Presenting a winning mix of town and country, Western Europe’s largest lake - known by French speakers as Lac Léman - is bordered by waterfront apartments, fairytale châteaux and cosy swiss cottages. So is a property in a place like this right for you? David King, Winkworth’s Head of International property, has the answers.
Mountains, fountains and waterfront apartments on Geneva’s right bank
Why buy a holiday property on Lake Geneva?
DK: Stretching eastwards from Geneva city to Vaud’s alpine mountains, the shores of Lake Geneva take in the university city of Lausanne and picturesque towns like Nyon, with property delivering the best of both Swiss worlds. Buy a Geneva city property for european luxury, international cuisine and cosmopolitan society; buy a country house in a peaceful village like Gy for retreat and relaxation. Whichever you choose, you’ll never be far from the crystal waters where you can water-ski, sail or surf.
Why buy a full-time property on Lake Geneva?
DK: With its international banks and global humanitarian organisations, the city of Geneva has a considerable expat workforce. If you’re part of that, investing in an appreciating property market is a wise investment. Geneva’s left-bank old town offers excellent shopping and historic apartment buildings in the elegant Eaux-Vives suburb. On the right bank, the Pâquis neighbourhood is more urban with a flourishing nightlife. You’ll also find the Gare Cornavin here, along with the The United Nations and The World Health Organisation. Right and left banks are joined by bridges.
That all sounds very grown up….
DK: A city apartment in Geneva isn’t only for child-free professionals - it’s a friendly place to raise a family too. There are four bedroom apartments available, plus a lakeside beach, parks and Switzerland’s oldest international school. Families enjoy an exceptional quality of life.
Cologny’s green trees and traditional architecture with Lake Geneva in the background
There’s a compelling reason for families to buy countryside property on Lake Geneva too; take a look at Winkworth International’s Swiss property listings and you’ll see why. Together with Switzerland’s status as one of the safest countries in Europe, white-painted houses, rambling gardens, pools and jetties make villages like Cologny a family idyll. Cologny and neighbouring Vandoeuvres are a short drive from the city’s international schools and the popular Geneva Golf Club. Cologny property is a favourite with expats of all nationalities.
A lakeside beach in the beautiful Lake Geneva countryside
Do you have any other Lake Geneva property recommendations?
DK: Yes, we understand that not everyone needs to be within a half hour of Geneva. Extend your search eastwards into the Vaud canton and be rewarded with spectacular properties from Nyon to Montreux, where lake and mountain views abound. Thanks to the favourable micro-climate, lakeside property in Montreux also benefits from memorable dawn mists and sunny days.
How easy is it for international buyers to purchase Lake Geneva property?
DK: The existence of a large expat community proves that buying Lake Geneva real estate is achievable for anyone. Banks, humanitarian institutions and international universities rely on a multi-national workforce, which makes the cantons of Geneva and Vaud particularly accommodating. Local canton laws can change, however - read up on new developments here.
Finally, why buy Lake Geneva property with Winkworth International?
DK: We achieve the perfect buyer/seller match every time. We’ve honed our Swiss property experience over many years, which means we can introduce you to an established network of sellers, banks and legal professionals.
Winkworth International have everything you need to successfully buy Swiss property. For more details contact our Winkworth Switzerland office.