Argentière’s most luxurious boutique development ever – not just an elegant mountain home but a superb year-round investment in the Chamonix Valley
Internationally renowned as the place where Alpine tourism began and home to the magnificent Mont Blanc – Western Europe’s highest summit at 4,810 metres – Chamonix boasts a superb snow record, a season that stretches from December to May, unrivalled off-piste skiing and views to die for.
Chamonix’s long-standing reputation as a premier international ski destination, it is not surprising that demand for property in the area is strong. Ski buffs and snowboard lovers looking for a second home are naturally drawn to the area because of its great high-altitude skiing and guaranteed long season. Investors are attracted by its excellent year-round rental potential. About 60,000 visitors flock daily to the Chamonix area in the winter months. The figure leaps to 100,000 per day in the summer months, highlighting the appeal of rental investment. As in most other sought-after areas of France, property prices have not suffered dramatic declines in recent years, and in fact Chamonix real estate prices continue to rise.
Chamonix Mont-Blanc is considered by many to be the most spectacular and scenic ski area in the world, and the superlatives do not stop there. Chamonix offers the world’s greatest lift-served vertical drop as well as one of the longest runs, the famous Vallée Blanche, boasting 20 kilometres of awe-inspiring scenery.
The area offers what is perhaps the best expert and advanced skiing in the world, on spectacular mountains rising more than 4,000 metres above the valley. There is 108 kilometres of pistes around Chamonix itself, but it is also linked to the large Mont Blanc ski area. The Mont Blanc lift pass covers eight local and 13 regional ski areas with over 200 lifts and 700 kilometres of pistes, with the majority of the ski areas being above 2,000 metres. For skiers, Chamonix really does have it all: powder fields, glacier skiing, mogul slopes and endless gentle slopes for beginners.
Nowhere in the Alps does life revolve so much around the mountains as in the Chamonix Valley, which is truly a year-round playground with thriving summer and winter seasons. Mont Blanc, the “roof of Europe”, is the world’s third most visited natural area and a Mecca for climbers and mountaineers. It is also enormously popular in the summer months with paragliders, mountain bikers, hikers, white water rafters and nature lovers.
There are opportunities for Nordic walking, canyoning, fishing, horse riding and sailing on Lake Geneva. In a majestic setting, between Mont Blanc and the Aiguilles Rouges, the Chamonix Golf Course has a truly exhilarating location and, with Robert Trent Jones Sr. as its designer, the 6,076-metre-long, 18-hole course is a real gem. And because the glaciers and pistes are omnipresent even in the summer, the lifts and tramways stay open for beautiful balcony walks and breathtaking views over France, Switzerland and Italy. The Aosta region of Italy is just 30 minutes away through the Mont Blanc Tunnel and less than an hour away is Annecy, the “Venice of the Alps”, with its idyllic setting by the lake encircled by mountains.
Another huge plus for Chamonix is the easy accessibility. Chamonix is a 75-minute drive from Geneva, its nearest international airport, to which there are dozens of daily flights from several major European and international cities. Chambéry Airport, near Aix-les-Bains, also has direct flights to Chamonix during the winter ski season. From Paris, there are trains to Geneva, Aix-les-Bains and Annecy, all of which are less than 90 minutes from Chamonix.
Part of the Chamonix Mont-Blanc ski area, Argentière offers some of the most challenging skiing in the Alps. Expert skiers are drawn to Argentière’s legendary Les Grands Montets ski area, a Mecca for epic off-piste skiing and boarding. One of the most renowned alpine resorts due to its enviable location, the ski area offers an array of off-piste and glacier skiing, along with a mixture of steep red and black runs, moguls and hidden couloirs. Argentière not only offers some of the best skiing around, but also is an extremely picturesque, typical alpine village, set in some of the most breathtaking scenery of the Alps.
Property in Argentière is sought-after as the destination is well-known and respected throughout the skiing and mountain-loving world. Finding high-quality new properties in any well-regarded alpine location is becoming increasingly difficult, let alone in one of the most famous locations. For those seeking optimum value from their property, this boutique development will take some beating, with its privileged location, refined décor, superb skiing at the doorstep and great investment potential.
As stylish as it is exclusive, it is a luxury property comprised of only six limited-edition townhouses, duplex apartments and residences offering owners mountain living without compromise.
Located in the centre of the village of Argentière, at the foot of the hills of Les Grands Montets, the new ski properties combine environmentally friendly construction methods with contemporary design and sustainable materials for modern living at its finest. Natural material such as wood and glass will be used to complement the surroundings.
Encompassing 102-131m² of living space, the mountain homes feature three or four bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, fully ﬁtted Italian kitchens, impressive areas to entertain, parking space and a cellar. The luxurious architect-designed residences boast stunning views and spacious balconies or terraces from which to enjoy the mountains and the magical scenic surroundings: Mont Blanc, Chamonix Valley and Les Grands Montets.
Offering many possibilities for interior customization and layout changes, each residence comes with premium finishes and includes an array of high-end fixtures, including underﬂoor heating, lovely parquet ﬂooring, a wood stove or ﬁreplace, elegant marble and stone ﬁnishes. Luxurious extras such as saunas may be added at extra cost. These Chamonix apartments and townhouses can be finished to bespoke standard, all according to the buyer’s personal preferences.
As the ultimate mountain retreat, the ski property offers the fine art of luxury living.