3 bedroom farm house for sale
Italy - Tuscany, Arezzo, Cortona
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- AWESOME POSITION AND SOUTH FACING
- VIEWS OF LAKE TRASIMENO AND SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE
- 5 KMS FROM CORTONA TOWN - WALKABLE IN 40 MINUTES
- EXCELLENT RESTAURANT NEARBY
- FANTASTIC PLACE FOR WALKING ENTHUSIASTS
- IMMEDIATELY HABITABLE AND COMFORTABLY DESIGNED
- ALL HYDRAULIC AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS NEWLY INSTALLED
- GROUND FLOOR DONE TO A BUILDER'S FINISH
- ALL ELECTRIC AND HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS IN PLACE
South facing, the property is nestled into the mountainside in what has become a dedicated nature reserve. It is a walker's paradise and for the fit, the wonderful town of Cortona is just a 40 minute hike away (or alternatively, a 10 minute drive!)
Also within walking distance (about 15 minutes) is the excellent restaurant/pizzeria Castel Girardi, a popular Cortonese haunt during the heat of the summer months, with a large external dining area, cool (er) breezes and amazing views. Nearer to Cortona, but without having to enter the city, there is another fine restaurant and a pleasant bar with outside seating.
The two upper floors of the house are immediately habitable. On the first level there is a side entrance into a large open plan cook's kitchen with marble countertops, a living room and dining area with a hallway leading off to two bedrooms and a bathroom. The flooring throughout the house is primarily oak plank or hand made terra cotta tile. There is also a beautiful panoramic loggia built in the traditional Tuscan manner from which to enjoy the spectacular views.
The top floor has a large bedroom with a sitting area, a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower and a cast iron tub. All the fixtures are of high quality. Also on the top floor there is an office/laundry room and large under roof storage space.
The house has been comfortably and attractively designed and furnished throughout. Its interiors are welcoming, light and pleasing in their simplicity and the gorgeous attic bedroom with ensuite bathroom just delights the eye.
On first impact the house's external facade appears somewhat forbidding (and very probably the reason why this property has not yet sold), but this is actually a false impression and due entirely to the fine stone work and grouting which has been made to last centuries (as all good things once upon a time!!).
In fact, the left façade of the house is easy on the eye with an external staircase and the covered terrace. It is really just the right side which looks bleak (because it is 3 floors of stonework), but this could be remedied SOOOO easily and at zero cost with just a few window sill vases and/or a wild rose trained to grow up the wall.
The roof is not typically Tuscan and slopes down in chalet style, but given the house's dominant position (about 700 metres above sea level), it was probably made this way for practical reasons.
The ground floor, yet to be finished, is one large (neat and tidy!) open space made to a builder's finish. It is ready, with all necessary pipes and tubing in place, for either creating two further bedrooms and a bathroom connected by an internal staircase to the rest of the house or an independent apartment. Double French windows lead out under a loggia where one can sit and enjoy the views quietly.
The work left to do is very simple and 90% an aesthetic choice as to the finishes one might want and how best to use the space. Costs for completion, including all fees and VAT, would be in the region of E.75,000, but a detailed estimate can be provided before any commitment is made to buying the property.
The property has no restrictions for putting in a swimming pool. The infrastructure of the house was replaced about 6 years ago when the current owners restored the property and includes: all new electrical wiring, breakers and fixtures, gas lines and gas tank, water lines, sewer lines and septic tank system. This includes the ground floor. The house also includes wireless internet and telephone service.
Given the property's vicinity to Cortona, its fantastic views and potential of becoming a 5 bedroomed home, the asking price of E.485,000 (recently lowered from E.640,000) makes it a very interesting proposition. Complete and with a swimming pool installed, total costs would be circa E.650,000 which in comparison to other properties in the area, definitely makes it a good deal and well worth viewing.
CORTONA REAL ESTATE
At Cortona Real Estate we know hard work, efficiency and transparency are the keys to being a good estate agency. Established in 1997, our agency has successfully closed hundreds of sales and has acquired a reputation for being professional, friendly and above all, scrupulous in its attention to detail. Its English speaking team has over 50 years of combined experience in the field of property sales. Some years ago it joined forces with HelpWorks Italia (HelpWorksItalia.com) a property management company which offers a host of services to assist international clients post-purchase. More recently still it has been invited to become an associate of one of the UK's leading international real estate agencies, Jackson Stops & Staff.
We have learned from experience that selling houses requires empathy, intuition and a sizeable portfolio of properties to magic out of a hat when parameters change. We have also learned how important it is for the buying process to be a pleasure and an adventure. After all, if we hope for you to 'fall in love', we should at least set the scene for a romance!
OUR 12 SIMPLE STEPS TO BUYING A PROPERTY:
i) Initial contact: Our first necessity is to understand and interpret your criteria. We do this by asking for a 'wish list' of what you are ideally looking for and what sort of budget you can comfortably afford. We then forward you suitable properties and continue to do so until you have perfected your choices and are ready to make a trip out and view.
ii) Itinerary: On the basis of the properties you have picked, we will organise an itinerary and appointments. Ideas are often clarified during viewings and so we are always prepared for a change in schedule and viewings of alternative houses.
iii) Transparency: As an agency we don't just highlight good points of a property. We will also inform you of what we consider negative aspects either in the short or long term. Your pocket is just as important to us as our reputation!
iv) Collaboration: We work with a number of local and international agencies in Tuscany and Umbria and can source properties for you across these two areas. In this instance, we would accompany you to all viewings, act on your behalf in any negotiations and undertake all necessary searches. There is no added cost to you for this service because we work on the basis of a split commission with the associated agency.
v) Documentation: After the viewings, we provide you with all pertinent technical information regarding those properties you are interested in i.e. floor plans, measurements and land maps. We also calculate the purchase costs, annual taxes and notary fees so you are fully up to speed with what costs you would incur if you chose to buy.
And should you decide to take the plunge, we will:
vi) Organise a survey (cost E.500 + VAT), to ensure the property conforms to all local and EU planning and building regulations.
vii) Provide advanced estimates of any works you might want done (i.e. installing a pool, kitchen, bathroom) so you know what your total outlay might be.
viii) Assist in negotiations and establish terms, conditions and timelines to satisfy all parties.
ix) Take you step by step - together with our registered Italian notary - through each legal phase of the purchase thereby removing the necessity and added cost of an international lawyer.
x) Provide written translations, in English, of the survey and all ensuing notarised contracts.
xi) Establish methods and means of payment with any deposits held in escrow by the notary.
xii) Transfer all utilities into your name and assist you any way we can with your move, including the organisation of any works that might need to be done (from decorating, to the installation of wi-fi, air conditioning etc… to a complete restoration) or simply finding you a caretaker, gardener, cleaner etc…. to maintain the property in your absence.
ABOUT CORTONA REAL ESTATE
Cortona Real Estate has a large selection of properties from town houses and apartments to country properties in beautiful settings (villas, farmhouses, residential complexes). We have restored properties, properties in need of upgrades and abandoned properties in need of complete restoration.
If you can't find what you are looking for, or if you are looking further afield (Florence, Siena, Montepulciano, Lucignano, Castiglione del Lago, Sansepolcro) we would be more than happy to do you a personalised search. We have an extensive network and also collaborate with many of the internationally recognised agencies based in these areas. Just email us your requirements and we'll start asking around.
For those with more modest budgets, we also have a choice of practical and comfortable homes - new builds, apartments in condominiums, portions of old houses - which can be viewed on our Italian website: immobiliare-cortonese.com.
References: To date, our international clients have only praise and thanks for the service we provided them. You can see their feedback on the agency website (Cortonarealestate.it)
The agency is registered at the Chamber of Commerce in Arezzo and has been a member of FIAIP (Federation of Professional Italian Estate Agents) since 1997.
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