Sunday, 17 January 2021

Property of the Week: Business Premises in UNESCO World Heritage Site

January 17, 2021 - Trade like a Roman Emperor with your very own business property in Diocletian's Palace, the very heart of Split. 

It all started when one man thought it would make for a nice location for a retirement home...

That man happened to also be a Roman Emperor, and the name of Emperor Diocletian has been immortalised in Dalmatia by the impressive retirement palace which bears his name, and which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. 

There are also few places in Croatia which have undergone such a transformation as the palace in the 18 years I have been living in Croatia. When I first came, Split was known as the 'Gateway to the Islands', and the warren of tiny streets and alleys were much less lively - and even a little intimidating in winter.

As tourists discovered the magic of Split, so too did the nature of Diocletian's Palace change once more in its 1700-year history. Boutique hotels, AirBnBs, restaurants and wine bars, arts and craft shops. On every corner, something new to experience, buzzing with life. Diocletian's Palace became a hit.

And property in Diocletian's Palace was in big demand - and short supply. 

One such offer has just come on the market, our property of the week, introduced by Trgostan, the oldest real estate agency in Split: 

Split, Center - attractive business premises 33 sqm in the Diocletian's palace

Attractive business premise of 33 sqm within the walls of the Diocletian's palace, in Dominisova street, whole ground floor of an old stone house, in excellent condition, ideal for different purposes, possible to rearrange it into an apartment - excellent business/rental potential.

Price 135,000 euro. For more information, and to book a viewing, click here.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Property of the Week: Stone Terrace Sea View in Kut, Vis

October 20, 2020 - A romantic ferry ride to the island of Mamma Mia II for the latest property of the week, a stone sea view stunner in Kut, Vis Town.  

Back in the days when I had a real estate agency in 2004, it was the most popular thing being searched for - a cute stone house with outside space and a killer view of the sea on an Adriatic island. Living on Hvar as I did, where every view is a killer view, life was good. 

Finding that perfect combination is not so easy, however, and opportunities that do come up are rarely on the market long. Examples like this week's Property of the Week from our friends at Trgostan, who have just taken on an adorable stone house with terrace and garden, and that all-important killer view. 

In the words of Trgostan... 

Vis town, Kut - a renovated stone house with a garden, terrace and a fantastic sea view.

EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED BY TRGOSTAN:

A renovated  60 m2 stone house in a row, on three floors, in a beautiful location in Kut, overlooking the whole bay, with a fantastic sea view, consisted of a kitchen with living area and courtyard/garden of 18 sqm + access path way of 12 sqm on the ground floor, bedroom and bathroom on the 1st floor and a bedroom with a nice sized terrace on the top floor, rarely on the market, facing west - east.

For more information, photos, and to book a viewing, visit the original listing. 

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Thursday, 23 July 2020

Property of the Week: 2-Bed Stone House with Terrace in Jelsa, Hvar

July 23, 2020 - Continuing our look at the real estate opportunities in Dalmatia through the portfolio of Trgostan, this week a delightful 2-bed old stone house in idyllic Jelsa. 

An island stone holiday home is the dream of many, and it was the most sought-after property when I had my real estate business on Hvar some 15 years ago. 

And while I may have given up my real estate career, the sale of authentic stone houses in Croatia continues, including the latest Property of the Week from Trgostan, in Jelsa on the island of Hvar, which Trgostan describe thus:

A three-storey stone house in Jelsa on the island of Hvar, built over 100 years ago, fully reconstructed in 2001, 70m2 internal space, consisting of:

  • ground floor: old "konoba" rearranged into a kitchen with dining area with refreshing atmosphere during summer since it's partly under the ground, but with enough light, bathroom and small terrace;
  • 1st floor: bedroom with two windows, storage area and bathroom;
  • 2nd floor (attic): indoor stairs, spacious room with two windows;
  • The ground floor is connected to the upper two floors by outdoor stairs only. The house doesn't have it's own parking, but a public one is very close to it.

For more information and to book a viewing, visit the original Trgostan listing

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Sunday, 3 May 2020

Property of the Week: 2-Bed Apartment with Sea View in Jelsa, Hvar

May 3, 2020 - While many are struggling financially due to corona, others are buying real estate. The latest Property of the Week comes from Jelsa on Hvar. 

I was chatting to a friend in the real estate business in Montenegro a couple of weeks ago, and I was quite surprised by his response when I offered my commiserations on how his business must be faring.

"On the contrary," he replied, "business is doing surprisingly well."

There was apparently a marked rise in the number of short-term rentals being sought, as people looked for more inviting lockdown options, but also a number of buyers seeing opportunities to get a good deal in the current climate, with several sales concluded by phone. 

So what is on offer in Croatia at the moment? We touched base with Trogostan, the oldest real estate agent in Split, to see what was currently on their books. And we take a virtual ferry ride to the island of Hvar this week for this week's Property of the Week, from where - among other things - you can get a great view of the terrace that is the current TCN HQ.  

EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED BY TRGOSTAN:

A two-bedroom apartment of 55,52 sqm, located in the newer object 2nd row from the sea, in a great location - few steps from the beach and all amenities, on the 1st floor, consisted of two bedrooms, kitchen with dining/living area, bathroom and two balconies with a sea view, parking spot of 15 sqm next to the building, fully furnished and equipped.

Price - 135,000 euro.

For more information, and to book a viewing, visit the Trgostan website.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Property of the Week: Renovated Stone House Near Vis Waterfront

January 22, 2020 - Continuing our look at the real estate opportunities on the Croatian coast through the Trgostan catalogue, this week a visit to idyllic Vis. 

A renovated stone house holiday home close to the water on a gorgeous Dalmatian island - it is the dream of many visitors who fall in love during the holiday and then gently enquire into the cost of buying a property here. I have seen many such people over the years, and the overwhelming interest when I was a real estate agent was in getting their hands on a piece of authentic stone property. 

While many decided to buy stone ruins, the chance to buy a well-renovated stone property has its advantages in terms of convenience. And this week's Property of the Week is one such example, from the island of Vis. In the words of Trgostan, the selling agents:

EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED BY TRGOSTAN:

A fully reconstructed traditional stone house, on four floors, of 136 sqm in total, very close to the main promenade and the sea, consisted of an open plan kitchen with a spacious dining area and bathroom on the ground floor, two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (1st and 2nd floor) and a cozy lounge area in the attic that can be used as a bedroom, with a fantastic rental potential (it has a rental license), renovated with quality materials and up to highest standards, few steps from all amenities.

For more information, photos and to book a viewing, check out the original Trgostan listing

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Property of the Week: Renovated Stone Villa by the Kastela Sea

October 16, 2019 - A trip to the Adriatic coast between Split and Trogir to Kastela for the latest TCN property of the week.

Between two UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the Adriatic coast lies a piece of Dalmatia that is often overlooked by tourists. Arriving at Split Airport, most passengers head into the city of Split, whose centrepiece is Diocletian's Palace, while those in the know looking to enjoy a warm and easy welcome on their first evening make the short journey to the gorgeous old town of Trogir. And between the two UNESCO sites and jewels of Dalmatian tourism lies seven villages known as Kastela, each with their own fantastic heritage and stone traditions, each with their own beaches. And largely overlooked by the many tourists who drive between Split and Trogir. 

And they are missing out, for Kastela is a fascinating place - here are just 25 things to know about Kastela, but there are many more things, including some great real estate opportunities close to the beach. The week's Trogstan Property of the Week comes from Kastel Stari, a gem for stone lovers close to the water.  

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EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED BY TRGOSTAN:

A fantastic fully renovated stone property located 2nd row from the sea in Kastel Stari, of 300 sqm in total, two floors, on a 2764 sqm land plot, with a 45 sqm backyard, ideal for different purposes - residential/commercial, all connections, usage permit.

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For more photos, information and to book a viewing, check out the original Trgostan listing.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Property of the Week: Rare Chance to Buy in Gorgeous Korcula Old Town

September 18, 2019 - TCN is off to the birthplace of Marco Polo for the latest Property of the Week, a rare chance to buy in the idyllic old town of Korcula. 

It is, quite simply, one of the most divine places on the Adriatic coast, a small stone settlement of such perfection and heritage that it is impossible not to fall in love with it at first sight. 

Take a moment to appreciate its majesty from this early morning stroll in April this year.

A destination which is taking the right approach to tourism - quality over quantity, with a focus on its indigenous strengths - culture, heritage, gourmet, sailing and nature. 

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And now, a slice of historic Korcula could be yours! In the words of our friends from Trgostan: 

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An old stone house in one of the most sought-after locations in the Adriatic, within the historic core of Korcula old town, on four floor and of 120 sqm net (indoor area), consists of a one-bedroom two-story apartment and two en-suite bedrooms, so it may function as three rental units or as a spacious three bedroom/three bathroom house, with old stone preserved details, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, in a quiet street, but very close to the sea and all amenities, rarely on the market.

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For more information, prices and to book a viewing, check out the original Trgostan listing.

To learn more about this magical island, check out the Total Croatia Korcula in a Page guide.  

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Property of the Week: Luxury Apartments in Komiza on Gorgeous Vis

August 29, 2019 - Continuing our look at the real estate offers on the Croatian coast, a trip to delightful Komiza on Vis.

It is one of the true treasures of Croatia's Adriatic coast - the island of Vis. Closed to the world as a strategic military base during the Tito years, Vis has remained reassuringly far away not to attract mass tourism, and it has become a haven for those looking for a little more quality and the authentic Dalmatian experience as it once was. You can learn more about the charms of the island in the Total Croatia Vis in a Page guide

And now you can own your own luxurious slice of this gorgeous island, with our friends at Trgostan explaining how:

EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED BY TRGOSTAN:

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It is our pleasure to present to you  a unique offer of exclusive apartments in the center of Komiža, a magical place on the island of Vis. Komiža is a new hit destination on the Adriatic! Beautiful landscapes,  intact nature, stunning beaches and the atmosphere of an untouched island, is waiting for you amidst the Adriatic Sea. Even the producers of the planetary popular movie ‘Mamma Mia! Here we go again’ recognized the magic surrounding Vis and shared its magical exteriors  with the world!

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Villa comprises 12 fully equipped and stylishly furnished apartments that can satisfy the needs of even the most demanding customers, especially those who want to become the owner of a luxurious holiday space. Every potential owner will definitely be attracted by the fact that when he becomes the owner of the apartment, he can enter it immediately, as in the hotel room and use it freely! The villa is planned to be fully finished in summer 2020.

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The difference between this business model and others is offering maintenance services of your property when you do not use it or when you want to rent it and make additional income. When you arrive, the apartment will always be ready for you. The island of Vis is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic Sea. And not without a reason!

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Due to the preservation and variety of nature, visitors from all over the world come flock here all year long to enjoy the scents, the views and the sea. Because of its relative isolation, ancient architecture throughout the island has also been preserved.

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APARTMENT 1
​1st floor to the left
77,30 m²

APARTMENT 2
​1st floor in the middle
97,30 m²

APARTMENT 3
​1st floor to the right
95,47 m²

APARTMENT 4
​2nd floor to the left
54,80 m²

APARTMENT 5
​2nd floor in the middle
82,50 m²

APARTMENT 6
​2nd floor to the right
79,07 m²

APARTMENT 7
​3rd floor to the left
82,94 m²

APARTMENT 8
​3rd floor in the middle
87,21 m²

APARTMENT 9
​3rd floor to the right
81,69 m²

APARTMENT 10
​4th floor to the left
83,02 m²

APARTMENT 11
​4th floor in the middle
81,70 m²

APARTMENT 12
​4th floor to the right
80,14 m²

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• The LIVING ROOM, linked with a dining room and a fully equipped kitchen, also has a large dining table, a sitting area, and a state-of-the-art TV set.

• The BEDROOM is home to a large double bed, a fitted wardrobe and two comfortable armchairs.

• The BATHROOM is equipped with top quality ceramics and sanitary ware made by renowned manufacturers.

• THE SPACIOUS TERRACE provides a pleasant outdoor stay. It is partially covered and features a large outdoor dining table, an outdoor shower, and a sitting set for a relaxing break from sun and sea.

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT APARTMENT EQUIPMENT

Apartments are equipped with all the necessary equipment to be categorized with 4 stars *

•    Air conditioning heating / cooling
•    Washing machine
•    Extendable couch
•    Wireless Internet
•    Internet
•    Bed sheets
•    Towels
•    Hairdryer
•    Baby cot with upfront arrangement
•    Ironing board and iron
•    Anti-theft doors
•    Video surveillance

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KITCHEN AND DINING ROOM:
•  Stove
•  Coffee machine
• Dishes and cutlery
• Refrigerator with a freezer compartment
• Toaster
• Cooking utensils
• Dish cloths and table cloths 
• Dishwasher
• Oven
•  Microwave
• Floors covered with Class 1 large format tiles
• Dining table

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LIVING ROOM
• Sitting area with the possibility of extension for sleeping
• A table
• A TV set


BEDROOMS
• Massive parquet flooring
•  Double bed
• Nightstand
• TV set
•  Built-in closets
•  Bed sheets


BATHROOMS
• Large-format high-quality tiles
• Shower
• Sink, bidet
• Bathroom cabinets with mirrors
•  Towels
•  Hairdryer


TERRACE
• Mini pool
• Outdoor shower
• Seating area on the terrace
• Dining table


ENTERTAINMENT AND OTHER FACILITIES:
• Two TVs
•  Internet
•  Satellite / Cable TV
•  Garden

For more information and to book a viewing, visit the official listing.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Property of the Week: Apartment Villa with Pool in Rogoznica

July 25, 2019 - A trip up the coast from Split for the latest Property of the Week, a quality apartment villa complex with pool and sea view in Rogoznica. 

A trip to delightful Rogoznica on the northern Dalmatian coast this week, for the latest Trgostan Property of the week. In the words of Split's oldest real estate agency:

A newer (built in 2015, modernized in 2019) villa of 334 sqm gross, on a 540 sqm land plot, at only 60 meters from the sea, with a fantastic sea view, overlooking the bay, consisted of :

LOWEST FLOOR: kitchen + dining area + living area, bedroom and bathroom (34m2)

GROUND FLOOR: kitchen + dining area, fitness room with sauna and 2 terraces (101m2)

1st FLOOR: kitchen + living area, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 terraces (104m2)

2nd FLOOR: kitchen + dining and living area, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, toilet and 3 terraces (one of them with jacuzi bath)  (106m2)*all units have their own separate entrance

The outdoor area provides 4 parking spots, pool area, chill out zone and a fire place.

ENERGY CERTIFICATE - B

For more information, photos, price and to book a viewing, check out the original listing

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Thursday, 27 June 2019

Property of the Week: Building Plot with Hvar Out View in Pitve

June 27, 2019 - Looking to build a dream home on a paradise island? Pitve on Hvar is the subject of Trgostan's latest Property of the Week.

It is the sunniest island in Europe and often features in lists of the top 10 most beautiful islands of the world. Hvar is also the island with the most UNESCO heritage in the world, and the place where organised tourism in Europe began way back in 1868. 

Long before that - about 2,000 years ago, the village of Pitve was founded, the oldest village on Hvar. Tucked up in the hills away from the pirates, Pitve was the reason that settlement of Jelsa was founded on the coast some 1300 years later. 

And if you want to know why Pitve was chosen as the first village all those years ago, all you have to do is head to the village and take in the views for yourself. 

Or, better still, buy a dream piece of building land and create your home there. This week's Property of the Week offers views, heritage and more view, views, views.  

EXCLUSIVELY OFFERED BY TRGOSTAN:

A plot of 1.572 m2 in a beautiful location in the village of Pitve on the north-west side of the island, at app 4 km from Jelsa and sea, of which 528 sqm is in the building zone (the rest is non building), with a spectacular view over the village toward Jelsa and sea, water connection on the plot, electricity nearby, public car access.

For more information, photos, price and to organise a viewing, visit the Trgostan listing.

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