Switzerland real estate for sale
New Alpine properties for sale in the Swiss Alps
These new luxury alpine apartments for sale are located in the heart of Switzerland and in one of the most beautiful regions of the Swiss Alps, the Bernese Oberland.
155 apartments will be built on the shore of Lake Brienz offering views of the lake and the snowy peaks of the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau, names that are legendary to mountaineers.
The Swiss Alps is a fantastic destination all year round, regardless you are looking for peace, quiet and clear, fresh air or an action-packed cultural or sporting holiday. The Alpine resort has a natural character, with plenty of green and rocky areas and you have majestic mountains, charming, friendly towns and fantastic water sports opportunities nearby. Whether you choose a penthouse or an apartment with a garden, your new Alpine home will be in perfect harmony with its surroundings.
Switzerland offers grand, sweeping landscapes, pristine nature, pleasant climate and friendly atmosphere. Two more concepts inextricably linked with Switzerland are stability and security.
This sparsely populated country always scores highly in international comparisons of studies on quality of life. This comes, at least partly, down to the Swiss attitude to preserving what is good and be open to innovation and adventure in equal measure.
The Alpine resort is located in the Bernese Oberland, a gem of an open air museum, stretching over dozens of square kilometres. The Jungfrau region is one of the world’s purest and most beautiful mountain landscapes, which is why it has been classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The location is superb with Freiburg and Munich in Southern Germany, Geneva and Lausanne, the region around Strasbourg in Eastern France and the Northern Italian cities of Milan and Turin all being within easy reach. The closest airport is in the capital city of Bern.
A place to enjoy year round.
When spring arrives in the Bernese Oberland, nature is at its most beautiful. The mountain meadows are covered with colourful flowers and in the clear mountain air and spring sunshine, everything seems fresher than usual. The water of Lake Brienz also awakes from hibernation and undergoes a beautiful change of colour.
The summers are bright and lively and the leisure options are almost limitless. Water sports enthusiasts make the most of Lake Brienz, or nearby Lake Thun. The more adventurus can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the region whilst paragliding above it or descend the Lütschine river at high speed by raft, until it flows into Lake Brienz.
Alternatively, play a relaxed round of golf at the 18-hole golf course in Interlaken or cycle to discover the most scenic spots around the water or attend village festivals with music and fireworks.
The first snow falls in October and, where there is not yet snow, the slopes are decorated with magnificent autumn colours. Autumn is an ideal time to explore nature and alos the perfect season for visiting the cities of Bern, Thun, Interlaken and Lucerne. All four have abundant Swiss charm, but they do also each have their own character and identity, in terms of architecture, culture, atmosphere and shopping.
During the winter season, skiiers and snowboarders from Switzerland and abroad travel en masse into the mountains to experience the snow and unique winter sports atmosphere at its best. Skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, walking or tobogganing; all in a fairytale setting. Anyone who has spent the winter here will always carry the region in their heart.
There are four important ski resorts around nearby. Grindelwald/Wengen is the largest with 213 kilometres of pistes, almost half of which are equipped with snow machines, so they can be optimally prepared even if there is low snowfall. There are winter sports at the highest level: such as the dizzying Lauberhornstrecke in Wengen, for more experienced skiers. It’s a real classic, amongst the most challenging runs of the Alpine Ski World Cup series. If you’re there in January, you could watch the World Cup live, with a week-long total programme (including training, slalom).
Mürren/Schilthorn is part of the Grindelwald/Wengen ski arena. The place is world-famous; almost everyone recognises the image of the ‘Piz Gloria’ restaurant high on the rocks as a typical Swiss backdrop from a James Bond Film. The relaxed, recreational ski resorts of Simmental, Saanenland, Adelboden and Hasliberg are less demanding. At the end of a gentle piste gleams a sunny terrace, for a drink with a view. The closest ski resort is Meiringen, offering winter sports facilities for the whole family. It is very easy to reach from the resort, thanks to the free ski shuttle bus service, which drops you off right next to the ski lift. Axalp is opposite the resort and is best known for being child-friendly, with good beginners’ slopes. A small-scale ski resort, where even the youngest visitors can enjoy the snow in the Axiland children’s paradise.
The location directly on the lake makes these apartments rare, if not unique, among real estate for sale in Switzerland. Due to strict building regulations and protective measures in the country, this may be one of the last chances to secure your dream home so close to a Swiss Alpine lake.
The style of the apartments in the Swiss alps makes subtle reference to the traditional chalets of the Bernese Oberland. Modern, contemporary comfort with a nod to the past. The large living room offers expansive views thanks to the generous use of glass, which also allows the Swiss outdoors to be part of your own cosy indoor world.
The apartments and penthouses include a luxury kitchen, an open fire, Jacuzzi and sauna complete the ‘Swiss feel.’ The large balconies will allow you to enjoy the first rays of the sun in the morning and the fresh mountain air on a long summer’s evening. There is always the option of peaceful privacy when that’s what you’re looking for. And if you do want to reconnect with the ‘real’ world: your holiday apartment naturally has Wi-Fi internet access.
One restaurant will be located in a renovated, traditional Swiss house with a decorative gable. In the summer, you can enjoy a lovely dinner outside on the terrace, with views of the nearby fish pond and mountains in the distance. In the winter you can warm up in the cosy après-ski bar.
The second restaurant, offering international cuisine and a terrace, is located right on the lake.
The spa and wellness centre is located right on the waterfront with a large pool, sauna, solarium and jacuzzi. The generous use of glass will give you the impression that you are out on the lake as you swim in the indoor pool. There is also a large children’s play paradise.
Management & service
The resort is managed by a Swiss management company that is responsible for maintenance of the whole park and the technical management of the resort and buildings. All owners contribute to the delivery of these services through an annual management fee. This ensures that the level of quality at the resort is maintained.
The apartments and penthouses at the resort are managed and rented in your absence. This ensures that your pride and joy in Switzerland is continually maintained and supervised. When you visit your apartment yourself, we will make sure everything is ready before your arrival, so your holiday can start straight away.
The combination of renting your property and the very low interest rates in Switzerland make purchasing an apartment even more appealing from a financial perspective. Through the rental income, you can recoup the cost of your apartment as well as any financing costs. The priority for personal use of the apartment of course remains the most important thing. You decide for yourself whether you want to allow family, friends and business contacts to use the apartment.
Buying your apartment
Ownership of these apartments and the associated communal areas is legally divided to form what is known in Switzerland as ‘Stockwerkeigentum,’ comparable to a commonhold association. As a ‘Stockwerkeigentümer,’ you are part-owner of the associated land and communal areas of the buildings, as well as being the owner of an apartment. Along with other owners, you form an association with shared control of these communal elements. The facilities at the resort, including the reception building, shopping facilities, swimming pool building and restaurants do not fall under ownership of the association.
After you have signed the purchase deed for your apartment, the notary will register your ownership papers in the ‘Grundbuch’ (land register)’. The developer will provide guidance and handle the procurement of a residence permit, called an ‘Ausländer Bewilligung’, unless you are a resident of Switzerland. In Switzerland it is in principle impossible to purchase an apartment without an Ausländer Bewilligung.
A few of the 155 apartments have been granted an exemption for this permit requirement from the Canton of Bern, and it is even possible to purchase more than one apartment in your name or through a company. The Canton of Bern grants this exemption on the condition that you make the apartment available to rent for the whole year, with the exception of 8 weeks’ personal use.