Reasons to buy an apartment in the mountains

The reasons for buying an apartment in the mountains usually fall into two distinct categories: business and pleasure. Let’s look at the pleasure side of things first!

Your dream Alpine holiday home!

Firstly, there are the obvious bonuses associated with having a base in an area that’s world-renowned for its stunning scenery and abundant wildlife. The wide open spaces of the mountains offer a great chance to genuinely unwind and recuperate from the stresses and strains of everyday life in the 21st century. In fact, there are few places where it’s possible to get away from the crowds in quite as short a space of time – whether in the summer or winter seasons – as the French Alps.

If it’s action, not solitude that you’re after, then the area’s resorts are extremely well-equipped to give you just that. As the Alps have become a year-round holiday destination, they boast entertainment facilities and events calendars that very much reflect this. You can enjoy anything from bobsleigh and toboggan rides to escape rooms, archery, ice-diving, paragliding, waterparks, mountain biking, ziplining and skiing. Increasingly, the mountains have become a hotspot for music festivals as well, attracting top talent from all over the world.

Another advantage of staying in this part of the world are the opportunities it affords to keep fit whilst having a lot of fun doing so!

A smart investment

The purchase of a holiday apartment in the mountains has the potential to be an excellent investment, for a number of reasons. Buying an apartment in the French Alps is much sought after, mainly because this is a part of the country where there is barely a low season. The winter months, traditionally hard to let to tourists, are amongst the busiest times of the year in the Alps. And in the summer, large numbers of French visitors and other nationalities come to the mountains as an alternative to a holiday by the Med.

The Alps boast excellent transport links to neighbouring countries, and are close to both Switzerland and northern Italy, meaning that there is a large pool of relatively well-off prospective tenants living only a few hours’ drive away! You can decide to rent your property on a weekly basis, but there are also opportunities for longer-term lets, for example, ski instructors or other resort personnel who will need accommodation for a period of several months during the main skiing season.

You might even consider an Alpine holiday let as a possible retirement home if you’re looking to downsize as you get older – the larger resorts have as wide a range of amenities as many mid-sized towns.