Paraíso do Verão Alpino
"Nós amamos esquiar, mas para nós, foram os esportes de montanha que nos trouxe a Alpe d'Huez."
Embora muitas pessoas pensassem primeiro em Alpe d'Huez como um resort de esqui, a experiência inicial de Jane Anderson e da sua família no resort foi durante o Verão. Ela e a sua família são ávidos esquiadores, indo para Courchevel e Zermatt uma vez por ano, mas foi a determinação do seu filho em completar o Triatlo Alpe d'Huez que colocou o resort no radar de Jane.
"Há quatro anos, eu e o meu filho fomos pela primeira vez a Alpe d'Huez quando ele estava a participar no Triatlo. Como tinha muito tempo livre enquanto o meu filho competia, passei horas a explorar o resort a pé e simplesmente apaixonei-me por ele", diz Jane.
"No ano seguinte, o meu marido veio conosco enquanto o meu filho competia novamente e também se apaixonou pelo resort graças às seus esportes e oportunidades de caminhadas".
O marido participou de um triatlo menor como presente, o que fez a família retornar ao resort pela terceira vez. Foi durante esta visita que eles pensaram seriamente em adquirir uma propriedade aqui
Riding a wave of regeneration
“On the third visit, we saw that many of the older buildings were being renovated, not too different from what is going on in Val d'Isère at the moment. We also learned about the plans to develop a ski lift between Alpe d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes which would make Alpe d’Huez part of the third largest ski domain in the French Alps.”
They then learned of the Christina project which is located in their favourite part of the resort and headed there to see the existing building.
“We really wanted a four-bedroom penthouse, but unfortunately they’d all been sold. However, Athena Advisers managed to find a three-bedroom penthouse in the project with a mezzanine floor which could be transformed into an extra bedroom,” Jane explains.
“This project was well-priced and we believe that it will increase in value thanks to the resort’s high altitude and forthcoming infrastructure improvements.”
Mountain sports first, rental generation second
“For us, it was the mountain sports offering which sold us on Alpe d’Huez. We love skiing, hiking and mountain biking which makes it the perfect destination for us. I wish we had known about the resort earlier as it is fantastic for children with golf, tennis, swimming and horse riding,” says Jane.
“Plus, it offers significantly more competitive prices than Courchevel where prices range from €20,000 to €30,000 per sqm. This project was well-priced at €13,000 per sqm and we believe that the property will increase in value thanks to the resort’s high altitude and forthcoming infrastructure improvements.”
“We have decided that we are going to rent out the property when not in use to take advantage of the French VAT rebate programme. This influenced the interior design of the property as we want to find the perfect balance between a profitable rental property and a ski home with high-end finishes for us to enjoy when we visit. Though rental income isn’t the main reason we decided to invest, I would be happy if the property paid for itself.”
Working alongside a British interior design team, Laffman and Jones, the Anderson family have already upgraded the kitchen and are planning on upgrading the bathrooms next.
Kilos of paperwork made simple
The French property market is known for its stringent buying procedures and buying a property here comes with a lot of paperwork.
“I have never seen so many documents! There were kilos of paperwork due to the coronavirus pandemic,” comments Jane.
“We couldn’t have managed the process without help from Athena Advisers and their Notaire connection. We got brilliant insurance too and opted for a French mortgage to further cut costs.”
Jane's four-bedroom penthouse is set for delivery Q4 2021 and they can’t wait to get out there and enjoy their new property. Though 2020 was challenging, Carolyn is optimistic about the future and feels that there will be a strong demand for travel in 2021 and beyond.