Vallée d'Aulps

The vallée d'Aulps includes all the smaller villages located outside Morzine and St jean d'Aulps. These villages all have some shops and services and function all year round. Further away from the slopes but nearer to Thonon and lake Geneva, we have a great selection of more traditional farms in this area.
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La Baume

La Baume is a small village further down the valley towards Thonon therefore closer to the lake. It is a good 15 minute drive to Morzine and 10 minutes to St Jean d'Aulps. It is perched on a high plateau so boasts nice views. It has no village shop, but there is a church, town hall and local school as well as a small children's playground. Property wise it is much cheaper than St Jean d'Aulps and cheaper again than Le Biot or Seytroux and there are always farms, chalets or land to be snapped up here if you don't mind being a little removed from the main ski resorts.

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Le Biot

Le Biot used to be the capital of the Vallée d'Aulps before the ski industry took over and a tunnel was blasted through the rock just outside St Jean d'Aulps. It still remains a thriving 'all year round' village and remains popular for its great views and South facing aspect. In the village itself is a bakers and small grocers, a bar/restaurant, tourist office and town hall. There is a highly reputed pre school and primary school as well as a tennis court, basketball court and football pitch making it a great little village for people with young families. It is only a short drive from St Jean d'Aulps and still only a 12 minute drive to Morzine and the ski lifts. Le Biot also boasts its own small ski resort which sits high above the village on the Col de Corbier, a mountain pass which links the Vallée d'Aulps and the Abondance valley. The village has one or two low rise apartment buildings in the centre, but otherwise all the properties here are either chalets or farmhouses.

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La Côte d'Arbroz

La Côte d'Arbroz sits high above the village of Essert Romand. A long winding road goes through it and up to the back of Mont Chery, part of the Les Gets ski area. Its higher altitude means that the road can sometimes be a little 'challenging' but the views make up for any inconvenience this may bring. The Côte is mainly populated with old farm style properties but there has recently been quite a lot of new build chalets constructed. The drive from Essert Romand takes a couple of minutes and Morzine and Les Gets are 10 mintes away. There are no shops or services at La Côte except for the local school. There are a couple of restaurants at the bottom of the Mont Chery ski lift.

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Essert Romand

Essert Romand is a small village on the outskirts of Morzine. It sits on a sunny open plateau facing Montriond and has great panoramic views from most of it's properties. The village does not have a centre as such but there is a town hall, a school, restaurant and bar, takeaway pizza cabin and campsite. The price of property in Essert Romand is nearly as expensive as in Morzine and quite rare to come by. The village consists mainly of newly built chalets and old farms. There are hardly any apartment buildings. A road from the village leads up to La Côte d'Arbroz and the back of the Les Gets ski area of Mont Chery. The drive into Morzine takes approximately 5 minutes.

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Montriond

Montriond is situated just outside Morzine on the way to the gondola lift situated in Ardent. It is a pretty village with a traditonal feel. There is a church, town hall, post office, ski shop, tourist office, village shop and a couple of bar/restaurants which are open all year round. Montriond is on the free ski bus route which either takes you into Morzine or to the Ardent ski lift. The village is most famous for its beautiful lake which is a mecca for sun lovers and swimmers in the summer and for cross country skiers and under ice divers in the winter.

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Morzine

Morzine is the 'capital of the Vallée d'Aulps and is situated at the end of the valley, with a transfer time from Geneva of just an hour and 10 minutes. Morzine has three main ski lifts : the Pleney cable car which serves the slopes of Morzine and Les Gets, the Super Morzine gondola which serves the slopes of Super Morzine and Avoriaz and the Prodains cable car, a couple of kilometres from the town centre which gives direct access to Avoriaz.
The town is packed in the winter and although house prices are higher, obviously opportunities to rent out your property are better and rents are higher. New builds are now quite limited in Morzine but there is a great selection of lock up and leave apartments as well as purpose built ski chalets. There are also an abundance of successfully run chalet companies in the town so if you are looking to buy a property to run as a business Morzine is the right place to do this. In the summer there is a great outdoor pool, with children's pools and beach volley ball. There is also a lovely park, horse riding centre and ice rink. Shops and restaurants are open all year round in Morzine and there are even 2 cinemas and 2 night clubs !

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Seytroux

Seytroux is situated just outside St Jean d'Aulps on the opposite hillside to the village of Le Biot. It is a pretty village with a small centre consisting of a church, town hall and library, although a bar/restaurant/village shop is planned for next year. There is also a mini golf open in the summer down by the river with a small pizza restaurant and bar that is also open only during the summer months. There are lots of great farms and chalets in Seytroux and it is populated mainly by local people as prices here are cheaper than in St Jean or of course Morzine. Again it is only a 20 minute drive from Thonon and lake Geneva.

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St Jean d'Aulps

St Jean d'Aulps, in the past has always been ignored as a drive through town, with an insignificant ski resort compared to Morzine, but St Jean has a lot to offer families or people looking to make a permanent move to the area. Just 7 kms to Morzine, it is also just a 20 minute drive to Thonon. St Jean is a real village which functions all year round. There are a couple of ski shops, 2 bars, 2 restaurants, a mini supermarket, pharmacy, banks, paper shop, bakers, butchers and cheese shop. The big supermarket 'Carrefour' is also just a 2 minute drive away. For people with children looking to move to the area, the valley's 'collège' or secondary school which all the children of the valley attend is situated here. There is also a great pre school and primary school. The resort of La Grande Terche sits above the village and has just enough runs to make for a good weeks skiing for intermediates and beginners or for a good couple of days break from the crowds found in the larger resorts of Morzine and Avoriaz. The resort is covered by the Portes du Soleil ski pass, although not physically connected. You can pick up a great ski apartment in La Grand Terche at a fraction of the cost of apartments in Morzine and otherwise there are a great selection of farms and chalets to choose from in the village on the hill sides surrounded the village.