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In the summer, the French Alps are an amazing place to be. Apart from the beauty of its landscapes, this area is a giant playground in which you will never get bored. The French Alps expands over a huge area and if you are not familiar with the different places to explore, it might be a bit tedious to organise your visits and choose the places that are really worth seeing or the things really worth doing. That’s where we come in! We have created a selection of some of the best things to do and see in the French Alps during the summer to help you organise your time in this beautiful region and make the very most of it.

Today Méribel is one of the most popular resorts of the French Alps, famous for being part of the Three Valleys domain, which is the world’s largest ski area. Its architecture is very much appreciated for being traditional, with typical Savoyard style chalets and wood and stone buildings that gives the village a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There is one man who can be credited for the vision and creation of this wonderful resort – British winter sports enthusiast Peter Lindsay.

 Francois, Joanna and Vanessa from Erna Low Property attended the spectacular Property Press Awards last night, hosted by TV presenter Amanda Lamb, in the breath-taking conference room of the 42nd floor, of Leadenhall Building.

If you are looking for a place to spend your summer but you are a bit tired of the sea side then look no further and head for the mountains! The French Alps is the perfect location to enjoy the summer. Not only will you be able to reconnect with nature but you’ll also have the opportunity to experience new things and admire the beautiful scenery it has to offer.

Erna Low is the woman behind the eponym company. Her lifetime career in the tourism industry was exemplary and lasted for over 60 years. It was rewarded in 2000 when she received the highest reward from the British Travel Industry and entered the “Hall of Fame” alongside some other big names in the travel industry such as Richard Branson founder of Virgin Group or more recently Stelios Haji-Ioannou founder of Easy Jet.

The end of the month of April and the beginning of May mark the return of longer days and more sun which is a great news for pretty much everyone. But for some people this period rhymes above everything else with the closing of the ski resorts and the end of the ski season.

This week the Erna Low Property team had the pleasure of travelling to Val Thorens for our end of season ski trip. When skiing over the very last week of the season, altitude is a must and we have to say Val Thorens did not disappoint – the snow was fantastic, with plenty of pistes to cover and the Spring sun ensured we all came away bronze-faced. This week we present the finest new build properties in our portfolio that are perched high up in the French Alps.

In the next year, St Gervais will welcome two new luxury developments to its picturesque landscape. This popular resort, just an hour from Geneva and connected to the third largest ski area in France, has long needed new properties and our two developments offer two very different locations.

At times of political or economic uncertainty, the best investments are those made in to established markets. France is the number 1 tourist destination in the world and therefore an investment in one of the country’s key tourist destinations – the Alps – provides exactly that.

Erna Low Property are pleased to announce the launch of the new and exciting L’Ecrin Blanc, located in the world famous ski resort of Courchevel 1650. The development will comprise 75 well-appointed apartments, ranging from 1 to 2 bedrooms, with the possibility of creating larger apartments through interconnecting doors.

New to the market. 4 penthouse apartments in Courchevel 1650, constructed on top of an existing building which is being fully re-clad with new common areas to create one of the most prestigious buildings and apartments in the resort. 

Chalet Les Cinq Sens, is a brand new development in the centre of La Chapelle d’Abondance, a picture-postcard Alpine village, minutes down the valley from Châtel in Les Portes du Soleil.

Discover more about La Plagne: 1 half of Paradiski, 425km of skiing, 2 glaciers, 80%of pistes above 2000m

Discover La Rosiere; The Franco - Italian ski resorts 

It’s not every day that you have an opportunity like this: 4 new build chalets have just been launched for sale right below the ski resort of La Rosiere, only a 5-minute drive from the slopes.

THE PERLE DE SAVOIE, Châtel is the next step in luxury in one of the most popular resorts in the French Alps of the last few years. The development will comprise 52 studio to 4 bedroom apartments in a contemporary style, but with a nod to traditional Savoyard design prevalent throughout.

Skiers that have been enjoying the snow in the famous Three Valleys so far this winter may have come across a recently built development taking up a prime location on the piste into Les Menuires. Le Coeur des Loges was first launched in 2014 and was by far the most popular release of that winter. It is now complete and already proving to be very popular in the rental market. 2016 saw the launch of the second and final phase, and there are some excellent opportunities remaining to invest in this development.

In the last year, we have been working closely with our specialist team of mortgage advisors in France to help our clients benefit from France’s lowest ever interest rates. Since January 2015, interest rates have steadily fallen by around 40% across the board, giving our UK buyers the opportunity to negate the effects of the slight drop in Sterling during 2016. We met with our preferred mortgage broker earlier this week, who has announced that the start of February will see further drops in fixed interest rates at the banks with which he works the closest.

Les Fermes du Mont Blanc is an exceptional development in Combloux near Megeve, with sweeping views of Mont Blanc and the Sallanches valley. The development, made of up apartments and chalets, has been a great success over the past 12 months and is now over 80% sold. However we still have five 3 bedroom chalets remaining, including two chalets which can be joined to create a large 4, 5 or 6 bedroom property.

Les Chalets des Cimes is a brand new development situated in the heart of Les Saisies. The residences will be arranged around a small square which will benefit from two convenient shops giving the residences a cosy community feel.

Ski-in ski-out skiing doesn’t come much better than this. Set right on the Belvedere piste with easy access to the Courchevel 1650 lift system, this 3 bedroom apartment is a gem of a property with luxury fixtures and fittings throughout.

Cellophaneland - a digital media platform founded by British writer and editor, Julie Eagleton - visited the charming village of Arc 1950. 

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