€195,000 Courchevel Le Praz
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Partially renovated wood & stone barn for sale located in a secluded, quiet hamlet in the 3 Valleys ski area
- 15 minutes drive to ski resort
Property DescriptionThis is a wonderful opportunity to create your dream home in a small authentic Savoyard mountain hamlet & put your own stamp on the property as you are starting with a blank canvas with volume for creativity. With beautiful mountain views from the top level, it could become a stunning mountain chalet in a tranquil setting which still enjoys proximity to multiple ski resorts. The wood & stone barn has been partially renovated with all the big structural work done & is ready for you to design your own layout and finish the interior. The roof is newly fitted and in excellent condition as well as the woodwork. Double-glazed windows & a nice entrance door have been installed so the barn is now completely air & watertight. The architecture & planning permit has been designed for a chimney to be installed. It will be up to the new owners to decide what type & style to put in if desired. The barn has a potential of 98 m² of livable spread over 3 levels & each level sits on a concrete slab for noise insulation from above & below and allows easy underfloor heating to be laid down if you desire. A new septic tank has been installed but has not been connected yet as it will be up to the new owners after deciding on the internal plumbing. There are no staircases in place between the different levels at the moment, only ladders, as it is up to the new owners to decide on what type of staircase & design to choose. Layout details; Level 0: There is a large entrance area to create a ski room, a storage area for bikes & other play equipment or park a motorcycle. There is a brand-new formal entrance door that opens into another large area which would make a nice laundry room & workshop. Level 1; Has a concrete slab ready for underfloor heating and floating wood floorboards. There are double-glazed windows on the east & west side and this area is ready for internal walls to be put up to create bedrooms & bathrooms. Level 2; Would be best suited as the main living area as you have beautiful mountain views with double-glazed windows on the east & west side. The floor is a concrete slab ready for underfloor heating and floating wood floorboards. There is no private parking, only public parking alongside the road which is approximately 85 m away. The main path to the barn runs up the centre of the hamlet but the main entrance itself is accessed on the other side by a smaller path. The lake & ski lift centre in Le Praz, Courchevel is less than a 10 km drive as is the town of Moutiers with its TGV international train station. The international airports Lyon-Saint Exupéry, Grenoble-Alpes Isère, & Genève Aéroport are all approximately 170 kilometres.
Three Valleys Ski Area
A beautiful place all year with highly defined seasons and quiet and tranquil out of the ski season when the crowds have gone home, and then suddenly once again each winter the mountains of the Three Valleys come alive with people enjoying this vast ski area..... the largest linked skiing in the world.
The Three Valleys ski domain provides more than 600km of runs and probably the same again off-piste. In fact it should now be called the Four Valleys with the link into Orelle (Maurienne Valley) which can be accessed by ski from Val Thorens. This has also opened up some extraordinary off-piste runs. The Three Valleys provides direct links between the ski resorts of St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, Méribel, Mottaret, La Tania, Brides les Bains and the four Courchevel resorts, la Praz, 1550, 1650 and the world famous 1850 – and now Orelle, in the fourth valley - all under one ski pass offering on-piste skiing from 1300m all the way up to 3200m. As these figures show the Three Valleys ski area offers huge altitude differences favouring long run skiing.
It has an ultra efficient, state of the art ski lift system, quality piste preparation and a dense artificial snow making system (1920 snow cannons) complementing the excellent natural snow cover. However, if you are not a fan of downhill skiing or like some variety during your stay then you can also roam the domain at your leisure on foot, hiking along the marked trails, or using the pedestrian ski lift passes. Many trails have been created especially to enjoy the increasingly popular snowshoeing sport and to discover the valleys from a new perspective: flora, wildlife, monuments, and spectacular scenery.There are also many cross-country skiing tracks that are prepared and maintained each day. These allow you to take in the breathtaking scenery and provide the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the mountains away from the pistes.
An interesting and wonderful area all year round, there is much more here than the snow sports.
Courchevel Le Praz Ski Resort
Le Praz is a charming ski resort based around a pretty, traditional mountain village. Even as the resort grows the centre remains full of character with narrow streets and attractive old buildings and in the main the new developments have been done with taste in the traditional materials of wood and stone. It has a small lake as its focus next to which the two ski lifts are situated.
It is a very popular resort due to its authentic, welcoming feel with the small centre providing a daily meeting point for regulars so new arrivals can quickly settle in and get to know who’s who and what’s where. Its prices compare very favourably to the more expensive resorts higher up the valley, and it offers enough to keep most members of a group happy. It welcomes a wide range of visitors; families, those with a basic budget, and a wealthier clientele who don’t subscribe to the glitz of 1850.
It has a life of its own throughout the year although it is very quiet out of season with just a shop, bar and restaurant remaining open. In the main summer season, July and August, it is also fully open and the winter season usually runs from mid December to the end of April.
The lake, frozen in winter, makes a stunning backdrop for the huge fireworks competition held here each year along with many music festivals both summer and winter. At the back of the lake is a huge ski jump which is used on the national and international competition circuit which along with walking, horse riding, parapointing, painting, golf, flying, climbing and many other superb mountain activities brings life beyond skiing to this village.
Le Praz boasts a good selection of lively bars, mouth-watering creperies and fine restaurants including "La Table de Mon Grand-Père" in Hotel Les Peupliers - a favourite treat of mine. It has a good standard of accommodation with a mix of hotels, apartments and chalets.
It is situated at the foot of the Courchevel ski area and is also known as the ski resort of Courchevel 1300. The Courchevel ski area links in to the massive 3 Valleys ski area. From the foot of the Gondola lift you are 2 lifts away from either Méribel or Courchevel 1850. So for skiing Le Praz is excellently situated with the two télécabine lifts, the Praz and Foret running from the centre. These can become hectic at peak weeks but locals and seasonnaires (winter workers) know it’s just a matter of timing your departure.
The Praz télécabine lift takes you directly into the centre of Courchevel 1850. The Foret télécabine lift takes you up towards the summit of "La Loze" at 2196m, giving easy access to the wonderful skiing of Courchevel and La Tania or the Meribel valley. Skiing back to Le Praz is a breathtaking experience in itself; tree lined pistes, some of the prettiest in the three valleys, lead you to the village. The jockey’s black run into Le Praz is quite something and a superb challenge to those who like to ski a bit closer to the edge. But don’t worry there are red runs too or the option to come down in the lift or free ski buses which run non-stop throughout the day.
The traditionally good snow, north facing slopes and extensive network of snow cannons enable you to ski back to the village throughout the season, but regardless just in case the pistes get a little scratchy you can always catch the bubble down.
DPE : This property does not have a fixed heating system