Looking to Buy a Waterfront Romanesque Palace in a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

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Continuing our look at the prime real estate in Croatia with Croatia Sotheby’s International Realty on July 11, 2017, where else can you buy a waterfront Romanesque palace in a UNESCO World Heritage Site? 

I will confess to being a little jealous. Soon after I moved to Hvar in 2003, I opened my own real estate agency, selling properties on the island to foreigners and Croats from the mainland. It was a good business until the global crisis, but the majority of my properties and sales seemed to be confined to stone ruins, goat sheds and parcels of land where you may or may not be allowed to build. We had the occasional luxury property (but never sold one), and I never really did see the luxury side of Croatian real estate. 

And so I am enjoying our occasional look at some of the more luxury properties on the market these days through Croatia Sotheby’s International Realty, while also being a little jealous of their portfolio, and it is reassuring for buyers to have such a respected international name to assist them in guiding them through the tricky maze of Croatian real estate. Especially if that real estate is located in one of the country’s prime heritage sites and awaiting reconstruction. 

There cannot be many places in the world where you have the opportunity to buy a waterfront Romanesque palace in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but – as with several properties in their portfolio – there are truly some unique properties for sale.


I was in Trogir recently, where I was fortunate to enjoy the Don Dino experience, courtesy of chef Ivan Pazanin, a restaurant which I am sure will be a firm favourite of whoever buys this prime piece of real estate. The official description below.  



A Romanesque Tragurium Palace is located on the waterfront, along the southern city walls, within the cultural and historical nucleus of the city of Trogir

The palace location provides a unique experience of UNESCO World Heritage Site, in addition to the advantage of its top rankings concerning its five apartments and three double rooms.


A reconstruction of the three-floor building with a total area of 625.72 square meters has been planned on the construction land plot covering an area of 275 square meters. The Palace is located next to the medieval Fort of St. Nicholas and the presentation of the Fort has been planned to extend throughout the entire height of the building through the interior staircase and the skylight, with access to a must see city attraction – a medieval cornice of the wall which was used for defence purposes.


The construction planning of the project includes a ground floor covering an area of 186.83 square meters with a reception desk, a restaurant and a coffee bar, directly connected with the Trogir waterfront called Riva, open also for non-resident visitors and participants of a large number of events and presentations of the cultural heritage of Trogir. The premises for an additional catering proposal have also been planned in the northern end of the building (cigar bar). The entrance to the hotel has been planned both from the southern and the northern end, whereas the entrance to the coffee bar has been planned from the western end. The original stone staircase in the defensive walls enables also the external access to the first floor on the northern end of the building.


The construction planning for the first floor includes a spacious multi-functional atrium and two apartments, one with a total area of 46.87 square meters and the other of 50.77 square meters, with a terrace of 31.66 square meters. On the second floor there will also be two apartments, one of 39.93 square meters and the other of 41.62 square meters, in addition to the hotel room that covers the area of 23.43 square meters. The third floor is intended for two hotel rooms, one of 20.54 square meters and the other of 23.17 square meters and an apartment covering the area of 41.43 square meters.

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