New-build property schemes in Europe have not had an easy ride in the past couple of years so we like to report on the ones that are proving a success.
Whilst we recently covered a chateau renovation scheme in the Languedoc, this week we look at another French scheme but in the French Alps.
The key elements will come as no surprise: great location within popular area that is easy to reach (four hours door to door from London, good developer behind it and realistic pricing.
Demand for year-round holiday homes in one of the most scenic and traditional market towns in the French Alps means that all but ten of the 70 apartments built by MGM French Properties in Samoëns have been sold. Prices start from €255,000 (pictured).
Completed and ready to occupy now, Les Chardons Argentés - MGM's sixth development in Samoëns - comprises nine traditionally-styled chalets together containing apartments ranging in size from 43 sq m one-bedroom properties to four-bedroom, two-bathroom duplexes of 110 sqm. Prices include underground parking, cellar storage and a ski locker.
They feature modern interiors and spacious accommodation. Externally they are finished in timber and stone, continuing a local tradition spanning hundreds of years.
The skills of Samoëns' seventeenth century stonemasons whose were in demand throughout Europe and as far afield as America.
MGM's apartments, which are available for outright purchase - not leaseback - come with an indoor pool for use by residents. They are within walking distance of the village shops, cafés and restaurants in the centre of Samoëns.
"For British buyers, a special appeal of Samoëns is that it is just 'four hours door-to-door' from London, being only about one hour by road from Geneva Airport," says Richard Deans of MGM's London-based UK sales office.
"Growing numbers of British buyers are opting for properties in Haute Savoie locations like Samoëns where the lifestyle enables them to integrate with local people while enjoying a huge variety of activities throughout the year."
At this time of year, they include hiking, biking, rock climbing, archery, paragliding, white water rafting, horse riding and fishing. In winter, addition to skiing, dog sledging, raquette trekking and climbing frozen waterfalls are popular.
For details call MGM on +44(0) 20 7494 0706.
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