Listing of the Day
Location: Courchevel, France
Price: €3.295 million (US$3.5 million)
Remember that scene in “GoldenEye” when James Bond rides his motorcycle to the end of a runway, then aborts it in order to dive into the air parachute-less and save a falling airplane? That’s a massively impressive—and highly unrealistic—opening sequence, filmed in an equally impressive locale.
Courchevel is that beautiful resort town in the French Alps. To get the lay of the land, you must first know that it is part of Les Trois Vallées, an expansive ski region in France’s Tarentaise Valley. Three valleys and eight separate ski resorts are skiable via one pass, making it a popular choice for skiing aficionados worldwide.
In the Saint-Bon valley, Courchevel is divided up into four smaller towns, each named after their altitudes in meters—Courchevel 1300, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650, and Courchevel 1850. If you, like Bond, get a thrill from the slopes, this is where you want to be.
“Courchevel 1650 is part of the of the world’s largest ski area,” explained listing agent Julian Walker of Skiing Property, and it’s there that this stunning mountain retreat awaits. “The fabulously spacious apartment is centrally located in Courchevel 1650 and is finished to the highest standards,” said Walker. Its ski-in/ski-out accommodations are some of the most sought after digs in the French Alps.
“The materials used throughout the apartment—wood, stone, and glass—are gorgeous and the utmost in quality,” Mr. Walker said, “and just outside the front door is an escalator that links into the resort. This feature is becoming more common in the European Alp resorts across France, Austria, and Switzerland.”
The 2,787-square-foot apartment has an additional 473-square-feet of balcony space. Inside, five bedrooms are spread across three floors, combined with five full bathrooms and one half-bath.
This home is built for the ultimate ski holiday. Large windows showcase a stellar view, while a circular fireplace in the living room provides ample heat for warming up after a long day on the slopes. To breathe in that crisp mountain air, the apartment is outfitted with five defined balconies.
The Courchevel region has been a celebrity mecca for quite a while now, rising to fame for numerous reasons, though the fact that Brigitte Bardot made it her winter playground in the 1960s certainly helped. Prince William and Kate recently took their first family holiday—with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in tow—at Courchevel. David and Victoria Beckham also are regulars to the area.
Agent: Julian Walker, Skiing Property
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