Originally part of the Burgundian and Arles kingdoms and the Holy Roman Empire, Haute-Savoie was ruled by the Italians for intermittent periods between the 16th and early 18th centuries, before being given up to France in 1860.
This region with its chic Haute-Savoie properties is divided into four arrondissements (administrative subdivisions). These arrondissements are divided into cantons and subdivided into communes, each with its own postal code.
Among Haute-Savoie’s notable towns are Talloires, La-Roche-sur-Foron and Evian. World-renowned Haute-Savoie attractions include Mer de Glace (France’s largest glacier), the magnificent Chateau d’Yvoire and Mont Blanc. Annecy, often called the ‘’Venice of the Alps’’ is the region’s capital.
Haute-Savoie property profile
High-end properties include luxurious Haute-Savoie ski chalets, Haute-Savoie apartments and villas, elegant manor houses, holiday homes and stunning Haute-Savoie chateaux and farmhouses.
Menthon Saint Bernard with its quaint wooden boat stop and ancient chateau has several deluxe Haute- Savoie houses and stylish villas for sale.
At Yvoire, a charming medieval village, you can choose from handsome Haute-Savoie holiday gites and traditional Haute-Savoie stone cottages.
In Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval, home to a 12th century abbey, you will find good mix of apartments and chalets with Haute-Savoie farmhouses dotting the countryside.
Lifestyle and leisure in Haute-Savoie
Renowned for its thermal baths and winter sports, this region offers its residents year-round entertainment through music, film festivals and carnivals. Outdoor activities include watersports, mountaineering, hiking and horse riding.
Famous for its Evian bottled water and Reblochon cheese, Haute-Savoie hosts numerous events like La Grand Odyssey (international dog sled race), the Venetian carnival in Annecy, Musilac, a lakeside rock festival in Aix-les-Bains and Spanish and Italian film festivals.
Haute-Savoie transport links
Served by the Annecy-Haute-Savoie-Mont Blanc Airport, an excellent network of motorways, the TGV and reliable buses and trams, Haute-Savoie’s residents find commuting easy.
Top reasons to buy or invest in Haute-Savoie property
- A stunning landscape and great climate which attracts international buyers of all nationalities.
- World-famous ski resorts and a wide range of sports.
- Rich heritage due to ancient chateaux, abbeys and churches.