3 bedroom farm house for sale
Italy - Tuscany, Arezzo, Cortona
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- DOMINANT POSITION AND SOUTH FACING
- VIEWS OF LAKE TRASIMENO AND SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE
- COMPLETELY PRIVATE - IMMEDIATELY HABITABLE
- EXCELLENT RESTAURANT NEARBY
- FANTASTIC PLACE FOR WALKING ENTHUSIASTS
- GROUND FLOOR DONE TO A BUILDER'S FINISH
- ALL HYDRAULIC AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS NEWLY INSTALLED
- WOULD PROVIDE A 5 BEDROOMED HOME
- A PROPERTY WITH GREAT POTENTIAL
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 FIRST AND SECOND FLOOR of the house are COMFORTABLY AND IMMEDIATELY HABITABLE. On the FIRST FLOOR 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 SECOND 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.
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.
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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