I don't often post about anything other than tennis here but seen as though we're in the off season I thought I'd have a quick look at Federer's blossoming career as a property developer 🙂
I did a post almost 2 years ago about Roger building a holiday home in the Swiss alps in an area called Graubunden near the village of Lenzerheide, South of Chur which I think is a ski resort.
Now according to a report I saw on Blick, a daily Swiss Newspaper, this property is now complete and I've posted some pictures below along with the main one above.
Federer bought the land in 2008 for a reported 12 million francs; there was already an existing property but it was a real eyesore so he's had it demolished and rebuilt a new villa from the ground up.
This is a double Villa so his parents can live alongside him and Mirka + twins and the new build cost around eight million francs and includes 150-square-meter swimming pool and wellness area. That puts his expense on this one at around 20 million francs. Or as he would call it, pocket change. Just check Federer's net worth for confirmation.
Strangely the article on Blick is no longer live so I can't link to it, I'm not sure why, perhaps they were asked to take it offline for privacy reasons so if my blog goes offline and you don't hear from me again then you know what happened. If any of his PR team are reading this and want it taking down please send me a Wilson Pro Staff 95 + an expenses paid trip to the Australia Open and I'll comply.
By my reckoning that means Roger now has 3 or possibly 4 homes in his growing portfolio, there's his main home in Wollerau which was chosen because taxes are low, smart move, along with his training camp / holiday home in Dubai, potentially a villa in South Africa and now this bad boy in Valbella.
There's More – Herrliberg on Lake Zurich
After doing some Googling I also found some digital renderings made by a Swiss Architects called Arndt Geiger Herrmann. The visualisations are of a new property on Lake Zurich and are believed to be another of Federer's property investments.
In 2011 he spent 29,000,000 Swiss Francs on a vacant 5,800 square meter plot on a slope above Lake Zurich which is why this is rumoured to be a new Federer residence. It's somewhere in the Laubhölzli area of Herrliberg which is a notoriously wealthy place.
These are probably only concepts but it looks like there will be a large garage underneath a giant circular cut out ring, lots of glass-railed terraces over 3 floors and of course a great view over Lake Zurich.
There is also a smaller secondary building which could be for his parents, an outhouse or a place for the nanny, along with an outdoor swimming pool and to top it off it's just a stones throw away from the TC Herrliberg tennis club, a private tennis court although from the pictures it looks like there's one on site too. Sweet!
I'll let you know if I get an invite ;).