Why Alpine Property is a Great Investment

When most of us think of owning alpine property we are imagining a lifestyle change involving refreshing holidays in the heart of the Alps, filled with mountain activities such as skiing and snowboarding or hiking and lake swimming in the summer. But some of us are also thinking of getting a nice return on our investment. After all, property investment is property investment even at 2000 meters altitude. And, for now, alpine property is still the most sought-for mountain retreat location, with Austria being the most popular country when it comes to buying. Switzerland is close behind as a top choice since both these countries have the highest participation rates when it comes to skiing activities - over 35% of their populations are active skiers. You can’t get more authentic than a lovely Swiss atmosphere on the slope and within the resort.  

Regardless of the alpine country one chooses, alpine property is an investor’s dream. But why is that? Why do so many people invest in this type of property and how do they make the most out of it? If you’re thinking of investing in alpine property, then this article will tell you why you should contact our alpine estate agents as soon as you can.    

  1. People look for it 

The simplest reason why you should look into alpine property investment is because other people are also looking for it. This means that 1) if you change your mind and want to resell it, you have a decent time window in which to do so, and 2) you can have a decent return on your investment from renting.  

Let’s see what the numbers are telling us. First, the Alps are the home of 44% of all global ski visitors and, as such, represent by far the world’s most popular skiing and winter sports destination. If you are going to buy mountain property anywhere in the world, then this is the place.  

In terms of winter sports infrastructure, the Alps could not do better in comparison to other locations - 10,000 lifts spanning the entire length of the Alps ensure easy access to ski slopes. While France isn’t doing too bad when it comes to modern equipment, Austria has seen a recent revamp that makes its lift infrastructure the most modern in the industry (heated ski lifts, complete with WiFi). Bearing all this in mind, it’s no wonder everyone wants to go to the Alps for their skiing holidays. Why would you settle for anything but the best?    

2. Your own comfort  

Renting aside, you might just want to invest in alpine property for your own comfort. After all, it is your property we’re talking about here. If you are an avid skier or you are considering a lifestyle change that implies active holidays, then money spent on expensive hotels close to the slope might be quickly drilling a hole in your pocket.  

In that case, the solution is not choosing mediocre ski slopes and mildly pleasant resorts, but investing in an alpine property that can host you and your family during your holidays, while also storing your ski gear. This way you don’t have to rent skiing equipment and you can enjoy the comfort of having ski items that fit you to a tee and that are yours and only yours.  

3. Renting  

We’ve mentioned this before, but now it’s time to tackle it in its entirety. When it comes to property, renting offers the biggest investment return and in an area that is as popular as the Alps, the renting revenue won’t fail to disappoint. So, if you’re worried about the rest of the year when you’re not holidaying in the Alps, just remember that you can always rent your chalet. And, if you really want to make the most out of your property in terms of rent, you can travel yourself off-season and rent it during peak season.  

When it comes to renting there are two possibilities:  

  • Buy expensive. Settle for a top resort, close to the slopes, something such as the popular and luxurious Zermatt in Switzerland, home to 2017’s World’s Best Ski Chalet. While the prices here will be high to very high, the higher the price you pay for your property - the higher the rental value. All the more so if the property you acquire has various facilities that make it desirable - such as a sauna, a ski equipment room, or just a great view over the mountain ranges. With more expensive resorts, your property will also be located at a higher altitude. This means that you don’t have to rely on snow cannons during the winter and even the pickiest of tourists will find the slopes to their liking.
  • Buy cheaper. Address those possible rental clients that don’t mind taking the bus to the slopes, or skiing on a slope with snow-cannoned snow and prefer paying less on rent. You can also take advantage of these properties found at lower-altitudes to rent them during the spring for alpine walking. Since spring will set in sooner in these areas, these properties are more appealing to people who want to engage in different mountain-side activities. And with a growing trend of younger tourists that prefer an active lifestyle, this type of investment might prove extremely rewarding.  

Austrian resorts have recently capitalized on this growing market trend. Here’s what a recent report from AlpineMarketing says: “The Summer market, which has always been strong in Austria due to its favourable altitude, has developed even more in recent years. Mid-altitude resorts are buzzing all year round. Ski lifts run all day, offering access to green pastures, hiking routes, and beautiful mountain huts. Tourists and homeowners are drawn by mountaineering, beautiful flower meadows, and stunning Alpine lakes.” If you’re thinking about Switzerland and biting from a savory chocolate bar while summer trekking in the mountains, then Villars is the right choice for you. This resort will offer stunning vineyard views and a refreshing vista over Lake Geneva.    

4. A worry - Aging skiing population  

A growing concern in the alpine property industry is the aging skiing population. Switzerland is already dealing with this issue and more and more people are starting to wonder whether or not the younger generations will be as thrilled as the past ones when it comes to spending their money in winter resorts. But as recent studies have found, while the skiing population might be declining, there are far more people interested in off-ski season alpine activities. This might mean, in the long run, a much better opportunity for investment, since longer periods of the year will be buzzing with tourists. No need to rely solely on the maximum four months of winter-related activities. So, take advantage of this and have a look at what the Swiss alpine property market has to offer.  

Worries aside, alpine property represents a sound investment for the future, offering both comfort to you as the owner and great returns if you are considering renting. With summer activities also on the rise, you might see yourself making a nice sum of money all year round by contacting alpine estate agents and acquiring an alpine home, neatly hidden between mountains of snow.