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Valais

Valais Area Guide

Buying property in Valais

Sales volumes suffered more than prices in 2015 as the market awaited news of the exact interpretation of Lex Weber. Swiss residents, are also reviewing the implications, keen not to limit their pool of potential future buyers to residents only.

We expect supply within the second home market to become constrained in the next five years, particularly in areas such as Verbier and Montreux where construction will effectively be halted, and non-residents will only be able to buy from non-residents, effectively producing a two-tier market.

Buying, owning or selling property in Valais

The majority of this region comprises of numerous ski resorts as well as a village alongside Lake Geneva that benefit from a definition as a ‘holiday zone’ so this means that a non-resident may buy in this area. The Valleys of this canton however, do not allow a purchase without a residents permit.

Please refer to our buying guide for more detailed information.

Living in Valais

Valais has the driest climate and lowest rainfall of the entire country – it is famous for the Mediterranean clarity of its skies.The towns of Valais are attractive places with long histories and the villages tend to be peaceful rural communities offering fascinating glimpses of traditional life. The Chablais region, close to Lake Geneva, is known for its fine wines and industry – predominantly pharmaceuticals, agribusiness and other light industry.

Education

There are numerous excellent public and international schools within the main towns of Valais and in surrounding communities.

Culture

Its numerous museums and exhibitions offer insights into the fascinating history of this unique region. Outstanding art galleries like the Fondation Pierre Gianadda Martigny are testament to the vibrant and sophisticated cultural life away from the piste.

Activities

All winter and adventure sports are well-catered for in Valais - hiking, sailing, golf, horse riding, cycling to name a few.

Verbier is one of the Alps’ foremost mountain resorts, offering scenic skiing and walking.

Crans-Montana is a luxury mountain resort famed for its glamour and high end shopping.

Zermatt is one of Switzerland’s most famous ski resort offering a comprehensive array of skiing, snowboarding, cross-country ski, hiking and more – all under the watchful gaze of the mighty Matterhorn.

Accessibility

Overland: Switzerland is well connected by high-speed trains, famous for their cleanliness and efficiency, from across Europe.

By air: Geneva (201km), Zurich (323km) and Basel (287km) are all very convenient international airports.

(All distances approximate)

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