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With the spellbinding Alps standing tall in the backdrop and Lake St. Mortiz glistening in the distance, no place captures nature’s beauty quite as picturesquely as St. Moritz. Frequented by society’s elite yet enjoyed all the same by fervent skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, this alpine resort’s charm is yet to meet its match.

Of course, holidaymakers come and go, but enjoying the splendour of St. Moritz on your own terms is made all the easier with a bustling property market. And with St. Moritz Sotheby’s International Realty offering clients sublime service met with decades of experience in the real estate market, finding that dream vacation home is an effortless – and exciting – affair.

“With our brand, you have a reliable and competent partner with knowledge of the local market and worldwide exposure. Our network comprises 1000 offices in more than 70 countries worldwide,” says Enrico Sbrizzai, General Manager of St. Moritz Sotheby’s International Realty.

“The local St. Moritz Sotheby’s team offers many years of experience in the areas of real estate negotiation, financing proposals, marketing, home staging and interior design. Our Managing Director, Enrico F. Sbrizzai, also offers a valuable network of UHNWI clients built up during his 37 years at one of Switzerland’s leading banks.”

But when it comes to buying, renting or selling a home, there are many options and endless intricacies to consider.  So the question becomes, what is it that makes St. Moritz Sotheby’s International Realty’s service and properties stand out?

“A major network such as Sotheby’s International Realty offers considerable advantages to a clientele as diverse as the Engadine property market,” answers Enrico. “There is no doubt that we have a significant advantage over our predominantly local competitors because we have a much larger panel of potential buyers. This is very important, and sometimes decisive, in a market like St. Moritz, where competence, professionalism and quality of service make the difference.”

With this level of service, expertise and success on the table, it’s the process that happens behind closed doors that really counts. “We propose a market valuation of the property based on an independent and detailed appraisal,” explains Enrico. “Following this, our team prepares sales documentation with professional photos, a video, a description and possibly a home staging on the property.”

“We then give global exposure to the property through sothebysrealty.com. Receiving 37 million visitors in 2020, this is the most visited luxury real estate website internationally. The website also holds partnerships with the most important media around the world, such as Bloomberg, Financial Times, Mansion Global, Luxury Estate and JamesEdition, among others. Nationally we give exposure through Homegate, the most visited real estate portal in Switzerland.”

“In addition, we give exposure to the property on our website stmoritzsir.ch and through our annual catalogue, St. Moritz Sotheby’s Selection, which is distributed to corporate partners such as family offices, lawyers and banks as well as to our offices in Switzerland and abroad. Exposure is amplified further in our monthly newsletter that is distributed to potential buyers, brokers and our principals; through displays in our shop window in Via Serlas 20 in St. Moritz and via our presence on Facebook and Instagram,” says Enrico.

Although St. Moritz Sotheby’s International Realty has an impressive network of property marketing opportunities, the company’s service comprises so much more. “Matching extraordinary properties with extraordinary lives” is Enrico’s definition of the firm’s goal. “At Sotheby’s International Realty, and therefore at our branch in St. Moritz, we are committed to placing exceptional real estate in the hands of people from all over the world, giving them access to the most extraordinary lifestyles.”

And there’s no doubt that St. Mortiz is the epitome of a remarkable lifestyle, offering residents a plethora of prospects to enjoy a life well-lived. “Owing to the unprecedented situation we have experienced recently, we have realised, if proof were needed, that the Engadine, and especially St. Moritz, has much more to offer than just a jet-set lifestyle filled with luxury, glamour and high-standard gourmet experiences,” says Enrico. “There are many reasons for choosing one or the other location when deciding to buy a property. The Engadine, an extraordinary valley situated at 1800 metres above sea level, offers a huge choice in this respect with its mountains, lakes, colours and pure air.”

Looking back over the last two years, there has been a shortage of real estate opportunities in the Engadine as a result of knock-on effects from the pandemic, but Enrico is hopeful that the market will soon return to normal. “Unfortunately, I do not consider the current situation to be favourable due to the low supply of properties on the market. In fact, as we had already foreseen at an early stage (before COVID-19), we are faced with a supply that, for various reasons, cannot fully cover demand. Having said this, I believe and trust that demand, which has been increasing extraordinarily for some years now, and which has been accelerated by the pandemic, will return to normal, and in any case to very good levels, as soon as the COVID-19 emergency is fully resolved.”

“In all likelihood, when everything is back to normal, there will be no more of the demands that we have been faced with throughout most of this pandemic period, and which are also the result of motivations mainly linked to the various lockdowns suffered. To sum up, and also consulting with other local professionals, we believe that once the pandemic problem has been resolved, the Engadine market can return to the healthy balance between supply and demand that has characterised it for years. What has been confirmed on several occasions, even in this particular period that we are experiencing, is the fact that real estate in the Upper Engadine remains a safe investment with a stable, ever-growing trend.”

With safe investments looking as good as the properties in St. Moritz Sotheby’s portfolio do, the most difficult decision will be whether you prefer a modern space or a more traditional alpine home. Here are some of the homes currently represented by St. Moritz Sotheby’s International Realty:

Residenza Rosatsch

If contemporary luxury is your style, then take a gander at Residenza Rosatsch. This modern and spacious property is the definition of luxury living in the Engadine. Situated in a prime location on the banks of Lake St. Moritz, it offers unmatched lake and Alp views. The interior showcases the height of elegant Italian interior design with wooden floorboards, golden accents and hand-selected pieces of furniture coming together to create a welcoming atmosphere.

The home offers 3 ensuite bedrooms, with the master bedroom featuring a dressing room, a private sauna and a steam bath. There is also an open dining area and lounge with a fireplace, guaranteeing relaxed valley living. The property’s pièce de résistance is its spacious, sun-drenched terrace with incredible views of the lake and mountains.

Find out more about this beautiful property here.

Chesa Pulin

For traditionalists, Chesa Pulin, an authentic Engadine home in the centre of Samedan, is the ideal investment. Situated in the centre of this age-old village filled with picturesque Engadine houses, squares and fountains, Chesa Pulin is a historic farmhouse that dates back to the 15th century. Completely renovated in 2012 by architect Hans-Jörg Ruch and adapted to today’s sophisticated needs, it boasts the perfect balance of historic charm and modern comfort.

At the property’s entrance, a romantic cottage garden with a small sitting area awaits. Walking through its wide wooden front door, the house welcomes all with its spacious “Sulèr” (entrance room) overflowing with historic charm. On this inside, there are Engadine moonwood accents, high ceilings and carefully restored elements from the 17th and 18th centuries throughout.  The home comes complete with 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a light-flooded living area and an up-to-date kitchen. Meanwhile, the basement has separate side access and was transformed into two modern bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. There is also a technical room and a modern ski-room on this floor. Of the 14 rooms, 3 are original wood-panelled “Stüvas”.

View more information on the property here.

Chesa Surlej

If you love the idea of a cosy wooden cottage in the valley, then look no further than the enchanting Chesa Surlej in Silvaplana-Surlej. This dreamlike property embodies irresistible charm, security and style. A tastefully finished wooden chalet, this home is situated on an expansive plot of 1,424sqm with a small park and enjoys fantastic all-around views of Piz Corvatsch, Lake Silvaplana and Piz Julier.

On the property’s 4 floors you will find everything your heart desires, from an in-house spa area to 2 garages, a living room or library and a spacious terrace where residents can sunbathe until sunset. On the second floor, there is a spacious living room with a fireplace, dining area and open kitchen, a separate TV room and a guest toilet. The top floor is home to the 3 bedrooms, each with ensuite bathrooms, and promises restful sleep with peaceful dreams. This is alpine living at its best.

Take a closer look at this property here.

Ches’Ota

For some homeowners, a private garden and security are of prime importance when buying a property. If this is the case, then this triplex apartment in Ches’Ota in La Punt-Chamues-ch may be your dream Engadine home. Situated at the foot of the Albula pass, Ches’Ota was built as an Engadine farmhouse in 1595 and was converted into 6 luxurious and spacious flats in 2012.

The exclusive 9-room flat for sale is set on three floors and is furnished with the highest quality items while retaining its historic character. Each of the 6 bedrooms has its own bathroom and the apartment also comes with 2 parking spaces in the building’s own underground garage. At the back of the home, in idyllic surroundings, lies the private 43sqm farm garden with its alpine flora.

To see further details on the property, click here.

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