3 bedroom semi-detached house for sale
Italy - Cortona, Arezzo, Tuscany
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Standing in the midst of a beautifully landscaped garden with pool, in an accessible location, south west facing and with a VAST PANORAMIC VIEW, this extremely pretty property offers elegance, charm and comfort.
It is not isolated, despite it being on a hillside and surrounded by olive groves and farmland.
It is a 2 minute drive to a lovely little Italian bistro/bar and just 5 kms from the authentic town of Mercatale di Cortona.
The house, attached only at the back which affords it complete privacy, is surrounded by olive groves with a particularly stunning olive tree in the middle of the garden which must be hundreds of years old.
The property - 125 sqmts - was completely restored in 2007 when all the utility systems - plumbing, electrics and septic tank - were newly installed.
It also has its own private well recently re-done.
The original oak and chestnut beams were retained as were the traditional 'cotto' floor tiles giving the house a warm, lived-in feeling despite its complete renovation.
The far reaching view and surrounding countryside are breathtaking.
The pool, 10 x 5 metres and with a depth of 2.2 metres at the deep end, was strategically built to enjoy the best of the fantastic views.
This beautifully interior designed house consists, on the first floor, of a well planned modern kitchen with dining area and stone fireplace, a spacious living room with a second fire place, a gorgeous master bedroom under the eaves, accessed via a small, internal wooden staircase leading off the hallway where there is a bathroom.
Downstairs there are two elegantly designed rooms used as bedrooms - both leading out in to the garden - with bathrooma.
There is a storage room under the external staircase and a wood shed to the side of the property, also for storage.
The house is easily accessible and just off a quiet country road which leads to a few other properties further up the hill. Its garden is approximately an acre and there is a further 8 hectares of olive groves and woodland.
The property is owned by two business partners one of whom would consider the option of retaining a half share in the property I.E. one half of the property would be made available for sale at E.225,000.
The nearest towns, Mercatale and Lisciano Niccone, have all services - supermarkets, banks, pharmacies etc?and Perugia airport is just a short 40 minute drive away.
The house has been successfully rented out for many years and there is a local Italian, caretaker English speaking who would continue to look after the property.
The larger towns of Cortona and Umbertide are approx. 30 minutes away, but there are a number of good local restaurants in the nearer vicinity. The area in general is largely farmland and there are no spoilt views. The presence of the prestigious Castello di Reschio in the near vicinity, has lent the area a certain panache, but it has retained its traditional Tuscan authenticity, providing the simple charm so many people are looking for. Tuscany and Umbria's most famous towns are all within a radius of 90 minutes - Montepulciano, Siena, Pienza, Perugia, Gubbio, Assisi etc?
Nearest airports are Perugia 45 mins, Florence 1hr 30 mins, Rome 2hrs. Nearest main line train stations (Rome-Florence-Milan) are in Camucia di Cortona 20 minutes away. Access to all major motorways are within a 20 minute radius.
A truly lovely property and most definitely one to add to your itinerary!
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.
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