3 bedroom town house for sale
Italy - Arpino, Frosinone, Lazio
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- Fine centuries-old town house on three levels, a minute's stroll from the main piazza
- Magnificent terraces and courtyard garden overlooking the valley
- Panoramic vistas from the windows and from the terraces
- A peaceful, secure and tranquil retreat shielded from traffic noise by the mayoral palazzo
- Easy to design the interior layout to suit the purchaser's requirements
- Outstanding road access; private lockup garage within the grounds
- A perfect location for al fresco living and dining, for family and friends and for entertaining
- Lovely centuries-old stone-vaulted cellars
This splendid old building is located on the corner where the original Volscian settlement of Civita Falconara joins the main body of historic Arpino. It therefore commands views of both the valley and the rest of the historic town centre. Being situated off a road leading only to one of Civita Falconara's piazzas, it is easy to reach by car (and has a garage, another rarity), while not being disturbed by through-traffic. Only a minute's stroll to Arpino's main piazza and shopping streets, it is nonetheless screened from their noise and bustle by the mayoral palazzo, and remains a quiet and tranquil private retreat.
There is a large courtyard garden, with mature trees, which becomes at one end a large terrace built out overlooking the valley. A perfect location for al fresco dining - choose sun or shade from the mature trees by day, and quite magical at night with the lights of Arpino stretching up the hillside.
The property is on three levels, all with beautiful views. Each level can be independently accessed from the street. The lowest level is the stone cantina (cellar), currently painted white but easily restored to its original stone and old wood beams. Electricity and water have already been installed. This could become an entertaining area, or remain as cantina. It opens onto a further terrace, with access to the garage. This could be the site of a discreet but convenient herb and vegetable garden.
Some of the land going down the hillside also belongs to the property.
The upper two levels are currently divided into rooms, 5 rooms plus bathroom on each level, but an unusual feature of the property is that, other than a central supporting column, these are merely partition walls, so that the space can easily be reconfigured to suit its new owners, or left completely or partially open. One side of the property would, if stripped of its wallpaper, reveal a striking long, curved stone wall, running the full length of the house.
Plumbing has already been brought to two different points, and a kitchen is envisaged for the first of the two rooms opening directly onto the large courtyard garden.
Various possible floor plan designs can be suggested to purchaser specifications.
The property is structurally sound, and the roof has been restored. Lived in until very recently, it is technically habitable as is (except for the kitchen fittings having been removed), but would particularly suit a purchaser willing to devote the taste and care to restore it to the elegance and beauty befitting its history and position.
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.
- Ciampino (International), 85.2 miles
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