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As Friedrich Schiller put it way back at the beginning of the nineteenth century: “To all the rest are hope and mirth, when spring renews its prime.” It’s a sentiment I wholeheartedly agree with. After – what at least feels like – an excessively long winter season, a great surge of energy always grips me at the sight of the first spring sunshine. I feel particularly reinvigorated to tackle new projects. My hometown of Hamburg presents itself in all its glory. Read on ...

September - November Issue of GG Magazine now Available

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gg magazine cover 09 1119 copy Je ne sais quoi is one of those wonderful French phrases that expresses the fascination with what we cannot simply put into words. So many inspiring individuals call France “home”, and their work brings out nothing but that special feeling. They run companies and create things that enrich our lives with excellence and finesse. David Holder, who took over the one and only Ladurée café in Paris when he was just 25 years old, has now expanded the brand globally and transformed the delicate and delicious Ladurée macaron into a coveted and often replicated lifestyle product. Today his café welcomes visitors from all over the world and was a site of celebration for Megan Markle’s baby shower in New York.

It would be remiss not to celebrate the architecture and beauty of France. The Fondation Maeght and the hotel and restaurant La Colombe d’Or draw art aficionados to the French Riviera. And not far away in Aix en Provence, Shirin von Wulffen and Frédéric Fekkai relax and work at their bastide, their refuge and stunning vacation home that is currently the inspiration for a new business venture. 

In the spirit of Vive la France, visit one of our Engel & Völkers shops closest to you for a complimentary copy, or click below to access the digital issue. Enjoy your read.

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June - August Issue of GG Magazine now Available

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gg magazine cover 006 0819 It's easier than ever to hop on a plane and discover unique destinations, different countries and new cultures. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that in 1950 approximately 25 million tourists enjoyed international travel. In 2016, that number increased to 1.2 billion. With the advent of travel, we are given the opportunity to interact with incredible people and places from across the globe.

While we're always keen to broaden our horizons on a global scale, we also enjoy moments and locations tucked away from bustling ports and cities that can transport us to places of serenity and calm, ultimately providing a sense of home-away-from-home. In this issue, GG explores the new concept of sustainable travel, spotlighting some of the world's most exclusive destinations and resorts, from Greece to Thailand, that distinguish themselves for their fine living and service. GG also features several extraordinary individuals whose life work is set on making guest experiences absolutely unforgettable.

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christian volkers Time and again, spectacular works of art fetch record prices. A recent example of this is the painting “Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo da Vinci that was sold at auction for $ 450 million. Particularly in the art world, it is primarily factors like the significance of a work of art, or artist, that determine their appeal and influence the value of such objects. Similar principles apply to exceptional pieces of real estate, which not infrequently change owners for collector’s prices. I am proud of the fact that our portfolio comprises very special, art-related properties. Some of these exhibit artistic elements, others are themselves works of art thanks to their architectural style.  An example of this is the Haus Zuckerkandl villa in Jena that was designed and built by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius in 1928. It is not only the building itself, which has been preserved, but also some of its original fittings and furniture. Another special piece of real estate is the 14th century Het Steen chateau in Belgium. Among its owners was the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens, who refurbished the estate in the Flemish renaissance style and immortalized the chateau in several of his paintings. In Tyrol, on the other hand, there is a medieval castle for sale whose ceiling frescoes were painted by Baroque-era artist Stephan Kessler.

Preeminent architects also create buildings of major importance today. Some of these masterpieces stand out because they feature an interplay of light and geometric shapes. Richard  Meier is regarded as the ultimate light expert. His architectural style is characterized by combining the color white and wide window frontages to create brightness and transparency. Among his most important works are the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. I am particularly delighted that we have been able to sign up Richard Meier as an architect for a new building project that we are currently developing in Hamburg’s HafenCity, which will comprise, among other things, our new Engel & Völkers corporate headquarters as well as a 15-floor residential tower with exclusive condominiums. No matter whether you prefer modern or historical architecture, on the following pages you will – as always – find a selection of the world’s most stunning real estate.

Christian Völkers

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