They are considered a solid long-term investment and offer the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life: Rustic chalets with ultra-modern furnishings and fittings are more popular than ever. The demand by far exceeds the available supply. Lovely fresh mountain air, sun and unobstructed views of the mountains: Anyone lucky enough to own a chalet is well aware of the many advantages associated therewith. Chalet villages are extremely popular in both Austria and Switzerland.
One particularly attractive location for chalet real estate, which is also very popular with celebrities, is Gstaad in the Bern Highlands. It has been a magnet for the rich and famous for many years - F.S. Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Taylor, Gunter Sachs or Valentino, to mention but a few. Traditional wooden chalets define the townscape, and one will look in vain for buildings of concrete or glass. Luxury, however, is abound.
Gstaad is a prime example of a ski resort that has something to offer for everyone: There are countless kilometres of ski-runs, perfect for alpine tours; the après-ski culture is well contained and the region attracts hikers, mountain climbers and cyclists, even in the low season. "Gstaad is an attractive investment location for investors from all over the world. Anyone who combines holiday enjoyment with investment is rewarded with a high level of value stability or value growth," explains Antonia Crespi, the license partner of Engel & Völkers in Gstaad.
Fresh mountain air and spectacular views
Kitzbühel in Austria offers an exciting medley of traditional rustic country houses, chalets and international boutiques. Buying a chalet in this region not only guarantees an exciting and versatile lifestyle, it is also a safe investment.
"Owning real estate at the foot of steep mountain is more than merely a status symbol, it is a lucrative long-term investment," says Wolfgang Böhm, the license partner of Engel & Völkers in Kitzbühel. Many of our customers are from the UK, Germany and Switzerland. The rental options are also ideal, especially if the chalet is located close to or directly inside a ski area. The proximity to cities such as Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck is advantageous and allows more leisure time options. It is a great place to stay, at any time of the year. Mountain bikers, hikers, golf fans as well as passionate skiers and snowboarders will love it here and find plenty to see and do.