€299,000 Mountain village house Saint Martin de Belleville

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Village house with 3 bedrooms and plenty of character. Situated in quaint and sunny village, just 4km from St Martin de Belleville (3 Valleys ski area)
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Ski Area
Three Valleys  
Ski Resort
Saint Martin de Belleville  
Price / Ref
€299,000 / 71814SPA73  
agency fees included: 5.0003336131001 % TTC to be paid by the buyer (€284,761 without fees)
Beds / Bath
3 /   2  
Land M2 / Hab M2
138 /   80  

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Property Description

This attractive 4-level house, made of traditional stone and in parts clad in local wood, has been renovated with style and thought to create a comfortable family home, that could also be used as a ski base. The living room is very large for a property of this kind, occupying the entire footprint of the house and the loft has been renovated into a fantastic bedroom/study area with roof lights and a large custom window. This property is a good example of how to renovate a village house that often lacks for anything resembling a right-angle into a warm and inviting home, with lots of great features.

The ground floor houses the kitchen and dining room, plus a shower room and WC that have been recently refurbished. This level also opens up from the dining area through the glass double doors onto the outdoor veranda - part of the large walled garden that comes with the property, another rare feature for many mountain properties. This was landscaped (simplified and leveled and decked in part) during the house renovations.

The first floor consists of the large and attractive living room, with efficient log burning stove, plenty of storage space and a south-facing balcony with great views between the neighbouring properties.

There are 2 bedrooms on the second floor – the master bedroom and a smaller room currently used for a child’s room, with space for a large family bathroom (plumbing, electrics all in place). The owners have decided to leave this as a blank canvas for the new owners, rather than putting in a brand new bathroom to their tastes that may only be ripped straight out again at the point of sale (provision for this has been made in the advertised sale price). There is another balcony off the master bedroom with the same outlook as the one below.

The top floor of the property is the charming reclaimed loft space with its 2 velux windows (north and south), hand-made large feature window and plenty of storage space under the eaves. It currently has a double bed in it for guests, as well as the study area of the house with desk space and further storage for office essentials.

Extras:

- Walled garden to the west of the house 

- “Man cave” underneath the decked area outside, ideal for tools, wood potentially a laundry area

- Cellar underneath the kitchen with restricted height but good for storage and wines etc.

- Brand new roof, finished in 2015

The authentic village itself is very well-located just 4km from St Martin de Belleville and therefore the world’s largest ski resort. The road is always snow-cleared throughout the winter as many of the village inhabitants work for the resort’s various infrastructure companies (ski lifts, piste preparation, ski pass offices etc), plus there is the school bus that runs year-round. Even this short distance from the lifts means that you get very good value-for-money.

During the summer, the village is even more picturesque than in the winter, with the Doron river flowing past the village – the Roman bridge that crosses it giving access to some of the valley’s best nature walks and hikes. The village is also the start and finish point for horseback walks. Finally, as part of the valley’s initiative to make the villages more picturesque, all overhead lines were moved underground recently, a small touch that actually makes a noticeable difference.

Three Valleys Ski Area

A beautiful place all year with highly defined seasons and quiet and tranquil out of the ski season when the crowds have gone home, and then suddenly once again each winter the mountains of the Three Valleys come alive with people enjoying this vast ski area..... the largest linked skiing in the world.


The Three Valleys ski domain provides more than 600km of runs and probably the same again off-piste. In fact it should now be called the Four Valleys with the link into Orelle (Maurienne Valley) which can be accessed by ski from Val Thorens. This has also opened up some extraordinary off-piste runs. The Three Valleys provides direct links between the ski resorts of St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, Méribel, Mottaret, La Tania, Brides les Bains and the four Courchevel resorts, la Praz, 1550, 1650 and the world famous 1850 – and now Orelle, in the fourth valley - all under one ski pass offering on-piste skiing from 1300m all the way up to 3200m. As these figures show the Three Valleys ski area offers huge altitude differences favouring long run skiing.


It has an ultra efficient, state of the art ski lift system, quality piste preparation and a dense artificial snow making system (1920 snow cannons) complementing the excellent natural snow cover. However, if you are not a fan of downhill skiing or like some variety during your stay then you can also roam the domain at your leisure on foot, hiking along the marked trails, or using the pedestrian ski lift passes. Many trails have been created especially to enjoy the increasingly popular snowshoeing sport and to discover the valleys from a new perspective: flora, wildlife, monuments, and spectacular scenery.There are also many cross-country skiing tracks that are prepared and maintained each day. These allow you to take in the breathtaking scenery and provide the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the mountains away from the pistes.


An interesting and wonderful area all year round, there is much more here than the snow sports.

Saint Martin de Belleville Ski Resort

Based at 1400m and directly linked into the vast Three Valleys network by an 8 person gondola, St Martin de Belleville offers unlimited, world-class skiing.

 

The village is picture perfect, unspoiled and authentic making St Martin de Belleville the perfect ski resort if you are looking for a taste of authentic France combined with state of the art skiing. Clusters of traditional chalets and original Savoyard farmhouses are dominated by the close mountains with chamois and wild boars roaming free in the surrounding forests. St Martin was voted a “Top Ten Picture Postcard resort” for its pretty, traditional architecture and stunning Alpine scenery, it’s interesting to note that the commune have had the foresight to bury all the electric and phone cabling which means that not only does it have a clean uncluttered look, but you are unlikely to lose power when the snow hits!

 

As an added bonus Val Thorens, officially the highest resort in Europe is situated at the top of the valley offering great skiing from mid-November to mid-May. St Martin also has some of the best and clearest runs in the Three Valleys; with skiing for all levels back down to the village and red run Jerusalem a firm favourite with many, and the confidence inspiring off-piste powder fields have to be experienced to be believed. In the height of summer during July and August the valley is host to walkers, nature lovers and adventure seekers who arrive to enjoy the traditional and less traditional mountain activities along with the colourful mountain meadows and beauty of the contrasting vibrant green against snow capped mountains.

 

It is also a near neighbour to the Vanoise Park, a protected area of outstanding natural beauty. St Martin de Belleville has a lower key nightlife than its glitzy neighbours. Having said that, the valley boasts two Michelin starred restaurants, one being situated three minutes from the village, the other in Val Thorens. St Martin itself has several friendly bars and restaurants which retain a mountain village atmosphere with prices to match. This ski resort seems ideal for ski and mountain lovers looking for an authentic atmosphere a little apart from the crowds, and out of season it still has life and enough year round residents to stop it feeling like a ghost town.

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