The ultimate chic refuge. Nestled at the heart of three mountain ranges offering a unique vista over Mont Blanc and just 45 minutes from Geneva airport (2 hours from Lyon), this Haute-Savoie resort designed last century by the Rothschild has stayed true to its origins. The medieval streets of the historic centre and the majestic architecture of its chalets built from wood, glass and local grey stone add to the charm and rare authenticity of this 3,000-inhabitant strong village. A ski paradise with something for families, lovers of wide open spaces and freestylers, Megève has made après-ski a moment of relaxation and luxury. It’s no coincidence that the resort made second place in the 2021 rankings by Le Figaro of French people’s top villages to buy a second home.
The real estate market
Prices have been stable over the last ten years. The lack of snow has deterred investors. Megève’s determination to adapt to climate change and its initiatives to revive its status as a mid-mountain resort have restored confidence. Spectacular investments in high-end hotels (arrival of the Four Seasons) and festive dining have awakened the “Sleeping Beauty”. Prices have resumed their upward trend and are set to further increase. They currently stand in the range of €12,000 to €20,000 per square metre. The most coveted properties are apartments in the historic centre. Large chalets take centre stage on the mountainsides, particularly the Mont d’Arbois, historically the most popular area.
Our advice: Now’s the time to invest!
“Prices are still reasonable and the development of new, less seasonal activities is encouraging long-term investments in this village animated year-round”, says David Pretot, Director of Barnes Mont-Blanc. There haven’t been any new constructions for 20 years in Megève, as he points out. Which is why the recent 500-apartments development is an opportunity not to be missed for a budget of between €1M and €3M.
A village at the foot of the slopes
BARNES has put together a selection of top restaurants, trendy boutiques and cultural venues to help you make the most of the snowy paradise of Megève and discover what this elegant resort has to offer! Diaries at the ready!
Ideas for cultural outings
Musée de l’Ermitage du Calvaire
Composed of 14 chapels and oratories that retrace the Passion of the Christ, is a must-see site for those who enjoy heady views obtainable other than on the ski slopes and rock faces.Montée du Calvaire, 74120 Megève
Exposition « Megève et Edmond de Rothschild »
In the form of a promenade, retracing 100 years of friendship between the village and the famous family. A must for a look back at the resort’s origins.
Square de la Baronne de Rothschild, 103 rue Monseigneur Conseil, 74120 Megève
The artist/sculptor Pierre Margara
Whose works are exhibited around the town. Don't miss: the guided tour, on reservation.
69 route Nationale, 74120 Megève
The works of Chambéry-born artist Livio Benedetti
Which decorate the village. Free access year-round.
Mairie de Megève, place de la Mairie, 74120 Megève
A legendary brand, founded in Geneva, which sells a wide range of jumpers, trousers, shirts and furs. Everything you need for the winter temperatures.
148 place de l’Église, 74120 Megève
A boutique selling Nordic baths, spas and jacuzzis. The missing piece to your chalet.
504 route de Sallanches, 74120 Megève
The chicest hardware store in France. They have absolutely everything, for bathrooms, kitchens and gardens.
231 rue de la Poste, BP 153, 74120 Megève
A must for snowsports equipment (including technical yet stylishly cut pieces).
152 rue Charles Feige bis1, 74120 Megève
The hottest reservation in town
Le Piaf Megève
A piano-bar where night owls can sample traditional French cuisine (like roast chicken with gravy and beef fillets served with house fries), and a cocktail bar. The added bonus? The artistic programme that changes with the seasons.
1306 route Nationale, 74120 Megève
©Facebook Flocon Village
Three Michelin-Starred Chef Emmanuel Renaut (Flocons de Sel) serves a bistrot menu based on authentic local products in the village centre. His watchwords? Nature, mountain and conviviality. You simply have to try the fried reblochon spring rolls and the lakewater fera, served with a carrot and orange purée. Best enjoyed out on the sunny cobblestone-lined terrace.
Flocons Village — 75 rue Saint-François, 74120 Megève
THE Japanese restaurant. Serving an array of signature dishes like sea bream sashimi with spicy miso, and the iconic house black cod.
199 rue Charles Feige, 74120 Megève
La Dame de Pic
At the Four Seasons Megève. Renowned Michelin-starred Chef Anne-Sophie Pic serves up a menu based on regional specialities with seasonal vegetables.
373 chemin des Follières, 74120 Megève
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