It’s that time of the year again – ski season is upon us but despite the traditional French and Swiss Alps keeping their appeal, British buyers are now discovering the lifestyle and financial benefits Austria’s ski properties have to offer.
The most recent Spotlight Report ‘Alpine Property Market 2015/16’ by Savills reveals that Austria’s strong domestic economy and record low interest rates have resulted in a national house price growth of 41% since 2008. Despite the increase, Austria’s ski properties are still up to 50% cheaper than resort property in the Swiss and French Alps, triggering a growing interest from savvy UK buyers.
Meeting the demand is Kristall Spaces, a British-managed international developer in the Austrian Tirol who has launched two new apartment schemes: 2020 Residences in Kühtai and Mountain Spa Residences in St Anton.
Branson Atterbury, Marketing Director at Kristall Spaces comments: “We have seen a 22% increase in Brits looking for property in Austria this year driven by reasonable prices and the strong Euro / Pound exchange rate, which means buyers are now able to save up to £20,000 when purchasing a property priced at €400,000.”
The 2020 Residences boast 16 apartments and offers exceptional value for money with prices starting at just €213,500 for a 1-bedroom apartment, €275,000 for a 2-bedroom apartment and €398,000 for a 3 bedroom apartment. Situated in Kühtai, Austria’s highest ski resort village at 2,020 metres, the residences have breath-taking views of the surrounding peaks and are ski-in and ski-out. Kühtai was voted the best value for money ski destination in Europe by ADAC (from 100 resorts) and is the winner of the SkipassIndex 2014. Innsbruck airport is just 35 minutes away. Completion date is autumn 2016.
For the interior design customers can choose from various alpine themes or opt for a more bespoke finish from one of Austria’s leading hotel designers Köck & Bachler. Facilities include a sauna, steam and relaxation area. A fully managed and flexible rental programme is also available.
The Mount Spa Residences comprise of 28 fully furnished apartments, situated in one of the sunniest parts of St Anton and are surrounded by alpine meadows with some of the best views in the valley. Offering a ski-out location, the Nassereinbahn ski lift is just 500 metres away.
Owners have access to extensive leisure facilities including a 600m² on-site spa with a sauna and massage rooms, a 12-metre indoor and a 12-metre outdoor swimming pool. Other facilities include an on-site lounge bar and brasserie restaurant and underground parking. The apartments come with an on-site concierge, providing truly VIP services such as airport pick up and chauffeur service. A fully managed, hassle-free rental programme from the experienced ski holiday specialist, MW Hotels & Resorts, is also included.
Prices start at €635,500 for a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment with a large balcony. Completion date is planned for the 2016/2017 ski season.
Over the last 15 years €6 billion has been spent to give Austrian resorts the most updated lift infrastructure and resort amenities in the industry, and to make facilities more luxurious. Examples include 8-seater chairlifts with heated seats, snow machines on over 50% of Austrian pistes and some of the most innovative piste facilities ranging from night-skiing and world-class fun parks to child-friendly themed slopes.
For more information see www.kristall-spaces.com or contact Kristall Spaces on Tel: 020 3735 8790