REGIONAL CAPITAL: Lyon
DEPARTMENTS: Ain, Ardèche, Drôme, Isère, Loire, Rhône, Savoie and Haute-Savoie plus Lyon Métropole
MAIN CITIES: Grenoble, Saint-Etienne, Annemasse, Annecy, Chambéry, Valence, Vénissieux, Villeurbanne
Featuring some of the most beautiful scenery in France, the Rhône-Alpes region has Western Europe’s highest peak and its deepest cave and its ever-varied landscape brings visitors and holiday home owners all year round.
Whether they are keen on skiing, climbing, hiking or cycling on some of the mythical Tour de France cols, they also have access to a land of dozens of lakes and nine national parks plus the lavender fields of Drôme.
Alongside this, there is Lyon, the capital of gastronomy, and the wines of the northern Rhône valley such as Côte Rôtie, Saint Joseph or Crozes-Hermitage, plus Beaujolais to the north.
Bordering Switzerland and Italy to the east, Rhône-Alpes is also home to many transfrontaliers who live in France and work in Geneva, and this can push prices up.
Annecy is also popular with people looking forward to retirement and Grenoble was last year rated one of the top two towns to live in France.
Prices vary enormously across the region, from a low of €1,093/m² in Loire department to the heights, literally, of Haute-Savoie where the price per square metre can easily go above €8,000 in places like Megève and €7,000 in Chamonix.
In general, western areas are cheapest for property and prices in the mountains can quickly climb but the average house price across the region is €2,202/m², with €1,470/m² in Loire and €3,400/m² in Haute-Savoie.
What your money buys under €80,000
Bright and cosy ski studio with views towards the pistes, close to ski lifts and all amenities.
This 25.64 m2 apartment would make an excellent holiday or rental apartment due to its central location in the lively resort of Les Deux Alpes.
e69,200 Ref: 74373NDY38
1 bedroom ski apartment in Saint-Gervais. Ski in, pool, tennis, plus great views from the balcony.
A great value ski apartment for 4 people in the 3rd largest ski area in the Alps. Great value accommodation just an hour from Geneva with a ski bus to take you to the slopes.
e75,000 Ref: 71565AM74
More than €130,000
A modern and stylish 2 bed, ski apartment offering amazing value for money.
In excellent decorative order with a large balcony, cave/cellar and use of a ski room, excellent rental feedback in La Plagne, one of the world’s most popular ski resorts.
e139,500 Ref: 79574DC73
Beautiful 6 bed Dauphiné house at the west of Chambéry next to the natural reserve of Le Bugey.
A 220m2 house on 3 levels in a leafy setting close to La Tour-du-Pin, in an ideal location for a family which loves nature. This house also has a flat garden and outbuilding.
e279,800 Ref: 69281PPA38
Properties available through Leggett Immobilier
www.frenchestateagents.com. Tel: 05 53 56 62 54.
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