Our executives embrace the enterprising spirit of Colliers International. They are passionate, committed leaders who share a common goal: to accelerate the success of everyone associated with our company, including our clients, sales professionals, support staff, communities and business partners.1958 marked the year of our first transaction under the then company name, Columbus Immobilien. Georg Muzicant, the company's founder, was the broker for a shop on Kärntner Strasse, later known as the 'Kurier-Eck'.
The firm's first office opened in 1961 in Hegelgasse with three members of staff. Shortly thereafter, it was moved to Goldschmiedgasse 10 in Vienna's central first district, where it can still be found today.
The company grew along with the expansion of supermarkets and international retail chains in the 1970s. At that time, it was involved in the sale of important real estate properties including the Palais Equitable in 1967, a residential complex in Gallmeyergasse, and a Bank building on Stephansplatz, purchased by Bank Austria.
Following the death of Georg Muzicant in 1977, his son, Dr. Ariel Muzicant, took over management and has developed the company to its current size.
In addition to providing traditional brokerage services for retail firms, such as Eduscho, Vita Drogeriemärkte and McDonald's, we have developed not only new client relationships, for example with Impo, H&M, Douglas, Zara and Mango, but also new areas of business, such as brokerage of offices, rental apartment buildings and industrial real estate. We have also branched out into the development of office buildings, e.g. the Internationales Zentrum Donaustadt with the IZD Tower, the largest private real estate investment project in Austria.
In 1994, Columbus Immobilien joined Colliers International, representing an increasing number of international clients moving into the Austrian market, as well as taking care of Austrian firms expanding their business abroad in cooperation with the local Colliers partners.
In 2005, Georg B. Muzicant, Ariel's son, joined the firm to make it a third-generation family business. Based on his several years of experience in the Anglo-American real estate business, Georg is focused on the establishment of a highly competitive development division for national and international projects.
In the past couple of years, the real estate market has become more and more international and thus changed significantly. In order to meet the future challenges of an enlarged Europe, we have expanded our services and become more specialized.