Category: an insight into Venice and the world of property! (5)

SATURDAY MIDNIGHT VENICE

I missed writing my blog when I was here in October –  I was so busy I literally didn’t have a minute to myself…but here is the next instalment now

It’s now November and I am back – I travelled late Saturday night, so tomorrow I can actually have a much longed-for free day in Venice!

On Sunday evening I plan to go to the lovely Hilton spa for a relaxing pre-trip massage, but first during the day I want to see a couple of exhibitions, especially the Coco Chanel one at Ca’ Pesaro, as well as the new amazing Fondaco Dei Tedeschi Grand Canal  shopping palazzo – it’s so close to Palazzo Molin, which makes staying here ideal for sending my many parcels over for delivery!

We recently had the person who organised the amazing Launch party and events stay at Molin for 6 weeks – his feedback was amazing.

He wrote ‘What a great property. Spacious, luxurious and comfortable. Staff were amazing. Perfect location.’ That’s praise indeed from such a sophisticated world traveller…

Winter time in Venice
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

As you probably know, I like to stay in different apartments each time I come – but am staying again at one of my favourites –  the divine Longhi at Palazzo Molin

Winter time in Venice
Winter time in Venice
Reception at Canaletto Giardini, Palazzo Molin, San Marco, Venice, Italy.
Winter time in Venice
Guardi Palazzo Molin Reception Room

Thinking ahead, on Monday morning I plan to meet my Milan equivalent to chat about how we work together – at Florian – why not!

This week we have a press trip for 3 days starting on Tuesday, a London based international Private Jet magazine who want to feature our amazing private places to stay – so we are going to show them some stunning properties. We have totally redesigned our websites to offer only  the very best in Venice for rental or sale.
See www.veniceprestige.com and www.venicesothebysrealty.com

SUNDAY

An amazing day
I hit the new Fondaco dei Tedeschi department store on the Grand Canal (or as I like to call it ‘Handbag Heaven’)  by 11. It’s totally architecturally inspiring having been done by an international world class team, a monument to Venice’s merchant history… unique. I am totally impressed, and the rooftop terrace is spectacular too.

Winter time in Venice
Winter time in Venice

Sunday in autumn is always quiet in Venice -forgetting I am in Italy I get to the supermarket at 1 to find it already closed – they haven’t heard of 7/11 here! Indeed no self respecting Italian would need to shop on a Sunday – they wouldn’t be that disorganised! Sunday feels very relaxing here, spending time with family and friends, window shopping and just wandering about and people watching… fun!

Tomorrow as I mentioned I am meeting my Sothebys Milan colleague for a chat as he is here with his family for a few days, and in the afternoon off to the Aman (always a pleasure) to meet some London clients who want to find something special to buy – with a budget of €3/4m you would think it would be easy, but they don’t want to do any restoration and it has to be on Dorsoduro – we have the perfect thing but they want to see several to compare – I hope they are wearing good walking shoes! Our last client was wearing Prada heels – looked amazing but Venice is a place for serious walking!

MONDAY

Have had a lovely afternoon with these exceptional English clients – it always helps when people give you immediate feedback and aren’t afraid to express their opinions – much easier for us to understand what they want, how the apartment is going to work for their family and so on.  They saw something they love but as they have a higher budget they may want to keep looking.  It’s so important to find the right thing that works for you and that you love beyond measure. Buying in Venice is an emotional and spiritual purchase..and is just as much about dream fulfilment as hard investment.

Home by 7 to my favourite apartment Longhi Palazzo Molin– total luxury.

Winter time in Venice
Winter time in Venice
Winter time in Venice

TUESDAY

My London journalists from the private jet mag plus  my PR person arrive today, to  stay at Palazzetto Salute Grand Canal. Where better? This is an incredible stunning and unique property, recently re-furbished to exacting standards by some completely visionary foreign clients. Luckily they arrive just in time for a lovely lunch at Beccafico in Campo Santo Stefano. Traditionally in early November it’s still warm enough to sit outside. I choose my favourite lunchtime dish of risotto di pesce – no-one does it better.

Winter time in Venice
Winter time in Venice
Winter time in Venice

They are keen to see as many things as possible in their short time so this pm we fit in the lovely Palazzo Garzoni Moro which is having the finishing touches done to the RUBELLI show apartment and to the courtyard – watch this space! Tomorrow they have full day seeing the top apartments on the Grand canal to let.

After a long relaxing lunch we head back to the apartment for a coffee and to lounge about enjoy the amazing views – quite spectacular. Dinner this evening will be low key as they were up at 4am, and we have lots to do in the next couple of days!

WEDNESDAY

I have said this many times before but Venice is a super place to be -whether you are on holiday, have a place here, or, like me, rushing about for meetings, everything is so close by and you can be everything and everywhere at once.  In between showing the journalists around I manage to fit in a Notary sale, a meeting with my Commercialista, and several meetings with other clients owners and potential sellers… I just couldn’t do that anywhere else.

I also catch up on the amazing Palazzo Grimani restoration being done by John Simpson Architects London  – every time I go it looks more amazing. It really is a mini Hall of Mirrors ‘a la Versailles’. The restorers are working very hard on the extensive restoration of the stucchi and frescoes, and furniture coming soon – very exciting!

Winter time in Venice
Winter time in Venice

Dinner this evening at the excellent Osteria San Marco in the Frezzeria – we are joined by Enrico Isacchi who does wonderful private guide visits for us. His English is amazing and he is great company.  The boys decide to stay on for a nightcap while I head home to sleep!

THURSDAY

The press group leave today – they have had a truly amazing time and have fitted in exhibitions, galleries, great food and lots of prosecco tasting too. You can’t fail to enjoy Venice! We wave them off in a lovely wooden water taxi and they glide away to the airport.

Winter time in Venice

PM I pick up with more meetings as well as show a divine off-market property to some French clients before they too leave for the airport – Venice is the ultimate ‘fly in fly out’ place. They love it and decide to make an offer very close to the asking price on the spot – it’s a unique and amazing property.  I hope they decide to let it in the future but I think they may just be planning to use it for their extended family. It’s beautiful and I want it!

I am staying on till Monday evening as I have to meet an important client who will only be here then – we sold an amazing Grand Canal property to him last year and now I am going to see how it’s coming on – this is the best part of what I do – working with clients to advise them on interiors and what the sophisticated International client is looking for as a place to stay – I try to veer people away from over personalising their homes – Tyrolean style or John Lewis or faux Venetian not good.  Luckily he tells me he has decided to use our recommended design company so  it will look amazing

WEEKEND

During the weekend I will catch up with friends and work. I am also re-locating to an apartment we let on Giudecca owned by some lovely English clients but which is a bit neglected now as they hardly ever come – indeed when I arrive I am put off by the enormity of the task but I spend a couple of days updating it – I am super organised and love interior design so it’s enjoyable – I discover that they have an amazing book collection of lovely art and design books just stashed in cupboards! And lots of clutter I just simply can’t live with… so straight to the store room. The furniture needs re-arranging and I buy some new covers cushions and throws –  total transformation! This is honestly my favourite thing to do in the world. I live in fear of bad taste!

MONDAY

Met the delightful new owner of what is going to be a stunning property on the Grand Canal….the last time I saw it was when it was empty and a bit sad on the day of the sale. He shows me round and I breathe a huge sigh of relief – it’s stunning and will appeal to clients at the highest level. Now we need to wait for it to be furnished to take photographs.  I already have some clients wanting to take it for Biennale next year.

Winter time in Venice

TUESDAY

Back to London and meetings with clients here – it never stops! November used to be the quiet time for sales but we are run off our feet – lots of big sales going on.  Its the US elections which we wonder how will affect us – everything in the world is changing, but fortunately in Venice at a much slower rate, and on a human scale

An insight into Venice and the world of property

When I meet someone new (whether in London or Venice) and they ask what I ‘do’, I am always met with the same reaction – total puzzlement that an English person could be doing this, followed by a ‘wow that must be a great life!’ and so on. I sometimes wonder if people think I spend all my time lounging about in palazzos, having long lunches, and drinking prosecco… well there is that too of course, but most of the time I am very hard at work and on my laptop and mobile 24/7!

LONDON/VENICE/LONDON

An insight into Venice and the world of property

At the other end of the scale I find that people in Venice think I am somehow doing the same in London, fitting work in between shopping trips and visits to the latest gallery opening, but the truth is far from that – I read my first Italian email at 7 am and my last at midnight and often spend time with clients here in meetings and on very long calls..

Although I am specialised solely in the Venice property market, I find that actually going back and forth helps me to focus more clearly on Venice as one of the top international destinations, and of course our rentals office is here.

We work at the very top end of the market in Venice, our PR and marketing people are in London, as are many clients, and so London is the natural place for me to be. It helps of course that I have a great team on the ground in Venice …. we are always contactable and we go to unbelievable lengths to meet our clients needs during their short precious time there to make sure everything goes perfectly. This is the most exciting and challenging aspect of what we do and we love it!

LONDON ITALIAN LUXE EVENTS

I always like to catch up with Italian or Luxe related events when I am here. July saw me attending a delightful reception from Pommery Champagne  at the Swans Bar at Assouline in Piccadilly.  (Assouline has a wonderful bookshop in Venice at the Bauer in San Marco with the most amazing books on fascinating aspects of the city and its history), as well as the Sothebys Auction House Old Masters launch party…. an exciting evening of Cuban music in the setting of beautiful Old Master paintings. My sales company is Venice Sothebys Realty so I always feel at home in New Bond Street..

An insight into Venice and the world of property
An insight into Venice and the world of property
An insight into Venice and the world of property

POST BREXIT

When I was in Venice a few weeks ago I felt I was the official UK spokesperson for Brexit!  Many people were keen also to know how things look from the property market perspective – the reality is that the result brings positives and negatives. On the one hand it can be more expensive for UK buyers and visitors in the short term but Venice continues to be seen as a safe and relaxed haven by French and other European and US  buyers, for visiting or buying.  Since the vote the market seems to have actually come back with avengeance as the period of uncertainty has waned  – we are finding that the market has picked up incredibly and we have been  seeing high level clients here even at the height of the hot season looking for that special property to let or buy

PALAZZO GRIMANI RESTORATION PROJECT

I saw the PALAZZO GRIMANI project again last month and was amazed at how much progress had been made by the Project Manager Giovanni Alfier and his team of restorers..it’s looking amazing.  I will be back in September for another catch up, and  I am very excited about taking this wonderful property on to let next year – it should be finished soon!

TOP LEVEL RENTALS

We are busy preparing for next year and focusing only on the best properties as seen on our new website Venice Prestige. Top level buyers usually prefer to let their properties, a sensible thing to do to avoid long empty periods and  that unlived in feel….

Here are a couple of properties we sold this month which we will be launching for exclusive rental  soon

An insight into Venice and the world of property

Zattere Terrazza
3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, sauna, terrace, spectacular canal views

An insight into Venice and the world of property

Visentini Palazzo Molin
4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, private courtyard, private water gate

Well, I am spending my August break as usual in La Belle France….but I will be in Venice in September for the start of ‘the season’  – an exciting time of the year with many events and parties…. Hope to see you there!

An insight into Venice and the world of property

An insight into Venice and the world of property

TUESDAY

Back in Venice now for the Architecture Biennale opening week with lots of parties and events. After a few freezing months in London I have to think ‘hot’ clothes wise – strange!

My Biennale Days

Tomorrow I am meeting an Australian client at Palazzo Molin who is interested in buying one of the few remaining apartments there…I am always amazed at how people from Australia just hop over to Venice so often and with such ease – they are a major presence for both the Architecture and the Art Biennales – several clients have become friends and I always try to catch up when they are here –  interesting and fun!

My Biennale Days

Indeed another reason I am here this week is to privately show the most wonderful apartment for rent on the Grand Canal which has been recently refurbished to a spectacular level by some clients from ‘down under’ – I have literally never seen anything like it in all my years in Venice – stunning contemporary design influenced by Carlo Scarpa with many original mid century Italian design pieces, and with the most fabulous views towards La Salute, in the best part of the Grand Canal – the most stunning view to be had in Venice. Am thrilled to be working with these visionary owners

My Biennale Days

I have some personal friends here this week too – I am often asked which is the best restaurant to go to, is Venissa on Mazzorbo betterMy Biennale Days than Locanda Cipriani on Torcello? Is Da Ivo still good post the ‘Clooney’ factor? It’s so difficult to answer these questions as eating out so subjective. I honestly usually reply that the stylish ‘Riviera‘ on the Zattere is my favourite – cosy in winter and stunning in summer with its canalside seating – top quality fish, so fresh they practically have names.  Great service and attention to detail – perfect

WEDNESDAY

Am sitting this morning on the most amazing terrace of one of our rental apartments on Giudecca close to the Cipriani, looking out over the lagoon and having a solitary breakfast… heaven. We sold most of the apartments in this lovely Giudecca Mare development about 12 years ago and they are still amazing now.
The wifi works brilliantly here so will work ‘at home’ for a bit before meeting clients at 12 at Palazzo Molin. Today is the big ‘fly in’ day for the Biennale – am so glad I arrived yesterday!

My Biennale Days
My Biennale Days
My Biennale Days

This afternoon I am hoping to drop by to see Stella Cattana in her new shop… I am exploring a concept of restyling apartments before sale … something which owners should really think about now as nowadays images are so much more sophisticated….and so many lovely apartments just look too cluttered to our 21st century eyes…

My Biennale Days
My Biennale Days
My Biennale Days

Am also going to try to get to speak to Enrico Isacchi who does our private visits but he’s going to be way toooo busy today I think!

PM
As usual when I am in Venice so many things just ‘come up’ and arrangements are made on the spur of the moment… so I usually find myself staggering back to my apartment at around 7 exhausted, and that’s only if I don’t have a dinner appointment too. I see happy carefree people all around me wandering casually around the streets and squares whereas I am carrying 2 mobiles a diary and a laptop, and usually running…wishing I was them!

Recently I have tried to enjoy the pace here more and not rush around so much… less is definitely more for me now in relation to property. I will let you know if I manage it!

I have just done a long phone interview with a London journalist… I can talk about Venice property forever as I have done it for so long, but in order to make their pieces work they quite often have pre-conceived ideas of what they want to write, which can be difficult. Luckily I have lots of experience in this so it went well…with all the right information for her too, so she was happy.

Back home now and looking forward to a lovely evening enjoying the sunset over the lagoon and the Island of La Grazia – tomorrow I have an early start – a meeting at 9.00… ever onwards!

THURSDAY

This is the start of a typically very busy day for me — meetings all day and all over the place… so while I am on the vaporetto I call ahead to the Gritti  to book a Hot Stone massage for 6 pm as a precaution… although the beautiful spa will probably be full with stressed out jet lagged architects! It really is beautiful there,  a haven of calm right in San Marco

Later on I have arranged to meet Roberto Zago our designer from Intraline who is doing some fabulous work for our new owners, and also the wonderful Enrico Isacchi who does top level private tours and visits for us.

Wondering if I will be able to fit in dropping by to Stella’s new shop which she is fitting out… or will that get pushed back again to tomorrow?

PM

Enrico Isacchi is someone I have worked with for a long time – he is the best guide in Venice and does wonderful top level visits for private clients – an expert in Art History, he speaks great English and he looks after our clients beautifully.. .a great thing to do if you have the time.

Luckily I do manage to catch up with Roberto, one of the designers we like to recommend to our new property owners – his work is top level and all the clients are very pleased with his care and attention – he’s spot on and very experienced …we have had great feedback from our clients on his work – his English is good too!

HOT STONE IN VENICE

I scoot to the Gritti at 6 for my longed for massage – an hour later and I feel like a completely new person — actually I feel like a person! Home by 8 and just about to relax with a glass of wine when a client phones from France. It’s a complicated  3 way conversation in French with his accountant to discuss a tricky sale, and lasts over half an hour – it will be a miracle if the sale goes through as they keep changing their minds about the details… so after that I call my colleague Andrea to discuss – another half an hour passes.  The sellers are German, which luckily Andrea speaks fluently. Our ability with all the main languages is really essential in this international market, as negotiation is most of the work.  By the time I finish it’s almost too late to eat, but I squeeze in a plate of pasta before finishing off some emails… and bed…

Tomorrow am showing an amazing private palace to someone who has top level private clients – strictly off market – as well as revisiting some clients who have a Lido Villa to sell but which now looks terribly old fashioned – how can I tell them without seeming negative about their much loved family home?

FRIDAY

My contact loves the palace and will speak to her client…

I manage to fit iMy Biennale Daysn lunch in a divine little place near San Silvestro, Osteria dai Zemei, which has the best chicheti and super fresh crostini… after which I get on the vaporetto for the half hour trip to the Lido. It’s a lovely original villa but just a bit too ‘italian family’… for us… the owner is charming and he really gets it… so he is going to try to de-clutter a bit.  We chat about how much the Lido has changed but also that we think it is going to come up again — he tells me that the Des Bains is re-opening as a hotel which is marvellous news – such a stylish place from the early 1900’s, the backdrop for the iconic film “Death in Venice.  Amazing private beach facilities too.

I would like to say I had finished for the day but I just need to pass by Palazzo Molin to see some American clients who are staying there – it’s now 4pm  and am desperate for a coffee, but am late so rushing — per fortuna I bump into a lovely client, whose apartment we are selling,  just outside Rosa Salva, the best bar in Venice!  We chat about what his plans are when he sells and what he’s looking for next. Very 18th century – a lot of business discussed in coffee houses!

On the way home i drop by to see Stella Cattana’s new shop in Salizzada San Samuele – it is divine – she sets the bar for style in Venice.

My Biennale Days
My Biennale Days

SATURDAY

this afternoon my lovely London clients Erica and John Simpson (John Simpson Architects) are arriving to check on the progress of their restoration project at Palazzo Grimani close to the Gritti.  When they arrive it looks very much early days to me but they know every inch of the project and as they take me round I see how much has been done — they have discovered so much under layers of paintwork and are doing fine restorative work, having found stucchi much earlier than originally thought — we expect it to be finished in the autumn after which some lucky people will be able to stay here and absorb for themselves the wonderful atmosphere of this very special property

Sunday

Up at 5 for an early 7 am flight – I arrive back in GB but had forgotten it’s a holiday weekend here – my daughter is home from Uni and the sun is shining so we go to spend some time at the lovely Parham House….. a quintessential English manor house close to us in Sussex with divine huge gardens on a perfect English summers day – lying on the grass it’s hard to believe I was in a speed boat whizzing across the lagoon just a few hours before…my crazy life… but Venice is always in my thoughts!

Hello – I’m Ann-Marie Doyle, the owner and director of both Venetian Apartments Venice Prestige for rentals and Venice Sothebys Realty for sales…. I live in London but deal only with Venice — challenging!  But it’s completely intentional – living in London actually helps me to keep focused on what is the very best property wise in Venice… and on what is going to appeal to our international clients, who want to own a part of the city and its history, maybe just for a weekend, a week, or forever…

Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of property

I have worked with Venice property for around 28 years so I suppose there really isn’t much I haven’t seen, but the city will always be fascinating to me – I still peer out of the airplane window to catch a glimpse of the lagoon as if for the first time, I marvel at the view when I cross the Grand Canal over the Accademia Bridge early in the morning, the amazing  light, and I also love the dark quiet streets at night. Venice is a multi layered and multi faceted place…..

So maybe you would be interested to have an insight into Venice and the world of property?  here is my new blog….

TUESDAY

Arrived in Venice last night and had a wonderful dinner with friends at Da Ivo…

Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of propertyno sign of George Clooney sadly, but I suppose he can’t eat there all the time!  it really is like your favourite private dining room…. the waiters are all lovely and Giovanni the owner is wonderful — feels like going home…the perfect place on a cold February night….

WEDNESDAY

Waking up this morning in the beautiful bedroom of the Longhi apartment at Palazzo Molin is heaven – gazing up at the 6 metre high ceilings, a soft milky light peeping through the muslin drapes, and with the occasional sound of a boat’s engine reminding me where I am – definitely not London! Palazzo Molin really is a divine place to stay – thick palazzo walls hiding the most fabulous contemporary interior…utter luxury and a great feeling of peace and calm… fab facilities that everyone wants now… but in an historic palazzo setting. We have already sold over half the apartments here (www.palazzomolin.com)  and the rest are likely to sell this spring. Some people just want second (or third homes) here while others like to let when they are not here….it’s very private and a complete oasis of calm

Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of property
Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of property

Longhi Palazzo Molin San Marco

Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of property

Longhi Palazzo Molin San Marco

Am staying here to check on the new apartments we have just taken on for rental and which are just amazing… Guardi is a huge duplex with a  main salon, 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and is SPECTACULAR – ultra Italian design by Georgetti and Minotti with some fun additions… Canaletto from the same owners  is on the ground floor with a double bedroom and 2 amazing bathrooms — quite funky and with french doors directly on to the courtyard…

Guardi Palazzo Molin San Marco

Canaletto Palazzo Molin San Marco

So..now planning my day – appointments to follow up / people to meet …

My assistant has told me about an owner who has been recommended to us (a very sophisticated French lady I hear) who has the most amazing apartment which she would like to let from time to time and would like me to take a look  – its in the same palazzo as a fabulous apartment we let already so am interested to see that – will try to fit it in to my schedule and will report back!

Yesterday I had a long phone conversation with some French clients looking for a Grand Canal property to buy – I had sent them pictures of a place in just the location they want but they have just replied that it isn’t ‘shabby chic’ enough and they think it has been restored too much.  It’s actually very lovely and well preserved but not much merit in me arguing the point – the customer is always right, so back to the drawing board…. I have something else in mind to show them, but generally it’s true that its getting harder to find unrestored properties here sadly, and I do understand what they are hoping to find. Thank goodness I speak French…

First morning here, so out for breakfast – I want to take a quick look from the outside at a whole building we have been offered for sale and am seeing with the owners tomorrow – I like to be prepared,  and it’s right by the cafe that in my opinion has the best brioches in Venice, so as usual you can kill two birds with one stone foodwise here…you have to! It looks like an amazing building but am worried that the position might be just too ‘busy’ for our clients — which limits its ‘destination’ and resale value… will see. If it’s not something I think would be right for our end clients then it’s not worth me dedicating too much time to this…

This afternoon I am going to see a beautiful property I recently sold to some London architect clients – Palazzo Grimani San Marco

Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of property

Palazzo Grimani San Marco

Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of property

Palazzo Grimani San Marco

It’s a fabulous property whose restoration I am going to follow in my blog – it’s the most amazing piano nobile of a palazzo right across the campo from the Gritti – it literally hasn’t been touched for years and is like a mini Versailles inside … the owners (the London based John Simpson Architects) have only just completed on the sale but have already started the careful restoration work – they are working with local architects and restorers to create a stunning interior aimed at the very top end of the sophisticated rental market – I am happy to help them with this in an advisory role..

I was amazed to see what they have already uncovered – painstaking restoration work on a freezing cold afternoon — but such bliss for me to be there and to meet the main restorer Giuseppe – he told us that thanks to the decorating additions over the years (painting over ancient doors with white paint!)  the delicate stucco work has been very well preserved… and with the amazing delicate colours of the 18th century intact …unbelievable

Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of property
Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of property
Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of property

I say goodbye as I can’t stand the cold any more but am looking forward to checking on progress and will report back in a few weeks

Having dinner at home – heaven to be on your own at home after a long day – managed to make Tagliatelle with salsa di pomodoro and radicchio rosso – an achievement!

Italian TV pretty dire so sleep calls…

THURSDAY

This is going to be a very full-on day – meeting the owners of the divine Palazzo Garzoni e Moro San Marco this morning to discuss a possible Art exhibition this year at the palazzo — this is something we at Sotheby’s Realty love to do as Venetian historic palaces are a natural home for contemporary art. Garzoni e Moro is a lovely palazzo development — with 8 very beautifully done apartments with truly stunning marble bathrooms and with  a show apartment by Rubelli/ Venini/ Arc Linea  (www.venicesothebysrealty.com/garzonimoro).  The location is perfect too, super central yet tucked away and a few yards from the Grand Canal traghetto.

Then to see the whole building for commercial use – yes it’s really interesting — not ‘vincolato’ which means that it’s not subject to the Sovraintendenza (most historic buildings are, which makes development so much more challenging). This will make the restoration so much easier, but the problem is the valuation — the sellers want a lot of money for it but our potential developers will have to be sure that they will cover their costs comfortably and make a profit…hmm! Will have to think about this one…

I am going to be meeting Sandrina Rubelli for coffee later at the Gritti and to chat over this and other projects – Sandrina is multi-lingual and multi talented – I love spending time with her to chat about design and being allowed to pore over all those truly wonderful fabrics. Joy!  Rubelli is an historic Venetian fabric house but they also now offer a full design service combining historic sources with a contemporary theme…a perfect match for our busy clients who want to create a stunning but ultimately liveable home in Venice….

Out again this evening – this time for dinner to the wonderful Osteria San Marco in the Frezzeria. There are so many great restaurants opening now in Venice – this place is ultra cool and the food amazing.  Thank goodness I only have to go around the corner to get home..

Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of property

FRIDAY

My first appointment today is to see the ‘French lady’s apartment’ — beautiful! very dark rich fabrics, full of atmosphere, and with a divine terrace. The problem, as so often happens, is that foreign owners want to use their apartments at the same time as other people do,  i.e. mainly spring and autumn, but we agree that we will play it by ear as it will be a great add-on apartment to the very beautiful apartment we let on the next floor, a good compromise….

The really difficult thing when I am in Venice is keeping up with all my email as I am out so much – so today I will spend mostly in my office in San Marco — I have a meeting with my graphic designer who is working on two books for me… the first a general one about Venice Sotheby’s Realty and another about a very special Palladian property we are going to be selling in the Veneto.  They are coming along well and I am pleased, but he forgets to bring the paper samples so I have to arrange to meet him again this afternoon, fitting in yet another coffee break before a visit to the wonderful Palazzo Polignac where we have a divine prestige property for let (Marchesa)  and where Save Venice now have their headquarters, so after chatting over the paper samples I spend a delightful hour with Melissa Conn who runs Save Venice here, chatting and admiring their new rooms and wonderful library. Squashy sofas abound. We are very interested in their excellent restoration projects, and we support the London based Venice in Peril also.

Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of property
A friend calls me to come for casual drinks at 6.30 but I am exhausted and going to the  opera  this evening …. I love the spontaneity of Venice though…so easy to do last minute things and always bumping into people and HAVING to stop for a spritz!

In the evening to La Fenice … a perfect end to my few days work in Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of propertyInsight into Venice and the fascinating world of propertyVenice……but so much I haven’t done, and am going back to London tomorrow….we have 3 important sales going on currently which I need to follow up… as well as taking on a couple more prestige rental properties……and planning my next trip in March…. it’s never ending!
Insight into Venice and the fascinating world of property

It is with great pleasure that we would like to introduce this enchanting city tour of Venice By Venice Prestige from Venetian Apartments

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