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Conches Just a few minutes from Geneva, in the popular district of Conches, Les Arases is home to 7 luxury buildings surrounded by hundred-year-old trees. A rare and preserved place, where one can live in contact with nature.
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Bellevue This beautiful modern 11-room property is located in the leafy and quiet Bellevue area.
Geneva: an international and humanist city
Together with New York, Geneva is one of the principal global centres for international diplomacy and multilateral cooperation. The city is home to more than 200 non-governmental organisations and over 30 international organisations, including UNICEF and the Red Cross (also the first to establish its headquarters in Geneva). The fundamental dimensions of the city’s identity are reflected in this cosmopolitanism and its openness to the world.
Geneva upholds humanist and universal values in the 2,500 conferences and meetings it holds each year, including for example of the UN Human Rights Council, and which together attract 205,000 delegates from every corner of the globe. To this may be added the more than 4,000 official visits by heads of state, government leaders, ministers and high dignitaries. There are no fewer than 30,000 employees working every day in these permanent organisations and missions. While Geneva works hard to establish favourable conditions for receive this diplomatic world, especially with the Cointrin airport which sees more than 10 million passengers per year, it does so too for its new inhabitants.
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Considering the importance of the city of Geneva, it is easy to confuse it with the canton of the same name: the small territorial area of the canton, at 282 km2, means that the city and associated urban area cover most of it. Indeed, the city comprises 200,000 of the canton’s 500,000 inhabitants. As a result, city and countryside are far from separate. The mixture is very homogenous, with a mid-sized city of international standing on the one hand, and on the other a well-preserved countryside that is never more than 15 kilometres from the city centre.
The renowned Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler made no mistake when he headed to the Quai du Mont-Blanc to paint with great virtuosity his magnificent landscapes that depict the Alps plunging into Lake Geneva. The old town has no shortage of architectural beauty, as it has retained the typical profile and style of an 18th-century European city. World capital of watchmaking, wealth management and luxury, this is where we have established our offices in Geneva.
Continually increasing rental prices, coupled with a favourable interest rate, are pushing new buyers to become homeowners. The sale of apartments, villas, new-build properties or mansions is still healthy in the Geneva area, and the luxury segment is asserting its recovery. Encouraged by an average of two sales each day, our Geneva real estate office can rely on Sotheby’s International Realty’s prestigious address book to develop its network and consolidate its position in the local property market. With four brokers who know all the areas and every corner of the territory intimately, we can offer you a free estimate of your property, professional photos, 360° virtual tours and home staging. These resources, among other qualities, are what allow us to sell an average of two properties every day.
The University of Geneva, one of the world’s greatest
The Académie de Genève was founded by the Reformer John Calvin in 1559, and later became the University of Geneva, which is regularly listed among the 150 best in the world in university rankings. The city is also home to many other prestigious institutions, such as the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), the High School of Management (HEG) as well as the renowned Hotel Management School of Geneva and the High School of Landscape, Engineering and Architecture (HEPIA). If we turn to music, the city can boast of the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze and the Conservatory.
The international outlook of the city has led to the emergence of numerous private schools, the best-known of which include the International School of Geneva, the Institut Florimont and the Collège du Léman to mention only a few. Between them they teach many thousands of children.
The very best in culture
The summer season is especially rich in cultural events: La Ville est à vous, Black Movie, Festival Antigel, Nuit de la science, Musiques en été festival, la Fureur de lire, and Poésie en ville. These urban festivals cover every cultural need and desire, from electronic music to cutting edge, international cinema. Geneva is also the European city that allocates the highest proportion of its budget to culture. When it comes to spectacles, the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices (BFM), the Grand Théâtre or Victoria Hall are among the key locations for enjoying cultural happenings.
Museums include the Botanical Garden and its Herbarium, which include some six million samples, the Museum of Natural History, the Voltaire Institute and Museum and also the Museum of Ethnography. The Palace of Exhibitions and Congresses, Palexpo, hosts world-renowned events every year, such as the International Motor Show or the Book and Press Fair.
The Romande clock
One swallow does not make spring, goes the saying. And this is even more true with regard to Geneva. When the beautiful season approaches, the eyes are turned towards the Treille promenade. There, since 1818, a chestnut tree officially marks the arrival of spring. And Genevans do not mess around with the calendar: the Secretary-General of the General Secretariat of the Grand Council, known as the Sautier, observes the tree scrupulously and notes the day of the arrival of the first bud. Subsequently, the date is officially communicated to the press which gladly takes up this information essential for the life of the people of Geneva.
In another time register, for which there is a certain admiration, the canton of Geneva has a long tradition in the field of watchmaking, of which the city is a renowned capital. Numerous leading watchmaking companies have made their home here: Patek Philippe, Chopard, Vacheron Constantin, and above all Rolex, the largest employer in the canton.
Geneva loves running
With more than 40,000 participants, the Course de l’Escalade is one of the most important running races in Switzerland. Every year, on the first weekend of December, the runners gather to run the almost 9 kilometres from the old town to the Parc des Bastions. Bathed in a good-natured spirit, the event does not achieve any ranking. Equally festive, the “La Marmite” race invites Genevans to run in costume. The name of this race refers to the famous Geneva cauldron. Legend has it that Mother Kingdom, confronting the enemy, hurled a boiling pot filled with vegetable soup. At the Fête de l’Escalade celebration that commemorates this event, the people of Geneva break chocolate pots filled with sweets and marzipan vegetables, while pronouncing the traditional phrase “Thus perish the enemies of the Republic.”
The light after the Reform
“Post tenebras lux” or “Out of darkness, light” appears on the coat of arms of Geneva. The motto appeared at the time of the Reformation, initiated by John Calvin, in 1536, to represent the passage to the new religion. Geneva would henceforth be known as the city of Calvin, in reference to his renown. A monument was erected for the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, the Reformers Wall, in the Parc des Bastions built against the ancient walls of the city. He is shown, Bible in hand, in the company of three other illustrious figures of the movement: Théodore de Bèze, John Knox and Guillaume Farel.
This light also literally bathes the city of Geneva, whether it is the parks or the lakeside that the people of Geneva love to frequent when the good weather comes. With views of the famous Jet d’Eau fountain and the Rade, the Bains des Pâquis are very popular with locals, in summer to bask in the sun, or in winter to enjoy the sauna and an invigorating plunge into the fresh water of the lake. Where it flows out of Lake Geneva, the banks of the Rhone get as busy as the lakeside beaches. Knowing how to take advantage of the weather and the city through the seasons is written into the DNA of Geneva natives.