Monthly Archives: January 2015

Wagram, 17th Arrondissement, Paris

Located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, near Wagram and Lycée Carnot, we present a 2,228 sq. ft. beautiful apartment in a prestigious building with common areas of great standing.wagram-living-room

This property includes an entrance, living room, dining room, kitchen with pantry, 5 bedrooms, a bathroom, a shower room. Notice also the “Point de Hongrie” parquet, moldings and fireplaces.wagram-staircase

Bright and clear view. Located on the 7th floor, the apartment has a 183 sq. ft. studio with mezzanine. Commercial use for licensed professional allowed.

PRICE: EUR 1,940,000 (APPROX $2,180,546)

This building is listed by Largier.

This article was first published in Palace.

Property Focus: Serenity Peak, Hong Kong

Located in the scenic Clear Water Bay Peninsula, on the east coast of Hong Kong, Serenity Peak showcases the finest expression of luxury. With the beautiful sea view as a backdrop, these four rare residences are European inspired, establishing an elaborated aesthetic and timeless elegance.chinachem-group-serenity-peak-6

House A and D are inspired by Palladian architecture, whereas House B and C feature a design inspired by French Château. Developed by The Chinachem Group, each home features four ensuite bedrooms, a swimming pool, two-car garage and between 2,343-2,561 sq.ft of space.Serenity Peak. Hong Kong

Price on application

For more information on the property, visit Serenity Peak.

This article was first published in Palace.

US Overtakes France as Top Ski Destination

The United States overtook France to become the world’s top destination during the northern hemisphere winter ski season, thanks to a spate of bad weather, a French ski body has said.

Over the winter, France suffered a three percent fall in visitors, compared with a year earlier, putting it in second place behind the United States, while Austria took third place.

“We remain top in Europe,” insisted Laurent Reynaud of Domaines Skiables de France (DSF), a professional body which groups 238 ski lift operators across the country.

For several years, France and the United States have been vying for the top spot, which has been determined by levels of snowfall in the two countries.

Since the winter of 2008-2009, France has taken the top spot four times.

But during the winter season, its ranking slipped as a result of “a very difficult start (to the season) due to a lack of snow at low and medium altitudes, followed by changeable weather which disrupted operating conditions,” DSF said.

At the same time, visitor numbers jumped on the US West coast when compared with the previous winter when conditions had been very dry.

In France, tourist numbers have fallen across the board in recent months, notably in the wake of a wave of deadly Islamist attacks. Official figures show that in the first six months of 2016, the number of tourists visiting France fell by seven percent.

Private Island Investment: Espalmador, Spain

Espalmador is a 137 hectare island in the Balearic Islands that lies between Ibiza and Formentera in the Mediterranean. The Balearic Islands are a Spanish archipelago near the western Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula with the most famous of the islands being Mallorca and Ibiza. Within the Balearics, Ibiza, Formentera, and Espalmador are known as the Pitiusas, or Pine Islands.isla-de-espalmador_6_vladi-private-islands

The Pitiusas are famed for their abundant, year-round sunshine and wonderful beaches. Sheltering just off the south coast of Ibiza, Espalmador is both protected from the open sea, and close to the south side of Ibiza. It is easy to enjoy the best of Ibiza which is just a short boat ride away. Espalmador provides a tranquil sanctuary to escape to with beautiful surroundings and proximity to some of Spain’s most frequented destinations in the Mediterranean.isla-de-espalmador_5_vladi-private-islands

Immediately to the south of Espalmador is the Illetas promontory of Formentera, home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. There are currently two houses on Espalmador, plus a chapel, a watchtower, and additional outbuildings. The houses are all built on private land, but the watchtower lies on public land, due to Spain’s coastal law, which also affects other parts of the island.

This article was first published in Palace.