Twelve years ago, in 2011, Kids Globe took over the lease of the former tuberculosis sanatorium at Grabowsee near Berlin.
We immediately set about repairing and protecting the estate and the listed buildings. Following the looting and vandalism that had taken place in previous years, large portions of the roofs had been exposed and left at the mercy of weather conditions. We therefore replaced several kilometers of roof battens and fitted over 40,000 tiles on the roofs. If we had not done this work a number of roofs or sections of roofs would have collapsed, including that of the director’s mansion.
After carrying out considerable repairs Kids Globe intends to purchase the estate in the near future. The present owner, a businessman from Berlin, is selling the site, which encompasses 34 hectares and about 30 buildings, for 20 million euros.
In 2011 the selling price was 10 million euros. The favorable development of the property market in and around Berlin means that the price has doubled in ten years.
The owner has repeatedly received offers of 20 million euros from property developers. The estate has huge potential, which is why the price is justified. And Grabowsee is the ideal place in which to build a worldwide academy for the young generation. Everything we aim to achieve is possible here. In the coming weeks and months we shall be making every effort to raise the sum necessary to purchase the estate.
During our twelve-year lease of the estate, we funded the reparation and protection of the listed buildings with the help of several thousands of visitors and photographers as well as film and video productions every year.
The response of people who visited the estate was in almost all cases positive, and often even exuberant. This makes us certain that we will not only be able to raise the sum required to purchase the estate, but also assure the long-term funding of the Academy.