Méribel’s combination of extensive pistes, sunny orientation and family-friendly infrastructure make it one of the most popular ski resorts on the planet. When choosing a property for sale in Méribel, you will find that its five villages are just as diverse as the ski domain it sits within as each village offers a unique atmosphere and experience. Discover our unique portfolio of handpicked Méribel properties for sale, including the very best ski chalets and the most stylish apartments – each one selected by our team of Méribel property experts with decades of experience in guiding buyers through this competitive property market.
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Buying a Property in Méribel with Alice Autran Garcia, Athena Advisers.
There are plenty of reasons to buy a property for sale in Méribel, not least it’s pretty, chalet-style architecture, wooded surroundings, and friendly village atmosphere. However, its main reason is its central position in France’s huge Les Trois Vallées ski area.
Méribel has discrete, bourgeois charm even though it was actually created by a British skier almost a century ago. You can spend all day practicing all kinds of alpine sports as well as snowmobiling, snow-shoeing or mountain hiking as well as ice skating.
With a full array of family-friendly facilities and a sporty but calmer atmosphere than neighbouring Courchevel, Méribel is a popular choice for both ski property investors looking to buy a chalet or apartment, and those looking for a base in Les Trois Vallées.
The majority of Méribel’s chalets were built in the in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the needs and standards of modern-day skiers have changed a lot since then. Today, this means that newer properties finished to a high level are in demand and tend to work better on the rental market.
“What people like in Méribel is the sunny aspect because the resort is mainly south-west facing, and in fact, the mountain in front is quite far away, so there is nothing to obstruct the natural light, so you can enjoy the sun until the last sunrays of the day, which is quite nice. Many of the resorts are in the shade at 1pm or 2pm, but thanks to its very nice position, Méribel is very sunny.” (Charles Antoine Sialelli, Destination Adviser, Athena Advisers)
At an altitude of 2,000 metres and with an amazing ski domain, it’s easy to see why Méribel remains a truly popular place to both visit and call home.
Not only does Méribel have a diverse collection of neighbourhoods, but it also has an excellent variety of ski properties for sale. In le Rond Point des Pistes, Méribel’s highest and most prestigious address, piste-side Olympic-era hotels are being transformed into premium ski property developments with exceptional on-site facilities. This means that there is an exciting opportunity window of opportunity for investors who want to own an apartment or chalet right on the slopes.
Further down, Méribel Centre and Méribel Village offer a good mix of ski apartments and ski chalets for sale ranging from larger hamlet-style developments with amazing services through to intimate boutique projects. Wherever you decide to buy a property in Méribel, you can expect traditional chalet-style architecture which complements the existing buildings.
Over the past five years, the Rond Point des Pistes area has undergone an exciting period of renovation with Olympic-era hotels being transformed into stunning residences, injecting a new lease of life into this prestigious part of the resort.
Alongside Courchevel, Méribel has been chosen to host the 2023 World Ski Championships and as a result, the resort is undergoing another wave of revitalisation. Two of the blue pistes in the Roc de Fer area have been upgraded into red pistes for the 2020 ski season.
What people like about Méribel is its sunny aspect. The resort is mainly south-west facing and the mountain in front doesn’t obstruct the natural light so you can enjoy it until the day’s last ray of sun. It is also a family-friendly resort with a lively après-ski culture.
In Méribel, prices vary considerably and the higher you are in the resort, the higher the property prices tend to be. This means that it is possible to find a property to suit most budgets. Le Rond Point des Pistes, Méribel’s highest and sunniest neighbourhood, is the most expensive part of the resort with high-end properties with views fetching as much as €26,000 per sqm.
Owning a property in Méribel is not only a fantastic lifestyle investment but it can be an interesting financial investment too. One of the most popular resorts in the Three Valleys, Méribel had one of the best occupancy rates in the French Alps in 2019, according to the latest ski property report from UBS. Plus, the resort was named the 11th best ski resort in Europe 2019 in CN Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. If buying a new-build property, owners can access the VAT rebate programme too which will enable them to recover the 20% VAT from the property purchase price, providing that certain conditions are met.
In addition, there is potential for capital appreciation as the individual villages of Méribel continue to grow and improve their facilities.
The brainchild of Peter Lindsay, a keen skier and Scottish colonel, who saw the potential of this beautiful resort after visiting Les Allues, Méribel was founded in 1938. Lindsay’s vision was to create a ski resort which was in harmony with its environment so strict building codes were introduced and they are still honoured today which is why all of the buildings here are constructed in a Savoyard style with sloping roofs and made from local materials.
By the mid-1950s there were around 17 hotels and 40 chalets in Méribel. Brigette Bardot and Duchess of Bedford were two notable people who owned a property in Méribel during this period. The resort continued to expand upwards and outwards over the decades with new ski lifts and pistes being added. Méribel’s place on the map was consolidated in 1992 when Méribel hosted the ice hockey competitions and the women’s alpine events for the Winter Olympic Games.
Part of the Three Valleys ski domain, the largest connected ski area in the world, sunny Méribel has 600km of groomed pistes on the doorstep, catering to all abilities. As well as a diverse ski offering, the resort is broken up into five distinct areas, each with a different atmosphere and appeal. One of the liveliest resorts in the Three Valleys, Méribel has a fantastic après-ski scene with an excellent array of bars to choose from. One après-ski spot not to miss is Rond-Point which is located on the slopes and plays live music every day.
Whilst skiing is the main draw, Méribel is perfect for summer holidays too with an excellent range of outdoor activities including hiking through the Vanoise National Park and playing a round of golf at the 18-hole course in the Altiport area. Last year the resort was named as 11th best ski resort in Europe 2019 in CN Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards.