Real estate newsFrom the pipeline of Svoboda & Williams

12. June 2018

Na Petřinách 7: Luxury Living Amid Greenery

Svoboda & Williams is exclusively launching the sale of the Na Petřinách 7 project, a five-story building that includes 13 high-end apartments. Inspired by Functionalism, the villa is surrounded by an exquisitely landscaped garden. It is situated in an attractive part of Prague 6, close to the Břevnov Benedictine Monastery and the Ořechovka villa quarter.

Before the war, there were plans to expand the Ořechovka neighborhood, and the villa is in the area of this planned expansion. The history of the space and its large garden inspired us to design an apartment building that would evoke the architecture and standard of living of the neighboring villas,” says Petr Kokeš of the SUNCAD studio that designed the project.

The low-energy Na Petřinách 7 building includes luxury apartments with balconies or terraces in the exclusive area between Břevnov and Petřiny, with a metro station within walking distance. The size of the apartments, from 66 sq.m. (for one-bedroom apartments) up to 256 sq.m. complements the building’s exquisite design and its attractive neighborhood. The apartments are spacious and airy, with extra high ceilings (285 cm). Each apartment comes with a large storage space in the basement and two underground parking spaces (the building’s first residents may select their spaces).

The villa has a large garden with full-grown trees, designed by the renowned landscape architects of Atelier Flera. There are private sections as well as a common area that includes space for family barbecues, relaxation zones, and a sandbox. “We designed the garden so that it would serve all of the building’s residents. It has sections for family events and parties with friends as well as space for everyday relaxation,” stated Ferdinand Leffler from Atelier Flera.

The name of Jiří Šalda, developer and spiritual guru of the project, who was also in charge of its construction management, is a guarantee that the project will be of prime quality. During careful preparation of the Na Petřinách 7 project, Jiří Šalda relied on his 20-year experience of working in construction. The construction of the project was financed by Česká spořitelna.

There is rather a deficiency of apartments for sale in Prague today, and this has been a long-term phenomenon especially for luxury real estate. And so, we are very happy that we can add this attractively located project to our portfolio,” says Prokop Svoboda, Managing Partner of Svoboda & Williams. The project is planned to be finished in 2019.

Na Petřinách 7 | Svoboda & Williams

11. June 2018

Global Luxury Homes Sales Grow

According to a report by the Christie’s International Real Estate network, there was a 11% year-on-year growth in luxury homes sales in 2017. The upward trend continues this year.

Christie’s International Real Estate published Luxury Defined, an annual report, which surveys the international high-end property market. Luxury Defined includes a detailed analysis of the data provided by more that 80 high-end real estate companies from all over the world including Svoboda & Williams, which are affiliates of the Christie’s network.

According to Luxury Defined, the sale of luxury homes (with a $1 million-plus price tag) increased by 11% year-on-year in 2017. The year-on-year growth in 2016 was only 1%, a year before 8% while in 2014 it amounted to 16%. In comparison, Svoboda & Williams recorded a 19% year-on-year growth of sales of this kind of properties last year and a 23% year-on-year growth in 2016.

The demand for premium properties has been driven by healthy macroeconomic influences and related optimistic expectations of future development, according to the Christie’s report. The worldwide economic growth also contributes to the swelling of the population of potential buyers: according to the Forbes, the number of billionaires has grown by 259 to the record 2208 in the last year and their combined net worth rose to $9.1 trillion – up from 18% in 2017.

Growing demand within this limited segment is evidenced by the decline in the time needed to sell a prime property. While the average period on the market for luxury homes was 160 days in 2016, last year they sold in 146 days on average, states Luxury Defined. According to the data of Svoboda & Williams, there has been a drop from 210 days in 2016 to 175 days last year. However, truly exceptional properties find their new owner faster.

The Christie’s survey also revealed that there has been a worldwide decrease in luxury homes (with a $1 million-plus price tag) purchased with cash. 29% of luxury homes were bought with cash in 2017, a decline from 36% in 2016 and 44% reported in 2015. 

Svoboda & Williams portfolio includes premium properties in Greece, Portugal, Switzerland and France that are offered in co-operation with Christie’s International Real Estate.

Christie’s International Real Estate | Luxury Defined

23. May 2018

New Team of Svoboda & Williams Brno Branch

Tereza Štěrbová is the new head of the Brno branch of Svoboda & Williams. Her team has been newly joined by Lukáš Habas and Anna Hloušková.

Newly overseeing Svoboda & Williams’s business in the Moravian region and the company’s Brno branch is Tereza Štěrbová. Ever since joining Svoboda & Williams in February 2015, her specialization has been properties in Brno and its surroundings. Before joining the company she worked in the banking sector (ČMSS and Hypoteční banka) and in education. She gained further professional experience in sales during her three-years working stay in the USA.

Lukáš Habas, who was hired for the position of a real estate consultant, focuses on mediating sales of residential and commercial properties as well as searching for suitable acquisition opportunities for investors and developers. Before joining Svoboda & Williams, he worked at the Welfare Advisory consulting company and at Fincentrum.

Another new addition to the Brno team is Anna Hloušková. She specializes in property rentals in the South Moravian region. Before joining Svoboda & Williams, she worked in education. 

Svoboda & Williams | Brno Team

16. May 2018

Vila Hodkovičky: Peaceful Living by the Vltava River

Brought to the market by Svoboda & Williams, the intimate residential project of Vila Hodkovičky offers attractive, family-friendly housing in a pleasant, tranquil Prague location.

Vila Hodkovičky offers a total of 13 apartments which range from studios to three-bedroom layouts whose floor areas are between 41 to 104 sq.m. Worth a special mention are three duplex apartments, each of which has its own private garden. The prices of the apartments range between 4.4 and 12 million CZK including VAT, which corresponds to 95 000 to 105 000 CZK per sq.m. of floor area. The price of each apartment includes an underground parking space.

Situated on a hillside of the Vltava river valley, between Braník and Modřany, the peaceful Prague quarter of Hodkovičky is characterized by plenty of greenery, low urban density and easy access to the city center. Thanks to this desirable mix, the Vila Hodkovičky will surely be of interest to those longing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city center while keeping it close at hand.

The villa exhibits an intriguing architectural face. It consists of two connected prisms of different heights – the larger and higher part of the structure has five floors and faces the street while the lower part only has two floors and features a roof covered with greenery under which the duplex apartments are situated. The ground floor of the building is partly embedded in the terrain, which is why the entrance is placed at the level of the first floor. The project was designed by the P6PA+Architects studio, whose portfolio comprises a number of smaller residential projects whose architecture respects the context of their surrounding buildings.

"Vila Hodkovičky is an excellent option for those looking for peaceful living in a location with low traffic density and ubiquitous greenery – especially for families with children. This target group is reflected in the prices of the apartments – despite the project's high quality and – in the context of the capital city – unique location, the purchase prices do not exceed the current Prague average," says Prokop Svoboda, the Managing Partner of Svoboda & Williams. The sale of the 13 apartment units in the Vila Hodkovičky project will be launched in mid-June 2018.

Official website of the Vila Hodkovičky project.

Vila Hodkovičky | Residential Project in Prague 4

16. May 2018

Record Amounts Paid for Works of Art at Christie’s Auctions

Auctions organized by our foreign partner Christie’s scored multiple new records. The items from The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller were sold for a staggering $832 million. Further record amounts were paid at yesterday’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale.

The proceeds of The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller auction significantly superseded experts’ estimates and almost doubled the highest amount previously paid for a private art collection. The former record was held by the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé which was sold for $443 million in total. The main work of art sold as part of the Rockefeller collection, Pablo Picasso’s early painting Fillette à la corbeille fleurie cost its new owner $115 million. The famous Odalisque couchée aux magnolias painting was sold for $80.8 million which establishes the highest amount ever paid for a painting by Henri Matisse. In agreement with David Rockefeller’s will, the proceeds of the auction will be divided among dozens of charity projects that were supported by him and his wife.

At the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, the painting Suprematis Composition by Kazimir Malevich was sold for $86 million and the sculpture La jeune fille sophistiquée (Portrait de Nancy Cunard) by Constantin Brâncuşi was sold for $71 million. In both cases these are record amounts paid for works of these artists.

More information can be found here: Christie's auction house

Christie's record auction |  Odalisque couchée aux magnolias by Henri Matisse

09. May 2018

Laubova 2 Residence: Premium Rental Housing in Vinohrady

Svoboda & Williams exclusively offers apartments for rent in the premium Laubova 2 residence, which will be the result of a complete renovation of an Art Nouveau building on the corner of Laubova Street and Jiřího z Poděbrad Square.

The Laubova 2 residence, situated in one of the most desired neighborhoods of Prague’s quarter of Vinohrady, presents a total of 11 luxurious rental apartments, 9 of which boast a balcony. The four-story Art Nouveau building, complete with a lift, is currently undergoing a complete renovation whose concept was created by the SMLXL and Flat White architecture studios. With floor sizes from 89 to 176 sq. m. and one-bedroom to three-bedroom layouts, the apartment interiors are characterized by a sophisticated blend of original Art Nouveau elements and contemporary design. The apartments will offer a high-end living environment including features such as air-conditioning, oak flooring and wine cooling systems.

The windows of the residence provide beautiful views of the iconic Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord, the dominant of Jiřího z Poděbrad Square, designed by the renowned Josip Plečnik. This part of Vinohrady is known and loved for its wide streets lined by tall trees and picturesque Art Nouveau facades. The neighborhood features easy access by car and public transport (including the Jiřího z Poděbrad metro station), a wide array of services, large green areas and a vast number of restaurants and bistros, offering mouth-watering flavors from around the globe. The Riegrovy sady park, located just a few minutes from the residence, provides great conditions for sports & leisure.

"We are recording high, steady demand for rental apartments situated in the area of Jiřího z Poděbrad Square, which is why we welcome the opportunity to work on this unique project," says David Šimeček, the Head of Residential Rentals at Svoboda & Williams.

For further information about the apartments: Laubova 2 

Laubova 2 Residence

26. April 2018

Only 2 Apartments Left in the Milhouse Project

In the Milhouse project, which offers attractive housing in a mixed-use building designed by Chybik + Kristof architecture studio, only 2 apartments are still available – both stylish two-bedroom lofts. The final approval of the project, which is set in the vicinity of Brno’s city center, is scheduled for August. The sale of the apartments in the building is being exclusively mediated by Svoboda & Williams.

The southeastern orientation of the building, shaped as an irregular pentagon, grants plenty of daylight in the interiors and - in combination with the used technologies - significantly contributes to energy-efficiency. Timeless, luxuriously implemented apartments with large-scale windows provide a premium standard of urban housing. The upper-floor apartments feature breathtaking views of the Brno-střed city quarter alongside Brno’s landmarks, such as the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul and the Špilberk Castle. Being the flagship of the project, the impressive loft apartments situated on the building's upper floors offer a true abundance of natural light and harmoniously styled, two-story interiors. Only two of these lofts (both with a two-bedroom layout - one 70 sq.m. w/ balcony, the other 90 sq.m. w/ 2 terraces) are still available.

Milhouse is located at the crossing of Mlýnská and Masná Streets, near a bustling business area and features excellent accessibility both by car and public transport. The up-and-coming surroundings of the building feature train and bus stations and a wide range of services including the Galerie Vaňkovka and Letmo shopping centers. Only a few minutes away from the building is a popular cycle route running along the Svitava River, continuing all the way to Vienna. According to the territorial plan, a park is to be built in the vicinity of the building. The Milhouse project is being implemented by the T.E Development Group.

Projekt Milhouse, Brno | Svoboda & Williams

25. April 2018

Brno Branch of Svoboda & Williams at New Address

The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has moved its Brno branch to Kapucínské náměstí.

The new Brno branch of Svoboda & Williams is situated in a completely renovated building located on the corner of Kapucínské náměstí (Capuchin Square) and Masarykova Street. The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency, which has been active on the Brno market since December 2014, is now based in an attractive office on the 5th floor with views over the popular pedestrian street.

"The amount of business activities operated by Svoboda & Williams in the Moravian region is growing steadily. Offering a more attractive environment for our clients in a busy, easily accessible location, the new space on Kapucínské náměstí highly meets our current demands," said Tereza Štěrbová from Svoboda & Williams.

Svoboda & Williams offers complex services in the premium real estate segment, property management and investment management. In 2017 Svoboda & Williams was selected by Christie's International Real Estate global network as its exclusive affiliate for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This network consists of leading real estate agencies from 46 countries all over the world.

The new address of the Brno branch:
Svoboda & Williams
Kapucínské náměstí 307/15
602 00, Brno-střed

Svoboda & Williams New Brno Branch

24. April 2018

Last Available House in the Sun Houses by Mušov Project, Phase II Underway

The Sun Houses by Mušov project consisting of premium low-energy houses with gorgeous views of the Pálava Hills and the Mušov Lakes that are just 300 meters away, is entering phase II. Out of the 13 houses featured in the first phase of the project, only one is still available. The exclusive sales agent for the houses in this exceptional gated resort inspired by Mediterranean architecture is Svoboda & Williams.

The Sun Houses by Mušov project, designed by architect Boris Hála, is set at the edge of the South Moravian village of Brod nad Dyjí, in a picturesque wine region near Mikulov. The project offers stylish one-story houses with spacious roof terraces in a gated resort with a reception, private wine cellars and neatly manicured park areas. The resort will feature an outdoor swimming pool, infrared sauna and also an atmospheric common wine cellar with wine repositories.

Given the considerable demand for the project, in which only one house is still available, the developer is currently preparing its second phase. The new part of the resort will feature another 17 low-energy houses with one and two-bedroom layouts and roof terraces offering charming views of the Pálava Protected Landscape Area.

The project is set in a beautiful location with excellent active relaxation possibilities, including great conditions for cycling, hiking, water sports and fishing. Among other destinations, you can visit the popular Aqualand Moravia in the neighboring village of Pasohlávky, where a large thermal spa is planned to be built in the future. The gorgeous Lednice-Valtice complex is situated less than 30 km away from the resort. Thanks to its dazzling countryside, long wine-growing tradition, fascinating history and typically sunny weather, this area belongs among the most desired recreational areas of the Czech Republic. Moreover, it is easily accessible from Brno (a 30 minutes’ drive as well as other Central European cities including Vienna and Bratislava.

Official website of the project: Sun Houses by Mušov

Sun Houses by Mušov | Svoboda & Williams

12. April 2018

Jaroslav Waldhauser: There is Potential for Further Expansion of Svoboda & Williams in the Commercial Property Market

Jaroslav Waldhauser has been appointed the Head of Commercial Leasing at Svoboda & Williams. He will oversee further development of the company's activities in the sector of office, retail and warehouse space for lease.

During his 9 years at Svoboda & Williams, Jaroslav has gained a reputation as an expert in the field of commercial property leasing. “There is great potential for further expansion of Svoboda & Williams,“ says the new head of the department. "In recent years we have established ourselves as a significant player in the field of office leasing, last year alone we mediated almost 100 transactions. My goal is to further develop the activities of the Commercial Leasing department, to strengthen our position and to continue building a stable and successful team to be reckoned with in the market,” adds Jaroslav Waldhauser. 

Jaroslav Waldhauser | Svoboda & Williams

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