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LEGGETT MAGAZINE AUVERGNE RHÔNE ALPES

I

have lived in the Alps for 23 years

and have been selling property here

since 2004. During that time, I have

seen the area evolve from being

a collection of winter ski resorts,

into a year-round destination. Local

councils have seen that the European ski

market has flattened off in recent years but

remains steady and vibrant, with around

54 million skiers per year in France, the

number one ski destination in the world.

The councils are therefore investing in

infrastructure changes that encourage

visitors outside the ski season too, where

hiking, running and other sports attract

both national and international visitors.

British success in the Tour de France over

the last few years has turbo-charged the

number of cyclists coming from the UK to

tackle the mythical climbs of Alpe d'Huez,

Col du Galibier, Col de la Madeleine and

Col de Lauteret. This is a natural fit for

adventurous, sport enthusiasts looking for

a challenging and rewarding vacation. The

good news for property owners is that

the year round tourism and activity means

a higher yield on investment, and there is

more to see and do.

I live in the Belleville valley, in the heart

KEY FACTS

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a

region in southeast-central

France created by merging the

French regions of Auvergne and

Rhône-Alpes in 2014.

Size 69,711 km²

Population 7,877,698

Capital City Lyon

Sunshine Hours 1,986pa

Departments:

Ain

Allier

Ardèche

Cantal

Drôme

Haute-Loire

Haute-Savoie

Isère

Loire

Puy-de-Dôme

Rhône

Savoie

of the largest ski area in the world, the

"Three Valleys". It's terrific because with one

single ski pass you can access around 600km

of slopes. Property prices here vary quite

substantially.

Another area that is a personal favourite

and a real hidden gem, is the Val d'Arly. It

is tucked neatly between the Aravis and

Beaufortain mountains of northern Savoie,

where you will find a mixture of bustling

resorts and picture postcard villages. Prices

here are exceptional value!

Move across to the Auvergne and

you will discover a wonderful area full of

lakes, rivers, dormant volcanoes and lush

countryside. This is rural France at its most

dramatic and property prices are lower

than the Alps, so if you are looking for value

for money, a place to hike, cycle or ski, this

is it.

Leggett has over 1,000 properties to

choose from in the region, with a style and

location to suit every budget. What's more,

our team of 50 local experts really do have

an unrivalled knowledge that our clients

find invaluable - why not come and see for

yourself?

Heather Byrne

runs the team

in the Auvergne

RhÔne Alpes.

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