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Price £318,764
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Property Description

Plan for your retirement: Become an owner in this new Chatel project hassle free and no running bills but with guaranteed capital appreciation...


The Development
Type: From 1-bedroom to 4-bed duplex apartments
Property price: from €178,930 to €550,161 excl.VAT
Guaranteed income: from €4,000 to €7,000 excl.VAT
Lease length: 11 years
Personal usage: Yes
Delivery date: 4th Quarter 2012
Facilities: Reception area, 2 heated pools, saunas, steam baths, Jacuzzis, a relaxation area, etc…

In Chatel where chalets are inherited from generation to generation, the village is a real testimonial of “art de vivre” living which contributes greatly to the preservation of the peaceful atmosphere that makes the reputation of this delightful ski resort. Chatel has preserved all the authenticity of a true mountain village.

The residence is a 4-star Résidence de Tourisme. You can see that this development is not your average `apartment in the Alps`, it's not sold on the same basis either. It's not expensive to buy and the running costs are relatively low too.

Firmly aimed at the family, the residence offers a whole range of facilities especially for children, crockery high chairs, cots, day nursery and their own pool in the play area, qualified guides and group leaders, ski lessons, creative groups, a club for 14/16 yr-olds and a special Spa... Two swimming pools, one reserved for adults and the other for children, also saunas, steam baths, Jacuzzis, a relaxation area.

On entering the residence you will come to a huge reception lounge with a concierge's desk providing the day's papers, pastries, messages and weather reports. Mostly south facing the development comprises seven buildings ranged in tiers following the topography of the site in order to preserve the view. All the buildings are inter-connected by a large four `layer` basement. Cars enter the underground car park by a single entrance located at the bottom of the building. In this way, the vicinity remains completely vehicle-free. Bus stops are sited right at the foot of the residence, the buildings follow the local style of architecture making use of regional materials - foundations in stone, façades in natural larch enlivened by balconies, double-pitched slatted roofs...

Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen with a multi-function oven, extractor fan, ceramic hob, dishwasher, electric coff¬ee maker, toaster, mini mixer and pressure cooker; a bathroom equipped with a towel dryer and hairdryer. Each apartment has many useful extras such as its own covered parking space, storeroom and ski locker with boot-heater. Within the apartment there is satellite TV and free unlimited Wifi.

There are solar panels for preheating the water for the swimming pool and the recreation area. The buildings have been orientated to offer the best views using the most natural lighting possible.

the residence is aiming for an energy performance level of THPE (very high)..

Total price details excl.VAT (incl. Furniture, ski locker and cellar)
1 bedroom (from 35 sqm to 41 sqm + balcony): from €178,930 to €251,671
2 bedrooms (from 45 sqm to 62 sqm + balcony): from €221,572 to €323,579
3 bedrooms (from 63 sqm to 70 sqm + balcony): from €323,579 to €400,502
4 bedrooms (from 80 sqm to 112 sqm + balcony): from €400,502 to €550,161

The Location
Châtel (Portes du Soleil), France (1100m to 2200m)
An old Savoyard village with a long farming tradition and today a strong tourism infrastructure. Well placed on the Portes du Soleil circuit, arguably the world's biggest lift-linked ski area offering 650km of piste.
The French ski resort of Châtel is part of the Portes du Soleil Ski Area with access to 430 individual pistes, served by 209 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Châtel itself (85km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Portes du Soleil ski resorts of Abondance, Avoriaz, La Chapelle d'Abondance, La Grande Terche, Les Gets, Montriond, Morzine, Saint Jean d'Aulps, Champoussin, Champéry, Les Crosets, Morgins and Torgon.
Skiing in Châtel
Châtel's skiing effectively breaks in to two huge sectors of the Portes du Soleil circuit, with the Linga gondola at one end of town heading off towards Avoriaz, and on the other from Super Châtel side gondola going towards the Swiss resort of Torgon. In addition, there are individual and unlinked drag lifts dotted around the valley floor, serving very easy or easy runs and used for beginners. The main beginner area is, however, at the top of the gondola above Super Châtel where a snowy open bowl contains a further dozen or so short drags radiating out in all directions and serving generally easy or very easy terrain.
Indeed, with so many lifts dotted around, and Châtel's two gondolas linking in to two sections of the vast Portes du Soleil, it's a bit difficult to work out exactly where the extensive skiing the village claims as it own comes to an end and the next resort's territory begins. Rather than trying to work that out, most skiers and 'boarders will be admiring the picturesque scenery for which the area is renowned, with thickly forested slopes above the valley floor giving way to open snow fields and then the rocky pinnacles above and beyond.
Intermediates will enjoy Châtel's skiing and the vast range of opportunities in the Portes du Soleil beyond. For advanced skiers the Linga sector is the place to go initially where you'll find challenging runs beneath the gondola.
There are now six ski schools operating in the resort, including some small specialist snowboard and off-piste operations which will be able to locate more advanced terrain away from the crowds.
By road:
Paris : 580 Km
Londres : 1 000 Km
Munich : 575 Km
Bruxelles : 790 Km
Amsterdam : 970 Km
Genève : 75 Km
Stuttgart : 430 Km
Thonon-les-Bains : 40 km
Evian-les-Bains : 40 Km
By train:
Thonon-les-Bains railway: 40 km
By plane:
Airport of Genève-Cointrin (150 km) 2h
Airport of Lyon St-Exupéry (180 km) 2h15
Airport of Chambéry and Grenoble (100 km) 1h30

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