2 bedroom semi-detached house for sale
Italy - Tuscany, Arezzo, Cortona
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- 2 bedrooms and 2 studies
- Modern kitchen with ample storage facilities
- Kitchen leading out into garden
- Outside barbeque area
- Pellet stove and central heating
- Smart, modern bathrooms
- Stunning views
- Peaceful location
- Parking available
- Within walking distance of town centre
"Our house in Cortona has a story, a very long story, as it is probably close to 800 years old. We being the current owners only know its most recent history, but it is on all the old maps. David and I are from San Francisco CA. We had raised our daughters in an old house, old for California, 1885, in Sausalito. There for 33 years we did a beautiful modern renovation of an old grand dame of the city. In a terrible state of repair, it looked out to the mountains and the Bay.
When it was done and our daughters were out of college we looked to Italy.We found and bought the property in 2007. After our third trip looking all over Tuscany at country houses, villas and ruins we found it in the oldest part of Cortona. It looked on the surface like a fine house just in disrepair. No one had lived here for 2 years. The garden area was an abandoned vegetable patch. The entry court very basic, doors and windows shuttered as usual for empty Cortona Houses. Inside the 13 windows gave a great quantity of good light which was very encouraging.
Upon further inspection after we made the purchase we found many structural problems and changes that had to be addressed. With a great engineer, the help of a local geometra, and Davidʼs architectural designs for the house, we set to work on applications to begin the restoration process.
It took three years from beginning to move-in on March 31st, 2010. All three floors had to be completely gutted leaving an empty shell, open like a large cathedral. The stone walls were in very bad shape and needed major reinforcement and all the floor and roof beams had to be replaced. While we were required to maintain the historic exterior, our idea was to create a light-filled modern interior while still respecting the traditional structural materials and methods. An Italian made modern and dramatic open stair well under a skylight is central to the circulation and affords an openness uncommon in similar kinds of Italian houses.
It took about 1 and 1/2 years to restore the structure after the first year of applying for permissions. When we moved in there was only basic plumbing and heating, no furnishings, only the new stairway and the pavimento were complete. We set about putting in the kitchen cabinets and all the cabinets for each bathroom, followed by the banquette in the
kitchen and the seating and storage in the first floor. Simultaneously we built in beds in the bedrooms, mirrored closets, and under bed storage. This took another 2 years. Then gradually we added many hand built details in the years that followed.
The garden too became a great project. It faces South so gets wonderful sunlight. We envisioned a place for gatherings on a long pietra serena table which was supported by the steel beam that had been the support of puntelle (huge steel beams) for bracing the exterior wall during the most precarious part of the reconstruction. This was followed by hedges for privacy and grass. There was no garden, no plantings, nothing in 2007. Gradually the garden grew into a lovely space as the pergola and wisteria were added, steel boxes for tomatoes, flowers, herbs, and roses. And decorative pots for other plantings. Now when you enter the gate you enter a private garden that is rather large for Cortona.
David, a seasoned architect, who enjoys building everything he can, designed and built in everything inside the house. We like to say I did the garden and he did the interior. It is a hand made house created by us together, built on its medieval roots, the stone walls themselves. This 'quartiere' of Cortona has to be the best part of historic Cortona - very peaceful very quiet and great views. Yet you are 5 minutes away from a wonderful selection of restaurants and bars shops and museums. Simply a short walk. Or a longer walk thru the natural beauty of the Cortona countryside;
either way just steps from the front door. All seasons are spectacular here and all enjoyable to live. Outdoor dining
is dependable 5 months of the year breakfast lunch and dinner. My favorite are candle light dinners during the summer. Either just us or up to 14 friends can enjoy a moon light dinner with the great italian wines, meats,
cheeses and produce all grown right here in Tuscany.
A wonderful life."
Description of house:
3 storey attached house, foundations date to 1200.
Area 203.7 sq. meters
Side garden 83 sq. meters, South facing
Terrace garden 52.2 sq. meters
Total garden 135.2 sq. meters
House fronts onto a beautiful old piazza
Back faces a historic church
Views South and West of the Valdichiana
2 Bedrooms with ensuite Baths
2 Studios / Bedrooms
City Gas and Water
Heating: Primary = radiators with gas boiler (caldaia).
Secondary = pellet stove.
Heating expense very economical. House always feels warm and dry.
Air-conditioning in 2 Bedrooms.
Complete Modern Kitchen, Bosch Dishwasher, 5 burner gas cooktop with
electric oven, Bosch Clothes washer, Liebherr Fridge/Freezer.
Generous travertine counter space + 4 large, tall pantry closets with pull out
drawers. Numerous under cabinet and banquette storage drawers
throughout Ground Floor.
Bathroom counters travertine with generous storage for linens + toiletries
above and below.
Toilet and bidet in each bath.
Large shower stalls, excellent water pressure in both showers
Each bedroom has two closets with full length mirrors, a dresser w/ 5
drawers, a shoe cabinet and under bed drawers.
Top floor studio has wall of storage units and antique Armadio from
Stairway is custom built in Milan by Alfascale, composed of oak and steel.
Bedroom suites close off with frosted glass doors in aluminum frames that
disperse the light from the windows for clean appearance.
Lighting throughout is with custom made fixtures, all either LED or
Garden has automatic sprinkler and watering system
Glass and steel storage and green house in Garden
2 built in Barbecues, one gas and one "Big Green Egg" for wood / charcoal
About Cortona Real Estate
Cortona Real Estate (aka Agenzia Immobiliare Cortonese) was set up in 1997 dedicated to the local Italian market. In recent years, our solid reputation for sincerity and transparency, led many foreigners to our doors. In order to serve them well, we joined forces with HelpWorksItalia (HelpWorksItalia.com) so as to promote the agency globally and provide assistance in fluent English.
We have a large selection of properties in the area 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.
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.
If you can't find what you are looking for, or if you are looking further afield (Castiglion del Lago, Montepulciano, Lucignano, Sansepolcro) we would be more than happy to do you a personalised search. We have an excellent working relationship with a number of other agencies. Just email us your requirements and we'll start asking around.
Cortona Real Estate's base motto is clarity and honesty in all things. We take great pride in the generous comments, made by past clients, attesting to our competence and sense of responsibility. You can see all our feedback on the agency website (Cortonarealestate.it)
In fact, unlike many agencies, Cortona Real Estate works together with its vendors to try and ensure properties conform to all regulations BEFORE they are advertised. Checks are carried out by a registered surveyor who cross references the actual state of the property (as seen and measured) with all documents deposited at the Land and Building registry and those deposited in the local town hall. This tends to avoid nasty surprises at a later date.
Cortona Real Estate also collates all relevant documentation for calculating eventual purchasing taxes and fees, annual council taxes and even annual overheads for the individual properties. We like to be certain, that as a buyer, you have all necessary information to hand before making a final commitment.
We believe our strength lies in our meticulousness to detail. We leave nothing to chance.
Cortona Real Estate knows that buying or selling a property in a foreign country can be daunting. For this reason, we look after our clients through each step of the purchasing (and selling) process.
As part of the comprehensive assistance we provide all purchasers, we also transfer utilities, opens bank accounts, sort out payment of annual taxes and can organise direct debits and/or payment through a client dedicated bank account. We can also be of help with regard to long term property management, small and large maintenance jobs, building works and complete renovations.
Basically, we are always available. If we can help, we are happy to do so. We will never just abandon you!
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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