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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Top 10 Plants to Make Your Garden Smell Like Heaven

Nothing brings in some goodness to life like fragrant smells coming from a home garden. Better than any aerosol, plants are the all-natural way of giving you some of the most breathtaking sweet scents that you could ever smell. But some plants are better at this than others!

So, if you’re curious about which plants are the most fragrant or you want to start transforming your garden, we’ve got a list for you. Here are the top 10 plants that will make your garden sing with fragrance.

  1. Jasmine: You see it in your favourite perfumes and deodorant, so why not bring it to your home garden? Jasmine fragrances are as sweet as they are long-lasting. You’ll just keep looking for excuses to stay in your garden!
  2. Sweetshrub: Named after the Greek Goddess of love and beauty, this plant’s name says it all. They say that the smell of this plant differs for each person. Now, that’s interesting.
  3. Lavender: It is one of the most popular plants around the world grown for its smell. Why? Well, it is also the main ingredient in scented oils that promote calming and soothing sensations.
  4. Gardenia: It’s wonderful when you have sweet smelling flowers, but it’s amazing when they don’t require much maintenance and bloom quite often. That’s exactly why the Gardenia is special.
  5. Hyacinth: These plants bloom in a variety of colours like violet, pink, red and blue to name a few. Each colour has its distinctive scent and will add a layer of complexity to your garden.
  6. Lilac: Not often seen around in gardens despite being known as the queen of fragrant flowers, the Lilac could be what sets your garden apart. They are hardy and, at times, bloom 2-3 times in a year.
  7. Scented Geranium: Rather than just one plant, this is an entire family of plants that bloom with unique smelling flowers. You have the choice of over 200 varieties that can adorn and beautify your garden.
  8. Eucalyptus: No, we’re not talking about the fast-growing trees that need constant pruning. Instead, try the Eucalyptus shrubs that give off a subtle, sweet scent without taking too much of your time or effort.
  9. Sweet Bay: We always look to flowers as being the fragrant part but what if leaves could do just that, maybe even better? Sweet Bay leaves not only add a wonderful aroma to your garden but can also be used to add interesting flavours to your cooking!
  10. Rose: Saving the best for last, you can’t think of having a fragrant garden without a Rose. They are to flowers what diamonds are to gemstones, priceless and adored. A Rosebush can be the centre attraction of any fragrant garden.

Well, you now have a considerable list of fragrant plants to choose from, so spend some time and take your pick. No matter which plant you choose to grow, your garden is sure to smell like heaven soon!…

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