A Swedish Castle, Once A Medieval Power Center, Comes To Market
Standing at the crossroads of epic transformations–from politics and science to war and finance–Herrevad Castle is a rare example of a medieval power center once coveted by popes and kings.
With remarkable influence spanning two Scandinavian countries, the 28-room castle and a manor house with six large apartments and attic rooms, was recently brought to market after 16 years of ownership. The 21.6-hectare property (53 acres) is located in Sweden’s southern Scania County.
“You cannot live in all 12,000 square meters (130,000 square feet),” says retired owner Steen Damkjaer, who is selling the property precisely because of its enormous size–optimal for a business venture, not a bachelor pad.
The property, which during its four-century heyday had become one of the largest and wealthiest monastic houses in Denmark, heralds baked-in historical branding. That starts with its founding in 1144 as Denmark’s first Cistercian monastery (Scania was formerly part of the Kingdom of Denmark).
The property is the only privately owned abbey in Scandinavia, according to Damkjaer, and is a member of the European Charter of Cistercian Abbeys and Sites Association.The listing is offered as two sites that can be purchased together or individually: the two-story manor house and its 1.6-hectare spread (about four acres) or the three-story castle (built out from the original abbey) and attendant buildings sited on 20 hectares (about 50 acres). The latter property includes a chapel, granary, three substantial log homes and converted military buildings.
The property and surrounding lands have places to fish, kayak and hike. An airfield and golf courses are nearby.
Did You know that is a Secret Apartament at the Eiffel Tower?
The Apartament was designed by Gustave Eiffel as a private space for himself to entertain notable guests and perform scientific experiments. The apartment was the lowest of a series of platforms that reached the uppermost sections of the tower, which Eiffel used for atmospheric and astronomical experiments. It’s generally referred to as the secret apartment, but it was fairly well-known to the public that Eiffel had this space.
After word got out that Eiffel had a private abode at the summit of the tower, the space became the envy of the Paris elite. Eiffel received myriad offers to rent out the space for large sums of money, but he refused them all. He only invited select members of the scientific community into the space, the most notable of which was Thomas Edison, who gifted Eiffel a sound recording device.
It’s telling that Eiffel located his private apartment directly above the public observation deck. It’s an interesting clash of uses; at one level, you have a space open to the public, which allows individuals to experience the thrill of viewing the city from above. Directly above this is a private residence for a single individual who restricted access to a small group of notable guests from the scientific community. Eiffel was using verticality to assert his dominance over the public, but his motivations for doing so remain unclear.
The apartment remains an intriguing curiosity atop the tallest building in the world, has since been restored, and visitors to the observation deck can view it through a glass divider, complete with wax mannequins of Eiffel, Edison, and Eiffel’s daughter.
Real Estate Investing in Albania
Albania is becoming an increasingly popular destination for foreign investors, particularly in the real estate sector. With its stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage and rapidly developing infrastructure, it’s no surprise that the country is becoming a prime destination for those seeking to invest in real estate. The country is also becoming a popular destination and attracting more tourists in recent years, leading to an increase in demand for vacation homes and rental properties. With its low cost of living, stunning scenery and friendly locals, Albania is an attractive option for those looking for a more relaxed lifestyle.
Real Estate Investment Opportunities in Albania
Our country offers a wide range of real estate investment opportunities, from luxury beachfront villas to city centre apartments. The country’s rapidly developing infrastructure is making it an attractive option for those looking to invest in real estate, with a growing number of international developers and investors taking advantage of the country’s attractive investment opportunities.
In addition, the country is home to a number of international banks and financial institutions, making it easy for foreign investors to access the capital they need to invest in real estate. The Albanian government has also passed a number of laws and regulations to protect foreign investors, making it a safe and secure investment destination.Our country has a relatively undeveloped real estate market, with many opportunities for new construction and redevelopment. This presents opportunities for investors to build or renovate properties to meet the growing demand.
However, it’s important to conduct thorough research before investing in real estate in Albania. It’s also recommended to work with local professionals, such as real estate agents, who can provide guidance and support throughout the investment process.
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Written By Broker Ardi Ymaj
1. There is a town in Germany built over a meteor
A town in Germany named Nördlingen was built over a meteor that is said to be over 15-million-year-old. An asteroid hit the town over a thousand years ago, but the locals started building a town on the remaining crater far from being pressured to leave. The town is over 1,100 years old.
2. Red doors are symbolic in Scotland
In Scotland, there is a common custom of painting your door red whenever you pay off your mortgage. It’s safe to say that Red is their happy color…
3. Hollywood Was Originally a Real Estate Promotion
the original intent of the sign was to promote the sale of homes and property.
According to the L.A. Times in 1923, the area would provide “… a clean, healthful atmosphere and beautiful outlook of the (Hollywood) Hills.”
4. Russia Sold Alaska to the U.S. for $.02 per Acre
The United States bought the 375 million acres we now call Alaska from Russia in 1876 for $7.2 million, or about $126.5 million in today’s market. Though the Alaska Purchase Treaty certainly provided some upside to Russia at the time, the U.S. has come out a huge financial winner in the deal thanks to the massive oil deposits discovered in the 49th state in 1967
5. 1 in 10 Americans Sell Their Home Due to Paranormal Activity
Many people stated that they thought their house was haunted before they bought it. Don’t worry if you don’t have a gift for the supernatural. State disclosure laws may require that agents disclose spirit residents and hauntings to potential buyers.
5 Tips to Buy a Luxury Home.
Buying a luxury home means searching for “Creme De la Creme” of homes in an exclusive and elite area. The impressive architecture, beautiful scenery,space and organisation, luxurious furniture, this characteristics makes a luxury home.Buying a luxury home can truly provide a wonderful living environment for years to come but you need to be careful about the choices you make and whether it is the right one.Below we give you some tips or advice when deciding to buy a luxury home.
1. Collaborate with the right Realtor with experience in selling luxury homes.
The first thing to do is: Work with the right realtor. The right realtor not only knows luxury real estate properties, but he / she knows the area and properties you are interested in better than anyone else.It will also be ready to show you properties that are not listed or advertised due to customer confidentiality.The right real estate agent is experienced and has shown good results in the luxury real estate market!”Past performance really matters!”Collaboration, confidentiality, customer relationships are what qualifies you as a right real estate agent and all of these features save you ‘time and money’ in the right way.
2. Be clear and know what you want before looking for a home.
You need to have a plan in your head and an idea of how to search the house. Your home should be a good fit for you and your family and it should be for a long time. Ask yourself:What assures me of the quality of life I’m looking for?Which property will be best for my family and me?Which suits my tastes and those of my family?
3. A picture is worth 1000 words.
No matter how beautiful the photos of a property’s website are you really can’t get a feel for the luxury home unless you go there yourself. The best idea would be to go to the property more than once and why not, at different times of the day.Also as mentioned above don’t just look for properties that are listed online, some clients remain confidential and only the right agents have listed those properties.
4. Home inspection.
If you liked one of the houses you were introduced to, of course it needs an expert inspection.Luxury properties are differentiated from others for the features mentioned above: space, architecture, furniture, appliances etc. and for the latter it would be good to have an inspection of their maintenance and condition.But not only these but the property is well worth checking for mold, walls, common spaces etc.
5. Before buying a luxury home, think about the resale value of that property.
Even though you are at a stage where you should only think about choosing the right luxury property for your tastes, remember to think about the future as well. There may come a time for you to consider selling that property and buying another.The design you have chosen now may in the future not be liked by the buyer who will come to buy this property and the monetary value is low. Don’t risk buying the largest and most beautiful house in the area you are looking for.
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