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Chamonix Area Guide

Buying property in Chamonix

The town of Chamonix and its surrounding 16 villages have always been a popular choice for those looking to buy property in the Alps. Nestled at the foot of Mount Blanc, Chamonix makes an excellent year-round destination.

One of the most magnificent mountain ranges in Europe, the Alps are home to many iconic peaks: the Matterhorn, the Jungfrau and the Eiger. The highest of the entire system is the Mont Blanc, which presides over the Chamonix Valley - the birth place of the Winter Olympics and one of the world's most famous sporting playgrounds.

Each of these 16 villages has its own distinct personality. Knight Frank has years of experience working in the Alps, with properties for sale in the desirable villages of Les Houches, Les Tines and Les Bois; or as you move further up the valley to the villages of Argentiere, Montroc and La Tour.

Buying, owning or selling property in Chamonix

Living in, or owning a second home in the Alps will appeal directly to active people and families but the Alps also have a gentler side to discover, one that is steeped in vibrant culture and year-round natural beauty.

Living in Chamonix

A vibrant and exciting town, Chamonix is the spiritual heartland of the Winter Olympics (the first ever Winter Games were held here in 1924) and as such it is dearly loved by skiers and mountain enthusiasts across the globe. In particular, it has long held a great affinity with the UK and UK buyers. A robust resort it serves as a base for almost all types of outdoor activity – especially the dangerous ones – yet across the region it retains a delightfully traditional Savoyard feel.

The town and Chamonix valley will receive huge investment over the next few years, allowing the area to develop and better meet modern demands – this is good news for buyers and owners. Chamonix is also superbly accessible to and from Geneva International Airport.

Living in, or owning a second home in the Alps will appeal directly to active people and families but the Alps also have a gentler side to discover, one that is steeped in vibrant culture and year-round natural beauty.

Activities

Expect abundant snow during the winter months. When the snow melts in spring the Alps become a paradise for walkers and nature lovers. Summers are short and warm with temperatures often reaching 30°C. Autumn (perhaps the Alps best kept secret) offers crystal clear skies and warm weather stretching well into October.

On offer are a wide variety of activities including;

• A comprehensive array of skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing
• The legendary 17km off-piste decent of La Vallee Blanche
• Year round cable cars take visitors up to several nearby peaks with panoramic views
• Trekking in the alpine trail that connects Chamonix to Switzerland and Italy
• Mont Blanc Tramway, dating back to 1909 offering spectacular views
• Golf
• Lively apès ski scene

Culture

• Alpine Museum
• Espace Tairraz – L’Espace Alpinisme
• The House of Memory and Heritage

Accessibility

By air: Geneva international airport 90km.
By road: The Mont Blanc tunnel links Chamonix to Courmayeur in Italy.

(All distances approximate)

Start your property search here now, or read more about buying property in our Alpine View publication.

 
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