26. November 2021
Almost a year after launching its online magazine, Selected, Svoboda & Williams has now published its first printed special. The issue is dedicated to the various ways of achieving mindfulness and joy. To celebrate its release, a gala evening of art and fragrance was held on Thursday November 25th at the studio of artist Lucie Jindrák Skřivánková.
The first printed special issue of Selected was produced in close cooperation between Svoboda & Williams’ marketing team and the magazine’s editor-in-chief Tomáš Otta. “One of the first goals we set before we launched the Selected online magazine was to put out a print version once a year. We didn’t want to publish a boring corporate magazine full of hot air, but did our best to create truly interesting content, both in its written as well as visual form,” explains Otta. Natálie Bartošová, who was in charge of the marketing activities associated with the project, adds: “We wanted the printed version of Selected to be elegant and modern at the same time and for its content to revolve around portraits of interesting people.”
The aforementioned visual side of the magazine was elevated to another level by the important contemporary Czech artist Lucie Jindrák Skřivánková, who painted the artwork used for the cover especially for Selected. “I created the painting while thinking about the beauty of life, happiness, and nature in bloom. While painting, I listened to my favorite song, Stand on the Word by Keedz, which always makes me dance. I also named the painting after it. The song is about a love that is solid as a rock and so nothing can destroy it. Yellow is the dominant color of the painting and the whole composition floats and dances, there is a lightness and playfulness to it. These are the things that make life lighter, but fuller at the same time,” says the artist.
The celebration of the publication of the first printed edition of the magazine was held on November 25th at Lucie Jindrák Skřivánková’s studio. The event was organized by Svoboda & Williams and Studio Visit, while the artwork and the home fragrances by Pigmentarium created an unforgettable atmosphere.
25. November 2021
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency was the winner of the Best Local Real Estate Agency category at this year’s 21th annual CIJ Awards Czech Republic.
Seventy-three companies, people, projects, transactions, and campaigns competed in 22 categories at this year’s CIJ Awards. The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency defended its title as Best Local Real Estate Agency. “We very much appreciate this award as it validates the continuing quality of the services we provide for our clients. I’d like to thank everyone who voted for us as well as the entire Svoboda & Williams team,” stated Prokop Svoboda, Managing Partner at Svoboda & Williams, upon winning the award.
The longest running real estate competition in the country, the CIJ Awards Czech Republic are presented annually by Roberts Publishing Media Group, s. r. o., a publisher of print and online news focused on the real estate segment in Central and Southeast Europe.
08. September 2021
This August, real estate agent Jan Hudcovič began working at Svoboda & Williams Slovakia.
Jan Hudcovič joined the company as Property Consultant. He holds an engineering degree from the Slovak University of Technology and a master’s degree from the Faculty of Management at the Comenius University in Bratislava. Jan has devoted most of his career to marketing and was the CEO of his own advertising agency. From 2012 onward, he worked in event marketing in sunny Miami. Jan speaks English fluently and Russian at the basic level.
24. June 2021
Svoboda & Williams has been exclusively authorized to sell this unique villa with a 2,592 sq. m. property that is elegantly set on a slope in Koliba. Boasting one of Bratislava’s most prestigious addresses, surrounded by greenery, and equipped with high standard facilities, the villa offers maximum comfort, safety, and panoramic views of the city.
This five-bedroom house is spread out over three floors and an attic, and comes with its own wellness area with a Finnish sauna, Jacuzzi, and direct access to a terrace and the garden. A spacious terrace wraps around the second floor, providing views in each cardinal direction.
The property includes a garden house and an 11-meter pool with an electrically operated cover that is heated by passive solar lamellae. The villa’s interior features oak and walnut parquet floors, tiles by the Italian Ariostea brand, and air-conditioning with ceiling and fancoil cooling. It is equipped with a Smart Home system that allows intelligent control of the lights, blinds, heating, and cooling.
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12. May 2021
Several unique properties boasting the best addresses in Bratislava have recently been added to Svoboda & Williams’ portfolio. All offer unparalleled views, premium standards, and absolute privacy with the city center close at hand.
5-bedroom penthouse with far-reaching views
This unique 5-bedroom penthouse is a truly high-end property, not only due to its lucrative location on Castle Hill in Old Town. It offers panoramic views of the city from its spacious terraces and many large-format windows. The penthouse consists of two apartments (three-bedroom and one-bedroom) that can be used separately or together. The rooftop floor of the penthouse is accessible by elevator only with the use of a security chip and there is only one other neighbor on the same floor, guaranteeing complete privacy.
Premium duplex penthouse by the Danube promenade
This 4-bedroom duplex apartment situated right by the popular Danube promenade provides a high level of comfort due to its remote-controlled smart home system, large terraces with views of the Danube River, sauna, and Jacuzzi. The apartment was designed by an architectural studio and is sold fully furnished with large-format aluminum windows with exterior aluminum motorized blinds, high-quality materials, custom-made furniture, a camera security system, Siemens appliances, or teak wood terrace floors. Works of art throughout the interior create a unique atmosphere.
Four-story villa on Castle Hill
This newly emerging four-story villa on Castle Hill is divided into two almost identical, separate four-bedroom semi-detached houses. Sure to please even the most demanding buyer, each will feature a personal elevator, a three-car garage, a hobby room with a large terrace, and views of the Danube River, adding to the property’s uniqueness. The villas can be purchased in a shell and core standard or one that includes wooden floors and Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware.
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15. April 2021
Being an exclusive affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate brings many benefits, one of which is our current offer of summer residences for sale in Croatia, a popular holiday destination.
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has been part of Christie's International Real Estate's network of partners since 2017. In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Svoboda & Williams is the only real estate company that belongs to this exclusive network of 138 affiliates that focus on the premium property segment in 46 countries worldwide. Christie's International Real Estate is owned by Christie's, the world's leading auction house. The Christie's brand is synonymous with exceptional works of art, quality services, and their extensive know-how. Christie's International Real Estate is also renowned throughout the world—it has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Moscow, Los Angeles, and Palm Beach.
Thanks to this partnership, the approaching summer season, and the gradual loosening of COVID-19 measures, in cooperation with a Croatian real estate agency we present our unique offer of villas and apartments for sale in various parts of Croatia. In our portfolio, you will find an elegant designer apartment in Zagreb, a villa with a private beach on Korčula Island, or modern houses with pools on the Istrian Peninsula. This phenomenal penthouse with direct views of the Adriatic Sea is located in popular Northern Dalmatia, which is a 7-hour drive from Bratislava.
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.
19. February 2021
David Martan, Managing Director of Svoboda & Williams Slovakia, was one of the guests of the Radio Slovakia program on the topic of the development of real estate prices in Slovakia.
David Martan spoke mainly about the segment of high-end properties: “In premium real estate, an estimated 65-70% is inhabited, a third serves as an investment. A relatively large number of people buys premium real estate with a purely investment purpose. We know from experience that in the long run it is the premium real estate which happens to be the least affected by market fluctuations.”
You can listen to the section dedicated to premium real estate from 32:43 here.
09. February 2021
The year 2020 was marked by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant market constraints affected every sector. However, the real estate market has had a successful twelve-month run, despite the dire forecasts at the beginning of the pandemic. Svoboda & Williams’ team expanded during the coronavirus crisis and came up with several innovative solutions that allowed it to adapt swiftly to the new situation.
When demand exceeded supply, prices didn’t go down, but in fact reached new heights in 2020. The price per square meter for new builds reached approximately EUR 3,500, which is 11% higher than in the previous year. Changes were also registered in the rental housing segment, where there was an increase in supply due to short-term rental properties being changed to long-term rentals or even offered for sale. In some regions, average monthly rents have decreased by about 15%.
Investing in real estate has long been one of the safest places to park one’s money, and the crisis solidified this fact. “There is currently a lot of money being pumped into the economy, which is likely to cause inflation, and therefore properties, even the most high-end ones, can be safe havens. Many people today see buying real estate as a ‘pillar of the pension system.’ Due to the frequent changes to this pension system, people have stopped trusting it. They see its guarantees as insufficient and are seeking their own solutions, such as acquiring properties that they can rent out and earn income from,” says David Martan, Managing Director of Svoboda & Williams Slovakia. Purchasing power remains relatively strong despite the pandemic, while the supply of housing is lagging behind, and so prices can be expected to increase in 2021.
11. January 2021
In an interview with Forbes, Managing Director of Svoboda & Williams Slovakia discussed the situation in the Slovak luxury housing segment.
Premium real estate is an excellent investment as well as a modern “pillar of the pension system.” David Martan spoke about the world of high-end properties with the editor of Forbes Slovensko.