Living in the mountains for short or even longer stays is becoming increasingly popular among people living in cities and denser areas. Some of them have even purchased a second home in the Swiss Alps, opting to either split time at or use the snow-covered peaks as their main residence. As well as the great outdoors and open spaces, there is also great infrastructure in the Alps, including schools, health clinics and fast broadband connections. During this winter season, Switzerland’s French-speaking resorts have remained open, even though the French ski lifts are still closed until further notice.
Open cable-car windows, ventilation, face masks, alcoholic gels, social distancing, staff wearing visors – the pandemic has brought about big changes to life at the ski resorts; however, despite having to cut short the previous season because of the first wave of coronavirus, the Swiss ski stations are now staying the course. Many have implemented an enhanced protection plan so that they can continue to receive visitors, and, as a result, there are still large numbers of people on Swiss Alpine slopes despite the pandemic. Downhill and cross-country skiers, tobogganists, Alpine hikers, snowshoers and other walkers — all of them understand the importance of the mountains for their health and well-being, and they have been disciplined in respecting the health protection measures so that they can keep on enjoying the snow.
Traveling to far-off sunny destinations during the winter is a habit for many wealthy Europeans; however, many have opted for luxury mountain resorts this year. Despite uncertainty around the health crisis, particularly in terms of travel restrictions, Switzerland remains an attractive lifestyle option for its economic resilience, crisis management and federalist system.
In the traditional village of Grimentz (Valais), the Prestige division of Comptoir Immobilier currently offers the luxury “Guernerés Exclusive Lodge” to local and international customers looking to acquire an exceptional property with a range of personal services, such as concierge services, maintenance and cleaning and many more.
A quality investment and the art of living
The Vaudois and Valais Alps boast many resorts of varying styles and sizes, from picturesque villages to international ski resorts like Verbier, Zermatt or Crans-Montana. These resorts are easy to get to from the cities around Lake Geneva, such as Geneva, Lausanne, Vevey and Montreux. Buying a ski holiday home can be a great way to enjoy quality time with your family or friends, but it can also be a significant source of income when you are not using it. Many buyers have understood this, and the vast majority of them choose to rent out their homes when they are not there. This means that the location, amenities and access (roads, rail links, distance from the airport, etc.) are important things to consider. It is also important to think about what sort of activities are on offer nearby and what age groups they are suitable for. For example, to be flexible with parents and students in the current situation, some local schools, especially the international ones, accept admissions for a single term. And amid the current health crisis, many people are prioritizing smaller, less crowded ski areas.
Buying a property in Switzerland can be a safe and profitable investment. The natural surroundings, quality tourist facilities, guaranteed snow cover (including artificial snow), and high altitude of the resorts all guarantee the property’s future value. Before you commit to buying the property, you can even try a seasonal or long-term rental as a trial run. These rental agreements often include an option to purchase the property later.
Harmony with nature
The standard model of mountain properties is currently being redesigned to better cater for both housing and work. The apartments and chalets aim to provide the same characteristics as a principal residence whilst preserving their rustic charm at the same time. This also applies to comfort and technology, including home automation, energy efficiency, audio-visual equipment, or broadband. Just as in the city, owners particularly appreciate the generous balconies and terraces and the large bay windows, which provide plenty of light and a beautiful view of the landscape. Why shouldn’t you too enjoy the lifestyle that you truly desire?