NBA San Antonio Spurs basketball star Tony Parker has bought an apartment in the luxury “Du Parc Kempinski Private Residences” above Lake Geneva, Switzerland, which looks out onto stunning views of the Alps.
“Du Parc Kempinski Private Residences” was a former Grand Hotel that was built in 1906, in the architectural mould of the Grand Hotels of the beginning of the century and will be transformed in 24 “beyond luxury apartments” by the end of 2011. Once the refuge of princes, barons, aristocrats, diplomats and more recently by Pierre Cardin, the estate is now being renovated to its former Belle Epoque glory to become one of the most exclusive properties in Switzerland.
Choosing to purchase an apartment in the luxury private residence Tony Parker said: “I immediately fell in love with Du Parc because it is a building full of charm and history and has the most astonishing view that I have ever seen. It is near to the international city of Geneva and so the ideal combination of peaceful countryside and city life that I look for my holidays.”
At Du Parc Tony Parker can expect the ultimate in lifestyle options through a combination of craftsmanship by leading architects and designers and elegance of major luxury brands such as interior design firm BBG-BBGM, famous for the W Hotels, Givenchy for the private spa, cavernous wine cellars as well as a tasting room managed by Quintessentially Wine.
“Du Parc Kempinski Private Residences” is the company’s most exclusive project to date of Swiss Development Group, a company created in 2007 to invest in and to develop high-luxury, landmark real estate projects. Nicolas Garnier, CEO of Swiss Develoment Group said: “Our properties are like haute couture, exclusive and high quality, with high attention to detail and finish. We’re taking a fresh look at the scope and depth of luxury living, going beyond simply creating a property to creating an environment where owners can enjoy their highly individual lifestyles. I am very pleased that Tony Parker will be part of this luxury development.”
No sooner had the idea of “Du Parc Kempinski Private Residences” taken form that it began to win awards, including the Grand Prix and four Gold Awards (Best luxury project, Best apartment complex, Best architecture and Best eco-project) at the Homes Overseas Russia Awards 2010, as well as the Europe and Africa International Property Award 2009 for Best Redevelopment in Switzerland.
The apartments will vary from two-bedroom 20 square meters units to six-bedroom 690 square meters options, with 14 meters high ceilings. Renovation work started in April 2010, with the private residences ready for occupancy in 2012.