Apr 03, 2023 / INVESTMENT

Are serviced ski apartments the best way to invest in ski property?

Owning a home in the mountains is a joy - glorious landscapes, an incredible array of activities all year round, superb food, warm communities - the list is almost endless. Visiting is wonderful, but knowing you have your own space to enjoy and to share with your loved ones takes this joy to another level. MGM Constructeur offer a superb way to realise this dream thanks to their suite of stunning alpine properties. They bring years of experience and are arguably one of the leading developers in the French Alps as well as being at the forefront of the fully serviced luxury residence concept.

You may already be familiar with the various things to consider before buying a new property (if not take a look at our articles and buyers guides) but one thing you may not have thought about is whether to choose a serviced property to be your mountain escape. This article looks at the advantages of buying a serviced property, and includes some of our favourite examples of this type of development.

What is a serviced ski property?

A serviced ski property is a property that includes what is often referred to as “hotel style services”. This includes things like reception services, cleaning, and maintenance, as well as administrative aspects like booking management and marketing. Service levels vary from property to property. Companies such as MGM specialise in high end developments that offer superb spa facilities, a choice of restaurants and bars and other benefits for owners, whilst others are a simpler affair.

Superbly appointed ski property with full service facilities

Reasons to invest in a serviced ski apartment

  1. Hone your sporting prowess

    When you own a ski property you have the freedom to enjoy everything the mountains have to offer all year round.Depending on where you stay you can hone your skills on the slopes, challenge your MTB skills and take up new sports like ice climbing or nordic skiing. Having a permanent base means you can develop good relations with local instructors, and gain a real understanding of the landscape.
  2. You have a place to truly recharge

    There are few better ways to regain perspective and a sense of self than by immersion in the natural world. A home in the mountains means you can truly lose the stresses and strains of modern life.A serviced apartment makes this even easier - all the day to day management is taken care of, so all you need to do is turn up and enjoy your mountain retreat. 
  3. You have a simple way to maximise your rental return

    For many ski property owners, offering their home to the rental market for a few weeks each year is the perfect way to cover the costs of ownership and holidays, and can offer a lucrative investment. Choosing an established service provider like MGM Constructuer means you gain the benefit of years of experience in the area, so things like marketing , pricing and day to day running are taken care of, with minimum effort.
  4. You gain access to various tax advantages

    There are various tax systems in place to encourage people to rent out their ski apartment. The LMNP (non professional furnished rental scheme) allows owners to deduct real costs and loan interest from your income.The 20% VAT rebate allows you to claim back VAT on your purchase, so long as it meets terms around the amount of it is available for rental, and the level of service offered. Some property management companies will take care of all of these aspects for you and management of the property means guaranteed fixed rents without you having to worry about finding a market.
  5. Local knowledge and expertise

    Choose an established developer and property management service like MGM and you can be confident you are in good hands. Developments work beautifully with the local landscape, great relations already exist with various service providers, and years of experience mean you benefit from real understanding of the local market.
  6. The ultimate in relaxation and luxury

    A serviced apartment can offer the best of both worlds. You’ll enjoy all the comforts of home, and the opportunity to create a culinary masterpiece using local produce from the morning market. You’ll also enjoy the bliss of superb spa facilities, stylish bars and restaurants and the level of care that you’d expect in a hotel. A serviced ski property is a great way to enjoy the mountains, and a great way to enjoy your investment. 

Beautiful 2 Bedroom property in Les Houches

Don’t miss out on your ideal serviced ski property

SnowOnly is a ski property portal that offers a simple way to explore the serviced property market. We have access to agents who specialise in this kind of development and our bespoke property search service means you can enjoy regular updates as soon as your ideal property becomes available.

There’s no need to trawl dozens of individual sites, and no need to worry about missing out on one of the simplest ways to invest in and enjoy the mountains.