15. September 2020
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency successfully acquired exclusivity for the sale of fifteen energy-efficient houses in the Pálavská brána residential project. They will be built on the western edge of the South Moravian village of Brod nad Dyjí, in the immediate vicinity of the popular Mušovské Lakes.
The Pálavská brána residential project, which is being built by the Hrušecká stavební development company, will consist of fifteen single-story houses with private rooftop terraces that offer views of the surrounding ever-present vineyards and the Pálavské vrchy hills once completed. All of the houses will have two-bedroom layouts, 84 sq. m. floor areas, and will open onto a garden with a shed. They will be completed to an elegant standard with ceramic tiles, brand-name sanitary ware in the bathrooms, insulated triple-glazed windows, and underfloor electric heating, among other facilities. The project is conceived as a complex with a streamlined architectural style that blends seamlessly with the South Moravian countryside—its main features are its light-colored facades, wooden siding, and simple lines.
Thanks to their location by the village of Brod nad Dyjí, not far from the Pálava range, the Pálavská brána homes offer unique permanent or vacation residences set amongst the rolling hills of a picturesque countryside known for its sunny climate, rich history, and viniculture. The area is full of biking and hiking trails and opportunities for water sports and fishing, making it one of the most popular recreational destinations in the Czech Republic. There is a large aqua park in nearby Pasohlávky and the archeological park outside of Pavlov is also close-by. Another significant advantage is the location’s easy access to Mikulov, the Lednice-Valtice grounds, as well as Brno, Vienna, and Bratislava.
The Pálavská brána houses are both a pleasant place to live or spend your vacation year-round as well as an opportunity to purchase real estate with a great investment potential. The developer offers comprehensive rental, management, and maintenance services to owners who aren’t planning on using their new home as their residence.
The planned completion of the Pálavská brána project is in summer 2021.
15. September 2020
Only two attic apartments remain for sale in the Orelská 13 Residence—a completely reconstructed Art Nouveau building situated in the popular neighborhood of Vršovice. Both apartments will be sold in a premium finished standard that includes quality materials and many designer elements. They are the most generously apportioned units in the project.
The renovation of the building from 1911 also comprised the creation of a new attic floor that was designed to offer two atypical apartments with indoor galleries, one with a two-bedroom layout and the other a three-bedroom. The attic apartments were drafted by the renowned Rangherka 5 architectural studio and boast clever arrangements and a novel industrial style underscored by casement windows, exposed brick walls, a combination of metal and wood, and glass partitions that divide yet fluidly connect the various rooms.
The attic apartments also offer practical facilities, such as discreetly hidden air-conditioning, brushed smoky oak floors, design staircases, large-format built-in wooden cabinets and shelves, and a fully fitted kitchen with a stone or Corian worktop. Both apartments also come with terraces that face a quiet courtyard full of greenery. Another amazing selling point is that they have two bathrooms—one on the lower level and the other belonging to the master suite.
More information about the Orelská 13 project.
14. September 2020
During the summer, Svoboda & Williams welcomed several new members. Most of the latest hires joined the Residential Sales Team, but the Commercial Leasing and Marking teams also acquired new colleagues.
The Residential Sales team welcomed three new Sales Representatives. Daria Rusavskaya has been working at Svoboda & Williams since 2017. She holds a master’s degree in international business and previously worked in the banking sector. Daria speaks both Russian and English. Kateřina Klausová received a master’s degree in media communication at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University and completed an internship at the University of Oxford. She has experience with acting and presenting, worked in the past as a producer, and has a golf handicap of 6. Veronika Karešová is currently studying for a master’s degree in international business. She has been working in real estate since the beginning of her studies and has experience in the residential as well as commercial sectors. Veronika speaks both English and German.
Lukáš Machula joined the Commercial Leasing Team as a Senior Leasing Consultant. He previously worked for Procházka & Partners and Penta Real Estate where he perfected his knowledge of the commercial real estate sector. Lukáš has a master's degree in international business at the University of Economics, Prague. The Marketing team welcomed Daria Kovun, who is now the agency’s Graphic Designer. She has a degree in marketing communication from the University of Finance and Administration and studied graphic design at Scholastika College. She is also an avid photographer and speaks both Russian and English. Agáta Drozdová is our newest receptionist. She is currently a student at the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Economics, Prague.
13. August 2020
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has published its fifth Market Report. The current issue studies the effects of the new type of coronavirus pandemic on the Prague residential and commercial property market.
After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, a frequently discussed topic was the influence of the global economic crisis on the development of Prague residential property prices, which have increased continuously for the last six years. As Svoboda & Williams’s analysis shows, the coronavirus crisis didn’t affect premium residential real estate prices in Prague during the first half of the year. In fact, the average achieved price per square meter had a year-on-year growth of 7.8%. As expected, the crisis did have an impact on achieved rents, which in the premium segment fell by 7.2% in the year-on-year comparison.
The current Market Report also addresses the following topics:
- The development of residential property prices
- The situation in the short-term and long-term rental housing market
- Possible fallout of the pandemic on the office market
- The growing demands for flexible rental relationships
The analyses published in the Market Report are based on the data on sales and rental transactions generated by the activities of Svoboda & Williams. These figures are supplemented by the real estate data obtained from the Cadaster of Real Estate, whose parameters correspond to the monitored sample. The Market Report relies exclusively on data based on achieved prices, which adds the price for parking and a proportional part of the exterior to the final calculation. To recalculate the exterior area, this methodology uses a specially developed algorithm that progressively reduces the exterior area and takes into account the ratio of the exterior to the interior space. Another useful analytical tool for a more accurate interpretation of the development of the rental market is the Rental Price Index of S&W + VŠE, which Svoboda & Williams developed in cooperation with the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics of the University of Economics in Prague. The source of the data for the Index is the actually achieved rental prices of apartments offered by Svoboda & Williams. It’s therefore a good illustration of how the suspension of the tourism industry affected rental prices in Prague.
Svoboda & Williams Market Report | H1 2020 download (pdf)
Rental Price Index of S&W + VŠE download (pdf)
Overview of all Market Reports published so far.
13. August 2020
The modern PRAGA Residence, situated between Karlínské náměstí Square and the base of Vítkov Hill, has been successfully completed and approved. Currently, only the most premium units remain for sale—penthouses with loggias and terraces on two levels.
The architecturally unique PRAGA Residence consists of 42 apartments, including six triplex penthouses with spacious rooftop terraces offering panoramic views of Karlín and Prague. The bright and airy penthouses are bathed in the sunlight streaming in from their floor-to-ceiling aluminum windows. Their open plan layouts result in generously apportioned living rooms connected to loggias. Residents will also have access to a private rooftop pool.
The penthouses offer a unique opportunity to purchase a property with all of the advantages of urban living combined with absolute privacy and the much sought-after interior-exterior connection. As the project has received final approval, the units can now be completed to your tastes.
More information on the PRAGA Residence project.
13. August 2020
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency was exclusively retained by VENUS INVESTMENT GROUP to mediate the sale of units in the premium BERLITA residential project, which will be situated close to the historic center of Beroun. Once finished, it will offer 61 spacious, high-standard apartments that will soon be available for sale.
The BERLITA residential project will have an enviable peaceful address right by the old walls that surround the city center and the confluence of the Berounka and Litavka rivers, after which the project is named. The apartment house will consist of two connected four-story buildings with a receding fifth floor. There will be 61 studio to three-bedroom units, including rooftop penthouses completed to a high standard.
The apartments have been designed with an emphasis on clever layouts and quality materials. The living rooms will be fitted with large-format windows that guarantee beautiful views of the surrounding area. Each apartment will come with a loggia or balcony and the penthouses will have a terrace on the top floor. Covered parking spaces will be available on the ground floor and basement and there will also be enough spaces in front of the building. The developer is planning to revitalize the immediate area, and so the BERLITA apartment house will be surrounded by greenery and pleasant spots to relax in.
The planned completion of the BERLITA residential project is planned for Q2 2022.
12. August 2020
In August, Svoboda & Williams added a carefully reconstructed mountain hotel to its real estate portfolio. With large grounds that include building plots, the property can be used year-round. Its location in the eastern Krkonoše Mountains in the Pec pod Sněžkou resort makes the hotel a truly unique investment opportunity.
Built in 1930, the building was completely reconstructed four years ago, paying special care to preserve its traditional Krkonoše log cabin appearance. The building retains an old world atmosphere, while at the same time conforming to the standards of modern recreational facilities. All of the rooms are stylishly furnished and showcase materials used in historic mountain lodges, such as wood and stone. The common room with a kitchen and large fireplace is connected to a spacious terrace that offers far-reaching views of the mountainous countryside.
The hotel has new doors and hardwood floors, casement windows, wiring and thermal insulation, and bathrooms with quality sanitary ware. Its total capacity is 29 beds, a charming boutique size that also includes plenty of privacy for more demanding guests.
More information about the property.
11. August 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic affected the global economic system and the Bratislava real estate market was no exception. The number of new build apartments sold in Bratislava in the quarter-on-quarter comparison decreased by 40%, but in the year-on-year comparison actually increased by a third. Apartment sales prices have also reached new heights—the average price of a unit in Bratislava is currently just under EUR 3,000 per sq. m.
Experts estimate that the fallout from the economic downturn caused by the new Coronavirus pandemic will be felt especially in the second half of 2020, which, if they are correct, would put pressure on real estate prices. The National Association of Real Estate Agencies in Slovakia (NARKS) stated that housing preferences may change in the future after society’s experience with lockdown measures and quarantines. People will be more likely to take into account the importance of space and quality when it comes to buying property. “Many of our clients are currently searching for properties with a balcony, terrace, or front garden. The popularity of primary or secondary housing, where owners can comfortably spend their weekends, part of the workweek, or the summer months, has also increased,” says Dagmar Skalníková, real estate agent at Svoboda & Williams.
The COVID-19 travel ban was naturally followed by a decline in the number of short-term rental or Airbnb customers, which resulted in an increase in offers of properties for long-term rent. In Bratislava in the first half of the year, the situation caused a 28% growth in available apartments. The real estate market thus changed from a landlord’s to a tenant’s market.
During the Coronavirus crisis, the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency quickly adapted to the new demands of the market and came up with several innovations, such as real-time video viewings, Flexi Rentals services, or Flexi Office Management. Even with the Coronavirus pandemic in full swing, Svoboda & Williams was actually exclusively retained to sell new apartments in the Koliba and Schön residential projects. “The crisis has not stopped clients who need to discuss housing issues from contacting us. On the other hand, clients who have acquired real estate as an investment have chosen to bide their time and wait until the crisis starts having an impact on property prices. At this point in time, however, developers working in the Bratislava real estate market aren’t thinking about lowering prices,” adds David Martan, head of the Slovak branch of Svoboda & Williams.
21. July 2020
Since 2006, the Zamenis association has been actively involved in the protection of the critically endangered Aesculapian snake, specifically along the Ohře River, where one of its populations survives in complete isolation. For several years, the association has been building hatcheries and stone walls and their hard work has yielded good results—this rare snake species now numbers in the hundreds. Svoboda & Williams will regularly send the Zamenis association a donation of CZK 50,000 per year.
The Aesculapian snake is on the Czech Republic’s endangered species list. Today, it is found only along the Ohře and Thaya rivers and in the White Carpathians. The Zamenis association focuses on the isolated population along the Ohře, where the Aesculapian snake mostly lives in man-made walls, embankments, and little used buildings. The population of the Aesculapian snake is threatened with extinction, especially due to the loss of its habitat as the result of the country’s transition to an industrialized large-scale economy, increased car traffic, and a higher number of non-native predators.
The Zamenis association is part of a conservation program that aims to maintain the micro-population of the Aesculapian snake, increase its population, and return the snake to locations where it has become extinct. With its regular yearly donation, Svoboda & Williams will support the Zamenis association, which will primarily use the donated funds to manage locations, conduct research, and educate the public about the largest snake in the Czech Republic.
16. July 2020
The sale of houses in the Na Pramenech residential project, which, once completed, will result in a new neighborhood in Prague 9, is entering its second phase. There are now 17 additional three-bedroom to four-bedroom homes available. The houses in the second phase will be move-in ready in summer 2021.
The Na Pramenech project will be a welcome addition to the Prague housing market at a time when the demand for houses that connect the exterior to the interior can be expected to grow. The fact that clients can purchase a house with its own garden for the current price of an apartment without a balcony or terrace in the wider center of Prague plays a large role in their decision-making process. “The prices of apartments in Prague are already so high that it makes more sense for people to own a smaller terraced house further away from the center,” notes Vanda Böhmová, real estate agent at Svoboda & Williams.
The rough construction of the houses in the second phase was completed in May, and so potential buyers can now view the various layouts offered in the Na Pramenech residential project. The houses in the first phase have roof coverings and the water supply system for the houses in all three phases has been laid. Construction work is therefore continuing according to plan.
The Na Pramenech residential project is an enclosed community of 77 terraced houses with gardens, plenty of green spaces, a kindergarten, and a children’s playground. The neighborhood has been carefully planned in order to create a friendly atmosphere, but still ensure plenty of privacy.
More information on the Na Pramenech residential project.