€350,000 Bozel - Courchevel
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Property DescriptionBozel has a population of 2,000 and growing quickly. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains interspersed with deep rich forest and fragrant Alpine meadows. Bozel has a river-fed lake for swimming, paddle boats, Sup boards, and fly fishing, there is an abundance of natural beauty as well as access to some of the best skiing in Europe. The Courchevel le Praz ski lift that carries you into the 3 Valleys ski resort is less than 9 km away plus there is a free ski bus service that runs every hour from early in the morning until 20h30 in the evenings! The village life is tranquil yet offers plenty of variety and entertainment. There is a great selection of shops in Bozel, including a couple of small supermarkets, general shops, arts and craft shops, clothing stores including 2 specialist sportswear shops where you can rent all the equipment you need for all the activities winter and summer. Bozel has a small but very well equipped medical center, osteopaths and physiotherapists, podiatrist, a dentist that is very well equipped for surgery as well, optician, pharmacy, veterinary, church, school, post office, library, 2 banks, 3 garages, 3 hairdressers, driving school, fire department, and rescue. There are multiple children's play parks, 3 tennis courts, a football pitch, a skateboard park, several public barbecues scattered in the woods near the recreational area, and a paragliding landing field. There is beautiful camping nestled in the forest beside the river with a sweet outdoor restaurant open during summers. During the winters there is a free bus shuttle to and from the Courchevel ski resort that runs approximately every hour, free cross country ski tracks that take you around the lake, along the river, and exploring up into the forest, and don't forget the snowshoeing. There is alpine skiing, ice climbing, ice skating all within 15-30 minutes of Bozel plus a very well-equipped fitness center with a sauna & steam room and several public indoor swimming pools, and one outdoor pool all serviced by free public transportation. The spring and summers are wonderful. Hiking, cycling, mountain biking, parenting, via ferrets, climbing, swimming, rafting, golfing and the list goes on! During peak season there is a free shuttle service. The 4 closest airports to Bozel are Lyon, Grenoble and Geneva, all about 180 km and Chambéry airport is only 100 km away. Chambéry airport services Flybe and Jet2; Lyon airport, Air France, Bmi baby, BA & EasyJet; Geneva airport, BA, EasyJet, Flybe, Jet2 & Air Lingus; and Grenoble airport, Ryanair & EasyJet. The closest train station to the 3 valleys is in Moûtiers, which is 14km from Bozel. There is regular seasonal bus transportation to and from Moutiers and of course the free bus service to Courchevel.
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.
Bozel - Courchevel Ski Resort
Bozel is a beautiful town which gets a lot of sunshine all year round. It is predominantly French but there are a few English locals too who tend to be well integrated into the local community, with kids in the school. Bozel thrives in winter and in summer. Just 10 minutes by car from Moutiers (where trains arrive from London, Paris, Lyon...), 10 minutes drive from the ski lifts in Courchevel le Praz, and just 8 minute drive from Champagny/la Plagne, you have the pick of several ski resorts in winter time! Most notably Bozel is also on the free ski bus route to Courchevel.
In summer Bozel attracts many people who come to the area to walk, bike and climb or just relax by the lake and enjoy the French way of life. Bozel has everything you need - shops selling local produce, a butcher, a beautiful church with its unusual spire, beautiful views of the Grand Bec, walks from the doorstep, bars and restuarants. Its a great place to consider buying as you can get a lot more for your money here than you can further up the mountain, although people are now wising up and it is expected prices will start to rise soon.
DPE : This property does not have a fixed heating system