This article is a part of our newest particular report on International Golf Homes, about a few of the high spots to stay and play.
Ski throughout the winter, and golf every time snow doesn’t get in the best way: That mixture seems to be more and more engaging for potential trip and major residence consumers thinking about properties that supply a slice of those twin existence — typically in the identical day.
According to information from Sotheby’s International Realty, searches for properties globally with snowboarding and golfing as options elevated by practically 245 p.c throughout the first half of 2021, in contrast with the primary half of 2020.
“The growing interest in ski and golf together is part of a larger trend of people spending more time in their vacation homes,” stated Philip A. White Jr., the corporate’s president and chief government (and an avid golfer). “As a result, home buyers want more out of the properties they’re investing in.”
Another indicator of the recognition: Data from Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty first-quarter report of this yr indicated that Aspen, which provides each golfing and snowboarding, noticed a 174 p.c enhance in whole gross sales quantity throughout the first quarter of this yr, in contrast with the primary quarter of final yr.
“Five years ago, ski wasn’t really a factor when people were looking for golf homes, but it’s definitely at the forefront now,” stated Jason Becker, the founding father of Golf Life Navigators, a web site that matches residence consumers with their preferrred golf houses.
Home consumers can take pleasure in each actions in quite a few locations world wide. Below are 4 spots to think about.
Located in southeastern France on Lake Geneva’s south shore, the city of Évian-les-Bains is stuffed with late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings with one of many world’s nice backdrops: the Alps. It can be recognized for its thermal baths and on line casino, and for being the house of the Evian Resort Golf Club, the venue for the Amundi Evian Championship, one of many L.P.G.A.’s main tournaments.
With its mountain and lake views, the 18-hole course, named the Champions Course, is thought to be one of the scenic in Europe, in keeping with Mr. White. (The golf membership additionally has a second six-hole course referred to as the Lake Course.)
Évian-les-Bains is close to a number of ski resorts, stated Thomas Vantorre, the overall supervisor of Barnes International Realty in Évian, together with Thollon-les-Mémises and Bernex, which each function lake views, and Les Portes du Soleil, about an hour away and one of many largest ski areas in Europe.
More than half of consumers within the space are worldwide and come principally from England, Switzerland and the Middle East, Mr. Vantorre stated, though a smaller variety of Americans are more and more a part of the combo.
While residences can be found, the city principally has single-family houses. Prices begin at $500,000 for a three-bedroom house with a balcony and rise to upward of $30 million for sprawling lakefront estates.
Mr. Vantorre added that security was a giant a part of Évian’s enchantment. “You don’t have to lock your doors at home and can walk around freely late at night,” he stated.
Aspen/Snowmass and the Roaring Fork Valley, Colo.
With its 4 ski mountains, Aspen is famend worldwide for the game however provides equally strong, albeit considerably much less recognized, choices for golfers.
Jonathan Boxer, a dealer affiliate with Douglas Elliman in Aspen, stated that the realm had not less than eight golf programs together with Aspen Golf Club, in Aspen, which is public; Maroon Creek Club, additionally in Aspen; Snowmass Club, in close by Snowmass; and Roaring Fork Club, within the city of Basalt, about half an hour away.
The programs function vistas of the encircling mountains, pure rivers operating by way of them and elevated tee containers; Mr. Boxer described them as “spectacular.”
Golf season normally begins in mid-May and stretches by way of early November whereas snowboarding kicks off round Thanksgiving. Sometimes, the 2 overlap. “If you’re lucky, for a few weeks a year in November and late April, you can ski in the morning in one part of the valley and play golf in the afternoon in another part where there is no snow,” Mr. Boxer stated.
The space brings in trip residence consumers who wish to partake within the two pursuits and has the advantage of having all kinds of different diversions, together with artwork galleries and the Aspen Art Museum, and a energetic downtown with destination-worthy purchasing and eating places.
If you might be set on Aspen, put together for sticker shock: Single-family residence costs start at $7 million, in keeping with Mr. Boxer. The areas surrounding it, although, are extra inexpensive and have condominiums and townhouses. “If you’re willing to drive a bit to reach Aspen downtown, you can still find properties for under $700,000,” he stated.
An aerial view of three ski resorts within the Santiago Metropolitan Region in Chile: Valle Nevado, El Colorado and La Parva. Credit…Paul Kennedy/Alamy
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Santiago, the Chilean capital, is a bustling metropolis, however the surrounding area, often known as the Región Metropolitana, is replete with choices and snowboarding, in keeping with Mr. White of Sotheby’s International Realty.
The vacation spot has not less than 5 golf golf equipment, he stated. Two, Valle Escondido and Las Lomas de la Dehesa, are within the suburb of Lo Barnechea, lower than an hour’s drive to the ski resorts La Parva, El Colorado and Valle Nevado. Another, Los Leones, is within the suburb of Las Condes, 90 minutes from the resorts; two extra are within the Chicureo suburb and additionally a 90-minute drive to the resorts.
It is normally doable to play golf year-round, and the snowboarding season begins in early June and lasts by way of September (August is the prime month).
Convenient entry to those sports activities apart, the Santiago area can be inexpensive, Mr. White stated, with residence costs starting at $400,000. “It has a very international second-home community,” he stated; trip residence consumers hail from world wide, together with the United States.
Michael Valdes, the president of eXp Realty, stated that the advantages of proudly owning a property in Chile included its secure economic system, sturdy infrastructure, pleasant locals, and implausible meals and wine. “You have people who treat you like family and can enjoy great gastronomy at prices that are surprisingly low,” he stated. “Your money can go far in Chile.”
Banff and Canmore, Alberta
In the Canadian province of Alberta, Banff and Canmore are neighboring cities which have an abundance of prospects for twin snowboarding and golfing.
But which city to take a look at relies on what you might be searching for, stated Dan McGuire, an actual property adviser with Engel & Völkers Banff Canmore: “Since the town of Banff is within Banff National Park, only full-time residents can live in homes there,” he stated. “Canmore, on the other hand, is outside the park, and anyone can buy there.”
The space is notably scenic, with mountain views, alpine lakes, piercing blue rivers and wildlife (together with grizzly bears), Mr. McGuire stated, and has quite a few golf programs and locations to ski.
For golfers, choices in Banff National Park embody Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course (and its 27 holes); Canmore is residence to Silvertip Resort Canmore and Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club, an 18-hole course designed by the famend golf course architect Gary Browning and located within the still-growing Three Sisters Mountain Village space. It is just not unusual to see elk operating throughout the programs as you play, however that’s a part of the allure.
The ski resorts within the space are giant and are likely to have glorious ski circumstances. They embody Lake Louise, with 4 mountains and greater than four,200 acres of skiable terrain; Sunshine Village, with greater than three,300 acres of skiable terrain for skiers of all ranges; and Mount Norquay, recognized for being particularly family-friendly.
In addition to snowboarding and golfing, alternatives to take pleasure in different sports activities embody mountain biking, fly fishing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. “People love to be active here year-round,” Mr. McGuire stated.
Prices for condominiums in Canmore begin at round $500,000, he stated, whereas costs for big houses across the golf programs begin at $1 million.