12 October 2007: Country Life International feature on Alps property quotes FMP.

France vs Austria

Arabella Youens considers how old favourite Val d'Isère measures up to Austria's St Anton

Our quote from the feature:

A two-bedroom flat in the centre of Val d'Isère costs from €500,000 to €1m (about £337,218 to £674,562), so many buyers are looking to nearby villages such as Sainte Foy, which has strict building regulations, a good atmosphere and easy access to the Espace Killy or La Plagne ski areas. 'The price of a high-end property in Val d'Isère is probably four times that in a good village location outside the resort,' says Chris Harrop of French Mountain Property. 'Our top chalets go from €2m to €3m [about £1.4m to £2m], whereas 15 minutes up the road in Val, something similar could set you back €8m to €12m [about £5.4m to £8m]'...

...French Mountain Property have been in the business of restoring old Savoie farmhouses and building new properties using traditional materials and craftsmanship for a number of years. Behind the traditional facades lie properties with all the accoutrements that one could wish for: outdoor hot tubs, gyms, steam rooms and indoor swimming pools. 'These refinements are a draw for those who were once sniffy about being out of resort. At Chalet Merlo you can be chauffeured on and off the slopes, have five course dinners with Champagne and all at a fraction of the price,' says Chris Harrop.