Austria – Grade A for Alpine Property Potential Monday 31 March 2008 PDF Print A ski property is an investment in yourself, your lifestyle and your soul. The mountains are a magical place where the tensions, troubles and tedium of everyday life dissolve into the wintry haze of the morning valley view. As you ride the gondola up towards the sunshine, eagerly anticipating your first sweeping curve on fresh powder, positive emotions bubble to the surface and suddenly everything feels well with the world again. Once you have been bitten by the skiing bug, chances are you’ll stay smitten for life. So if you find yourself pining for the slopes at the first signs of winter, it probably won’t be long before you start turning your attention towards finding your own place on the slopes. When this time comes, there are certain features that any self-respecting snow enthusiast will look for in pursuit of the perfect alpine getaway: Easy Access First and foremost, you want your property to be easy enough to get to for a long weekend. That means around a two hour flight and not much more than an hour’s drive when you get to your destination. A good snow record No one wants to spend several hundred thousand euros on a fabulous apartment only to find that the nearby pistes are more suited to mud skates than skis. Make sure the snow falls early, sticks around and melts late, to maximise the winter season. Extensive skiing A weekend ski retreat may sound appealing, but you’ll soon tire of treading the same trails year after year. Look for 50km plus on your doorstep, plus nearby linked areas that can be accessed using a single pass. Fabulous scenery Most mountains are magnificent, but with a lot of time spent on chair lifts, it pays to make sure your surroundings are stunning. You also want good views from your property for those sunny days when the legs are simply too tired to tackle another mogul. First class facilities Spa, sauna and wellness facilities are becoming the norm In all first class resorts. Not just an alternative for those days off, a sauna or hot tub at the end of the day can help you reenergise, and get you ready to ride again the next morning. Lively après ski If you have the energy to drag yourself out in the evening, you’ll want a choice of bars and restaurants for different occasions. Even if you don’t fancy it, the kids certainly will! A summer alternative The alpine summers are one of continental Europe’s best kept secrets. Wonderful weather, spectacular scenery and a range of outdoor pursuits that includes walking, mountain biking, climbing, river sports, golf – areas that are geared up for summer tourism really do have an extra edge. Decent rental potential You might not want to let anyone else into your personal hideaway, but it makes financial sense to choose a location with good rental potential, if only because it would make resale easier should you need to sell for any reason. E-Quity.com are currently marketing some fabulous ski apartments in the Gastein Valley, Austria. The properties tick all the boxes above and prices start from around 230,000 euros for a 66m2 2-bed apartment with spectacular views and a large sun terrace. Call 0207 952 7654 or visit www.E-Quity.com for more details. -------------------------- Notes to Editors 1. Based in Shad Thames in Central London, E-Quity.com is an overseas property broker offering a selection of well-researched opportunities with genuine investment potential, in some of the most attractive emerging and established property markets around the world. 2. E-Quity.com offers a range of sophisticated and sensible worldwide property investment solutions for the smart investor. Whether you are looking for income, capital growth, or a balance between the two, our approach empowers you to make sensible, informed decisions about which projects and investments have the best chance of achieving the goals of your investment strategy. Tel: 0207 952 7654 www.E-Quity.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of TheMoveChannel.com in the following categories: Personal Finance, Construction & Property, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.