Cleves, the luxury apartment rentals company, opened on Tuesday Sofia's most expensive rentals project – Cleves Este, a sumptuous 34-apartment building in the Iztok quarter costing over EUR 10 M.
The development was nominated for Bulgaria's "Building of the Year" competition last year. Sofia airport is 10 minutes away by car, and the Interpred Metro station (Joliot Curie) is only 200m away for fast access to Sofia city centre.
EUR 2 M has been spent on the fit-out, furnishing and equipment of the building. Prior to the launch, several of its most costly apartments had already been rented – for as much as
USD 3000 + VAT per month. Rentals at Cleves Este range from USD 760 to USD 3400 + VAT.
"There is a shortage of high-quality rentals in Sofia. Despite the economy, underlying demand from international clients in this niche is strong," Vesey Crichton, partner at Cleves said upon opening the impressive rental apartment building.
Cleves Este has shops and restaurants on site, underground parking, landscaped gardens and children's playgrounds. A swimming pool and health club will open soon with massage, steam rooms, fitness and beauty facilities.
The building itself has eight floors, with a ground-floor suite of offices, 34 apartments and 49 parking spaces. The design of each of Cleves Este's apartments is different and distinctive. Influences range from Japanese Haiku poetry and square-rigged sailing ships to the romance of Tuscany and Provence.
At every stage of the project's design close attention has been given to style and comfort. All apartments are light and airy, with spacious rooms and big windows. Each has at least one balcony – most have several.
Some apartments have walk-in wardrobes. All have modern handcrafted kitchens, Wi-fi pre-installed, and flat-screen TV with cable access. Every apartment has a full security system, with burglar alarm motion detection, and the front doors have triple bolts. A concierge is on duty 24 hours a day.
The air-conditioning is computer controlled, with chiller units on the roof –'greener' and more efficient than conventional systems. The underground car park is lavish: wide painted concrete floors, lighting activated by motion sensing devices, and (for winter conditions) under-floor heating on the entry and exit ramps.
Cleves EOOD (www.cleves.bg) focuses on the top-end of the rentals market. Its clients are senior international business people and diplomats. The company owns and operates all the apartments in its portfolio in order to be able to offer the highest quality of service.