€682,500 Ski Chalet La Giettaz (Les Portes du Mont Blanc)

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Traditional Savoyard farmhouse to renovate in La Giettaz. Superb development potential in secluded location with panoramic views. Easy access to 800km of pistes.
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Ski Area
Domaine Evasion Mont Blanc  
Ski Resort
La Giettaz (Les Portes du Mont Blanc)  
Price / Ref
€682,500 / 100291SD73  
agency fees to be paid by the seller
Beds / Bath
6 /   2  
Land M2 / Hab M2
18086 /   317  

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Property Description

This beautiful 18th century “alpage” farmhouse is simply overflowing with authentic Savoyard charm and character. The house retains many of the farm's original features, and although habitable today, the exceptional price reflects that it does require some renovation. With a little time and imagination, all the ingredients are here for an ambitious development project to create a show-stopping mountain retreat in a fabulous Alpine setting, perfect for nature lovers yet close to Megève and La Clusaz and within easy reach of Annecy and Geneva.

The farmhouse measures roughly 300m2 over 3 floors and comprises:

Basement:

- Cellar and storage areas

Ground Floor:

- Huge lounge/dining room (44m2) with fireplace and original hay trough

- Separate kitchen (20m2) with fireplace and access to the garden

- One double bedroom (24m2) with balcony

- One bathroom and independent WC

- Pantry and boiler room

First Floor:

- Vast open-plan lounge/games area (74m2) with balcony and two separate mezzanine sleeping areas

- Three double bedrooms (10, 14 & 24m2)

- Workshop and storage area with additional double bedroom (6m2)

- Independent WC

The garden has a paved terrace with steps leading to a separate “mazot” or cabin (20m2), which is fully-equipped with a kitchen and bathroom downstairs and a cute bedroom upstairs. There is also a separate garage and plenty of storage for skis and other equipment. The private and secluded location means that access is by a gravel road of roughly 600m and because of this, a 4x4 is recommended. The total size of the land is 18,086m2.

The house is habitable immediately, although some renovation work would allow it to realise its fabulous potential. As a bare minimum, work is required on the roof and drainage system, and upgrades to the bathrooms and kitchen would be desirable. Beyond this, with care and creativity there are endless possibilities to build a spectacular mountain property combining modern design with the house's many charming original features.

The alpage is situated above Le Plan, a small hamlet of chalets and apartments 3.5km from La Giettaz itself. The hamlet has grown around the Torraz chairlift, which provides immediate access to the Portes du Mont Blanc and Evasion Mont Blanc ski areas. There are a couple of restaurants and a ski hire shop, as well as the ESF ski school. The north-facing slopes above Le Plan have a growing reputation for quiet, hassle-free pistes and superb off-piste tree skiing and ski touring. In summer, Le Plan is calm and peaceful, and the surrounding mountains provide many opportunities for fabulous hiking with panoramic views of Mont Blanc and the Aravis mountains.

Amenities in La Giettaz itself include a handful of friendly restaurants and bars, a small grocery store, a couple of ski hire shops, a post office, a tourist information centre and a primary school. Like much of the Val d’Arly, La Giettaz is not a ski resort; rather it is a living village with an active, year-round community who enjoy access to over 800km of pistes between the Portes du Mont Blanc, Evasion Mont Blanc, Espace Diamant and La Clusaz ski areas – all within 20 minutes’ drive of the village.

La Clusaz 14km, Megève 15km, Albertville (nearest train station) 33km, Annecy 44km, Chamonix 48km, Geneva Airport 83km, Lyon Airport 169km 

Domaine Evasion Mont Blanc Ski Area

 

A lesser known area that deserves greater recognition as it is the 3rd largest area in France with 445km (276 miles) of piste served by 107 ski lifts and featuring the resorts of Megeve, St Gervais, Les Contamines, Combloux, La Giettaz and St Nicolas de Veroce.  You can also link into Les Houches and onwards to the Chamonix valley via the Tramway du Mont Blanc from St Gervais. The lift pass price is reasonable for such a large area and the atmosphere that of genuine French market towns and villages and not of purpose built ski resorts .  If you are looking for authenticity where French is still spoken in the bars and shops this is the place ! 

The area is one of the easiest to reach from Geneva airport , just 86km so an easy 45 minutes motorway drive and then just 7 minutes up the hill to St Gervais. 

The area is less well known as there are no major tour operators bringing the mass market to the area, however there are plenty of like minded independent travellers and the range of villages means you will find a holiday to suit almost every person and pocket. From the uber rich clientele of Megeve to the family friendly resort of Les Contamines – there is something for everyone. This also applies to the skiing which is varied to suit all abilities and the traditional villages makes this a great destination in the summer months too with a range of activities for everyone.

 

 

 

La Giettaz (Les Portes du Mont Blanc) Ski Resort

Part of the Savoyard ski area of ​​'Portes du Mont-Blanc', La Giettaz (pronounced "Jietta" or "The Jiett!" For regulars) is a small mountain village of traditional Savoie.
The area includes the resorts of Combloux, Le Jaillet / Megeve and Cordon and offers 100 km of slopes mostly red runs.
But this small resort is also part of the vast 'Evasion Mont Blanc', 445 km of pistes spread over 6 resorts mainly around the Megeve Valley.
You can also ski in the cosmopolitain resort of La Clusaz - 10 km away...

In a beautiful setting between the Aravis range and Mont Blanc.
Surrounded by spruce forest, with abundant wildlife - not unusual to see deer in your garden !

La Giettaz is the ideal place for lovers of mountain scenery and postcard panoramas.
Numerous downhill runs and hiking trails take you deep into the mountains, amid a soothing silence, occasionally broken by the passage of the odd goat ! 


 

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