Le Yana in Méribel and Kalista in Megève are two first-class Alpine chalets where affluent buyers will find themselves surrounded by other similarly stunning residences with iconic mountain views and prices starting at €590,000 (about $714,000).
Let’s explore what these new high-end developments and the chic ski resorts of Méribel and Megève offer house hunters who are searching for the perfect Alpine chalet.
Le Yana in Méribel Les Allues
A prestigious location in the heart of the Three Valleys
Méribel is located in the heart of the giant Les Trois Valleés (Three Valleys), the largest ski area in the world reaching a grand total of 600 km of slopes, which comprises eight ski resorts, including Méribel.
Méribel is well-known not only for its 150 km/93 mi. of beautiful pistes (interlinked with 450 km/279 mi. of Three Valley’s other areas) but also for its fantastic après-ski parties with table-top dancing at 3pm at the mid-station and live bands after 5pm in the main village.
Le Yana is located on the heights of Méribel, in the prestigious Belvédère district, at a reasonable distance from loud events, with enjoyable panoramic views and copious sunshine.
One of the main benefits of the location is the effortless access both to the slopes and to the center of Méribel; the residence is situated just 100 m away from the Rhodos ski lift.
Le Yana Residence: elegant architecture combining comfort and privacy
In the conceptual stage of the project, the architect kept in mind the resort’s historic architectural codes while simultaneously infusing contemporary elements.
The angled bay windows open up the living rooms to panoramic views and the carefully selected construction materials–stone, treated wood, Méribel slate–create a unique cachet for the facades.
Le Yana apartments: prices
The chalet is composed of eleven exclusive apartments on four floors.
With a living areas ranging from 87-179 sq. m (936.5-1926.74 sq. ft.), units cost between €1,507,000 and €4,925,000 ($1,827,101-$5,971,100). To give an idea of what the starting price would buy, one and a half million euros purchases a two-bedroom apartment with mountain views from a corner window.
The living rooms in each of the eleven apartments face west, and most of the bedrooms feature a private shower room. Amenities (parking garage, cellars, ski room) are easily accessible and have been designed for utmost convenience.
The project emphasizes comfort, privacy, and the Alpine way of life.
Kalista in Megève
Location: the chic Espace Mont-Blanc Resort with no crowds on and off the slopes
Megève is situated about 10 km (5 mi.) off the main road between Geneva and Chamonix. It forms the main section of the Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area–the fourth largest in France– and one of the most chic villages that one could hope to come across.
Unlike Méribel, Megève has a different vibe, as we encounter fewer DJ parties and more top-notch jazz clubs and the annual Megève International Jazz Festival which runs from the last week of March to the first week of April. Megève itself, in contrast with other typically touristy Alpine villages in France, boasts the warm idyllic charm of a medieval town.
A particular feature of Megève is that, outside of peak French holidays, you generally can avoid crowds both on and off the slopes.
The resort has three main ski areas (with 325 km/202 mi. of pistes): Mont d’Arbois, Rochebrune, and Le Jaillet (the home of Kalista).
Kalista Residence: inspired by the architecture of Henry Jacques Le Même
Located in Le Jaillet, Kalista is less than 300 meters from the Palais des Sports of Megève.
The property includes three ski-in, ski-out chalets and was inspired by the unique Alpine architecture of Henry Jacques Le Même who designed the Domaine du Mont d’Arbois chalet (also in Megève) for Baroness Noémie de Rothschild.
Kalista’s apartments feature large terraces which open to splendid views from east to southwest. In the foreground, views are of the historic village of Megève, flanked on either side by scenes of Rochebrune and Mont d’Arbois. In the background, the verticality of the ridges of Aiguille Croche and Mont Joly pleasingly contrasts with the gentle curves of surrounding peaks.
All of the units located on the ground floor have their own private gardens.
Kalista apartments: prices
The property offers units ranging from 80 sq. m to 180 sq. m for the penthouses–or even 250 sq. m for a full level. The price for the apartments increases in proportion to apartment size and ranges from €590,000 to € 2,700,000.
Every facet of Kalista has been designed both to respect the tranquility of the Alpine setting and to provide the maximum available for comfortable living environments.