HIGH HOPES BANK­ING ON A PER­FECT ALPINE RE­TREAT

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

LON­DONER Karen O’Mahoney was clear on her re­quire­ments for the per­fect Alpine hol­i­day home.

“Prox­im­ity to an in­ter­na­tional air­port, panoramic moun­tain views, a large, chal­leng­ing ski area and a size­able high-qual­ity apart­ment with a price that did not match a Zone 1 apart­ment in Lon­don,” lists Karen, 40, who works in pri­vate eq­uity. “Nowhere met all my cri­te­ria.”

That was un­til Jan­uary last year when friends in­vited her to ski in An­der­matt. Karen im­me­di­ately fell for the re­sort. “The vil­lage blends old and new to stun­ning ef­fect. The town is tra­di­tional with lo­cal res­tau­rants serv­ing lo­cal spe­cial­i­ties and the new fa­cil­i­ties are state-of-the-art yet fit per­fectly into their sur­round­ings. The ski­ing is spec­tac­u­lar, the ma­jor draw.”

She bought a two-bed­room apart­ment off-plan and moved in re­cently. “I vis­ited the site through­out the build­ing process and any ner­vous­ness soon gave way to ex­cite­ment,” she adds. “Given its prox­im­ity to Zurich, the high-qual­ity build and the num­ber of snow days, I’m con­fi­dent it will in­crease in value.”

An­der­matt has the high­est lev­els of guar­an­teed snow in Switzer­land and new lifts link its ski area with that of Se­drun. With golf­ing, hik­ing and bik­ing in sum­mer, Karen plans to use her apart­ment all year round.

flats start at £400,000 and An­der­matt, uniquely for Switzer­land, has no buy­ing re­stric­tions for for­eign­ers

Con­fi­dent: An­der­matt met all Karen O’Mahoney’s hol­i­day home cri­te­ria

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