French ski resorts that benefited from the Winter Olympics effect

French ski resorts that benefited from the Winter Olympics effect

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South Korea’s hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics in February will be an opportunity to promote winter sports to the world while demonstrating the diversity of today’s skiing destinations, said in December, adding that it’s also an occasion to recognize how important the French Alps have been both in the history of the event and ski tourism as a whole.

“The Winter Olympics is always exciting and it will be no different in PyeongChang,” said director Julian Walker. “This hugely popular quadrennial event was in fact born in the French Alps, specifically in Chamonix in 1924. It returned to France in 1968, to Grenoble, and then again in 1992, to Albertville. For those French resorts that were fortunate enough to participate, the Olympics helped put them on the map and have become an important part of their history.” highlights four resorts in the French Alps that have featured in Winter Olympics and in each reveals an exciting property for sale .

Les Arcs – Speed skiing
Part of the Paradiski ski area in the Savoie region, Les Arcs hosted the exhilarating speed skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympics. The event involves skiing as fast as possible down a straight downhill run, such that competitors often exceed 200 kilometres per hour. The resort’s Olympic speed run, known as the ‘Kilometre Lancé’ (Flying Kilometre), is in the Aiguille Rouge area of Les Arcs 2000, where the slopes are especially steep. Pro speed skiers still use it today while the public can use it under supervision. has new-build apartments in Les Arcs, available from €200,000.

Méribel – Ice hockey and Alpine skiing
Picturesque Méribel, a favourite with British skiers, is located in the centre of the vast Trois Vallées ski area, making it ideally placed for hosting two events at the 1992 Olympics – the ice hockey and women’s Alpine skiing. A legacy of this is the resort’s impressive indoor ice rink, the Patinoire Olympique, built for the Olympics and which now includes a swimming pool and restaurant. has luxury property for sale in Méribel, including new-build four-bedroom chalets from €2.9million.

Val d’Isère – Alpine skiing
Testament to the quality of the slopes around trendy Val d’Isère, the resort played a key part in the 1992 Olympics. Part of the Espace Killy ski area, which includes Tignes, the resort hosted all bar one of the men’s Alpine skiing events, including the downhill, super-G, giant slalom and combined. The resort’s famous Face de Bellevarde, a thrilling black run, was integral to these events and today remains a highlight of skiing at Val d’Isère. has luxury off-plan apartments in Val d’Isère, available from €1.309million.

Courchevel – Ski jumping and Nordic combined
Internationally exclusive Courchevel played its part in the 1992 Olympics by hosting the jumping and Nordic combined at its Le Praz (1,300) village. The Courchevel Valley also benefited from the creation of accommodation for competitors in the village of La Tania. has luxury new apartments in Courchevel, available from €825,000.

A home to give you the chills this festive season

A home to give you the chills this festive season

United Kingdom
  • Walk-in fridge adds luxurious twist to Mulliner House, Hadley Wood (Bellis Homes)
  • Unusual, commercial size cold room is ideal for the festive season
  • Other features include indoor pool, hot tub, steam room and cinema room

Spending on festive food and drink was projected to top £5.1 billion across the UK last year, according to the number crunchers at Go Compare. Spending on food came second only to spending on gifts during the festive season in 2016, as homes up and down the country indulged in Christmas delicacies with friends and family.

One problem often faced by families at this time of year is how to fit all that food (and drink – let’s not forget the prosecco!) into the fridge. Interestingly, Mulliner House in Hadley Wood, North London, offers buyers the ideal solution – a walk-in fridge. Available through Bellis Homes, the property is home to a number of innovative features, with an large commercial sized walk-in fridge being one of them. More popular in the US and with celebrity buyers, such an amenity is rare for a residential property in the UK.

“We wanted to ensure that Mulliner House stood out as an exceptional property in several ways, while at the same time creating the perfect environment for modern family life. With the kitchen being the heart of the home, it was important to give it that extra something special, and a walk-in cold room seem like a natural feature for such a luxurious property.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes

Ideal for hosting, spare storage and entertaining, the Mulliner House cold room has plenty of capacity for Christmas fizz, as well as sufficient pre-prepared plates of party food to get through the festive season’s parties. The property is also well suited to multi-generational living, as a result of its size and design. With six bedrooms, the four-storey home has plenty of capacity to accommodation modern family life. The home also includes a lift, a stunning indoor swimming pool, a hot tub and a steam room. There’s a bar area in the pool room, along with a plush, in-house cinema for those who prefer to spend their leisure time curled up in front of the latest blockbuster.

 “Properties of this particular specification are few and far between in London. Mulliner House is a home that delights and surprises at every turn. From the walk-in fridge to the hot tub, it offers the best in contemporary urban living while providing space for the whole family.”

Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes

Mulliner House is on the market for £5.5 million.

For more information, contact Bellis Homes on 01279 424 733 or visit

It’s got to be Gateshead – why the spotlight is turning onto this regional town

It’s got to be Gateshead – why the spotlight is turning onto this regional town

United Kingdom
  • Gateshead home to second fastest growing economy in North East (Invest Gateshead)
  • Apartment prices up 19.4% in 5 years (Zoopla)
  • New Hopper Street accommodation presents future-facing investment opportunity (Surrenden Invest)

Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne are known mainly for the Angel of the North and the stunningly contemporary Millennium Bridge. The town of Gateshead has at times seemed to exist in the shadow of the much larger metropolis that faces it across the River Tyne: Newcastle. However, the spotlight has now turned firmly onto Gateshead itself, with everyone from robotics manufacturers to property investors rushing to be a part of the town’s future.

“Gateshead is one of those regional towns that has suddenly burst into the spotlight thanks to a combination of factors. A higher than average economic activity rate, rising property prices and significant local investment mean that Gateshead is becoming something of a favourite with businesses and investors alike.”

Jonathan Stephens, Managing Director, Surrenden Invest

Gateshead enjoys a higher economically active rate than the North East region as a whole, at 77.3% and 75.2% respectively, and is the second fastest growing economy in the North East, according to Invest Gateshead. The town has a growing reputation for innovation and industry, backed by a sound infrastructure. Gateshead residents enjoy 91% superfast broadband availability, compared with a national average of 89%.

In recent months, this has attracted robot manufacturer Comau UK (creating up to 60 highly skilled jobs), while Blue Kangaroo (the branding agency behind Peppa Pig and Doctor Who) has expanded its Gateshead base. Northern Gas and Power also announced plans to create up to 500 jobs in Gateshead earlier this year. As a backdrop to all this activity, the Gateshead Economic Growth Acceleration Plan 2015-2020 is supporting the creation of 4,000 jobs, while Gateshead Invest projects that more than 9,000 jobs will be created by 2030. Furthermore, the town enjoys the lowest staff attrition rates in the UK – across all sectors!

With strong local employment prospects, good schools and affordable homes, Gateshead has quietly moved up to offer the joint highest life satisfaction rating in Tyne and Wear (along with Sunderland). Property prices there have risen steadily over the past five years, with Zoopla reporting that values have increased by 16.04%. For apartments, that figure rises to 19.41%. Meanwhile, house prices are some 46% lower than the national average, according to Invest Gateshead, providing investors with an excellent entry point into the market.

“When we were undertaking due diligence on regional UK towns that offer solid investment prospects, Gateshead kept cropping up. It’s a surprisingly innovative and forward-looking location, which is why we felt it was ideally suited to the future-facing homes on offer at Hopper Street.”

Jonathan Stephens, Managing Director, Surrenden Invest

Hopper Street is a collection of 81 stylish apartments designed with students and young, professional urban tenants in mind. Residents benefit from an on-site sauna and gym, as well as bicycle parking, terraces and a superb, central location. They can also enjoy the hassle-free approach of having all of their bills (heating, water, electricity, internet, etc.) included as part of the rental package. Unusually for a student development, mortgages are available to those looking to invest in Hopper Street, making this a particularly exciting prospect.

Gateshead’s student population has increased in recent years. Gateshead College was crowned the top performing further education college in the whole North East of England and the third best in the country back in 2015, which has had a notable impact on the number of students wanting to study there. Student developments such as Hopper Street are not only well positioned to serve these young people, but also those studying at Newcastle University, which lies just over the bridge from Gateshead.

Student numbers at Newcastle University have shot up by more than 70% since 2000, going from just 12,302 students in 2000/01 to more than 21,000 today. Nearby Northumbria University has also seen student numbers rocket – by more than 114% since 2000 to a current student body of more than 27,800 fulltime students. The rapidly growing student populations have created strong local demand for high quality student accommodation.

Alongside property investors, Gateshead Council is also pouring money into the town’s future, with £54 million worth of funding allocated as part of its 2015-16 investment programme. Whichever way you look at it, Gateshead is a town that has been thrown firmly into the spotlight – and is thriving under this new scrutiny.

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Strong tourism and foreign demand give Florida  a feel-good factor for 2018

Strong tourism and foreign demand give Florida a feel-good factor for 2018

United States

Rising numbers of tourists and air passengers, combined with increasing international demand for property point to a healthy year ahead for Florida’s real estate market, said in November 2017.

The number of travellers passing through Florida’s 20 busiest airports grew 4.3 per cent year-on-year in 2016 to hit a total of 168 million, according to new figures from the US’s Bureau of Transportation and Statistics (BTS) and individual airports. Figures also show that the Sunshine State alone now accounts for more than 20 per cent of all air passengers in the US annually.

Florida’s busiest airport is Miami, followed by Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa and together these four hubs accounted for almost 80 per cent of the State’s air traffic in 2016. Given Florida is home to 6.4 per cent of the entire US population, these figures reveal the weight of the Sunshine’s State appeal to foreigners.

Expectations are that air passenger numbers will be even higher in 2017, if tourism levels tracked by Visit Florida are anything to go by. The state-funded agency has confirmed that Florida welcomed 88.2 million tourists during the first nine months of 2017, representing a 3.3 per cent rise on the same period last year and a new record.

“The weeks following Hurricane Irma weren’t the easiest for Florida,” said Julian Walker, director at “But the State has an ability to bounce back quickly and its appeal to tourists and investors, most of whom can see beyond the effects of a momentary storm, evidently remains as strong as ever.”

Indicators within Florida’s real estate market are equally bullish, with foreigners’ share of home sales revenue rising to 20 per cent in the year to the end of July 2017 (National Association of Realtors), thanks largely to more than $2-billion worth of residential sales in the Metro Orlando area During the same period, Metro Orlando was second to Miami as Florida’s biggest market for international buyers. Countries sending the most purchasers to the Orlando area were Brazil, Canada, the United Kingdom and Venezuela, in that order.

According the Florida Association of Realtors (FAR), median house prices, new listings and new pending sales all rose during October 2017 compared to the same month last year. Looking closer, in October the state-wide median sales price for existing single-family homes rose 7.1 per cent to $235,558, and for condo-townhouse properties it grew 5.2 per cent to $170,000. This means October was the 70th consecutive month that state-wide median prices for both sectors rose year-on-year.

“Worth noting is the increasing choice of mortgages in Florida,” added Mr Walker. “Low rates, increasing availability for all types of property, including condos, and negligible redemption penalties make them especially attractive to UK buyers at the moment, who might want to use a mortgage to hedge against the unfavourable exchange rate.”
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