Our great-value ski home’s in the per­fect spot

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Homes Abroad -

ROB DORLIN from Tot­teridge in north Lon­don is di­rec­tor of a lan­guage com­pany and has lived and worked in Zurich for eight years. So when he and his wife Emelie and their chil­dren Alex, eight, and five-year-old An­d­ina were look­ing for a hol­i­day home, Aus­tria’s Arl­berg re­gion was a nat­u­ral choice.

They bought a three-bed­room apart­ment at Arl­berg Chalets and moved in at the start of

known to Bri­tish buy­ers but I live here be­cause the ski­ing is un­beat­able, the slopes are un­crowded and it is truly year round,” says Weaver. “The beauty here is won­der­ful and you still have easy ac­cess to Lech. The lo­cal town, Blu­denz, has full fa­cil­i­ties, there are two golf cour­ses nearby and the walk­ing trails through Alpine flow­ers are mem­o­rable.” Homes have west and south-fac­ing ter­races, un­der­ground park­ing and start from £531,000 for 1,313sq ft.


this year. “The ski­ing is re­ally great with plenty of off-piste,” says Rob, 46. “It’s an easy drive from Zurich and we come here as many week­ends as we can man­age.”

A sim­i­lar home 20 min­utes away in Lech would have cost three times as much, he says. “It’s very fash­ion­able to be in Lech or St An­ton but for us this peace­ful, nat­u­ral set­ting is so much nicer.”

An­ton are ex­am­ples of Aus­tria’s good value. The 36 chalets and 18 flats all come with rare sec­ond home sta­tus, so there is no com­pul­sion to rent. Prices range from £213,000 for a 430sq ft onebed­room apart­ment up to £536,000 for a three-bed­room 1,292sq ft de­tached chalet through Pure In­ter­na­tional. This is ex­cep­tion­ally good value for a de­tached chalet in the Alps and half of the price of a com­pa­ra­ble home in Lech, says Pure In­ter­na­tional’s Paul Kleineko­rte.

Pure In­ter­na­tional: pureintl.com (020 3695 4095)

Sporty fam­ily: Rob and Emelie Dorlin, with Alex and An­d­ina, love their ski week­ends in Arl­berg

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