holiday destinations that take a comprehensive approach to welcome families, Les Gets is a good ski resort for buying a property for family holidays. Les Gets has some great themed ski areas for children to enjoy including the Grand Cry Territory and the Mauve slope. The Mappys ski area, accessed via the Chavannes ski lift and away from the main ski area, is a great place for children as it has four gentle slopes and a magic carpet to help little ones hone their skiing skills and build up confidence. There are also plenty of other activities for children such as ice skating, sledging and the new Alta Lumina nighttime forest trail. 

Les Gets is great fun in the summer too and one spot not to miss is the Ecoles lake, a monitored lake with an inflatable obstacle course (Witbit park) and a lovely grassy bank that is perfect for family picnics in the sun.

Is it best to buy a ski chalet or apartment in Les Gets or Morzine?

When deciding whether to buy a property in Les Gets or Morzine there are several factors that you’ll need to take into account. First Morzine is larger than Les Gets and is more spread out which means it can be harder to find a property in a convenient location that’s close to the ski lift, within walking distance from the centre and, most importantly, on the sunny side. Sun is particularly important in Morzine as it is surrounded by three mountains which means that it loses the sun much earlier than Les Gets.

In terms of practicality and getting around, Les Gets can be a better choice too as the village centre is flat which makes it more practical if you have children. When it comes to price per square metre, both resorts are very similar, however, Les Gets has more properties for sale than Morzine which means you are more likely to find a property that meets your needs in Les Gets.

How close are international and private airports to Les Gets?

The closest airport to Les Gets is Annemasse Aerodrome (QNJ), a private airport that is conveniently just 35 minutes’ drive away from the resort. Thanks to Les Gets’ proximity to the Switzerland border, the most popular option is to fly to Geneva Airport (GVA) which regularly welcomes direct flights from Europe and connecting flights from the USA. The car journey from Geneva airport to Les Gets takes around 70 minutes. 

Slightly further away, you have Chambéry Airport (CMF) which is a smaller international airport with seasonal flights to the UK and Russia. It takes around one hour and forty minutes to drive to Les Gets from Chambéry.

What can non-skiers do in Les Gets?

Though Les Gets is best-known for its skiing, there are still plenty of activities on the snow for non-skiers to enjoy such as snowshoeing, dog sledging, paragliding and snowmobiling. 

Flat and easy to explore on foot, the village centre itself is a delight to wander through and you will find a good mix of restaurants and cafes. There is an ice skating rink in the centre too. 

For some well-deserved relaxation, head to the Sources du Chéry spa where you can go for a swim in one of its various pools or unwind in the salt room or sauna. There is also a menu of massages and beauty treatments too.

Les Gets Ski Property Market In 2022 - Webinar

 
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Welcome to Athena Advisers latest webinar on the French Alps. Today, we're focusing on Les Gets in Les Portes du Soleil. I am Charlie Williams, based in our west London office, where are welcome to come and join us now that Covid restrictions are relaxing. Joining me today is Charles-Antoine Sialelli who heads up our French Alps operation from the Annecy office.

Charlie Williams: The Alpine property market is currently very strong. It has obviously been a particularly strange few years for all of us with Covid, but it has also made people realise that life is short and for living. Remote working is a new reality for many people and there has been a lot of interest. Interest across the Alps is at an all time high. We currently have a good selection of property for sale in Les Gets, they will reduce in the coming seasons as planning restrictions are brought into place, and the Alps in our opinion, is the best mountain range in the world for ease of access, diversity, gastronomy and culture and sport. So, there are very few undeveloped plots of land available as nature imposes its natural barriers, for example, with unbuildable land, mountains, avalanche zones and protected areas. Development opportunities, and therefore, Les Gets properties for sale, tend to come from the redevelopment of existing and old buildings, although those are now starting to dwindle and prices are rising as a result.

We have seen significant demand from various different countries this year. Obviously, the French are number one, followed closely by the Brits who have been buying in force for the past couple of years, and then increasingly, more and more Dutch, Belgians and Scandinavians, as well. Price have been rising significantly in the Netherlands and a lot of people are raising equity to help them buy their dream property in the Alps. Austria has banned Dutch clients for this winter, so we've seen a big movement of Dutch interest in the French Alps. Actually, buying a property in Austria is normally trickier as it usually comes with a rental obligation which is less appealing. 

There has also been a continuing shift from hotels or people staying in hotels to private rentals. It has been happening anyway, but has really increased with Covid. Developers have been producing some fantastic quality of apartments and chalets for sale over the years and holidaymakers are realising that, for similar money, you can have the whole family together in one amazing residence rather than perhaps in separate hotel rooms, and this has obviously had an effect on demand too.

Rental occupation in the French Alps has gradually been increasingly steadily for years anyway, but especially in the summer, and especially in Les Gets. 

In France, we can structure a property purchase very efficiently. When you buy any new build property for sale, which we specialise in, then you benefit from a lower level of notary fees and stamp duty at only 2%, instead of 7% for existing older property. If you are renting a new-build property on an ongoing basis, we can also help you reclaim the 20% VAT on the property purchase price and if you are putting it in place furnished with short-term lets with three rental services in place. So, we can structure the purchase very efficiently for new-builds, especially with the VAT rebate, low rate mortgages, strong rental returns and low notary fees, it tends to work quite well.

Onto Les Portes du Soleil - it is the joint largest ski domain in the Alps. It is the same size as The Three Valleys. Les Gets is actually under an hour from Geneva airport, so very accessible. It is made up of 12 resorts - there is so much to do, both skiing and the summer, that yo never really get bored! And, of course, it borders Switzerland too.

Some key facts about Les Gets itself - it has always been popular as one of the ski resorts that has absolutely everything, and of course, it's very pretty too. It caters for all types of holidaymaker or buyer, young or older, sporty or lazier. It's got plenty of great shopping, great restaurants both in the town and on the mountain too, good nightlife, plenty of daytime activity - there are lots of spa and wellness facilities now. And, it does all of that effortlessly without being a pretentious resort. You also have an 18 hole golf course there which is increasingly a demand to be able to play golf in the Alps - swimming lakes, mountain and e-biking which has always been popular, but is really coming to the forefront now, especially as in Les Portes du Soleil, quite near to Les Gets, we have Pré-La-Joux, which is Europe's largest bike park. 

Charles-Antoine: The price per square metre for Les Gets properties for sale is still very attainable for most. If we look at the price per square metre in the French Alps, excluding the small resorts with two or three chalets, it goes from €5,000 to €35,000 across the French Alps ski resorts. Les Gets is very competitive, especially as it sits in a very large ski domain and it is very accessible. Les Gets appeals to a lot of people - it's more than skiing, it's about the summer destination as well. It's a resort that works all year. Price wise, we are not in the top tier of budget, but it gives very good room for capital appreciation. Now, like in every resort, we we have quite a broad range in price per square metre, so in Les Gets, it's from €8,000 to €16,000 per square metre. This changes with the location within the resort - either super prime in the centre or slightly less expensive on the outskirts, but within nature. Les Gets is a medium size resort, compared to much bigger ones we have in the Alps, but in Les Gets, you are never far from the centre. it is very convenient in terms of circulation form one part of the resort to another, so that is why I always think it is suitable for either city people or nature people because in Les Gets, you can really find properties for sale for these two kinds of profile. 

Charlie Williams: So, to recap, there are fewer development opportunities on the horizon, but with a good amount of properties for sale at the moment. With a lot of good 4* and 5* private residences being built that doesn't mean there are less hotels - there are still a good number of hotels providing fantastic services. 

The summer season is longer than usual, so when we come a little further south into the Savoie, to perhaps The Three Valleys or Val d'Isere which are a bit more orientated around downhill skiiing, Les Gets is a very long summer market, so it starts mid-way through May and finishes in mid-September. 

We are seeing an increasing number of people enquiring because they are interested in being in the mountains in the summer. It is also one of the resorts where people have decided to relocate, work from Les Gets, and take a plane and go to London, Brussels or Amsterdam just for a meeting. The famous relocation after Covid has worked a lot in Les Gets.

In terms of actual figures to show how much of a year-rounds ski resort Les Gets is, in 2020 when Covid hit and lockdown happened and then lifted again, rather than jumping on a plane to go away to the usual destinations for the summer, people wanted to spend time in the Alps. Occupancy in the summer in Les Gets runs at around 40%, but in the last couple of summers, it hit 90% which is unheard of! All of our rental management partners are noticing that there's a greater demand for longer stays, rather than people going away for just one or two weeks at a time, people are renting apartments, penthouses and chalets for a month or even six weeks at a time. 

Now we're going to talk a little about some of the properties for sale in Les Gets. We haven't included all properties, but just wanted to give you some really strong suggestions of the chalets and apartments currently  available for sale in Les Gets. Today, we're going to focus on seven Les Gets properties for sales - a mixture of chalets and apartments.

Cairn Harmony: First of all, we have Cairn Harmony which is 200 metres from the Perrières chairlift - it's a little on the outskirts of Les Get and the average price per square metre is about the €7,000 - €8,000 mark. This area, called, Les Perrières, has developed a bit more recently. This property for sale is well designed for clients who are looking for space, rather than being very, very central. In Les Perrières, there is a supermarket - only 2 minutes walk from the property - the chairlift and ski shop as well, so everything you need on a day-to-day basis. Construction has started on this one, so more than 50% have been sold - the buildings are up, so it is very easy to understand the views and position of each apartment. We can go inside together. 

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