Whether you are looking for a 1st residence, 2nd residence, holiday home or investment, the attraction for buying this area is simple…. You can purchase a great deal for your money.
Situated in the Haute Chablais, 20mins from the shores of Lac Leman/Lake Geneva Les Alpes de Leman is a jewel of a place. This little known area combines Savoyard charm and traditions with easy access to the most important towns and the most beautiful sites in the Haute Savoie. This area consists of three main valleys and their surrounding peaks, La Vallee Verte, Vallee du Brevon and Vallee du Risse.
Unspoilt pastureland framed by the Alpes de Leman provides an attractive setting for buyers looking for year round appeal. The mountains in this region are stunning and have a more accessible feel, less daunting than some of the more extreme alpine environments.
Winter sports; there are 4 ski areas on offer (two are connected), Les Habères - Hirmentaz, Les Brasses and La Chevrerie (espace Roc d’Enfer) in all this provides 125km of skiing between 900m/1800m. There are 5 dedicated Cross-country ski areas and kilometres of snow-shoe tracks. As the area is so well placed, larger resorts are less than an hour’s drive making day trips an easy option (Chamonix, Megeve, Le Grande Massif, and Les Portes du Soleil).
Other activities; this area has so much more on offer than just skiing and winter sports; the remaining seasons are punctuated by constant village fetes, regular markets and the continued traditions of the locals. The terrain is perfect for road cycling, mountain-biking and walking, all of these with options for people with different levels/abilities. Some lifts open in summer allowing you to reach the summits more easily. At most of the popular viewpoints you are torn between contemplating the massif of Mont Blanc and gazing across the shores of Lac Leman one of the largest lakes in Europe. Other activities include all the water sports the lake has to offer, also white water rafting, canyoning and paragliding and there is an outdoor swimming pool and a gliding centre.
There is a weekly market at Boëge where the valley’s Secondary school is situated. Primary schools can be found in each commune and there are plenty of Maternelle schools with another private Secondary school in Bellevaux. Geneva airport is a 40+/-min drive, the A40 motorway easily accessible from any of the towns and villages.
The area is split into 3 valleys.
La Vallèe Verte
These neighbouring villages lend their name to the ski area 'Les Habères'. Together they have enough shops and businesses to answer all day-today needs.
There is a market every Tuesday at Boëge, this is where the valleyís Secondary school is situated. It has an outdoor pool, bank, main post Office and shops and businesses.
La Vallée du Risse
Nestled below the Col de Jambaz and the Ski station of Bellevaux/Hirmantaz.with its popular Auberge (Inn) this village is a quiet little haven.
With its own small ski area of Le Massif des Brasses Onnion is accessed by a surprisingly dramatic cliff face drive, on one side granite rock face, across the valley open fields with the mountains growing up behind them. Some properties have spectacular views of Mont Blanc.
The ski area of Praz de Lys/Sommand is just above the town of Mieussy which is also home to a famous Tour de France climb, the 'Col de la Ramaz'.
A bustling little town with plenty of shops, supermarkets and restaurants all only 40mins drive from Geneva. There are ski buses to the previously mentioned ski areas, with less snow to clear in the mornings.
La Vallée du Brevon
The Valley descends from two mountain passes down towards the Vallée d'Aulps (headed by Morzine), it is popular because of its proximity to Thonon-les-Bains and the lake side.
Situated in the base of the steeper part of the valley, this village has some quite striking views to offer, plenty of small shops and commerces and a very popular secondary college.
The village of Lullin has a small supermarket, baker, bar, butcher and a couple of hotels and other commerce's.
These villages are near the Vallée d'Aulps, Thonon-les-Bains, Evian-les-Bains towards the lake and Morzine, St Jean d'Aulps towards the mountains.