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The Daily Telegraph: Ski in winter and swim in summer: where to live on Europe's loveliest lakes

27 Sep, 2018 by Investors In Property
In a recent article in The Daily Telegraph, Liz Rowlinson investigates the dual season potential of buying a lakeside property in the Alps.

The piece, which can be read in full on the Telegraph website, lays out some of the merits of a lakeside property in the Alps. For one, you can enjoy both the "vibrant summer scene" and the "après-ski culture between December and April" in a resort like Zell am See in Austria. Just an hour's drive from Salzburg, Zell am See is a great example of resort that has an entirely different appeal in winter and summer with similar tourism figures in summer as in winter.

Buying a property near the calm waters and dramatic peaks won't just provide you with a captivating summer and winter holiday destination though. There are strong rental markets for properties around the lakes of the Alps from January to December and as a result properties in resorts like Zell am See, Interlaken and Annecy can make superb investments.

Perhaps the most exciting lakeside development in the Alps right now is the Florens Resort on Lake Brienz. Just north-east of Interlaken on the northern edge of Lake Brienz, work on this project is well underway.

Liz writes: "The Florens resort is on the site of an old fireworks factory, alongside a startlingly aquamarine lake surrounded by villages of chocolate-box chalets brimming with geraniums. Properties start from 335,000 francs (£264,000) for a one-bedroom apartment, rising to 681,300 francs (£536,000) for two bedrooms."

Investors in Property's Managing Director, Simon Malster, was also quoted in the article. For Simon, the key attraction of this project is the flexible usage: "You can either use them as a second home, rental property, or as a primary home".

With a private harbour, rooftop bar, on-site spa and several restaurants, apartments in the Florens Resort & Suites will have superb facilities and ski resorts are just 45 minutes away.

Comprised of nineteen apartment buildings (each with a unique style), construction of this new lakeside resort is underway and interested buyers are welcome to visit the site to get a feel for the project.