Archive for the ‘Luxury’ Category

10 MILLION DOLLAR HOMES ON THE MARKET

November 8, 2008

Is the owners of luxury homes feeling the financial crisis? Two properties in the high-end segment have been on the market for months, each with a price-tag of 70 Million Norwegian Kroner, not selling. A townhouse from 1884, built by architect Ove Laurentius Ekman, has  been renovated for millions in the exclusive neighborhood of Briskeby in Frogner west in Oslo. At 1,100 square meter it includes no less than 11 bathrooms, eight fireplaces, three balconies and roof-top terrace.

Eilert Sundts Gate 33

Eilert Sundts Gate 33

Eilert Sundts Gate 33

Eilert Sundts Gate 33

Eilert Sundts Gate 33

Another property just outside the city is the gated 1,400 square meter Halden Hovedgård (Halden Manor) (photo below, down-right corner) perched on a small hilltop on the island of Snarøya. It too has been completely renovated since the seller bought it in 2002 and the property even features a beach (painting by Kaare Espolin Johnson from 1930 at the end of the post) and a wharf by the water. There are panorama-views in all directions, but nosy neighbors have no view of the house.

Haldenveien 2

Haldenveien 2

halden-hovedgard

Haldenveien 2

Halden Hovedgård beach by Kaare Espolin Johnson

Sources: FinansavisenNettavisen, Arc!, Blom

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NEXT YEAR’S TALLEST BUILDING IN EUROPE

October 27, 2008

Megapost featuring interior pictures including apartments designed by Armani.

It might not be as spectacular as the future tallest building in the world, but still pretty impressive considering European standards in skyscrapers. The spire will be 506 meters (1,660 ft) and the roof of East Tower (A) will be at 360 meters (1,182 ft). The Federation Tower will be the crown jewel in the business centre Moscow City, Russia.

The inside of the towers will be just as amazing as the outside. Of course there will be a restaurant, a bar, a club, a spa and spectacular elevators!


The Federation Tower will include four exclusive two-level Armani style apartments. Elegance and functionality are keywords in the Armani Casa design.

ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE HOUSES IN NORWAY FOR SALE

October 26, 2008

Located at the peninsula Snarøya in Bærum, just outside Oslo, the property bathes in sun from sunrise to sunset. The owner is Alexandra Huitfeldt, one of numerous heirs of the media conglomerate Schibsted fortune, who together with her husband Johan Thidemansen kept it as a second home. The house is expected to go for around 150 million NOK (10s of million dollars).

Sources: Blom, Budstikka, Ek

PROPERTIES OF THE RICHEST MAN IN NORWAY

October 12, 2008

Or should I say from? Though John Fredriksen chose to abandon his Norwegian citizenship and take up a Cypriot passport in order to avoid Norwegian taxes, he officially now is the richest man in Cyprus, but he continues to soar high above the rest on the rich-people-lists in his former home country with his $8 billions (55 billions NOK). Described as a modern-day Onassis, he started out with nothing on the east side of Oslo, but he currently owns the largest tanker fleet ever. Among the companies he is majority shareholder is Frontline, Golden Ocean, Seadrill and Marine Harvest. Fredriksen has the twins Kathrine and Cecilie (born 1983) with his late wife Inger Katharina Astrup Fredriksen. Together they have accumulated personal property around the world, almost all of which have one common feature: beachfront.

The Old Rectory

John Fredriksen mainly controls his companies from his 3000 square meter Chelsea home in London, the Old Rectory, which he bought from fellow shipping magnate Theodore Angelopoulos. The mansion dates from the 17th century and has the second largest garden in London, second only to Buckingham Palace. The Rectory was were author Charles Kingsley spent his youth when his father was the rector of Chelsea Old Church in the 1830s. Charles Dickens married in the livingroom and the battle of Waterloo was planned in the neat gardens.

House at Bygdøy

Østre Movik Farm

His late wife was the chief of the family’s Norwegian property portfolio, including the house the twin-sisters bought from their father this year at Bygdøy in Oslo, the farm Østre Movik at Nøtterøy in Tønsberg and several apartments.

There is also his palace between Puerto Banús and Marbella (above) bought from a Persian Queen in the early 90s and said to have housed celebrities such as Bruce Willis and Kevin Costner. Last but not least, is his luxury 500 square meter penthouse apartment in Limassol, Cyprus (below), with a beautiful view of the Mediterranean.

Fun fact: Fredriksen reportedly received an offer of £100 million on his London home in 2004 from Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich on the property, only to turn it down.

Sources: Blom, Google, E24, Dagbladet, RBKC libraries, Wikipedia

THE PRIME MINISTER’S NEW HELICOPTER

October 5, 2008

The Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, will from now on be flying in this very trendy helicopter. It is a two-engine Eurocopter EC-135 which apparently is designed by none other than Hermès, according to the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. Before it came to Norway the helicopter reportedly used to be owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates. Jens flies with class, I’ll give him that.