” Wonderful village house with garden ” – totally true potentially (after the required renovations to building and outdoor space) but that tells you nothing… let us explain…

The property is located in Chalabre, the village where we live.  We’ve got shops – brilliant little supermarkets that are joining forces to become one bigger supermarket in the very near future but remaining in the center of town and within walking distance to most everyone – two seriously excellent butchers, a paper shop that also sells cigarettes and tobacco, two super bar/restaurants –  family friendly  – and an excellent family-run hotel / bar / restaurant where the food is first rate.

This property is on the tiny road that leads out of the village to Lac de Montbel, a fabulous resource, a vast lake with no powered boats allowed as it’s really a reservoir…perfect for swimming, sailing, fishing, walking or just plain lazing with a picnic.  Restaurants and beaches at both ends make it a hot spot in the summer for tourists from all over.

We don’t know the exact age of the house but it is in one of the oldest parts of the village.  Downstairs it’s got a really “cottage ” feel to it, very thick walls, and a low front door and entrance hallway.  Don’t think it’s small though, there are rooms to each side of the hall which give evidence of the time when this part of the building was used for low level industrial use.  You might want to turn one of them into a garage (subject to Planning Agreement) or they could be transformed into snug,” English country cottage” style living rooms. They make as they are useful “utility” rooms for an abundance of bicycle and ski storage. It is important to note that this ground floor level can (every 50 to 100 years or so) be subject to flooding from the nearby river, so any electrical installations at this level should be high up.

Up a floor and you enter the rooms that were staff accommodation.  Here there is an industrial “loft” feel. Surprisingly large and light filled, plus overlooking from the rear what could be garden to the back of the house.  At the moment the garden access is via a lower level accessed via a ladder: a proper staircase instead would, we feel, be a huge improvement.  Up another floor – and yet more living space.  This house – which from the outside looks quite small, is far more spacious than you can imagine.
The price is as low as it is as the current owner knows that there is re-wiring and re-plumbing work needed to bring the building up to modern comfort levels and a heating system would need to be installed.  The roof needs work, the outdoor space needs resurfacing / gardening, although there are some lovely shrubs already in place, and the house as a whole needs re-thinking.  You would end up with a charming property with a good sized garden – not huge, but plenty of room to relax, barbeque, improve and enjoy the terrace area and do whatever level of gardening appeals to you.
Re-purposing the rooms to give a better ” flow “, for example, using one of the really large rooms as an open concept kitchen would give a completely different ” feel ‘ to the house –  the scope is here to do something amazing.
All in all, we feel that this is a wonderful buy , priced to sell, and with that much overused word “potential ” actually being the truth.  We look forward to visiting with you.
DPE non exploitable   *Agency Fees Included

Property Features

  • Garden
  • Terrace