NEW HOMES FOR BRITONS SEEKING HEALTH CURES

Almost half of the 27 apartments in a brand new residence de tourisme at Chantemerle 1350 – one of the six villages which make up the Serre Chevalier ski resort in the Southern Alps region of France – have been sold ahead of its opening in December this year.

Almost half of the 27 apartments in a brand new residence de tourisme at Chantemerle 1350 – one of the six villages which make up the Serre Chevalier ski resort in the Southern Alps region of France – have been sold ahead of its opening in December this year.

Occupying two linked chalets close to the ski slopes, shops and restaurants, many of the new apartments enjoy panoramic views of the mountains and slopes.

Richard Deans, London-based sales consultant with the French developer MGM which is building and selling apartments in the residence, L’Or�e des Neiges, said this week: “The level of off-plan sales underlines the continuing attraction of this region, not only for summer walkers and winter skiers but also Britons who have been coming here in search of respite from asthma and respiratory problems for 70 years.

For sufferers of asthma and respiratory problems, the value of the climate of the Southern Alps was recognised in the 1930s and today numerous climatic schools’ in the region provide education for children and teenagers who suffer from asthma and respiratory diseases.

Enjoying the healthy climate in the French Alps.

Meanwhile a thermal spa complex which is one of the biggest of its type in Europe at Mon�tier-les-bains – another of the villages which make up Serre Chevalier. At the heart of the spa are Mon�tier’s naturally-heated mineral-rich springs which have attracted visitors seeking cures since the eighteenth century. Said to have many healing properties, they bubble up to the surface at 44�C and then are cooled to 36�C. 

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“Easy access to the region’s healthy climate and hot mineral-rich springs, as well as some of Europe’s best ski slopes and the Mediterranean coast – a three-hour drive away – are among reasons why its popularity among year-round holiday home buyers is growing.”

The scheme follows the success of MGM’s earlier residence in Chantermerle, the 78-apartment Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc.

All of MGM’s new leaseback homes are fully furnished and decorated. They have pine internal finishes with tiled and parquet floors. In keeping with MGM’s policy of using local natural materials wherever possible, the buildings are clad externally in timber and stone. Each home comes with cellar storage, a ski locker and underground parking.

MGM’s new residence opening in December, L’Oree des Neiges at Chantemerle, is similar in style to its earlier scheme in the village, Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc, pictured here.

At L’Or�e des Neiges, MGM has transferred to the Southern Alps – Hautes Alpes – the experience and skills it has refined during the past 45 years designing and building residential properties in ski resorts across the Northern Alps – Savoie and Haute Savoie – where today it is the region’s biggest developer.

“A major factor attracting investors is the way in which property prices in locations like Serre Chevalier are only three-quarters of those for comparable properties in the Northern Alps,” says Richard.

Prices of the apartments still available at L’Or�e des Neiges start at €180,600 for a one-bedroom apartment, rising to €430,600 for a three-bedroom duplex. They exclude VAT at 19.6 per cent which is waived under the leaseback scheme.

For full details of the properties available from MGM call 0207 4940706, email rd@mgm-immobilier.fr or visit the website www.mgm-constructeur.com