Based on an exclusive agreement with VENUS INVESTMENT GROUP, the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency is launching the sale of 61 studio to three-bedroom apartments in the modern BERLITA residential project, which is being built in the very heart of Beroun.
The BERLITA residential project will consist of apartments in a timeless modern design. Their large-format windows not only ensure that interiors are bright and airy, but also let in plenty of natural light and offer beautiful views of the surrounding area. That each unit had to be bright was one of the developer’s main requirements when the project was being designed. Families with children will appreciate the amount of storage space and compact layouts provided by the apartments.
Construction of the BERLITA apartment house began in October. Final approval will take place in summer 2022.
Svoboda & Williams is launching the sale of energy-efficient houses in the Pálavská brána residential project, which will stand on the western edge of the South Moravian village of Brod nad Dyjí. The houses will benefit from their location in a popular recreational destination right by the Mušov Lakes, and are therefore ideally suited both as a permanent residence or vacation home.
Once completed, the Pálavská brána project will offer fifteen single-story homes that are designed to blend seamlessly with the South Moravian landscape. Each house will have a two-bedroom layout with a private garden and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the countryside. The houses are also perfectly located—the sun reflecting off of the surface of the Mušov Lakes on one side and the picturesque Pavlov Hills on the other. Typical South Moravian vineyards stretch out as far as the eye can see.
In September, concrete foundation slabs were laid, rough construction of one third of the houses has been completed, and lintels are currently being installed. The developer has set the expected final approval date for spring 2021.
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has been exclusively appointed by the Topestates development company to sell apartments in the Barrandez-vous residential project, which is emerging in an attractive location at the eastern edge of Barrandov. Construction was launched in September and completion is planned for the end of 2022.
“In the premium real estate segment, Svoboda & Williams is the best agency on the Czech market and we like to surround ourselves with professionals,” says Petr Teplý, co-founder of Topestates. “In the past, we’ve collaborated on the Barrandovská zahrada or Truhlárna projects so we expect to work together successfully this time as well,” he adds.
The Barrandez-vous project is conceived as a residential complex connected to a large park designed by Atelier Flera. Thanks to its location, residents will enjoy modern living with peace, quiet, and greenery, as well as easy access to the center of Prague. The project will consist of two apartment houses with a total of 169 studio to three-bedroom units whose layouts offer maximum privacy. Future owners will have the opportunity to furnish and equip their new homes according to their wishes.
The interior of most apartments will be extended by a balcony, terrace, or front garden, which will look out onto a park that winds between the two apartment houses. The apartments on the highest levels will come with a green rooftop terrace also designed by Atelier Flera. Large-format windows will flood the main living rooms with natural light and frame wonderful green views. The standard of completion also includes three-layer wooden floors available in three decors, wooden plank surfaces in the loggias, and bathrooms with ceramic tiles, large-format tiles, and designer sanitary ware. Each apartment comes with the option of buying a parking space in the underground garage and a cellar storage unit.
As Barrandez-vous is an on-trend, compact modern residential complex, it will therefore offer space for shops and services on the ground floors. The park will have a jogging track and outdoor seating for residents to spend their free time with family and friends outside. Chuchelský háj Park or the Prokopské údolí nature reserve are within walking distance and residents can also walk to a public transport stop with connections to the Smíchovské nádraží metro station.
Svoboda & Williams’ Commercial Leasing Team offers tenant representation services to companies that are looking to reduce the cost of renting an office.
Tenant representation services begin with an analysis of the client’s requirements and going over their current lease agreement, both whether they are interested in extending their lease and remaining in the same space or prefer moving to a different building.
The services we provide include, among other things, a thorough analysis of the market, a financial and technical review of the selected premises, the negotiation of new, advantageous terms, and assistance throughout the entire process until the final lease agreement is signed. “We also discuss ways to reduce or expand the tenant’s office space and other specific requests. We always defend the interests of our clients and try to negotiate maximum savings for them,” adds Petra Schinkmannová from Svoboda & Williams.
“Business owners are fully aware that the situation in the commercial real estate market is changing and that the tenant currently has the upper hand in this segment. At the same time, they must reduce operating costs going forward, since we can already observe the current situation’s economic impact on companies as well as changes in office layout solutions. We help tenants select the right concept in order for them to adapt their obligations to the current conditions,” says Lukáš Machula, Senior Leasing Consultant at Svoboda & Williams.
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency acquired an exclusive instruction from the Pražské residence development company to sell the apartments in the Italská 8 Residence—a reconstructed apartment house from the early 20th century. The building is located in a prestigious part of Královské Vinohrady between náměstí Míru Square and Riegrovy Sady Park.
The history of the apartment house on Italská 8 goes back to the early 20th century, when it was built according to the designs of the renowned Czech architect Antonín Holeček. The building is currently being carefully reconstructed, with special attention to preserve its original character. Not only the apartments, but also the common areas will be reminiscent of the lofty atmosphere of a typical Vinohrady apartment house from the 1930s.
Once completed, the Italská 8 Residence will consist of 25 apartments, most of which will have one-bedroom layouts and floor areas from 54 to 65 sq. m. The largest unit, a two-bedroom attic apartment, will have a spacious 120 sq. m. floor area and an interior connected to a terrace. The apartments that face a peaceful courtyard will have loggias; units on the lowest floor will come with private terraces. The apartments facing Italská Street offer views of verdant trees, while those on the building’s higher floors overlook the beautiful neighboring houses. Potential residents may select between three standards of completion: Modern Black, Modern White, or Vintage. All of the units will be equipped with wooden oak floors, wooden casement windows, and large-format Graniti ceramic tiles and Grohe and Laufen sanitary ware in the bathrooms.
The Italská 8 Residence benefits from its location close to náměstí Míru Square. Královské Vinohrady is a sought-after residential area that is close to the city center, yet boasts a pleasant neighborly atmosphere and an abundance of greenery. Many popular cafes, bistros, and restaurants are close-by, as is the Na Vinohradech Theater or the National Museum.
Svoboda & Williams’ Commercial Leasing Team arranged the lease of 901 sq. m. of office space for OVB Allfinanz. The new Prague headquarters of this financial services consulting firm is now one of the buildings in the modern The Park administrative complex, which is situated in one of the most sought-after business districts in Chodov.
OVB Allfinanz is part of a European holding company operating in 15 countries around the world and has maintained an office in the Czech Republic for almost three decades. The company was one of the first to offer financial consulting services in this country. Until recently, its headquarters were located in Prague 4 close to Brumlovka, but the age and unsuitable layout of their offices started to become a hindrance to the expanding firm. “The new space reflects the image of OVB as a modern company. It also fully corresponds to current office trends, especially in terms of the location, which supports mutual collaboration and communication in a modern and comfortable environment,” says Miroslav Řezník, Chairman of the Board and CEO of OVB Allfinanz, a.s.
“In 2018, OVB Allfinanz’s management contacted us with a request to find them modern offices in Prague 4. We compared several options and eventually decided to offer them space in The Park business complex and the firm subsequently signed a long-term lease contract,” adds Petra Schinkmannová from Svoboda & Williams. The selected The Park office complex, managed by White Star Real Estate, consists of twelve buildings with a total area of 116,000 sq. m., surrounded by gardens and many water features. It also includes a central square with a café and a park. In addition to a timeless interior full of natural light, the offices are visible from the D1 highway and are conveniently located only a few steps from the Chodov metro station.
At the beginning of the year, the Svoboda & Williams real estate company supported the Wetlands Association, which was founded in 2011 to improve the marsh’s soil water retention abilities and protect its endangered species, most of which are amphibians. The association used the funds to build new ponds around the Popický Pond area in Vysočina.
The Wetlands Association has managed to build 80 ponds since the summer, despite the fact that this year’s weather hasn’t been exactly favorable—frequent rainstorms don’t create ideal conditions for working in wetlands. Most of the new ponds are located in the Vysočina Region, which is where Popický Pond lies. Here, the association used the funds donated by Svoboda & Williams to excavate four ponds of various sizes. During the fall and winter, minor modifications will be made and the banks of the ponds will be reinforced with stones.
In October, Prokop Svoboda, owner of the Svoboda & Williams company, participated in two conferences that focused on the current situation in the real estate market—Real Estate Forum and Real Estate Market. Panellists at both spoke about long-term trends as well as on new topics related to the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on the residential and commercial property markets.
The second year of the Real Estate ForumConference, whose focus is on real estate in Brno and the South Moravian Region, took place on October 13th. Participants touched upon various topics, including investment opportunities, new construction projects in the residential and commercial segments, and how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing office space as we know it. Prokop Svoboda spoke about the office segment and how we can expect demands for greater flexibility in the rental relationship, and so landlords should consider adapting their offers accordingly. An important topic for the South Bohemian Region is also the Brno airport. Milan Kratina, co-founder of Accolade, noted that the airport is an important factor in the nexus of transportation and logistics, and so has the great potential to become the driving force of the economy in the region. Moreover, it will make Brno more attractive for companies, which will then have an impact on the development of the office market. Panellists also offered their views on Brno’s infrastructure and how crucial the adoption of the new Building Act is for its development.
The Real Estate Market conference was held on October 21st. This year, it was opened by a panel on real estate investments. Its participants agreed that it’s not the best time for speculative development given the current situation. Petr Vohralík of Česká spořitelna also confirmed that rental housing loans are gradually increasing. One of the panels was devoted to healthy housing trends, which are adapting to todays’ demands—people are now spending more time at home as well as working there, and so interest in a healthy home environment has gone up significantly. Jan Řežáb, owner of the JRD company, emphasized that developers can influence a large variety of parameters that have a deep impact on the health of future residents. However, in terms of the current trend of working from home, participants of the individual panels were largely in agreement that although this is a new challenge for the housing and office sectors and their development, they don’t foresee a dangerously low demand for standard offices in the long run. Regular face-to-face meetings and working together to create a corporate culture are essential for the sustainable functioning of a company.
The conference was concluded by a panel on the current situation in the apartment market, which Marcel Soural, owner of Trigema, described as an “island of stability in turbulent times.” In his presentation, Prokop Svoboda spoke about the premium segment and especially about the rental housing trend that is going to shape the Czech real estate market in the coming years. He also mentioned the growth of investment purchases, which, in his opinion, is a kind of third pension pillar. Radek Vachulka of Česká spořitelna addressed the prosperity of the residential segment, citing figures from the mortgage market: from January to September the volume of mortgage loans had a year-on-year increase of 35% up to 173 billion crowns and bankers expect it to rise to 230 billion crowns by the end of the year.
In the middle of October, the Svoboda & Williams company launched the sale of the third phase of the Na Pramenech residential project. Eighteen houses have been added to its real estate portfolio, most of which are three-bedroom—the most sought-after layout.
Once completed, the Na Pramenech residential project will offer six types of two-story family houses, from the most spacious to the more affordably priced. The latter will be the most common layout in the third phase of construction. There will be a total of 15 efficiently designed Type B houses, which are the most in-demand and have already sold out in the previous two phases, as well as three larger four-bedroom houses.
Before the third phase receives final approval, a small shopping park will be built right next to the Na Pramenech residential project. These will be the closest civic amenities to the new houses.
The third phase will be move-in ready by the end of 2021. Currently, construction of the first phase has advanced significantly—outdoor work on most houses is almost finished and a large portion of the access road is completed.
Due to its over two-decade success on the Czech market, the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency expanded to Slovakia last year. Since then, the Slovak team successfully established itself on the Bratislava and Slovak real estate markets, and so the time is right to present its current members.
David Martan, a lawyer and holder of the RSc. title (Real Estate Consultant), which is the highest level of certification, is the Managing Director of Svoboda & Williams Slovakia. He has been working in real estate for more than sixteen years and is the only member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors specializing in residential properties in Slovakia. He previously participated in the sale of several successful projects. David speaks English fluently.
Dagmar Skalníková studied history and the Slovak language at Comenius University in Bratislava. Besides her native Slovak, she speaks English fluently. She started her career in an advertising agency where she worked with multinational clients, helping them launch their projects on the Czech and Slovak markets. She then devoted herself to interior design. She has been a Property Consultant at Svoboda & Williams Slovakia since July 2019. Dominik Horváth is a Senior Property Consultant at Svoboda & Williams Slovakia. He studied law and has more than 13 years of experience in investment and property management. He also worked in Canada and the USA, where he became proficient in English. He has collaborated in the acquisition and sale process of several successful projects.
Eva Koptáková is a lawyer and has worked in the legal field for eight years, four of which as an attorney. She decided to switch career paths after her interest in the world of real estate was sparked by her experience with real estate law. Eva is currently a Sales Representative at Svoboda & Williams Slovakia. She speaks English fluently.
Juraj Jaroš has a master’s degree from the University of Economics in Bratislava. He has been working in real estate since 2007 and was previously employed in international consulting firms and property development companies. He also collaborated on several exceptional important non-residential projects, such as the Eurovea offices of Pradiaren 1990. He is currently a Property Consultant and speaks both English and German fluently.
Ľubica Kulčárová has a master’s degree from the Faculty of Management of the Comenius University in Bratislava. She also worked as a project manager in the public and private sectors. She is proficient in English and Russian. Ľubica has been the Office Manager of the Svoboda & Williams Slnečnice office since October 2019.