3 bedroom character property for sale
Italy - Tuscany, Arezzo, Cortona
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- Well managed
- Beautiful mature gardens
- Large swimming pool
- Vicinity to Cortona
- Wonderful walking and cycling area
- Autonomous utilities
All the units have been restored in the traditional Tuscan style with exposed wooden beams, tiles and floors in cotto and doors and window frames in chestnut wood.
The atmosphere of the whole complex is calm and relaxing. The majority of the owners are European or American; people happy to have found a small, but aesthetically pleasing corner of Italy in which they can unwind, make new friends and explore new possibilities. A unique property permeated by Tuscan tradition and with private gardens and common areas expertly managed and maintained throughout the year to a high standard. There is ample parking shared by the owners and a large, sunny swimming pool and barbecue/service area with lovely views of Cortona.
The apartment for sale is in the oldest part of the original 'Casa Colonica' and is one of the largest in the complex. It is comprised of:
On the ground floor: A living room with fireplace and dining area with an arch which leads through to the kitchen. There is also a service bathroom.
On the first floor there are two bathrooms and three double bedrooms each with its own loft space. These spaces provide additional living or sleeping accommodation and could easily be converted to further bedrooms /bathrooms for those wanting more accommodation.
Double doors from both the living room and from the kitchen lead out into a lovely private garden overlooking Cortona. Perfect for relaxing and dining al fresco.
The house is immediately available as a family holiday home, but would also lend itself to a summer rentals activity, providing an income to help with the annual maintenance.
The house is set just a few kilometres from the hilltop town of Cortona, a jewel of Tuscany and known throughout the world. Cortona has excellent connections by road and rail to Rome (less than 2 hours), Florence (a little more than an hour), Siena/Perugia (about 40 minutes) and many charming hill towns (Pienza, Montepulicano, Castiglione del Lago etc..) which are nearer still. The proposed new Golf Complex at Manzano is just over a kilometre away.
Allow us to show you around, without obligation, so that you can see for yourself. You will be enchanted by the rural location, the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the magical views across the Valdichiana and up to Cortona. The area is also perfectly located for walking, cycling and trekking enthusiasts.
As it is for gastronomic enthusiasts too - Cortona has a wealth of restaurants, all of which without exception are very good. Every evening you can enjoy a different restaurant some of which are very high quality and with a long tradition and experience of serving local dishes.
THE UNIQUENESS OF CORTONA
Each year, visitors arrive in Cortona and are enchanted by its beauty, its vibrancy and its eclectic mix of both Italian and international residents.
It must be one of Tuscany's most unique hilltop towns: It sits on a hillside dominating the vast expanse of the Valdichiana and enjoys spectacular views over the plains towards Montepulciano and Lake Trasimeno.
It dates back to the Etruscans and is rich in history. The Romans and the Medici family both fought to have and retain this special hilltop citadel and in their turn, greatly influenced and contributed to its architecture and its development. Its star shone throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; as such there are treasures to be found throughout the town.
It is one of the largest municipalities in Tuscany with 25,000 habitants, 2500 of whom live within the ancient walls of the town, and the remainder in the outlying countryside.
It has an excellent infrastructure with two main line rail stations (Rome-Florence-Milan) and access to all major motorways. Perugia airport is 40 minutes away, Florence 1hr 30 minutes, Pisa, Bologna and Rome approx. 2 hrs.
Perhaps not so strangely, Cortona has a very high percentage of return visitors, many of whom have bought property and all of whom cite the same mantra - 'Cortona has something special'.
Maybe this is because of its rich cultural season of theatre, literary recitals, art shows, photographic exhibitions and music festivals, with many events based on the culture of 'slow food' gastronomy combined with fine wines (many of which are local and acclaimed worldwide - Avignonesi, Baracchi, Vegni).
Maybe it is because its numerous restaurants offer fine dining together with prestigious Italian wines: Osteria del Teatro, La Locanda nel Loggiato, AD Braceria, Trattoria Dardano, Ambrosia and La Bottega Baracchi (to name just a few).
Or maybe its because of its vicinity to the best of what Tuscany and Umbria has to offer - Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, Val d'Orcia, Florence, Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto, Spello etc?are all within a radius of 90 minutes or less. The Maremma and its beautiful coastal towns such as Punta Ala and Castiglione della Pescaia are less than a two hour drive.
More probably it is because Cortona has intelligently embraced the challenge of modern times. Unlike so many ancient Italian towns destroyed by mass tourism and/or unchecked building regulations, Cortona has not compromised its authenticity, even in the aftermath of Under the Tuscan Sun, the famous book made into a film by Cortona's resident writer, Frances Mayes. It has managed instead to carve itself a unique niche in the wider world and as any visitor to the town will attest, it has a vitality and sense of purpose that sweeps you off your feet and grabs at the heart strings.
Cortona International looks forward to introducing you to the area: to the majestic and cosmopolitan town itself, but also its surrounding countryside which ranges from rural and peaceful mountainside, to classic hillside and to cultivated farmland areas, all of which abounds with olive groves, vineyards and spellbinding views.
By specialising in this small niche of Tuscany, not only does Cortona International ensure a trouble-free purchase, but we are also able to offer a host of post purchase services which allow us to take care of your interests from the day you buy until the day you may choose to sell.
About Cortona International
In a unique collaboration, Cortona International, offers its clients a team of English speaking professionals whose individual strengths provide specialist knowledge in all aspects of buying or selling a property. We also offer a post-purchase property and rental management service for international buyers who may be absent for part of the year.
We do our UTMOST to do pre-marketing checks on our properties in order to ascertain their compliance status.
This does not necessarily mean they are compliant (many owners are resistant to regularising their properties until they have a firm offer), but it does mean we have a complete picture for you, know what the owner must do in order to obtain compliance and the timelines in which this can be done.
A survey of your own should confirm our findings.
We work together with the registered Italian notary regarding the preparation and drawing up of all and any contracts.
English translations and/or an interpreter are provided.
All money deposits are held in escrow by the notary until completion.
We collaborate with international and local agencies in the area and can organise and accompany you on viewings of properties also listed by them. This is done on a split commission basis and at no extra cost to you.
We will supply you with all paperwork pertaining to a property when you view it.
We will also calculate all costs relative to the purchase (notary fees, purchase taxes etc?), future council taxes and overheads and, in advance of any commitment to a purchase, complete estimates for any works which might need to be undertaken.
We offer, together with our professional associates, a full range of post-acquisition services: General caretaking & maintenance; organisation of projects, permissions & renovations/small building works and a rental management service for people wishing to rent out their properties.
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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