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Erna Low Property has unrivalled knowledge of the French property market, with a particular expertise in the French Alps. Erna Low Property launches its 2018 French Alps Property Report which includes the following key trends:
French Property Market Is Booming
There were a record number of sales of existing properties last year (958,000 report page 5). Along with strong international demand, this is helping to drive a wave of new developments across the French Alps.
Vaujany, connected to Alpe d’Huez, is a great example of this where Erna Low Property currently has three developments in progress with sales being fuelled by the impending 2021 lift- link to neighbouring ski resort Les Deux Alpes.
Race To The Top
French resorts are involved in a “race to the top” to become global brands – and they are investing staggering amounts of money in redevelopment and infrastructure. La Plagne, for example, has announced €455million of new spending (some of this is in collaboration with Pierre et Vacances). €12 million of this is focused on new snowmaking systems. La Plagne will also see its first 5* development of apartments – The White Pearl. Châtel continues to expand, with new developments taking advantage of its rising profile, both as a ski resort and a mountain-biking hub.
Ultra-Low Euro Mortgage Rates and the Best Currency Rates
Ultra-low Euro mortgage rates mean the cost of borrowing is cheap [see graph on page 5]; repayments on, for example, a €240,000 fixed rate mortgage are still considerably lower in 2018 than they were in 2011 and 2014.
Francois Marchand, Director of Erna Low Property adds, “Interest from UK-based buyers remains strong. The average spend of Erna Low Property clients has risen in the last two years, this coupled with the ongoing low mortgage rates mean it is an excellent time for buyers; plus with our currency expert Halo, we can ensure buyers benefit from the best rates available.”
South of France or French Alps for Summer
Buyers are ever-more interested in summer – a resort with good summer facilities, close to Geneva or other main airport – are now as sought-after in summer as in winter.
Erna Low Property has been selling properties in the South of France for over 10 years. Complementing its Alps business, clients have options in the Cote d’Azur and Provence. NEW, close to Cannes, Villa Alice offers apartments from just €150,000.
Standards Are Rising
The age of the rabbit-hutch apartment is gone, and our partner developers such as Nexalia and Terresens offer more spacious properties, with bigger windows, higher-quality finishes, and wood-burning stoves. Customised interiors (e.g. you can reduce the number of bedrooms if you want a bigger lounge), and more flexible rental schemes are all part of the scene now.
View the full report attached and online:
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Please contact Vanessa Fisher for a printed copy of the Erna Low Property French Alps Report, any information on available properties for sale and/or images: email@example.com 07957 618525
Erna Low Property was established to offer customers the opportunity to purchase properties in some of the world’s most beautiful and desirable locations. Whether looking for snow or sun, Erna Low Property helps buyers to choose the perfect property for holidays, retirement or investment.
Erna Low’s ongoing relationship with top Canadian resort developer Intrawest (well-known for pioneering Whistler and Mont Tremblant in Canada and Arc 1950 Le Village in France) led to the launch of Erna Low Property in 2003. Arc 1950, a new ski village in the French Alps and Intrawest’s very first project in Europe, was the first key property sales project for Erna Low and over the past few years, Erna Low’s property sales service has gone from strength to strength. Erna Low Property has its dedicated Estate Agency to sell properties all over the Alps and the South of France to property investors.
Erna Low Property now holds a sizeable portfolio of properties from the French Alps, across Europe and beyond. With their background as a specialist, niche tour operator, Erna Low Property and Erna Low Travel have been hugely successful in introducing many clients to both property sales and holiday rentals.
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A resort that works for Kids, Tweens and Teens plus a skiing Grandad at Half Term: Wengen in Switzerland.NEW
My visit was a family visit.
A return to a resort I have been to many times but not with my family for a couple of years – like many Wengen regulars we were lured back by its enduring appeal for families.
My dad, now 72, wanted another ski with his grandchildren before his various ailments curtail his skiing.
To cut a long story short I ended up taking half of his eight grandchildren to Wengen;
One young one, a couple of ‘tweens’ and one teen, along with my father “grandad”, whose own health has been a bit suspect of late.
Wengen worked for everyone.
Tired legs – young and old – can come down from the mountains by train or cable car.
Teens can hoon around the circuit from the Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg and speed down the Lauberhorn back to the village.
The teen found some fellow skiing teens who he has met before in Wengen = happy teen!
Grandad liked to have a regular break at lunchtime in the sunshine when it appeared or was happy to latch on to a random group over a bowl of soup at ‘the station restaurant’ at Kleine Schiedegg.
Mobile phones make it even easier these days to connect with everyone but the joy of Wengen is the accessibility of its slopes using the excellent trains.
Plus the stand out wigwam – an easy meeting point come rain or shine (and we had both!).
If you want to ski back to the village base, there are options to suit all abilities and on our final full day in the sunshine all the grandchildren made it down the famous 4.5km Lauberhorn Downhill run, a proud moment!
Despite it being half term, we avoided the cable car queues in the morning with early starts.
Not once did we queue at Grindelwald for a bubble or return train up the mountain.
The blue run through the trees to ‘Brandegg’ and all the way down became a favourite for all ages, younger legs darting in and out of the bumps and paths in amongst the woods and snow banks and the older less flexible legs finding the smooth path between the woods easy to turn on.
There are a few ski resorts which work well for mixed ability and mixed age groups but none that I have been to, make it as easy as Wengen.
Also published on http://www.planetski.eu/news/10224
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Calling all Snow Geeks….
Gaming becomes a reality in Les Menuires, 9-10 December 2017, at the inaugural Les Menuires Geek Festival.
Gaming events are scheduled to take place all around the ski resort, situated at the heart of the Three Valleys ski area, over the opening weekend of the new winter season.
Gamers and geeks will be able to enjoy laser quest, animations that are virtually real as well as life-size video games – all on snow.
It’s the first time an event like this has been held in a mountain environment and Les Menuires are very proud hosts.
Les Menuires has dedicated a further 1000m2 inside to gaming during the festivities:
Geeks and guests can indulge in historical ski and snowboard console action in the Retro-gaming area.
The next generation of gaming technology is on show on snow for people to get their hands on in the Experience section and discover an escape game hidden in an igloo on the mountainside. At the snow front in La Croisette watch the NEW illumination of the area on Saturday 9th December with a ‘pyro’ show and concert.
Divided in 4 teams, gamers and skiers – comedians, Youtubers, artists and free riders will also compete for the Menuires Geek festival Cup, awarded during the evening Raclette Party.
And as the sun sets and apres ski begins so does ‘GAMEAT’ – which is gaming and eating of course! www.menuiresgeekfestival.com/en/
…and Female Fitness Freaks.. Pop in!
9000 women have participated in urban events ‘Pop in the City’ since its inception in 2012. Now for 2018 it’s in back in the mountains…
Pop in Les Menuires is just for the girls and takes place on 10 March 2018.
Intrepid females from all over Europe will take on a series of mental, strategic and physical challenges over 8 hours culminating in an evening extravaganza and prize giving.
‘Pop in’ originated in the cities of Europe and moved to the mountains for the first time in 2014.
Estelle Roy, Press Officer, Les Menuires adds, “We are excited to host these two ‘first time’ events, the Geek Festival over our opening weekend and ‘Pop in Les Menuires’ later in the season. We offer so many events season long and this ‘Pop in’ girls-only challenge will be great fun and really complements our other activities.”
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Arc 1950 was designed with families in mind. Built just 13 years ago, it is the newest ‘village’ in the French Alps.
All accommodation is ski in-ski out making it so easy for a family ski holiday, as I discovered on my visit there with my family before Christmas. Here are 10 not to miss family ideas well worth exploring when you get there:
- The Village – this little village of Arc 1950 has its own charm and is small enough to wander safely around in the evening. There are no cars – they all park underground. The village is lit up with all you need, two children’s toy shops, various ski stores, lovely bakery, a little supermarket , and a selection of bars and restaurants if you want an après ski apero en- famille or a meal out.
- The Crèche – with different sections for 9 months to 3 years and 3 years to teens the ‘Cariboo’ is ideal if your little ones are too young to ski or if they just want a bit more looking after than the Ski School itself. Or combine with ski school for lunch so you can have a longer ski day ‘sans kids’! Again right in the middle of the village taking your little ones there is as easy as it can get. www.cariboo1950.com
- Ride the Rodeo Park – for over 12s – this 400m sledging ride runs beside the Cabriolet chair just above Arc 2000. Helmet and toboggan are provided, just turn up and enjoy the long and fast ride down.
- Fireworks – every week Arc 1950 has an activity programme – from Russian week to Frozen week, Spring week to fashion week! One night of the week watch the firework display either from your apartment balcony or watch from the village centre.
- Night skiing – The Marmottes chair is open every Tuesday and Thursday evening. If you have any energy left and your children can ski without an instructor, this is great fun and included on your lift pass. Take the fast chair lift up and you have a long flood lit ski down past Arc 2000 and the entrance to Arc 1950 back down to the chairlift base again. We managed four runs in 40 minutes
- Jump off the giant air bag. Just above Arc 1950 is a giant inflatable bouncy castle type set up. With a lower level for younger children and a higher level for teens and over this is a great adrenaline buzz to add to your ski day – four euros per jump
- Breakfast at La Brasserie – yes you will have all the facilities in your apartment to cater with; but give yourself a break and visit La Brasserie for breakfast. Fresh fruit and pastries, cooked breakfast and coffee on tap! It’s open from 7am so plenty of time to get in and back to your ski locker room to be kitted up for ski school: 17 euros per adult and 8 euros per child.
- Explore the Village Igloo – just above Arc 1950 take a tour around the ice caves in the village igloo, 350m2 with carvings of dragons and werewolves! Or just have a drink from the ice bar and hang out while your children jump off the airbag next door (see no 6!)
- Go swimming! Every residence has an outside pool and the Princes des Cimes Residence also has an indoor pool – for a small additional fee you can guarantee an apartment in this building if your kids love swimming. Otherwise the small outdoor pools are great fun, if a tad on the chilly side.
- Ok so this isn’t for families – but for parents. Leave your children in the crèche, or sneak off while they are at ski school and spend an hour or two in the Deep Nature Spa. Book a massage in advance with incredible window views looking out to the snowy peak of Mont Blanc.
Save up to 40% off apartment bookings in Arc 1950 with Erna Low. Save up to £998 on a two-bedroom apartment in the Prince des Cimes Residence for dates 7/14/21 January and 15% off for half-term weeks 11 and 18 February – call 0207 590 1720.
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There has been a shortage of snow at many resorts in the Alps over Xmas, but does that mean fun can’t be had? PlanetSKI reports.
Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
There hasn’t been a decent amount of fresh snow in this part of the Alps since the middle of November.
Certain sections of the media are reporting an Xmas washout.
But I beg to differ.
There are hardly bumper conditions but there is more than enough snow at Arc 1950 for some fun.
It’s five years since I have skied before Christmas with the family and with a full week of school holidays before Santa dropped in this seemed like the perfect chance to squeeze in an extra ski trip.
Having watched the early season snow, or lack of it in recent weeks, we were feeling slightly smug with our booking in Arc 1950.
Bourg St Maurice seemed especially green as we left the valley for the climb up to 1950.
I’d been watching the webcams and knew there was snow in the village which, sitting at 1950m literally just below Arc 2000, was great to see when we arrived late in the evening.
Snow up high
I haven’t skied in Les Arcs since going with my parents when I was about 12 years old.
Arc 1950 wasn’t even conceived then, only being built from 2003 onwards. Originally built by Intrawest, the village was cleverly designed to be ski in out but in a more traditional style than the 60s and 70s block buildings of the other neighbouring ‘Arcs’.
Over our five day stay, we loved being able to ski to the door and having everything you need literally on your doorstep makes skiing as a family so easy. No buses to catch or cars to negotiate whilst steering small people around in heavy ski boots. The children were so safe going out each morning to buy fresh croissants from the fabulous L’Arc Dore bakery.
All the pistes above Arc 1950 were in great shape despite no recent snowfall. The little snow we did have mid week freshened the slopes but not enough to cover the bare patches in the lower villages.
Despite the lack of snow, we loved the runs down to Peisey Vallandry, mostly on man made snow but catching some early season sunshine they were surprisingly soft and easy to ski on. We also took the incredible Vanoise Express over to La Plagne which was a great adventure day out to make from Arc 1950.
From the top of the Aiguille Rouge at 3226m, the red run down was icy in places but we easily found some grippy snow along the edges and taking the Lanchettes chair above Arc 2000 we could see the black ‘Genepi’ looked skiable (we didn’t make that run with our youngest). Black ‘Combes’ under the Lanchettes was fun with just the odd stone/rock to hop!
Restaurant Bulle, the huge luge run and the Igloo village with giant airbag make the ski area above Arc 1950 under the Arcabulle chair a fun place to hang out.
In addition every evening Arc 1950 had a selection of activities -ski joering, remote controlled cars, night skiing and more, the highlight being Santa’s visit with reindeer giving sleigh rides around the village.
Santa in town
Perfect for a few days family skiing in the run up to Christmas.
For us the glass was most definitely half-full.
See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the world of snowsports.
PlanetSKI: No1 for ski news
Vanessa Fisher January 2017
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