Berlin-based international estate agency, Black Label Properties, is marketing Weisse Villa Westend, a development of seven art deco apartments in one of the best addresses in Berlin. Priced from €780K to €2.1M for the penthouse apartment with private pool and stunning views over the West end, this is a rare opportunity to own a historic property in the city’s most affluent neighbourhood.
The apartments are set beside the grounds of a two-storey villa built in 1922-3 by Hans and Wassili Luckhardt and Franz Hoffman, an unusual example of Expressionism in Berlin architecture.
The ‘villas’ (‘White Villas’) are south-west facing and have sharp lines, 2.70m high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, built-in kitchens and a mix of colours and textures. There are also concierge services and a ‘virtual’ gatekeeper. Conceived by architect and interior designer, Ursula Seeba-Hannan, they are very much in keeping with the style of the main villa, Monument House Buchthal, a listed property which is being restored for its current owners.
Weisse Villa is located in a secluded, maple tree-lined street in Berlin’s ‘British quarter’ within a close distance to Charlottenburg Palace and Brixplatz, one of the city’s oldest parks. It’s within walking distance to the International Club Berlin, a private members’ club that continues the legacy of the post-war British Officer’s Society, complete with tennis courts, a swimming pool, bar and restaurant, and other key attractions including the 1936 Olympic Stadium and modernist Olympic Village, Messe exhibition ground, the Funkturm, Berlin’s lesser-known tower, and various concert halls, theatres and upmarket businesses.
Originally developed into a residential neighbourhood and named after London’s Westend (Mayfair, Fitzrovia, Soho Covent Garden), it was planned as the city’s artists’ colony, with the intention to build only traditional style villas with ample living space.
The villas provide a stark contrast to other areas of the city that are dominated by multiple living accommodation in the same building or what is now called ‘Plattenbau’ (Brutalist concrete architecture) or apartment blocs. Unlike London’s West End, which has been dominated by overseas investors, buy-to-let landlords and second homes, Berlin’s most affluent neighbourhood isn’t ostentatious and has retained its character, community and diversity thanks to the city’s strict planning laws.
Getting to Westend:
Very close to Tegel Airport and easy transport links to Schonefeld Airport, both of which have international flights. City centre: 20 minutes by U-Bahn to Potsdamer Platz.