House Hunting in Austria: Skiing Heaven in the Austrian Alps for $1.5 Million

This four-bedroom penthouse sits on a plateau at the foot of the Grossvenediger, an 11,700-foot glacier-topped mountain that looms over the village of Neukirchen am Grossvenediger, in the Austrian Alps.

Built in 2016 on the second floor of a south-facing farmhouse-style chalet with overhanging eaves, the 1,615-square-foot apartment has exposed beams and vaulted rafters with a ceiling peak of about 16 feet, said Florian Hofer, a managing director in Austria for Engel & Völkers, which has the listing. Balconies at either end of the penthouse and a loggia overlook some of the 16 other nearby chalets with mountain views reminiscent of “The Sound of Music,” which was set in Salzburg.

Steps lead from a ground-level entry to the penthouse’s thick wood door. The wood-clad great room encompasses the living, dining and kitchen areas, with wide plank floors, a fireplace and a floor-to-ceiling, triple-insulated glass door that slides open to a loggia protected from the elements on three sides. The balcony has decorative wood railings with fanciful carvings near the chalet’s peak.

The J-shaped kitchen has white laminate cabinets, a wood-patterned laminate countertop and a raised breakfast bar. An image of mountains is printed on a glass backsplash across the wall.

A short hall leads to a spa bathroom with a glass-walled sauna and an adjacent relaxation area with mountain views. A second door from the spa opens to the main bedroom.

Three bedrooms have en suite baths and double doors to a back balcony. The fourth bedroom opens to the front balcony.

Two parking spots in an underground community garage are reserved for the penthouse, with a walk of about 40 yards along a path to the chalet.

Neukirchen am Grossvenediger, with about 2,500 residents, is in the western portion of the 715-square-mile Hohe Tauern National Park. The penthouse is within 30 minutes of five ski areas, including Kitzbuhel, a fashionable winter resort with tony shops at its medieval center and an annual downhill race event, the Hahnenkamm. Zell Am See, a city of about 10,000 known for winter sports and summers on the shores of Lake Zell, is 40 minutes east.

The medieval city of Salzburg, with about 150,000 residents and a claim to fame as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is 90 miles north. Salzburg Airport provides flights to other European cities. Munich International Airport is a two-hour drive.

Salzburg has enjoyed a solid decade of housing-market growth, with prices in the city rising 110 percent during that period (and even more at the high end), brokers said. That’s in line with national trends: Housing prices across Austria surged upward in 2019, growing by about 8 percent year-over-year, according to Oesterreichische Nationalbank, the central bank of Austria.

The city attracts large numbers of tourists and students attending one of its three universities. Buyers often seek renovated apartments in Salzburg’s Baroque town center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as lakeside homes in

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Austria to file charges against Turkish spy – interior minister

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria will file charges against a person who has confessed to spying for Turkey’s secret service, and authorities are investigating more suspected espionage activities, its interior minister said, warning Turkey this would not be tolerated.

FILE PHOTO: Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer addresses a news conference in Vienna, Austria August 24, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

“This is about an exertion of influence by a foreign power in Austria and this will in no way be accepted,” Karl Nehammer told a news conference on Tuesday.

Turkey rejected the espionage accusations as “baseless.”

There were clear indications of Turkish influence in Austria, said the director general for public safety, Franz Ruf. The new findings came following extensive investigations by Austrian police after violent clashes between Turkish and Kurdish groups in Vienna in June.

One person has fully confessed to having been “recruited by the Turkish secret service to spy on other Turkish citizens or Austrian citizens with a Turkish migration background to then report them to the Turkish security authorities,” Nehammer said. He added that the judiciary will file charges on suspicion of espionage. He gave no details about the person.

Austria has found that more than 30 Austrians were detained in Turkey between 2018 and 2020 after entering the country and has indications that the Turkish secret service tried to recruit them, the interior minister said.

“Turkish espionage has no place in Austria. There is no place for Turkish influence on liberty and fundamental rights in Austria. We will fight against it vehemently,” Nehammer said, adding that Europol and the Presidency of the European Council had been informed.

Later on Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Ankara rejected the “baseless claims,” adding the comments showed Vienna was unable to “escape populist rhetoric and its anti-Turkey obsession.”

“We are astonished that the Austrian government has reached conclusions that implicate our country with unserious reflexes through these claims,” Aksoy said in a statement.

“We urge the Austrian government to stop chasing artificial agenda with shallow and domestic political calculations over Turkey, and act with state seriousness, common sense and sincere cooperation,” he added.

Reporting by Kirsti Knolle in Vienna; Additional reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu in Ankara; Editing by Ed Osmond and Matthew Lewis

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