5 Reasons to buy a property in Morzine

At the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, and near the border with Switzerland and Italy, Morzine is a pretty, traditional Savoyard mountain town with long-lasting, year round appeal.

Here are 5 reasons to consider buying a property in Morzine.

1. Ideally located for a holiday home or permanent residence

Morzine’s close proximity to major cities makes it an ideal destination year-round. Less than an hour and a half drive from Geneva Airport, it is one of the first ski resorts as you enter the French Alps, making it a viable option for a long weekend or short ski break during the winter months.

If driving, Morzine is around a 9-hour drive from Calais. The drive is straightforward with plenty of places on the motorway to stop to rest en route offering well-presented picnic areas.

From Morzine itself, Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) and the beautiful towns along its shores can be reached within 40 minutes. Take a boat trip across to Lausanne and an exciting longer boat trip around the lake taking in Montreux. Chamonix is only an hour away and is also the gateway to the Mont Blanc tunnel which connects France to the Aosta region of Italy. There really are few other alpine resorts as well connected as Morzine.

There are many factors that drive property purchases in this area. Nonetheless, in recent years, we have seen a substantial rise in clients opting to make the Morzine valley their home, whether for retirement, employment in Geneva, or as a tranquil base for remote work.

2. A year-round destination

Primarily known as a ski resort, Morzine and the surrounding resorts of Les Gets and Avoriaz are fast becoming ever more popular summer destinations too. For years, this area has been renowned as a premier destination for mountain biking and road cycling.

In the winter, Morzine connects to the huge Portes du Soleil ski area with over 600 km of skiing across 12 resorts and two countries. In Switzerland, you’ll find the renowned resorts of Les Crosets, Champoussin, Morgins, Champéry, and Torgon. Meanwhile, in France, you can explore the charming slopes of Morzine, Avoriaz, Montriond, Les Gets, Saint Jean d’Aulps, Châtel, La Chapelle d’Abondance, and Abondance. The Grand Massif ski area that includes Flaine can also be accessed via Samoens which is a short 40-minute drive away. The amount of skiing waiting to be discovered in the area is incredible.

In the summer, the ski lifts open for mountain bikers and hikers to explore the region. There are also a number of other activities available in Morzine during the summer months including golf, horse riding, and parapenting. Over the last couple of years, the break between the summer and winter seasons has been getting slightly shorter, with a few more cafes and restaurants staying open throughout the interseason, making the resort a delight to visit at any time of year.

For those who prefer a more gentile holiday with a wide choice of excellent restaurants plus lots of shops then Geneva, Annecy and Thonon les Bains/Evian les Bains are the places to visit and explore during a holiday. You must try one of the many superb lakeside restaurants offering the ‘Filet de Perche’ directly fished from Lac Leman (Lake Geneva).

3. Extended summer season for mountain biking

If your passion is mountain biking then the Portes du Soleil will be already on your bucket list. As one of the biggest bike parks in Europe, it has everything for all MTB disciplines – cross-country, enduro, and downhill mountain biking.

During this summer season, the lifts will open earlier than usual, beginning with weekends from May 31st and fully opening from June 14th. Furthermore, the Morzine/Les Gets areas will extend their lift opening times until September 15th, while select Swiss resorts within the Portes du Soleil will continue to operate during weekends until late October.

This summer promises to be the best (and longest) season yet for mountain bikers!

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4. Strong rental market

The rental market in Morzine remains strong, and with increasing visitors year on year, there is a continued demand for rental properties of all sizes. With an extended summer season lasting over 13 weeks and a typical winter season spanning 16 weeks, the opportunity to make a return on a property investment is higher than ever.

One of Morzine’s big draws is that it is a proper mountain town rather than a purpose-built resort. It has all the amenities, including indoor and exterior swimming pools, both open in Summer, a medical centre, tennis courts, and a cinema, which make it an ideal friends and family resort to visit. With the rise in digital nomads and remote working, we are also seeing an increase in long-term rentals, giving owners more security throughout the year.

5. A true mountain lifestyle

Morzine’s stunning mountain setting is the perfect antidote to hectic city living. The town itself is surrounded by the three peaks of Ressachaux, Nantaux, and Nyon, and the beautiful wooded dereche area in the town centre runs along the banks of the river Dranse, all of which provide an immediate escape into nature.

A short distance away you will find the emerald mountain lake, Lac de Montriond. Part of the Chablais UNESCO Global Geopark, the lake is popular year round whether with fishermen, swimmers and sunbathers in the summer or for a bracing walk through the frozen landscape in winter. There are four very popular lakeside restaurants/hotels all with large terraces and stunning views. Hotel du Lac, Le Bout du Lac, Le Verdoyant, and Lactuel.

Nestled at the foot of la Vallée de la Manche, just a short 15-minute drive from Morzine, lies the serene Lac des Mines d’Or. During the summer months, the lake is easily accessible by car, and you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the winding path encircling the lake and a delicious meal at the charming Mines d’Or restaurant.

With the combination of positive property trends in the area and Morzine’s traditional yet contemporary draw, it is the ideal place to buy property in the French Alps. Take a look at our available properties to buy in Morzine or download our guide to buying a property in France, detailing the key stages and terminology involved in the French property buying process.

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