Berlin-Zehlendorf: Senior living in the green villa district
Before the end of the year, a new nursing home for the elderly with 138 care places will open in Berlin-Zehlendorf. In Fürstenstraße, not far from the fashionable Mexikoplatz and the Grunewald, the investor HBB has built a modern home for seniors in need of assistance and care in a construction period of 22 months.
Berlin-Zehlendorf // The Fürstenstraße senior citizens’ nursing home combines classic architecture with state-of-the-art facilities. Already at the end of October 2021, the investor, HBB Hanseatische Gesellschaft für Seniorenheime mbH & Co.KG, based in Hamburg, handed over the home to the operator, DOMICIL Seniorenresidenzen SE. This is already HBB’s 16th senior citizens’ nursing home in Berlin. All the homes built by the investor will remain in its own portfolio and will be operated by DOMICIL. The Berlin district of Steglitz-Zehlendorf alone now has five DOMICIL senior care homes. “Mitten im Leben” (“In the middle of life”) is the operator’s corporate motto, which is also honored at the new facility. This is because Mexikoplatz with its inviting cafés, restaurants and stores is only a few hundred meters away from the new building. Embedded in the historic residential area and the green streets of the district, the senior citizens’ facility offers its future residents a high level of social participation and metropolitan infrastructure. Ernst Reuter, elected mayor of Berlin in 1948, lived not far from Bülowstrasse at the time.
The building is located on a corner lot that formerly housed a market garden. The size of the plot is almost 12,500 m2. It thus offers sufficient space for a park-like garden with a large terrace for festivities. The house itself has two full floors as well as a converted attic with dormer windows typical of the area. Its historic architecture blends in harmoniously with the surroundings. Inside, the new senior domicile offers space for 138 residents and all contemporary amenities, such as a modern cafeteria, which is also open to the neighborhood for use. Like all HBB facilities, the new senior care home in Zehlendorf belongs to the premium segment. It has its own kitchen where fresh meals are cooked every day – for residents, visitors and guests. The concept also includes an in-house laundry – which makes much more sense for ecological reasons than having to deliver and pick up laundry over long distances and in heavy inner-city traffic, explains HBB Managing Director Oliver Radünz. HBB therefore fundamentally rejects locations where these concept modules cannot be implemented, he says.
Classic inpatient care with opening into the neighborhood
“With this concept, our newest senior citizens’ nursing home in Berlin is also deliberately opening up to the neighborhood, as a permanent part of which it wants to be perceived in the future,” Radünz emphasizes. This is because HBB’s strategy is to build classic inpatient senior and nursing care facilities in central urban locations. This is a concept that has now been successfully established on the market for senior citizens’ real estate in Germany for 20 years. The project developer and investor from Hamburg has now built 43 senior care homes throughout Germany; they are all operated by DOMICIL Seniorenpflegeheime SE.
In exchange with the district and the neighbors
According to Radünz, HBB is also successful because the company always discusses its commitment with the responsible local authorities early on in any project planning and incorporates their requirements. “For example, we also developed the construction project in Fürstenstrasse in very close coordination over a period of years with the district within the framework of a project-related development plan,” says the managing director.
Radünz knows that, in addition to the operator’s concept, “the right choice of location, a precise site analysis and a tailor-made property for the respective location are decisive for the acceptance of a new care facility to be built. This includes being sensitive to any concerns or wishes in the neighborhood of a new senior care facility that is being built. In this context, Radünz reports on a local neighbors’ initiative that, in the case of the property in Zehlendorf, “spoke out against a planned residential development but in favor of our project. He also counts this as a success of the HBB strategy. Namely, communicating openly and transparently with those involved in a new location from the outset and thus ensuring “long-term acceptance of a facility by the residents in the neighborhood.
The fact that the new senior care center in Berlin-Zehlendorf is not lacking in acceptance is clear from the great interest shown by potential residents even before the official opening. And the owners and operators of the new home are confident that it will quickly achieve a good occupancy rate.
address: Fürstenstraße 36, Berlin-Zehlendorf
typ of property: Seniorenpflegeheim
property size: 12.463 m²
project volumen: around 8.562 m²
careplaces: around 138
opening date: Dezember 2021
HBB Hanseatische Gesellschaft für Seniorenheime mbH & Co.KG
Herr Oliver Radünz
Tel.: +49 (0) 40 60 09 07-200
Fax: +49 (0) 40 600 907-209