What are historical houses

Historic houses that not everyone has

From an old mill in Pottendorfer Schlosspark to the Biedermeier house in Vienna's Naglergasse - even when refurbished, they score most with their charm.

Admittedly, they can hold some unpleasant surprises in store, creak a little every now and then and sometimes come up with their own rules that must be adhered to. But historical objects also have a story to tell, are often found in particularly beautiful places and are above all real estate that definitely not everyone has.

For lovers of these houses, these properties make up for all the disadvantages, and those who can enjoy details with a patina are usually not bothered when the monument protection has a say in the renovation. Especially since he is also interested in making the historic homes easily habitable for the owners of the present, because only then will they be preserved in the long term.

The extent of compromises and initiative that buyers of such properties bring with them is naturally very different. While some are attracted by the fact that they are part of the revitalization step by step and may still find hidden treasures behind the current plaster, others are happy when the touch of history can be felt and seen, but freshly prepared and with labeled "first time use after renovation". Fortunately, there are enough objects in Austria for every degree of desired involvement.

• Old Mill

For example, a special property for the members of the co-design group is currently for sale in the Pottendorfer Schlosspark. Here the old mill not only has a long history, but also a number of possible uses due to its location directly on the Fischa. Originally built in the 15th century, the building can look back on an eventful history. Heinrich Hrdlicka wrote the latest chapter. The author and painter bought the building, including almost 2000 square meters of land on the enlarged castle grounds ten years ago, and revitalized part of the mill with around 500 square meters of living space and ten rooms. A second construction phase for 1000 more square meters of living space has already been approved, so it can be tackled at any time. Whereby reference should be made to the special feature that the existing mill wheel including water rights can be used, for example, to generate energy. The basis for negotiations for the purchase of the property is currently 3.2 million euros, the investment requirement for the second construction phase is estimated at 1.5 to two million euros. The mill is brokered through Re / Max Immobilien Eisenstadt.

• Renaissance castle

In Upper Austria, however, there is a great historical feeling of living without the need for renovation: In Lichtenau im Mühlkreis there is a renaissance castle for sale, which was only completely renovated in 2004 and today has 800 square meters of comfortable living space.

The complex - which includes a park of over 18,000 square meters - was built in the 17th century, with origins going back to the 13th century. In 1605 the former castle was rebuilt into a renaissance castle, which you can still enter today through a mighty double-wing door with the date engraved on it. The courtyard with the arcades, the former gatekeeper's house and the chapel are also preserved; In the castle itself there is a marble fireplace in the great knight's hall with a stitch cap vault, dated 1556. On the other hand, the testimonies of modern times include technical gadgets such as an alarm and central vacuum cleaner system, triple-glazed wooden windows and four bathrooms in the eight bedrooms, which are located next to the living rooms. Below is a library and the electrically operated wrought-iron baroque gate. In the former gatekeeper house there is also an apartment with kitchen and bathroom that can be used as guest or staff accommodation. The castle is brokered through Hendrich Immobilien, for which 2.9 million euros are called.

• Winegrower's house in the Wachau

Less stately, but all the more idyllic, you can often live in old winegrowers' houses, which, at least in the popular wine regions, rarely come onto the market. However, such a copy is currently available in the historic center of Stein an der Donau. It is a winegrower's house from the 17th century, which was completely renovated in 2018 and today has new wooden box windows, floors and modern technical equipment. On the other hand, details such as the peasant stucco ceiling, the cross vault in the entrance, the cellar carved out of the rock with a clay floor and the view that extends as far as the Danube and the Göttweig Abbey have been preserved. The property has 136 square meters of living space, which is divided into two bedrooms and a living room. Two bathrooms have already been technically prepared, and there is also a convertible attic. The house is brokered by Engel & Völkers Vienna, the price is 1.1 million euros.

• Biedermeier in the city

But living with historical charm is also possible - at least in Vienna - in the middle of the city center, for example in Naglergasse. There, in a house from the pre-Biedermeier period - which was mentioned in a document in 1344 and has been a listed building since 1810, including its structured facade with a relief of the Holy Trinity - an entire floor is offered for sale. The 160 square meters are spread over four rooms and two bathrooms, whereby the living room alone comprises 50 square meters and offers a view of the Park Hyatt and Am Hof ​​from four old casement windows.

Glazed double doors and herringbone floors, walk-in wardrobes for modern convenience and a lift with which the apartment on the fourth floor can be reached in a contemporary way provide additional charm. The apartment is brokered through Rohr Real Estate, whereby no fixed purchase price is called, but bids from 14,000 euros per square meter are welcome. (sma)