Liverpool-based mum of two, wins property community award for ‘deal of the year’ after purchasing and rejuvenating the now stunningly beautiful ‘Empress Hall’ in Blackpool.
Kristina Castellina, 36, who lives in Woolton, South Liverpool, is a multimillion-pound property developer and a member of the Prosperity Network – a community of active property investors and business owners coming together to share experiences, knowledge and successes in the industry. At the end of the year, they host the Prosperity Network awards, this years gala was held at The Midland Hotel in Manchester, where Kristina was awarded and celebrated for her huge 2022 renovation project a 178 sq metre charming building, which she transformed into ‘Empress Hall’.
Kristina said; “I am delighted to have won this award. A huge thank you to everyone who nominated me and voted for me – it means so much that this award has been awarded by the property network and to be recognised within a community of such active, and successful property investors I would also like to thank every single person involved in my business; this specific project was a huge team effort, my builders Phil, Tracy and Lee were incredible and Lucy at Furnish my Property totally understood my vision and ran with it… there were so many more people involved, too many to mention, but every single person got such a buzz from working on this project. The Empress Hall is filled with love, passion and vibrancy. What a year! I am so excited to see what 2023 brings.”
Empress Hall was a project inspired by lockdown and driven by Kristina’s own desire for connection, she harnessed her passion for creating beautiful spaces to develop this property into a party and retreat ‘celebration house’ – one that will help connect people and encourage celebration of life as; groups of friends, entrepreneurs, or colleagues… coming together to take time out of their busy lives. Kristina also has high hopes that her creative interior design and playful style will attract the eyes of film location bookers, celebrity photographers and indeed local stars themselves.
She said: ”I still get a buzz every time I walk through the doors of Empress Hall… myself and the team truly brought this property to life again.”
Despite training to be a professional singer and performer in her initial career, Kristina has built an impressive multimillion-pound property portfolio over the past few years, after realising she craved more security than a career in entertainment could provide. Despite travelling the world and performing at venues such as; MGM Grand in Vegas and singing alongside the likes of Bonnie Tyler and other celebrities, as Kristina started to think about starting a family, she was desperate to provide them with more stability than she’d had growing up and so retrained to take a different path, investing her life savings into mastering the art of property development.
Whilst she has numerous properties under her belt, from locally, to far and wide, Empress Hall is a true passion project of Kristina’s very much indulging her creative showbiz side.
The building, which can sleep 20, has been created as a space to entertain and relax, providing true escapism from the trials and tribulations of everyday life – with a cinema room with a popcorn and candy trolley, games room with pool table, football table, old school arcade machines, a music room with bar, juke box and karaoke machine and a huge dining table and social area where guests can sit and eat together. Positive quotes around reminding people “they are enough”, to “live in the moment” and to have “self love” also create an empowering setting within Empress Hall.