Les Houches is located 5km down valley from Chamonix. It has its own lift system and strong sense of community. The village is well served with shops, bars, restaurants, garages and doctors. It even has a bio store. Property prices are about 1/3rd lower in Les Houches to Chamonix, which encourages the local residents to base themselves there and hence creates a more real town feel. The schools and nursery in Les Houches are well respected, and there is an ice rink, a cinema and a new central community centre.