3 bedroom town house for sale
Italy - Arpino, Frosinone, Lazio
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- Centuries-old restored 6-level stone house in the medieval historic centre of Arpino
- Sweeping panoramic views over the valley to distant mountains
- 60 sq.mt. terrace garden with a spectacular spot-lit embankment as a back-drop
- Currently 3 bed/2 bath; easy possibility to add 3rd bath and create a magnificent master bedroom suite
- Four levels of the property totalling 200 sq.mt. have been restored
- Two levels totalling a further 300 sq mt. are presently unrestored
- A spectacular extra-large sitting room, home cinema or entertaining area could be created on one unrestored level with a natural rock garden behind a glass wall
- Excellent road access; adjacent street parking
- Quiet and tranquil despite its location inside the historic centre
It is rare to find a complete house such as this in the medieval district, such houses having been more commonly sub-divided into separate apartments over the centuries.
The Civita Falconara quarter of Arpino, where Casa Caio Mario is located, is very old, pre-dating the Roman period, and traces of the original Volscian settlement can still be seen in some of the oldest walls, although much of its current aspect dates to the medieval period - it is easy to lose yourself in its maze of picturesque alleyways and flights of stairs.
Casa Caio Mario, built opposite a charming small church, has splendid panoramic views over the valley and the historic centre of Arpino, while being only a minute or two's walk from the bars, shops, restaurants, etc in the main piazza and along the Corso. There is street parking near the church. The property's position on the 'mezzaluna' road curving around half of the outside edge of the Civita Falconara area provides excellent road access, even for those not accustomed to driving through medieval streets, without being at all noisy. The road goes only up to a viewpoint and therefore the only traffic is by those who live near it.
Casa Caio Mario is a beautiful old stone house, the top four floors of which were restored ten years ago and total 200 sq.mt. of habitable space. However, as noted above, there is the possibility for carrying out some further simple non-structural remodeling which would make this home a real gem. Owing to the slope of the ground, the property has five exterior doors on four different levels.
The highest exterior door opens onto the penultimate floor ("level 5"): here, a very short hall leads into a large room with a window over the garden, antique red, black and cream floor tiles and an old wood ceiling. This level has an extremely large bedroom with lovely views, and a bathroom overlooking the garden. From the central room, a staircase winds up to the top floor ("level 6"), also with antique wood ceilings, currently comprising two rooms, one with a bathroom sink: it would be easy to fit out a complete bathroom on this floor, making an independent bedroom/bathroom suite. Indeed, there is also an area of half-height attic space overlooking the valley, which (subject to planning consent) could be turned into a large roof terrace with sweeping views, making the top floor a stunning master suite. Alternatively, if fewer bedrooms are required, it would be a perfect study/artist's studio.
Proceeding down instead of up from the "level 5" penultimate floor described above, you come to "level 4" where there is a small room with an attractive balcony overlooking the garden.. On one side of this floor, there is another bedroom overlooking the valley, with an ensuite bathroom. On the other side, there is another, smaller room, currently used as a general utility room, and, opening off it and underground owning to the steep slope of the land, there is a cave-like area for wine storage and utilities. There is a safe built into the wall.
Below this is "level 3", the level of the large terrace garden. On this floor there is a sitting room with the same lovely views of the valley and a fireplace. The sitting room is separated from the kitchen/dining room by an old stone archway. This floor opens directly onto the large terrace, with the spot-lit garden embankment running up to the road and forming a beautiful backdrop. If a gate were put in the wall above the garden, it would be possible to make this level the main entrance. Both this level and the one above have fine old wood ceilings and traditional terracotta floor tiles.
Stairs continue down from the sitting room to another level ("level 2"), currently unrestored. This level has one room (under the level 3 sitting room) with a window looking out towards the church and another external door (opening onto a short flight of old stone steps into the private lane between this house and the church). It would also be possible, if desired, to make this door the main door to the building (as it may well have been originally). There is a second extremely large room on this floor, which runs under the entire length and width of the terrace, from which it is lit by skylights. It also has windows onto the lane. Here, there is the exciting opportunity to install a glass wall along much of the length of the room, with a stunning feature rock garden behind it, created from the base of the garden embankment and lit by the already existing skylights during the day and spotlights at night. This room would make a spectacular extra-large sitting room, home cinema or entertaining area. These two unrestored levels total 300 sq.mt. of additional potential accommodation.
On the very lowest level ("level 1"), there are large cellars, also with two doors onto the lane. The lane itself is communal to the house and the church, and is entered at one end by a wrought iron gate (the keys to which are held by the home owner and the church). This lane opens off a short dead-end road branching from the main 'mezzaluna' road, and offers street parking.
Energy classification G
ARPINO AND THE CIOCIARIA
Arpino is one of the major medieval hilltop towns in the area of Italy called the Ciociaria, the name given to the fertile land that lies south of Rome but north of Naples, situated inland in the hills in the heart of Italy.
The Ciociaria region is within easy reach of both Rome and Naples and their respective airports. A day's shopping in Rome is a common pastime, while an even shorter drive brings you to the charming beaches south of Rome. Alternatively, drive east, and the mountains of the Abruzzo National Park await with horse trekking in the magnificent beech forests, and sparkling mountain lakes and rivers where you can swim in the heat of the summer. And at the other extreme of temperature, although Arpino itself is temperate, less than an hour's drive brings you to the winter ski slopes.
Often overlooked, both by tourists and by those foreigners in search of an Italian home, in favour of the more publicized regions of Tuscany and Umbria, the Ciociaria remains largely an unspoilt gem with beautiful scenery and medieval hilltop towns. A home or second home in the Ciociaria, in the hilltop towns of Arpino, Veroli, Alatri or in the rolling countryside that surrounds them, will afford you a setting where over two thousand years of history combine with an idyllic rural Italian lifestyle, where you can still discover the 'real' Italy and take time out from the busy crowds of the larger tourist cities, while being less than ninety minutes journey from central Rome or either of Rome's two airports.
VIA ROMANA Srls
Via Romana Srls is an Italian-incorporated company and offers a package of services to facilitate all aspects of the purchase and restoration of Italian property by overseas clients. The Via Romana team comprises Alison & Katherine Holland working in collaboration with various licensed agencies including the Alfano Consulting Agency, Immobiliare Grasso di Alessandra Grasso and Casantica Restauri Srl.
Alison Holland is a UK Chartered Accountant who, as an investment banker, lived and worked in various European countries, the US, Australia and Singapore, before settling in Italy. Alison has property valuation qualifications and much experience of selling high-end real estate. Katherine Holland is the photographer for the business.
The Alfano Consulting Agency is headquartered in Roccasecca and is one of the largest and most important real estate agencies in this area of Lazio. It is owned by Dottore Alfano who is the President of the Federazione Italiana Mediatori Agenti d'Affari, Frosinone.
Immobiliare Grasso di Alessandra Grasso is a long-established real estate agency in Sabaudia, a beautiful coastal town with beaches and lakes, 90 kilometres south of Rome.
Casantica Restauri Srl. is owned by a highly-experienced master builder and a civil engineer, and the company specialises in all aspects of the restoration of centuries-old properties including technical design and drawings and the obtaining of all necessary authorisations, permits and registrations throughout the restoration process.
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