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Châtel

Nestled in the Abondance valley, Châtel is one of the most charming villages in the French Alps and has seen significant property value growth over the past few years.

Active in Châtel for over a decade, our property experts have an intimate understanding of this desirable destination and have watched it evolve into one of Les Portes du Soleil’s most popular ski resorts for property investment, all while retaining its unique authenticity.

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Savoyard charm meets world-class skiing

Discover the resort for yourself and explore our handpicked selection of properties for sale in Châtel, including super stylish apartments in the best locations, and luxurious chalets with high rental values.

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Why buy a property in Châtel

“Châtel is a charming village with access to a vast linked ski area. The traditional architecture, coupled with great après ski make this an attractive year-round ski resort for property investors.”

Camille Letuve, Partner & Adviser, French Alps

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Local property experts

Our team of property experts have found the very best chalets and apartments for sale in the popular French Alps ski resort, Châtel. With a modern-minded approach we apply to everything we do.

Châtel has a diverse offering of ski properties for sale including apartments, chalets and penthouses. In the village centre you will mainly find new-build ski apartments for sale. Just outside of the village centre, where you’ll find the Forme d’O aqua centre and Lac de Vonnes, there is a good mix of ski apartments and detached chalets, many of which have ski-in access. Whether you are looking for a ski chalet or a ski apartment for sale in Châtel, all of the properties here are built in a typical chalet style with sloping roofs and a traditional facade.

In order to preserve the rustic charm that makes Châtel so unique, the town hall limits the number of building permits available and often imposes rental obligations on new-build ski properties, meaning that owners will need to rent out their Châtel ski property for a certain number of weeks throughout the year. These agreements are usually quite flexible and there will be hassle-free, integrated rental management available with hotel-style services, allowing owners to take advantage of the VAT rebate programme. 

Whilst a handful of our brand-new ski properties for sale in Châtel have rental agreements in place for some apartments, most of our properties do not.

Expert opinion

A small authentic resort within the sprawling Portes du Soleil ski domain, Châtel boasts the best of both worlds whilst offering more competitive prices than the neighbouring resorts of Morzine and Les Gets

As a resort develops, many fear that it will lose its authenticity. However, this is not the case with Châtel. Acutely aware of the timeless appeal of the village’s Savoyard charm, the town hall is dedicated to preserving the character of the resort. As a result, new plots for development are restricted in the village and many new-build ski properties for sale in Châtel can come with a rental obligation.

Investment potential

An authentic dual-season resort where the summer months are just as lively as the ski season, owning a property in Châtel is a fantastic lifestyle investment for those looking for a home away from home where they can enjoy holidays throughout the year. 

Whilst Châtel has matured over the years, properties here are still competitively priced when compared to other resorts in the Portes du Soleil. In Châtel, prices range from €6,000 to €10,000 per sqm whilst prices in nearby Les Gets vary from €8,000 to €13,000 per sqm. Plus, there is still potential for capital appreciation as this resort continues to grow in popularity.

Summer activities

Active throughout the year, Châtel is a delightful summer destination too with plenty of outdoor activities. For a sporty break, it is worth purchasing the multi-pass which grants access to 22 lifts, Forme d’O aqua centre, the ice-skating rink, tennis and more. You will also get a discount on other attractions.

Mountain bike enthusiasts should check out the Châtel Bike Park which has 20 downhill trails of varying difficulty, a dedicated children’s area and an area for practising stunts and jumps.

The Portes du Soleil is quickly becoming a popular destination for hiking and Châtel is no exception. Many of the lifts are open throughout the summer and there is a great selection of trails to explore including several themed routes for families. Guided hikes are also available.
For an adrenaline rush, take a ride on the Fantasticable. Suspended 240m above the ground this zip line reaches speeds of up to 60 mph and offers a birdseye view of the picturesque scenery.

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An authentic dual-season resort where the summer months are just as lively as the ski season, owning a property in Châtel is a fantastic lifestyle investment for those looking for a home away from home where they can enjoy holidays throughout the year.

Whilst Châtel has matured over the years, properties here are still competitively priced when compared to other resorts in the Portes du Soleil. In Châtel, prices range from €6,000 to €10,000 per sqm whilst prices in nearby Les Gets vary from €8,000 to €13,000 per sqm. Plus, there is still potential for capital appreciation as this resort continues to grow in popularity.

History

Before skiing became Châtel’s main draw, agriculture was the principal source of income for most of the inhabitants. The farming industry is still thriving today and you will find 30 or so working farms dotted around the vicinity, some of which produce the area’s famous Abondance cheese. Proud of its agricultural roots, Châtel celebrates its farming heritage through the ‘Fête de la Belle Dimanche’ which is held every year in August.

The village today

Châtel is one of just a few French ski resorts that have access to a large ski domain while being less than 90 minutes from Geneva Airport. This authentic, family-friendly resort is part of the sprawling Les Portes du Soleil ski domain which boasts 650km of groomed pistes and encompasses 12 resorts between France and Switzerland.

There are two main ski areas, Super-Châtel and Linga, and the 84 local slopes are an intermediate’s dream as 66% of them are blue or red. For advanced skiers, there are six black pistes in the local area and some steeper red runs in the Linga area. Beginners are not forgotten either and there is a good selection of nursery slopes close to the village centre as well as several ski schools.

A wonderful resort for families, Châtel has been awarded the prestigious Famille Plus label and offers plenty of fun activities on and off the slopes. Children will enjoy the animal-themed Milka Purple Piste in Super-Châtel and there is an outdoor ice-skating rink in the village centre for all generations to enjoy.

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SKI PROPERTY BUYING GUIDE.

Interested in buying a ski chalet or apartment in the French Alps as a lifestyle or property investment? Our detailed guide covers everything you will need to know from choosing a ski resort to taking advantage of tax incentives.

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A highly skilled team, each with their own areas of specialist knowledge and expertise.

Camille Letuve
Camille Letuve

Partner

Alex Montier
Alex Montier

Senior Adviser

Charlie Williams
Charlie Williams

Senior Adviser

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