Originally a Roman settlement, Geneva was ruled by the Burgundians and Franks before becoming an independent republic in the sixteenth century. In 1814, Geneva joined the Swiss confederation. Headed by a Mayor, this lovely region is divided into eight districts, 45 municipalities and several neighbourhoods.
Amongst the fascinating areas worth visiting are the Vieille Ville (Old Town), Pâquis, a delightful Bohemian neighbourhood and Carouge, nicknamed the ‘Greenwich Village of Geneva’. Spectacular landmarks include St. Peter’s cathedral, Jet d’Eau and the imposing La Grange Mansion.
Geneva property profile
The smart streets are lined with luxurious Geneva apartments and houses, while well-equipped Geneva farms dot the lush countryside. Amongst the holiday rentals snapped up by international buyers are ski chalets and stylish waterfront properties.
Eaux-Vives with its magnificent Jet d’Eau and beautiful apartments is highly sought-after by buyers looking for picturesque Geneva real estate.
At Champel, a posh neighbourhood known for its Tower of Champel, you will find elegant Geneva houses and apartments with breathtaking mountain views.
The pretty municipality of Cologny, with its Bodmer library, housing rare manuscripts has upmarket Geneva villas and mansions, offering unparalleled views of the lake.
Lifestyle and leisure in Geneva
Art and music festivals, open-air theatre and carnivals offer residents of Geneva properties a culturally rich lifestyle. La Bâtie, a superb Art festival, the Music Festival, Fêtes de Genève and the Winter Carnival are worth attending, as are the free concerts held during summer.
Famous for luxury watches and exquisite chocolates, this French-speaking area is a popular haunt for sports enthusiasts. Summer pastimes include sailing on Lac Léman and rafting along the Arve. During winter, the stunning mountain slopes of the Jura are packed with it’s glamourous residents enjoying an afternoon of skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding.
Geneva transport links
The international Cointrin Airport and efficient bus, tram, train and ferry services provide Geneva’s locals an easy commute.
Top reasons to buy or invest in Geneva property
- Great climate and a prime location attracts international buyers of all nationalities looking to purchase prestigious properties.
- Numerous cultural and sports activities provide ample entertainment opportunities.
- Organized, well-run transport system.
Winkworth International has a comprehensive portfolio of quality properties and would be happy to help you with your purchase of a Geneva property. Contact us for your requirements.