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17. February 2020

Svoboda & Williams Exclusively Appointed to Mediate the Sale of Apartments in Viladům Vršní

The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has received an exclusive instruction to mediate the sale of units in the boutique Viladům Vršní project, which is currently being built in the Prague neighborhood of Kobylisy. The six-story building will offer 17 apartments and 2 non-residential premises on the ground floor.

Viladům Vršní is located in Kobylisy, a Prague neighborhood with a relaxed, small-town atmosphere. A purely residential area with no large administrative buildings and an abundance of green spaces, yet it boasts excellent access to the city center, which is only 3 metro stops away. The project will offer 17 apartments with one-bedroom to three-bedroom layouts and floor areas ranging from 49 to 121 sq. m. The building will include two underground floors to serve as a garage—each unit will be able to purchase 1–2 parking spaces. The ground floor is reserved for 2 non-residential premises.

Thanks to its position on the southern slope of Kobylisy, the apartments on the upper floors will enjoy incredible views of the Prague panorama. Each unit will come with a terrace, balcony, a loggia (all with tropical wooden floors), or a glazed winter garden. The apartments will be sold once they are completed to an elegant standard, which includes vinyl floors, ceramic floor and bathroom tiles, double-glazed French windows with wooden and aluminum frames, brand-name sanitary ware, and security entrance doors.

The completion of the Viladům Vršní residential project is scheduled for Q4 2020.

More information on Viladům Vršní.

Viladům Vršní | Svoboda & Williams

17. February 2020

The Real Estate Market Through the Eyes of Svoboda & Williams for the Fourth Time

The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has published its fourth Market Report, which analyzes the situation in the premium segment of the Prague residential real estate market in the second half of 2019. The most significant event of the previous year was Svoboda & Williams’ expansion to the Slovak market, and so this issue has a Czecho-Slovak theme and is published for the first time in Slovak.

The analysis contained in the Market Report is based on data from the sales and rental transactions conducted by Svoboda & Williams. Complemented by sales data obtained from the Cadastre of Real Estate with parameters that correspond to the portfolio of Svoboda & Williams, a comprehensive overview of sales and rental prices on the Prague premium residential market has been created. The Market Report also summarizes the events on the Prague real estate market, placing it within the context of the domestic and international economy. On the occasion of Svoboda & Williams’ entry on the Slovak market, the topic of the report’s Focus section this time is Bratislava.

In the second half of 2019, Svoboda & Williams recorded the following trends in the premium property segment:

Sales:

- Rising demand from investors is putting pressure on property prices, causing them to increase 

- Rising construction costs and premium standards of completion lead to an increase in prices in the premium real estate segment 

- The average achieved price per sq. m. of the properties monitored by Svoboda & Williams had a year-on-year increase of 3%
- The number of projects whose construction began in 2019 rose by 102%

Rentals:

- The supply in the premium segment remains stable, it only decreased in the segment of more affordable apartments

- Demand weakened slightly due to tenants’ lack of motivation to move 

- Increase of the short-term rental offer

An integral part of the Market Report is also a detailed analysis of sales and rental prices on the Prague premium residential market. It is based solely on data from realized, not asking, prices. Svoboda & Williams therefore created the Rental Price Index of S&W + VŠE analytical tool in cooperation with the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics of the University of Economics in Prague.

Svoboda & Williams Market Report | H2 2019 download (pdf)

Rental Prince Index of S&W + VŠE (pdf)

Overview of all Market Reports published so far.

Market Report H2 2019 | Svoboda & Williams

14. February 2020

Villa Černopolní: Unique Living Next Door to Villa Tugendhat

The historically significant Brno neighborhood of Černá Pole is home to many architectural treasures: the legendary Villa Tugendhat, the Art Deco Arnold Villa, Karl Kaiser’s Neo-Renaissance villa, or the Art Nouveau Alfred Löw-Beer House. Besides elevating the historical value of the neighborhood, the buildings have one thing in common: they surround a Functionalist villa with house number 47, the sale of which Svoboda & Williams has been exclusively retained to mediate.

The four-story villa, completed in 1947, features several purely Functionalist touches, such as a nautical window above the main entrance, a wall made of Czech luxfer prism glass that creates a play of light, and chrome and marble finishes. Thanks to its location on a slope above Lužánky Park, the villa offers unique, undisturbed views of the Brno panorama, consisting of Špilberk Castle, the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, and the Church of St. James. Its impressive genius loci is underscored by a mysterious garden that borders the garden of the Arnold Villa on one side and the park of the Löw-Beer villa on the other. Additionally, it’s strictly forbidden to build anything new in the villa’s immediate vicinity, which further enhances the prestige of the properties in the area.

The villa was built at a time when it was common for the owners to live together with the groundskeeper and domestic help. The villa therefore has two separate entrances to ensure the maximum privacy of its owners, who occupied the ground and higher floor. The villa has retained its unique character thanks to its rare original architectural features, such as metal entrance doors with travertine tiles, an atypical metal hipped roof, wooden windows with marble window sills, Venetian blinds, parquet floors, and a marble central staircase. The building is a perfect example of a timeless interior design, creating an environment and a home where the past meets the future.

More information on Villa Černopolní.

Villa Černopolní | Svoboda & Williams

31. January 2020

Svoboda & Williams to Support the Cultivation of Wetlands in the Popický Pond Area

February 2nd is World Wetlands Day. To celebrate this occasion, the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency decided to support the Wetlands Association, which has long been involved in soil water retention and the protection of endangered species, especially amphibians. The donated amount will be used for the cultivation of the Popický Pond area, where, thanks to the association’s efforts, the population of several rare species, such as the northern crested newt, the European tree frog, the moor frog, and the common spadefoot, has made a comeback.

The Wetlands Association focuses on both waterlogged and humid areas as well as drainage sites where newly created wetlands can bring back biodiversity. Wetland habitats are an integral part of the water cycle in our ecosystem. Compared to man-made reservoirs, they retain many times more water in the soil and in the landscape, have a positive impact on the climate due to the large amount of vapor they release, and they also cool down the surrounding area. All of these natural processes help lessen the impacts of climate change. Wetlands are also a refuge for many engendered animals and plants. However, due to irresponsible agricultural activity, surface drainage, the straightening and deepening of riverbeds, and the construction of water reservoirs, they are becoming increasingly vulnerable every year.

The protection and care of the Popický Pond area was started in 2010. To date, the pond and its surroundings have gone through significant changes that have contributed to the return of its biodiversity and successful water retention in its soil. At the same time, the number of amphibians has increased dramatically. Besides the large number of pool frogs, the population of the European tree frog and smooth newt has also gone up. The last species that has been identified there is the rare and endangered northern crested newt. An important biologically diverse site was created, which benefits us all. Svoboda & Williams is happy to contribute to its future development.

Wetland Restoration | Photo by Mokřady z.s. | Svoboda & Williams

17. January 2020

Svoboda & Williams Has Been Exclusively Retained to Mediate the Sale of Lofts in the Belveder Top Residence Building

The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency was appointed as the exclusive selling agent of 17 loft apartments in Belveder Top Residence, a renowned historical building in the attractive Brno neighborhood of Černá pole, right next to Lužánky Park. The lofts offer generous layouts, first-class facilities, and beautiful views. Residents will be able to park in an underground garage.

The apartments in the Belveder Top Residence are unique not only for their location on the corner of Erbenova and Drobného streets, which are lined with lovely villas and surrounded by important historical landmarks and Brno’s most popular parks, but also for the building’s special history, which goes back to the early 20th century when it was designed by builder František Pawlu. Constructed in a Neo-Baroque style, the building was recently carefully reconstructed, preserving its original architectural elements.

The project consists of 17 apartments with layouts from studios to three-bedrooms, and floor areas from 60 sq. m. to 130 sq. m. An underground garage is planned to be built right by the building. The apartments will be sold in a state that has been completed to a high standard, which includes high quality surfaces, equipment, air conditioning, a smart home system, and a heat recovery unit. The apartments will be designed to complement the building’s history as well as to conform to the highest contemporary urban living demands.

The planned completion of the Belveder Top Residence apartments is in the fall of 2021.

Belveder Top Residence | Svoboda & Williams

17. January 2020

The Commercial Leasing Team Mediated Leases Totalling Over 23,000 sq. m. of Space in 2019

Last year, Svoboda & Williams’ commercial leasing team mediated leases for a full 15,323 sq. m. of office space and 7,400 sq. m. of warehouse space. Almost 14,000 sq. m. of the overall total consists of net take-up, i.e. new lease transactions that do not include lease renegotiations, prolongations, and subleases.

The transactions realized in 2019 reflect the current situation in the Prague commercial property market. Companies are less motivated to move due to, among other things, rising fit-out costs, fewer vacancies, and an insufficient supply of new premium offices. Tenants are facing a labor shortage, which negatively affects their potential for expansion. Svoboda & Williams recorded a year-on-year decline of 28% in the office space segment. However, due to the increase in rents in Prague and the addition of space with flexible lease terms to our offer of offices for lease, our total turnover for 2019 is higher than in 2018.

Svoboda & Williams successfully found new addresses for C2H Equity, Nordic Investors, Schill Dental Clinic, Six Dots Entertainment Group, Mitsubishi, Kapsch IT, and KARTON SERVIS. Also, 90% of the myhive Flexi Offices serviced offices have been leased since June 2019 when the project was first launched.

Commercial Leasing | Svoboda & Williams

16. January 2020

New Faces at Svoboda & Williams

The Svoboda & Williams team has grown by several members since the start of the latest decade. Lukáš Podaný is our new Executive Manager, and the marketing, residential sales, commercial leasing, and financial departments have all added new faces.

Lukáš Podaný, a graduate of the Czech Technical University in Prague, was hired in the fall as Svoboda & Williams’ Executive Manager. He has thus far spent most of his professional career as a project and process manager in various manufacturing, marketing, and IT companies. Lukáš also spent time working in Paris and Brisbane, and speaks French and English fluently.

The marketing team gained two new members at the beginning of the year. Miroslava Filová is the new Copywriter & Marketing Specialist for Slovakia. She is currently completing a master’s degree in Romance Studies at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University and is a fluent speaker of English and Spanish. Martina Matiová is now in charge of project management. She studied psychology at the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, and speaks English at an advanced level. Martina previously worked in marketing and as a copywriter.

In November, the residential sales teams in both Prague and Brno acquired new colleagues. New Sales Representative Serafima Nekovářová joined the Prague team. She studied communications and human resources at the University of Economics and Management Prague and used to work as a Front Office Supervisor in a premium hotel. Besides being fluent in Czech, Serafima also speaks Russian and English. Our Brno branch welcomed new Sales and Letting Representative Lenka Řičánková, a graduate of the Prague DesignŠkola, where she specialized in interior design. She also has prior experience as an investment specialist at the ČSOB bank and as a producer. Lenka has a good command of English, German, and French. Residential Rentals also has a new colleague. New Letting Representative Karel Honyš is currently finishing his degree in financial engineering at the University of Economics, Prague. Before joining Svoboda & Williams, he worked for the KMPG and Accenture consulting firms.

Martina Vorlíčková, who has a master’s degree in accounting and financial management from the University of Economics, was hired as our new financial manager at the beginning of the year. She previously worked as a financial analyst for Accenture and also has experience in property management. At the same time, Kateřina Burešová joined Svoboda & Williams as a Flexible Workspace Consultant in the Commercial Leasing Department. She is also working on completing her master’s degree in andragogy at the Palacký University Olomouc. Kateřina speaks English fluently. Not quite a new face at Svoboda & Williams since she worked in the past in the Commercial Leasing Department, she also has experience in HR from her time in Škoda Auto.

New Faces at Svoboda & Williams

11. December 2019

Svoboda & Williams Has Been Exclusively Instructed to Broker the Sale of Houses in the Na Pramenech Residential Project

The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency will exclusively broker the sale of family houses in the rapidly developing neighborhood between Čakovice, Letňany, and Ďáblice. The Na Pramenech project is a modern residential complex that includes a park and landscaped greenery, a kindergarden, and a playground. It will provide peaceful living with all the benefits of city life with the added bonus of being closer to nature.

The Na Pramenech residential project consists of 77 terraced houses and semi-detached duplex houses with layouts ranging from three-bedroom to five-bedroom. Offering useable areas of 127 sq. m. to 172 sq. m., each house will come with a large garden and a terrace, a one-car garage, and 1-2 additional parking spaces on the property. The modern complex is surrounded by an abundance of greenery, which, together with the houses’ clean lines, creates a pleasant atmosphere. Na Pramenech was designed by the renowned ADR architectural studio. The houses will be offered in a fully finished state, which will include high-quality wooden floors and brand-name sanitary ware.

The aim of the Na Pramenech residential project is to create a unique gated complex that will ensure pleasant family living complete with a kindergarten and a playground. Future residents will appreciate the close proximity of shopping options and easy access to the center of Prague by car or public transport. Many popular parks, bike paths, and hiking trails are also close to the project. “The Na Pramenech houses are ideal for those looking for family houses built in a timeless style that will offer plenty of privacy and a feeling of security. Thanks to their convenient location, future residents won’t have to give up the urban comforts which Prague provides,” adds Linda Martynková, senior agent at Svoboda & Williams.

The project’s developer is bpd development. Active in the field of residential development for many years and responsible, among other things, for the exclusive Royal Triangle apartments, its involvement in Na Pramenech is a guarantee of first-class quality.

Construction of the Na Pramenech project will be divided into 4 phases. The first is scheduled to be finished in summer 2020. The sale of houses in the project will be launched in February 2020.

Na Pramenech | Svoboda & Williams

29. November 2019

Svoboda & Williams Wins Best Local Real Estate Agency Category at the CIJ Awards 2019

The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency won the Best Local Real Estate Agency category at the 19th CIJ Awards Czech Republic. The awards ceremony took place on November 28th at the Slovanský dům in Prague.

The prestigious CIJ Awards Czech Republic are annually presented by the Roberts Publishing Media Group, s.r.o., a publisher of printed and online news covering real estate business in the region of Central and Southeastern Europe. Like every year, the aim of the CIJ Awards was to draw attention to exceptional projects, companies, personalities, transactions, and marketing campaigns from the world of real estate.

At this year's 19th annual CIJ Awards Czech Republic, companies competed in a total of 32 categories. The awards ceremony took place on November 28th, 2019, at the Slovanský dům conference hall in Prague. "I would like to thank the entire Svoboda & Williams team, our clients, and everyone who voted for us this year. We have had another great year—among other achievements, we successfully expanded to Slovakia," said Prokop Svoboda, Managing Partner at Svoboda & Williams, upon winning the prestigious award.

CIJ Awards Czech Republic 2019 | Svoboda & Williams

26. November 2019

Trio Harrachov: Construction of the Cecílie Apartment House Is Almost Complete

While construction began on the second phase of the Trio Harrachov project at the end of the summer, the first mountain residence—Cecílie—will be ready soon. Currently, only 4 apartments remain for sale.

Clients can now view the layouts and vistas offered by the individual apartments, and take in the unique atmosphere of the Krkonoše Mountains and the bubbling stream nearby. No further construction is planned in the vicinity, and so future owners will be able to enjoy undisturbed peace in their alpine homes.

Please contact our office to schedule an appointment.

More information on the Trio Harrachov project.

Trio Harrachov | Svoboda & Williams

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