It’s hard to resist. The Pearl of the Alps or the Venice of the Alps, without any further information, these sweet-sounding nicknames of the beautiful city of Annecy are enough to strike you with a sudden urge to move.

Between the water and mountains

For many, this is the ideal situation, thanks to its geographical location in Haute-Savoie, just 40 km from Geneva and 50 km from Chambéry. A setting so idyllic, with the calm, blue waters of Lake Annecy surrounded by protective mountains, you can’t help but be moved by the panorama. For the icing on the cake, enjoy ski resorts just 30 km away, such as La Clusaz and a wonderful laked that offers every nautical activity imaginable. That’s not all, Annecy also offers an exceptional living environment.

The city’s charm

Ideally located by the lake, the city center possesses a charming historical touch. Its arcades and covered walkways access the inner courtyards of old buildings and hôtels particuliers. You’ll come across old stables, ateliers that have been transformed into trendy boutiques, and terraces in full bloom where it’s nice to enjoy a drink or tasty traditional cuisine.

Buildings have been renovated, but have still managed to maintain the charm of the past with the comfort of today. Apartments, too, have kept a period prestige intact, with their exposed beams, vintage stones, paved courtyards.

Live in Annecy, if...

  1. The big city? Too small.
  2. You rather feel like you’re on vacation all year long.
  3. You always wear a swimsuit under your ski suit. Just in case.

The Old Town

Here it is, our Venice of the Alps. The Old Town of Annecy is a treasure trove of fables and legends. To enjoy Annecy’s romantic side, take long walks through the pedestrian alleys, on Rue Sainte-Claire, cand ross canals via charming little bridges made of stone or wood. Discover its traditional side during La Foire de la Saint-André for 5 centuries of custom and culture celebrated on the first Tuesday of December. Lovers of historical heritage choose to live in the magical atmosphere in the heart of the Old Town, opting for charming apartments that have been restored to the style du jour.

Stay in full view

You have a choice of a lake or mountain view. However, there is a clear preference for a lake view and mountain view of the snowcaps until June. Many of those who live in the Pearl of the Alps prefer to buy property around the city, such as exceptional residences boasting extraordinary panorama in Annecy-le-Vieux, Veyrier du Lac, and Talloires to name a few. If you’re interested in a waterfront property with a manicured lawn that gently rolls down towards the lake, with a docked boat waiting for its lucky owners, then you’ll have to give your realtor some notice. In these cases, it’s crucial to keep your ears to the ground. In fact, lakefront villas are so popular that its market usually works on word of mouth.

Your residence will be in Annecy, if...

  1. You've always had the soul of a knight in bright and shining armor
  2. You’d like each of your children to master the art of swimming and skiing
  3. Between the mountains and lake, you refuse to choose