Founded in 2006Free Spirit Alpine is an award-winning estate agency specialising in luxury ski property in the French Alps. Key to its success is its agents, lead by renowned expert Andrew Beale.

Free Spirit Alpine is based in Meribel and has agents in Courchevel, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville and Val d’Isère. The company also has a London office in Mayfair.

“I created and launched the agency because international buyers were poorly served by the local French agents,” says Beale.

“The buying process was badly explained, customer care was non existent and non-French speakers alienated.” 

Today, his bilingual local agents handhold international buyers and sellers through the transaction and conveyancing process in France, using a hand-picked panel of English-speaking accountants, tax advisors and lawyers to help clients navigate any bumps they may encounter in the road.

Aided by a clutch of awards, including Beale personally being twice voted in the ‘Top ten best property advisers in France and Monaco’ by Spears magazine, the agency has gone from strength to strength with a portfolio of wonderful properties to sell in
the leading French ski resorts.

“One of the things I love about the Alpine property market is its diversity,” explains Beale. “In any one week we sell old, historic converted barns, with metre-thick original stone walls and high-tech modern interiors; new-build apartment residences with their own restaurants, concierge and luxury spas; and huge, ski in ski out ‘uber’ chalets with swimming pools and staff accommodation. The variety is exciting and there really is a property to suit all tastes and budgets.”

Current properties available to buy include Silverstone Lodge in Val d’Isere, with just seven ski in ski out apartments; La Bergerie, an exquisitely renovated grange in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville; Steam Boat Lodge, a brand-new apartment residence on the high street in Courchevel; and a very special off-market chalet in Meribel with its own helipad and private ski lift. 

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