Posted at 28.02.2019 | | in Press
A Little Bit of Art History in Potsdam-Babelsberg
Villa Florencehort – 6 Art Apartments in a Restored 1920s Villa
Exclusive living in one of Berlin’s most affluent neighbourhoods. A 1920s villa in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Berlin has been restored into 8 modern apartments by Karpo Projects. Leading international agent, Black Label Properties, is taking over the sale of six of the apartments, which would make an excellent work/live space for an artist or a buy-to-let investment in this glamorous neighbourhood. The villa is just 10 minutes by car from the Babelsberg film studio, 15 minutes from UNESCO World Heritage Site Potsdam and 25 minutes (12 miles) from Kurfürstendamm in Berlin’s City West. Talk a walk-through one of the apartments here.
Inga Rueck of Black Label Properties said, “Villa Florencehort has a fascinating history – it was built in 1921 and run by the Salvation Army as a children’s recreation home. After World War 2, it was transformed into a nursing home before being sold to the well-known high-end developer, our client Silvio Karpowitz, in 2015. It is named after Florence Booth, activist and women’s campaigner and wife of Bramwell Booth, 2nd Director of The Salvation Army. The concept behind the restoration is the integration of art inspired by the gardens of neighbouring villa colonies in Babelsberg and Glienicke. German visual artist Stefan Rinck is going to construct a 5-metre high sandstone sculpture as a fountain which will be the centrepiece of the garden and children’s play area.”
More information on the art & design concept → here
The entrance hall has its original terrazzo flooring and a historic staircase with restored handrails leading to the apartments and a 4.20m ceiling height in the Beletage.
Key design features include:
- Real wood parquet made of oak
- Underfloor heating
- Ceiling height 4.20 m
- South facing balcony 10 m²
- Lime plastered walls
- Organic silicate paint
- Guest bathroom
- Direct elevator to three apartments
- Wheelchair accessible
- Private parking
- Gated community
A glamorous neighbourhood in a natural setting
Nearby is Guterfelder Haussee, a private lake, beach and forest area which is popular with locals and you’ll find plenty of old-fashioned glamour in this part of town. Since 1990, Babelsberg Palace has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “→ Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin“. Babelsberg film studio is just 10 minutes by car from the villa and if you want to do some luxury shopping head to the Stern-Center in Potsdam.
Stahnsdorf is famous for its military cemetery, one of the most diverse we’ve ever seen with beautiful mausoleums – graves of mainly British POW’s who died in captivity, a 13th-century Norwegian style church with Art Nouveau windows and miles of nature walks – give yourself at least three hours to explore. It is full of stories of famous lives: painters, writers, entrepreneurs and the Berlin bourgeoise including illustrator Heinrich Zille, industrialist Werner Von Siemens, actor Manfred Krug, and Bauhaus Director Walter Gropius. This year Berlin is celebrating → two major events: the Bauhaus centenary and the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Director Achim Amann said, “We are very proud to be the exclusive agent of Villa Florencehort. It is a classical villa that has been very well renovated to preserve its original features and period style. This is a trend we are seeing across Berlin: many buildings from the 20th century are being renovated into modern lofts, and this project is an excellent opportunity to acquire valuable real estate at a good price. Berlin is one of the last European cities to offer such unique properties for a reasonable price. Prices are noticeably lower than prices in the UK, for example. International buyers can even get a mortgage up to 70% of the purchase price. Contact us to arrange a viewing and find out more.”
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