Your penthouse by the pistes!
Craving a ski home with the best views in town, a large panoramic terrace and stylish open-plan living space? Sounds like you need a penthouse – we’ve picked three stunners to give you an idea of what’s out there. Just click the image for details of the property.
Méribel, French Alps
This five-bedroom penthouse duplex will occupy the top two floors of a sparkling new development in Méribel’s desirable Belvedere area. Its 175 square metres of carefully designed living space incorporates high quality natural materials, including stone, treated wood and Méribel slate. South-west facing with fantastic terraces, it’s a showpiece property that comes with its own ski locker, storage, parking and option of hotel-style services. Just 100 metres from lifts, owners will also be able to ski to the door. Price: €4,925,000, off-plan.
Located in Savoie and part of the Les Trois Vallées ski area – the largest in the world, the picturesque heart of Méribel lies at 1,450 metres, although its residential areas rise up the side of the valley to 1,700 metres. A favourite with British homeowners, attracted by the traditional low-level architecture and lively après-ski, skiers there can be on slopes at well over 2,000 metres in no time. Transfers to the resort from Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon are around two hours, or 75 minutes from Chambéry.
Courchevel 1650, French Alps
The jewel in the crown of a landmark hotel redevelopment in Courchevel 1650, this stunning new penthouse is one of the 18 apartments that now occupy the ski-in ski-out Manali Lodge residence. The property has four en-suite bedrooms and owners can customise the final touches of their interior design. It comes with parking, storage space and fantastic terraces, offering views over Courchevel and Les Brigues. Operated on a luxury hotel basis, facilities available to Manali Lodge residents include Spa with swimming pool, gym, lounge bar, restaurant and ski shop. Price: €4,670,000.
Courchevel 1650, also known as Courchevel Moriond, is less exclusive than its neighbouring village up the hill, glitzy Courchevel 1850, but no less appealing. More family-oriented, it boasts a new multi-million-euro aqua centre and recently improved lifts. Part of the Les Trois Vallées ski area, Courchevel 1650 is quickly gaining its own reputation as a stand-out resort in one of the world’s most famous ski areas.
Verbier, Swiss Alps
A standout property on the international stage, this sumptuous five-bedroom penthouse occupies the top two floors of the 5-star Chalet Cordelette, which is annexed to the adjacent Hotel La Cordée des Alpes. Enjoying a direct lift from the residence basement, where it benefits from two parking spaces, storage and ski locker, its huge 261 square metres includes double-height open-plan living space, a home cinema room and high spec kitchen. It has wrap-around terraces on three sides. To top it off, owners have direct access via tunnel to the spa and swimming pool at the Hôtel Cordée des Alpes next-door! Price: €6,779,500.
Gateway to the Four Valleys ski area – Switzerland’s largest and one of the most diverse in the world, Verbier oozes international cachet and is a perennial favourite with the royals and the international jet set. Complementing its skiing, the resort has a renowned après-ski scene and is increasingly favouried for its amenities geared towards year-round living, including international schools and golf course. Geneva is less than two hours away, Sion under an hour.