15. April 2021
As the exclusive seller, Svoboda & Williams will present unique apartments that are part of a residential project, which is being created in a most sought-after recreational area—the heart of the Krkonoše National Park.
Untouched nature all around, fresh mountain air, an ambitious architectural style, the most modern equipment, the practically impossible to find symbiosis of perfect privacy and all of the advantages of a popular mountain resort—all of this will be offered by these opulent apartments. This newly emerging boutique residential project in the Krkonoše Mountains provides a rare opportunity to purchase recreational property for private use or as an investment.
More information coming soon at svoboda-williams.com.
14. April 2021
Only six months after its launch on the market, almost half of the apartments in the timeless BERLITA apartment building, which is being built in the center of Beroun, have been sold. The project proves that quality properties outside of Prague but within easy reach of the city are in great demand.
“Unfortunately, living in the center of Prague is unattainable for most people due to the upward tendency of property prices in Prague. However, in the beautiful historic center of Beroun, you can buy an apartment for an affordable price and have the Křivoklát forests or the Czech Karst practically in your back yard,” explains Jan Mráz, head of the team that has been charged with the sale of units in the BERLITA project.
Construction of the BERLITA apartment building began last October and work is continuing according to plan. The underground and above-ground floors of the garage are now complete and the walls of the second above-ground floor are currently being bulit.
Once finished, the BERLITA residential project will consist of 61 studio to three-bedroom apartments. There are currently 32 units for sale, all of which are equipped with large-format windows providing enchanting views of the surrounding area, as well as enviable airiness and an interior connected to the exterior.
Final approval of the building is planned for summer 2022.
More information about the BERLITA project.
13. April 2021
The apartments in the Italská 8 Residence, a typical Vinohrady building in the process of being carefully reconstructed, located between náměstí Míru Square and Riegrovy Sady Park, are almost sold out. Svoboda & Williams currently offers the last unit for sale in the building—the most generously apportioned apartment located on the topmost floors.
“Now is the last chance for people to purchase a unit in this unique residence. We currently offer the only remaining unit for sale—the largest attic apartment with a floor area of 120 sq. m. and a two-bedroom layout, which has a southeast-facing terrace,” says Kristýna Demel, Property Consultant at Svoboda & Williams.
Work on the building’s reconstruction is progressing swiftly. In March, the roof was raised and the truss beams were replaced. Metal work and the laying of the roof on its sloping parts was begun. Inside the apartments, the tiling of the bathrooms and floors is almost complete.
The project is scheduled to be finished in summer 2021. Contact our office to schedule a viewing.
More information on the Italská 8 Residence.
06. April 2021
Among Svoboda & Williams’ listings, you will find the last four houses in the Pálavská brána residential project, which is currently being built on the western edge of the South Moravian village of Brod nad Dyjí, practically bordering the popular Mušov Lakes.
“Approximately half of the clients who have inquired about the houses in the Pálavská brána project live farther away, for example in Mladá Boleslav, Lanškroun, Jindřichův Hradec, or Plzeň. More than ever before, buyers are seeing this kind of property as an opportunity to purchase a second home in the countryside so that they can enjoy peace, quiet, and fresh air, and take a break from the busy tempo of city life,” says Lenka Kjučukovová, Property Consultant at Svoboda & Williams’ Brno branch.
The Pálavská brána residential project is an architecturally compact complex consisting of fifteen single-story houses with private rooftop terraces that provide far-reaching views of the omnipresent vineyards and the Pálava Hills. The houses will come in two-bedroom layouts and a floor area of 84 sq. m., with interiors connected to the garden. In March, their facades were insulated and work on the interior installations and plastering is almost finished. The insulation of the roofs began in early spring.
The planned completion of the project is expected in the third quarter of this year.
More information about the Pálavská brána houses.
01. April 2021
Celínka, a unique residential project on Elišky Krásnohorské Street, received final approval in the summer of 2019 and all of its eight apartments are currently being enjoyed by their new owners. One of the units was created by the renowned Mimolimit architectural studio led by Bára Škorpilová, who reimagined the atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s with a fresh, contemporary approach.
The assignment was to transform the 240 sq. m. unit into a “men’s” apartment with one bedroom and a study. “We selected contrasting colors that optically enlarged the space. The material that connects everything in the interior is stone in various finishes combined with wood, metal patinas, and textiles, such as velvet, linen, silk, as well as leather and carpets,” explained Škorpilová in an interview that came out in the Selected online magazine.
08. March 2021
The Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque, a painting by the United Kingdom’s most famous prime minister, Winston Churchill, was sold for 7 million pounds at our partner Christie's London auction house on March 1st. The pre-sale estimate was roughly 2.5 million pounds.
Churchill’s most famous painting was formerly part of Angelina Jolie’s private art collection. Churchill painted this unique work during the Second World War while on an official visit to Morocco in 1943, where he travelled to attend a secret conference with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Casablanca. This was a pivotal moment in the war as the two powers agreed on a united war strategy going forward during their very important meeting. Churchill returned to his beloved Marrakesh after the conference concluded and invited Roosevelt to join him there.
The painting is significant not only historically, but also politically. Churchill admired Morocco’s unique landscape, especially the play of light as the sun set over it, and insisted that Roosevelt see the Marrakesh panorama with his own eyes. He later gifted the oil painting depicting Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains to the American president. Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque is arguably Winston Churchill’s finest painting. According to Nick Orchard, Head of Modern British Art at Christie's, it highlights the significance of Morocco to Churchill and the importance of the friendship between the two world leaders. The fact that Churchill gave the painting to Roosevelt shows in what high regard he held the partnership between the United Kingdom and the United States during the Second World War. The gesture was a very personal diplomatic act.
Winston Churchill began making sketches of Morocco while on his first visit to the country in 1935. Over the course of his lifetime, he painted more than 500 paintings, most of which he gave away to his family and friends, but many remained in his personal possession. Today, Churchill’s artworks are in high demand by art collectors.
03. March 2021
Several new colleagues joined the Svoboda & Williams team at the beginning of the year. The sales teams in both the Prague and Brno offices were expanded and new members joined the residential rentals and commercial leasing teams.
Gabriela Havlová joined the Brno team at the start of the year. She graduated with a degree in law and legal science at the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno and worked as an intern at the HLADKY.LEGAL law firm while still a student. Gabriela speaks English fluently. In March, new Sales Representative Veronika Bičišťová became part of the Prague office’s residential sales team. Veronika is currently studying public administration and regional development at the Czech University of Life Sciences. She lived for two years in England and Finland, where she worked as an au pair and as a skiing and snowboarding instructor. Veronika has been playing volleyball at a professional level since the age of ten.
In February, the residential rentals team welcomed new Junior Letting Representative Karolína Krautstenglová. She was born in the USA, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Chapman University in California. She previously worked in marketing and data analysis. Karolina is fluent in English and speaks German at a basic level.
Veronika Skalický began working as an Office Leasing Consultant in the commercial leasing team in January. She has a degree in tourism and hospitality, and previously worked as a flight attendant for Smartwings and Hi Fly and as an assistant at Colliers International. She also lived for three years in the Azores, where she learned Portuguese; she is also fluent in English.
Four new receptionists have been hired since the beginning of the year: Nela Hegerová, Anna Kalistová, Daniela Gregoryan, and Anna Monsportová. Nela Hegerová, who studied at the Institute of Hospitality Management in Prague, is in charge of running the reception desk. Anna Kalistová is currently studying marketing and brand management and previously worked for the Onkomaják NGO. Daniela Gregoryan is a student in the Arts Management program at the Prague University of Economics and Anna Monsportová is an artist, devoting herself to drawing, expressive dance, and music.
01. March 2021
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency received the Best Local Real Estate Agency prize at the 20th annual CIJ Awards Czech Republic.
This year, there were 26 categories at the 20th annual CIJ Awards Czech Republic. Altogether 99 companies, projects, transactions, and campaigns were nominated. The Trio Harrachov mountain residential project, whose apartments are sold exclusively by Svoboda & Williams, won Best Standard Residential Development. The Best Premium Residential Development award went to the exceptional Komunardů 35 designed by architect Stanislav Fiala.
The CIJ Awards Czech Republic are presented annually by Roberts Publishing Media Group, s. r. o., the publisher of print and online news regarding interesting developments in the real estate segment in Central and Southeast Europe.
18. February 2021
The Na Petřinách 7 residential project, realized by All New Development, was the winner in the category of small-scale apartment projects at the 22th annual prestigious Best of Realty awards.
The low-energy Na Petřinách 7 boutique apartment house with a minimalist façade is sensitively set amongst the surrounding buildings in the sought-after area between Břevnov and Petřiny; the residential project received final approval in March 2020. Jurors praised the developer’s generous approach to the selection of materials, focus on details, well-thought-out common areas, and landscaped garden.
The Best of Realty awards debuted in 1999 and since then have been closely following the real estate scene in the Czech Republic, especially newly built or reconstructed buildings. Award-winning projects contribute to the positive urban development of the city and showcase the skills of developers, architects, builders, and designers. This year, almost 50 projects competed to win the Best of Realty titles.
16. February 2021
“The Prague premium real estate market proved resistant to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020” is an apt summary of Svoboda & Williams’ sixth Market Report, which the real estate agency publishes biannually.
Stability in the real estate segment was mainly guaranteed by record low interest rates, the repeal of the property acquisition tax, and the fact that quality properties were increasingly seen as a good place for people to park their money and protect their savings. Demand for real estate from the portfolio of Svoboda & Williams therefore had a year-on-year increase of 5.4%. The average achieved price for a premium property also went up—clients paid CZK 131,900 per square meter for new builds and CZK 120,100 per square meter for resale properties. In contrast, according to the Rental Price Index by S&W + VŠE, rental prices decreased by 11% down to CZK 29,400 per month on average.
Market Report H2 2020, among other things, focuses on:
- the development of premium Prague residential property prices,
- the growing rental housing trend,
- the unprecedented interest in recreational real estate,
- the situation in the mortgage market,
- residential projects that can significantly transform the character of the neighborhood they’re in.
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 real estate sales 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 are calculated by factoring in the price for parking and a proportional part of the exterior. 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 outdoor to interior spaces.
Another useful analytical tool for a more accurate interpretation of the rental market is the Rental Price Index by 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 | H2 2020 download (pdf)
Rental Price Index S&W + VŠE download (pdf)
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