Hot property: five homes for sale in the Aosta Valley
Roula Khalaf, Editor of the FT, selects her favourite stories in this weekly newsletter.
Chalet, Courmayeur, €5.95mn
Where In the village of Courmayeur, on the western side of the Aosta Valley. Getting to Geneva airport takes 90 minutes to two hours by car; Turin airport is a little further.
What An architect-restored 550 sq m chalet with seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. Most areas of the chalet are decorated with wood and stone, apart from the large modernised kitchen and multiple utility spaces.
Why The interior of the chalet was designed with close attention to antique touches: the wooden doors date from between the 17th and 19th centuries, while the beam of the fireplace is from the 1500s.
Chalet, Mascognaz, €1.85mn
Where In the village of Mascognaz in the Ayas commune, just south of Champoluc and close to the Monterosa ski area. Turin airport is about an hour and a half’s drive away.
What A traditional mountain chalet, refurbished in a rustic, contemporary style with colourful touches. There’s 220 sq m of interior space across three floors, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms (one of which also has a sauna). At the front of the property is an area for car and snowmobile parking.
Why The chalet’s village location makes it a good base for experiencing rural Alpine life; it’s also ideal for cross-country skiers and hikers.
Apartment, Courmayeur, €1.16mn
Where In central Courmayeur, 10 minutes’ walk from Courmayeur cable car and 20 minutes’ walk from the Dolonne gondola lift.
What A 110 sq m renovated apartment with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, in a nine-storey building with a concierge. The interior is decorated with traditional wood panelling and has some exposed stone elements.
Why From the spacious balcony there are excellent views over the village’s rooftops and the mountainous landscape.
Who Engel & Völkers
Villa, Bisous, €1.65mn
Where In Bisous, a hamlet in the Ayas commune on the road between the ski resorts of Champoluc and Antagnod, with close access to the Monterosa ski area. A transfer from Turin airport takes about an hour and a half.
What Sitting on a 2,100 sq m plot, this mountainside semi-detached villa is cosy and traditionally furnished, with 255 sq m of interior space. There are five bedrooms and two bathrooms, three living/entertaining areas, a cellar and garage space for four cars.
Why Three balconies, one of which wraps around most of the property, have picturesque views of the Monterosa ski area and Monte Zerbion.
Who Studio Champoluc
Chalet, Courmayeur, €6.25mn
Where In the centre of Courmayeur, about a 10-minute walk from the main cable car. The best international transport links are Geneva and Turin airports — both roughly two hours’ drive.
What A seven-bedroom, five-bathroom chalet with 650 sq m of living space. There’s a spa with a Jacuzzi and sauna, a basketball court and a gym. The interior’s traditional wooden beams are offset by a modern glass frontage.
Why A large entertaining room in the basement has a kitchen, a majolica stove and a billiards area.
Who Engel & Völkers