To many of us at Athena Advisers, Val d’Isère was either our first home or is now a fond second. We are well placed to be able to help you find a property for sale in Val d’Isère, carefully choosing the finest ski chalets and apartments in the best locations and to suit your lifestyle and investment goals.
Owning a property in Val d’Isère means superb skiing that’s sporty and tree-lined with industry-defining cuisine on your doorstep and world-renowned nightlife just a stroll away.
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Val d’Isère Selected.
“Whether it’s the piste-side area of Legettaz or the peaceful hamlet of Le Fornet, the one thing that connects them all is the care that has gone into preserving the authenticity of the resort.”
Camille Letuve, Partner & Adviser, French Alps
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Buying a Property in Val d’Isère with Roman Carel, Partner, Athena Advisers.
This was my home, and it still is. If you have lived in or visited Val d’Isère, you know it’s like a magnet. It pulls you back for the next experience with friends and family. At 1,850 metres, it is a high-altitude resort where you can now do almost any alpine activity you can think of…it’s about having fun, as much as possible. The skiing is sporty and technical and you can have just as much fun off the slope, too. It’s a melting pot of international travellers who have made friends with the locals. They come back here year-on-year to mingle in the village they all love.
I believe one of the magical aspects of Val d’Isère is the sense of belonging around the activity of skiing. You find old friends who share the same passion. There is no other topic – you just share good food, quality moments, extremely healthy lifestyle and being together. It’s a foodie heaven, where you can go to the farm shop yourself to buy the local cheese like the Beaufort, have a world-class meal in one of more modern restaurants or indulge yourself in some real haute-alpine cuisine.
“Clients come year-after-year to Val d’Isère because when you are here you feel the warmth, the ambiance. After a few days here, you start to know a few people and it’s easier and easier and you feel more and more comfortable.” Pierre Cerboneschi, Owner of Le Blizzard and La Mourra.
Val d’Isère village urbanism is now all about timeless and fine architecture where stone and old wood dominate. High quality developments in prime locations are always in high demand and it’s a place that receives interest from the whole world which increases competition between buyers looking to buy a property for sale in Val d’Isère – whether it be one of the most luxurious chalets in the ski resort to super stylish apartments with far-reaching views and outstanding facilities.
From long lunches at our favourite hotel, Le Blizzard, dinners at elegant La Mourra, to going ice-skating with the kids, drinking hot chocolate at the top of the mountain or racing with your friends on the BMW ice circuit, you can spend happy weeks soaking up the atmosphere in this village loved for its community and spirit. Val d’Isère is the perfect family adventure destination.
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Our team of local property experts have found the finest ski chalets and apartments for sale in Val d’Isère, only choosing those with the most lifestyle appeal and best investment potential.
In Val d’Isère, new plots for development are becoming increasingly rare following the cancellation of the resort’s latest urbanism plan. Though brand-new properties are hard to come by, a handful of new-build opportunities can still be found and Val d’Isère also has some excellent resale properties with unique apartments and chalets returning to the market. Generally speaking, ski apartments can be found throughout the resort, both in and around the centre and in the resort’s smaller hamlets. Val d’Isère is home to some of the most desirable chalets for sale in the French Alps with incredible architecture, amazing views and an impressive array of private spa facilities - most tend to be located just outside of the centre or within one of Val d’Isère’s exclusive residential neighbourhoods.
An old historic centre that seems locked in time, a ski-in ski-out paradise and many little neighbourhoods dotted around that are a skip (or a skate) away from the slopes, there are lots of different areas to consider when buying a property in Val d’Isère. Each has a different price range and therefore buyers need to consider their needs carefully. Sunlight, privacy, slope accessibility, price; they can all change dramatically from one area to the next.
Yet, whether it’s the piste-side area of Legettaz to the peaceful hamlet of Le Fornet, the one thing that connects them all is the care that has gone into preserving the authenticity of the resort. This desire to protect the history of the resort is even echoed in the new-build residential properties here too, which are extremely rare and always in high demand. Anything new, be it a beautiful chalet and small collection of apartments, always emulates the local architecture and does not compete with it.
Though one of the most sought-after destinations in the French Alps, new-build opportunities in this iconic resort are few and far between, which means that new-build properties for sale in Val d’Isère tend to be more expensive than those in other resorts.
However, with the resort constantly seeing high demand and improving its offerings each year, there is potential for capital appreciation and investors who decide to rent out their property can expect good returns if they market their properties well. Take a look at our complete guide to renting out your property in the French Alps to learn more.
According to the 2021 Alpine Property Focus report from UBS which examines the property market across 41 key Alpine resorts, Val d’Isère saw prime property prices rise by 4.1% between 2020 and 2021, the highest price increase in the French Alps.
Whilst the most active part of the resort, the historic centre has retained its authentic Alpine charm. Wander through its cobbled streets and you will find an impressive array of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops as well as the iconic baroque church. In this part of the resort, you will also find the Centre Aquasportif sports complex boasts swimming pools, a gym, spa facilities and rock climbing as well as wellness and beauty treatments.
Outside of the historic centre, Val d’Isère has numerous charming hamlets and neighbourhoods, each with its own ambience and appeal.
Le Fornet: Set back from the very heart of the resort, Le Fornet is easily one of the most picturesque hamlets in Val d’Isère. This calm and tranquil neighbourhood is composed of typical Savoyard-style chalets with beautiful wood and stone facades. The neighbourhood is served by the Fornet ski lift and has a small selection of eateries including L’Atelier d’Edmond which has been awarded two Michelin stars.
La Daille: This neighbourhood is located at the entrance of Val d’Isère and is characterised by high-rise apartments and a handful of chalets. Whilst it certainly is not the most beautiful part of the resort, La Daille has great lift access and the village centre is just 10 minutes away.
Le Legettaz: Just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the village centre, Le Legettaz is a peaceful neighbourhood with jaw-dropping views and beautiful properties built in a traditional style. One of the great things about this area is that many of the properties here boast ski-in ski-out access.
Even though Val d’Isère is a mature resort, it never rests on its laurels and always pushes boundaries. The best example of this is the €200m ‘Le Coin’ forthcoming regeneration, which is a huge undertaking that will redesign around a fifth of the resort. In addition to redesigning an area which is currently dated in terms of architecture and design, it will also bring two new hotels, a bus station, restaurants, cafes and shops.
Investment is also continuously made in ski lift infrastructure. Over the last few years, investments include a €10m brand new gondola from La Daille to the Folie Douce, which tripled the capacity and halved the journey time. Then more recently, the former cable car summit at the top of the Solaise is now the new highest hotel in the French Alps. Called Le Refuge de Solaise, the hotel features a pool, a restaurant, 16 rooms and jaw-dropping views – it’s the latest sign that this resort continues to push the entire ski resort development sector forward.
Whilst skiing in Val d’Isère dates back to the 1930s following the opening of a drag lift on the Solaise pistes and the resort’s first cable car, the resort’s history stems back to the Middle Ages and its 17th-century church still stands today at the heart of the village.
Thanks to its challenging terrain, Val d’Isère has hosted a number of major skiing events such as the 1992 Winter Olympic Games and the resort has produced a number of Olympic champions. One of the most famous residents is Jean-Claude Killy, the triple gold medalist after which the Espace Killy ski domain is named.
The village today
Thanks to the extensive lift network which connects Val d’Isère with neighbouring Tignes, the resort boasts easy access to more than 300km of slopes which range from challenging pistes for advanced skiers to gentle slopes geared towards intermediates and beginners. Experienced skiers should check out La Face, a notoriously challenging black run that was built for the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympic Games.
As well as offering access to superb skiing, this resort also has an electric après-ski culture with a dizzying array of top restaurants and bars. One of the most iconic après-ski spots is La Folie Douce which is located at the top of the Daille Gondola and has bars, various eateries and, of course, live music.
A Famille Plus resort, Val d’Isère is a great choice for families thanks to its infrastructure and plethora of child-friendly activities on and off the slopes such as ice skating, swimming and dog sledging. There are two ski areas for beginners in the resort and there is also a good selection of ski and snowboarding schools.
Though summers in Val d’Isère are not as busy as those in resorts of a lower altitude, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy during the warmer months such as hiking, cycling, horse riding and tennis. In addition, it is possible to ski on the Grande Motte glacier in neighbouring Tignes which remains skiable for 10 months of the year.
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Is buying a ski property in Val d’Isère a good investment?
Thanks to Val d’Isère’s incredible skiing and art de vivre, many people dream of buying an apartment or chalet in this iconic resort. However, the supply of properties for sale in Val d’Isère does not meet the level of demand as land for new development is heavily restricted due to the village’s strict urbanism plan that limits new buildings and the village’s location which prevents it from growing outwards. This shortage of properties and high demand means that buying a ski property in Val d’Isère can be a good investment as there is strong potential for capital appreciation.
Thanks to the resort’s popularity, properties for sale in Val d’Isère can also make for an interesting rental investment. Plus, if you purchase a new-build property and meet some simple requirements, you will have the opportunity to reclaim the VAT from the property purchase price.
Which is better, Tignes or Val d’Isère?
Val d’Isère and Tignes both enjoy access to the Espace Killy ski domain but there are several differences that set the resorts apart. One of the biggest differences is the architecture. Tignes is a purpose-built resort and features a lot of high-rise, brutalist-style apartment blocks which might not be to everyone’s taste. On the other hand, Val d’Isère has a more quintessential Alpine feel with its quaint village centre and charming Savoyard architecture with sloping roofs and chalet-style facades.
One of the biggest assets of Tignes is that it is home to the Le Grande Motte glacier which is open during the summer months too. Whilst this glacier can be accessed via Val d’Isère it is a lot easier to get there from Tignes so if summer skiing is very important to you Tignes may have the upper hand.
When it comes to après-ski, Val d’Isère comes out top thanks to its excellent nightlife, restaurants and bars such as the legendary Folie Douce.
How much do properties for sale in Val d’Isère cost?
Property prices in Val d’Isère vary according to a number of factors such as on-site facilities, location (ski-in ski-out properties or those in centre fetch the highest prices), the condition of the property (new build or resale) and the views. In Val d’Isère the entry price for prime new-build properties launched in 2022 is around €25,000 per sqm and at the other end of the spectrum, prices can exceed €35,000. Resale properties can sometimes offer more competitive prices per sqm but it is important to remember that resale properties have higher notary fees than new builds and if you decide to rent out your new build property you can access France’s VAT rebate programme for new builds from the purchase price which can save you thousands of euros.
Is Val d'Isère good for families?
Well-deserving of its prestigious Famille Plus label, Val d’Isère is perfect for families as it offers plenty for children to enjoy, on and off the slopes.
There are several schools in the resort, including ESF and Oxygen, where children can learn to ski and build confidence on the slopes. There is also a nursery ski area close to the village centre with a couple of gentle green slopes for children and novice skiers to practise on.
In the village centre, you will find Aquasportif - Val d’Isère’s impressive sports centre and a must-visit. Divided up into five themed ‘worlds’, the complex has an aqua centre with various swimming pools and a lazy river and an excellent array of sporting facilities including a rock climbing wall, indoor football, badminton and table tennis.
What is there to do in Val d'Isère if not skiing?
With Espace Killy’s high-altitude slopes on the doorstep, Val d’Isère is best known for its world-class skiing. However, if you have non-skiers in your group or want a break from skiing, there is plenty for non-skiers to do in Val d’Isère. If you can’t get enough of the snow but don’t ski, you can go husky sledging or hire a skidoo. For something a little more laidback, there are some pretty Alpine walks to explore such as the Manchet Valley route which is suitable for the whole family and starts at the tourism office in the centre of the village - you can also take a complimentary bus back to the village from Le Manchet if desired.
The village centre itself has plenty to offer too including a huge themed sports centre with swimming pools and sports courts. For some indulgent rest and relaxation, there are several spas scattered throughout the resort where you can treat yourself to a restorative treatment or simply switch off and relax - try the recently opened Le K2 Chogori or Le Refuge de Solaise (the highest hotel in France!).
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