Real Estate Developer - Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision


Vanguard’s main aim is to exceed the expectations of the various stakeholders, by undertaking inspiring projects that leave a positive mark on the places and communities in which they are built.

The group currently has 22 urban and tourist projects in its portfolio spread over upmarket locations in Lisbon, Oeiras, Algarve and Comporta. covering a total above ground Gross Building Area (GBA) of around 1.027.781 sqm, in an investment worth more than €1 215  million.

Of the various projects underway, the first to be completed was Castilho 203 on the Lisbon street of the same name. The former high office building has been restored and renovated, thanks to an innovative and intelligent engineering system, in accordance with a project from the architects studio ARX Portugal Arquitectos and is already a landmark in the Portuguese capital, which can be considered to epitomise the Vanguard Properties’ philosophy. 

It has a central location, with good road access and uninterrupted views, spacious areas and contemporary architecture of unquestionable quality. The project draws on natural light and the surrounding area. Featuring a number of amenities and facilities, some of them a first in residential projects in Portugal, such as a spa and multimedia room which shows Vanguard Properties’ position in the Portuguese real estate market. 

A site specific work of art created by José Pedro Croft, one of today’s most renown Portuguese plastic artists, has been incorporated into the shared areas of Castilho 203, shows the company’s desire to place works of art in all of its development projects: a commitment which is a way of bringing value to the investments made by buyers, enriching their living experiences, while at the same time supporting Portuguese contemporary art.

This decision regarding the arts, which in addition to this includes other initiatives, is part of a much wider policy of sponsorships and social responsibility, which reflects the way the Vanguard Properties founders see their role in the community.   

This policy was implemented with a firm commitment from the start and on a scale never seen before in this sector. The policy is centred around areas that range from soft philanthropy, to sponsoring high profile sports events like the Millennium Estoril Open or Challenger Lisboa Belém Open. Supporting education, Vanguard Properties is the patron founder in Portugal of École 42 (School 42), which is considered the best programming school in the world. It also created Vanguard Stars, an international tennis programme dedicated to junior tennis talent and now in its third edition, is already a great success.

Also, as part of the same goal of contributing towards a healthy lifestyle, greater environmental awareness, and an understanding of the importance of improving the quality of life, of the communities in which it develops its activities, shortly after having acquired two important real estate assets from the Herdade da Comporta Fund, with Amorim Luxury, Vanguard Properties proved yet again, its commitment to the values that it holds dear by creating the Comporta Future Association (Associação Comporta Futuro). The objective of this association is to implement an integrated strategy of incentives to participational citizenship, from an environmental and cultural standpoint.



What sprung from that fortunate meeting between Claude Berda and José Cardoso Botelho, apart from a strong empathy, was a company with very clear and converging ideas, as to the best strategy approach to reach the potential that they share. 

Always known for its prime geographic location, mild climate, vast natural beauty and friendly, open and hospitable people, Portugal has in recent decades become famous for being a vibrant and politically stable country with excellent air, road and rail links and enviable levels of security.

An excellent backdrop and set of circumstances, which has attracted a growing expatriated community, who have contributed significantly to the present boom in the real estate market. 

This fortunate yet highly amenable environment, when taking into account the huge environmental and social impact that real estate activity has had on the community, means that it cannot must be viewed as a mere business opportunity. 

An approach that is especially pertinent, in the case of Vanguard Properties, which rapidly became the main player in the market with a portfolio of projects spread around the country, namely in areas with delicate and protected habitats such as Comporta, which confers an added responsibility.  


For all these reasons, and because of the professional ethics followed by its founders, Vanguard Properties has been positioned, from the very start, as a company with a mission to create:

  1. High-quality projects, both from an aesthetic and technical point of view, always developed in an ethically responsible way, that respects the environment and the community in which they are built;
  2. Projects in lovely locations, which take advantage of Portugal’s mild climate and abundance of light;
  3. Innovative projects that meet the expectations of those who invest and live in them, and which at the same time leave a positive mark on the community and its lifestyle;
  4. Projects that by their nature are exclusive, but that are intended to inspire and bring together ideas that contribute to their enrichment and insertion in the local culture, respecting history, and tradition.
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