Unassuming Saint-Martin-de-Belleville combines the charm of a traditional Alpine village, complete with a quaint village square and a 16th-century church, with access to the vast Three Valleys ski domain. Not only does Saint-Martin-de-Belleville have 600km of world-class skiing on the doorstep but it is active throughout the year, making it a wonderful destination in the summer months too. Carefully chosen by our Alpine property experts, take a look at our portfolio of unique properties for sale in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville which includes bespoke chalets and brand-new ski apartments.
There is a diverse array of ski properties for sale in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, ranging from standalone chalets with private facilities through to demi-chalets and ski apartments. Whilst there is a steady flow of resale opportunities, new-build properties are becoming increasingly rare thanks to the town’s strict PLU. In fact, one of our projects, Caseblanche, occupies one of the final plots for development on the front de neige.
There are also some charming hamlets just outside of the main village which are also worth considering, such as tranquil Levassaix. We have a new-build project in this hamlet which offers very competitive prices for the Three Valleys with semi chalets just over €2m. In comparison, this budget will often only get investors an apartment in other resorts in the Three Valleys.
Whilst careful to maintain its rustic charm, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville continues to improve and develop its ski infrastructure and amenities. For the 2019/20 ski season, a brand-new ski lift called Saint-Martin 1 was installed, increasing capacity from 1,800 to 2,400 people per hour, as well as new ski lockers to accommodate up to 300 pairs of skis.
There are also plans in motion to construct a new aquatic centre and a 9-hole golf course in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville.
As opposed to purpose-built resorts in the Three Valleys, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville has grown organically over the years, making it one of the most charming ski resorts in the French Alps. The authenticity of the village has been carefully preserved by the town hall which has put a strict PLU in place to restrict the amount of constructible land in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville. As a result, new-build properties are a rarity in the resort.
As well as an excellent lifestyle investment, properties in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville can be used to generate rental income when not in use. According to AirDNA, properties in the Belleville Valley had an average occupancy rate of 72% in February 2020 and owners who do decide to rent out a new-build property will have the option to recuperate 20% VAT from the property purchase price, providing that certain conditions are met. Our in-house team of experts can help with this application.
In addition, property prices are on the rise in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville with prices increasing by 2.4% between 2018 and 2019. So, when taking into account the forthcoming infrastructure developments and the scarcity of new plots, properties in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville are in a good position for capital appreciation.
Saint-Martin-de-Belleville sets itself apart from other resorts, many of which are built-for-purpose, as it was a simple village first before growing into a lively ski location. Prior to its ski tourism, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville was a mountain farming community linked to 20 or so smaller hamlets. The village has largely remained untouched since the inception of electricity and running water in the 1950s, and thus provides a good look into the real Savoyard culture.
Walking around the narrow cobbled streets feels like taking a step back in time as everything has been so carefully preserved.
Part of the largest ski domain in the world and exuding Savoyard charm, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville is a hit with families and those who want to experience both world-class skiing and the authentic mountain lifestyle. With quick access to the resort by car from the airport or a short taxi ride from the Albertville-Moûtiers train station, the resort is ideal for weekend visitors too.
The amenities of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville are first-class, with delightful shops, bakeries, patisseries and restaurants, including La Bouitte which is the first Savoyard restaurant to have been awarded three Michelin stars.
Active throughout the year with a population of around 3,000 residents, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville is a delightful summer destination thanks to its plethora of hiking and mountain biking trails.