190m2 detatched house on 2 floors dating from 1742.
D.P.E. Grade A property with very low annual operating costs. La Vieille Maison is built for the future, with both energy and emissions ratings above the French targets for energy consumption set for 2050
Ground floor entrance hallway, 3 double bedrooms, two with ensuite bathroom. Separate WC, Bathroom, Laundry, Internal garage. There is private parking in front of the building for 4 cars.
First floor open plan kitchen/living/dining area, 1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom. Bi-fold doors opening onto front balcony. Bi-fold doors opening to ~30m2 deck to the rear, Eco credentials include argon double glazing, insulation and geothermal heating system.
Feature stone walls and exposed timber finishes.
Polished concrete worktops and high quality appliances.
The roof is finished with Canadian cedar shingles.
Ground source heat pump installation with underfloor heating throughout.
Tax foncieres & Tax d’habitation < 1000 Euros per year.
Water Non metered, Le Morzay private water syndicate.
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Just minutes from the border between France and Switzerland, Le Morzay-Vallorcine is perfectly placed for year round easy access by road and rail. During the winter, car access is maintained through the Montroc rail tunnel in case of heavy snow road closure.
Instant access to the mountain trails for walking and cycling
The Chamonix Valley has an undeniable draw for eveyone with a passion for summer and winter mountain sports. We moved here in the early 90's and like many before and since, we instantly fell in love with the place. The upper valley was always the preferred location for us as the skiing at Les Grands Montets was the ticket to our adventure. Chamonix town was only a short drive away and although it was nice to be close to the restaurants, bars and shops there.. it was nicer for it to be at arms length in exchange for proximity to the skiing and village hamlets of the upper valley. On a busy winter holiday day, that headstart on the masses heading up the valley was pure gold, especially when it guaranteed a shot at first tracks on a powder day!
These days the evolution of pollutive road transport through the Mt Blanc tunnel and carbon fuel domestic heating is a hot topic at the forefront of debate amongst residents and governers throughout the Mt Blanc region and adds further impetus to the case for choosing to live in the upper valley. The purest of pure air is still breathed in Argentiere and Vallorcine, which is undoubtedly where the future demand for everything representative of mountain life will continue. Crystal pure air, high altitude preserved ski terrain, alpine village charm and bon vivante. All this whilst still only being a stones throw from the cosmopolitan allure of Chamonix town.
Vallorcine grabbed our attention in the mid noughties as the final frontiere of Chamonix Valley development and it has since delivered on all fronts. Considerably more bang for buck with property values than Argentiere and Chamonix, Vallorcine has access to all the goods, but at an approximate 30% price discount. This will not last for much longer as more and more people see the attraction of investing and living here. With new lifts being built and the increase in value of Swiss currency buying power, Vallorcine is increasingly on the radar of investors from Switzerland. British investors are also enjoying the best buying power in a decade of sterling against the Euro.
Lifestyle is a commodity that entire generations of people are now prioritising more highly in a world of increasing societal and political uncertainty. The value of lifestyle is immeasurable and very subjective in nature, but to the astute investor with a desire for living in the Alps, it is not muddled by short term hype and trend. It is to these people that La Vieille Maison will most appeal.
Properties rarely come to market in Vallorcine and those that do are often compromised by outdated building structure and/or location. Le Morzay-Vallorcine is the original residential hub the 'Valley Of The Bears' for good reason. It is the suntrap, it has easy access and it has the views.
Why are we selling La Vieille Maison then?! Well us 20 somethings are now 40 somethings and with two teenage kids born and bred in the Chamonix Valley, we have more aspirations to chase and we feel the time is right to adjust our sights. Our family heritage will always have a seat in Vallorcine and the Chamonix Valley but life evolves for us all and we have simply made our decision to begin writing a new chapter.
Our expectations in this sale are realistic and unhurried. We welcome your interest and should you become the new owner of this covetable property, we have no doubt at all that it will exceed your own expectations as you settle into the property and lifestyle that is La Vieille Maison.
The links here illustrate just some of what can be enjoyed in the area.
Summer 1742 - La Vieille Maison was built,
1743 - 1747 : Vallorcine is occupied by the Spanish during the War of the Austrian Succession
Summer 1741, William Windham, joined Richard Pococke in making an expedition to Chamonix. They appear to have been the first recorded travellers for pleasure in the region, scaling Montenvers with the aid of local guides and giving the name of "Mer de Glace" to the glacier they subsequently examined. Stillingfleet and Windham overwintered there, and returned to England in July 1742. In 1744, he published a pamphlet, Letter from an English gentleman ... This piece of work, secured his admission to the Royal Society on 26 April 1744.
1775 : First ascension of Mt. Buet, known then as La Mortine, by M. Bourrit.
Summer 1786, Two local men Paccard and Balmat, made the first ever ascent of Mont Blanc
1792 : French First Republic, Vallorcine becomes part of the 'département du Mont-Blanc'
Summer 1812 - La Vieille Maison roof replaced and existing purlins put in place,
On 24 June 1812, the 450,000 men of Napolean's Grande Armée, the largest army assembled up to that point in European history, crossed the river Neman and headed towards Moscow. The French Invasion of Russia, known in Russia as the Patriotic War of 1812 and France as the Russian Campaign, was an attempt to engage and defeat the Russian army. In the months that followed the Grande Armée starved and suffered from the onset of the Russian Winter. Lack of food and fodder for the horses, hypothermia from the bitter cold and persistent attacks upon isolated troops from Russian peasants and Cossacks led to great losses in men, and a general loss of discipline and cohesion in the army. The Grand Armée had lost some 380,000 men dead and 100,000 captured. These events triggered a major shift in European politics.
1815 - 1860 : The Savoie was part of the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia.
For the next 160 years, La Vieille Maison was home to folk of Vallorcine, living a simple and self sufficient existence year round until the advent of alpine skiing in the late 19th century.
In 1821, 'La Compagnie des Guides' was created in Chamonix
In 1860 a carriage road was built joining Geneva to Chamonix via Sallanches.
1874 : The first school in Vallorcine was built.
In 1901, the railway line (Mt Blanc Express) that passes through Vallorcine was inaugurated. This opened the town to winter visitors.
Between 1908 and 1910 Chamonix took on its present rhythm of winter and summer seasons.
In 1924 Chamonix hosted the first Winter Olympic Games.
Summer 1972 - La Vieille Maison bathroom and kitchen facilities modernised, plus some structural changes made.
2008-2011 - La Vieille Maison complete 'grand design' renovation and extension became permanent home for current owners who moved here after 15 years in Argentiere.
1st Jan 2010 : Creation of the 'communauté de communes' Vallée de Chamonix, including Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix and Vallorcine.
2015 - ? : La Vieille Maison becomes your new home and lifestyle.