For sale in Wengen, in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland's Bernese Oberland, a studio apartment in the middle of the ground floor of the Chalet Margaux, which sits in a tranquil part of the original village only a five-minute walk from the train station.
CHF250,000 (certain additional fees payable by buyer to the selling agent Clare Regez: email@example.com). Built in 1978 on the footprint of an older chalet, the Margaux is undeniably dated but indubitably Bernese Oberland in its interior layout and decor. Dated but very cosy, hygge or gemutlich depending on your native tongue.
The studio offers net floorspace of around 25 square metres plus a balcony that is 8 square metres in size, plus access to and use of all communal facilities. These include a ski room with a large locker, space in a nuclear bunker, a party room with refectory table, table tennis equipment, built-in barbecue and small storage locker, and a wellness room with sauna, spa bath and additional WC and shower facilities, and a laundry room with large washing machine and tumble dryer. The part-time Hauswart (housekeeper) looks after the cleaning of the communal areas and is an ideal first port of call for minor issues which can often be resolved quickly and with little fuss.
The living accommodation features a foldaway bed, creating a large living room by day with separate living, eating and food preparation areas and a decent-sized wardrobe. The kitchenette has a sink, electric oven and electric hob with two plates plus fridge and storage space for kitchen paraphernalia, and a full-length cupboard for hanging coats and jackets. The studio benefits from a modern freeview satellite television rig set up to deliver every mainstream free-to-air variant of BBC, ITV, C4 and C5. It also boasts broadband and wi-fi.
Full refenestration is scheduled to take place in the next year or so; barring some intervening alternative proposal, whoever buys the studio will enjoy the benefits of state-of-the-art triple glazing at no cost, the money having been accumulated in the communal renewal fund over the past two years specifically for this purpose.
This is a truly lock up and leave apartment, ideal for an individual or couple who want to take regular breaks there and don't want to break the bank by running up huge hotel bills. My wife and I have used it for 10-12 weeks a year since buying it in February 2006, after a dedicated trip to view it at the end of September 2015 (we both fell in love with it on the spot, rejecting a high spec 'garden room' in a much newer building nearby, and the purchase inspired the writing of an article on the buying of a property in the Swiss Alps which appeared in the Weekend FT).
Although built for two, there is an additional sofa double bed and the dining table is a four-seater. From personal observation I would suggest that skier accommodation in Wengen can be routinely and extensively overoccupied without provoking unrest from the neighbours.
There is currently only one other property on the market in Wengen at a lower price, and that can be sold only to holders of Swiss B and C permits. This entry level studio is available to foreign buyers. If you would like to know more, contact me direct: firstname.lastname@example.org.