Viennese house hunters can now live in Austria’s 19th-century telegraph headquarters, which developers have converted into luxury apartments.
Built in the style of an Renaissance revival palace in 1872, the former K.K. Telegrafen Centrale building served as the communications hub of the Austrian Empire, according to brokerage Engel & Volkers, which is handling sales for the newly built residences.
Sales have launched in the historic building, where apartments start at €1.184 million (US$1.39 million), the brokerage announced on Thursday in a news release.
The landmarked building will house 39 residences in the heart of Vienna, steps from the Ring Road, a grand boulevard encircling the Innere Stadt (old town), and a host of national monuments, including the grand Austrian National Theatre and the imperial palace, known as the Hofburg.
The residential units in the building feature sleek, contemporary finishes—in contrast to the grand neoclassical facade and lobby, which features a winding staircase framed in Corinthian columns, images of the new development show.
The residences range from 79 square meters to a penthouse spanning 512 square meters and will be ready for occupancy in mid-2019, according to Engel & Volkers. The agents are marketing the project as an opportunity to live among “the art and history of the Danube monarchy” but with modern technology.
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Luxury apartments span the first through third floors, while open loft-style units on the fourth and fifth floors can be combined and offer soaring ceiling heights of up to 7.5 meters.
A penthouse spans the building’s top floor and offers views over Vienna’s rooftops. The building also houses some office space, according to the brokerage.
Finishes include oak herringbone floors, open living spaces and contemporary statement lighting.
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