This Yunguilla Ecuador colonial house for sale was originally built as a weekend finca. This completely remodeled rustic elegant country home is one of a kind. Constructed on just over 2 acres of land (8,800 m2) every surface area of the 3886 ft2 (361 m2) main house, Laundry area, storage, and BBQ area and surrounding land has been rebuilt to Western standards.
With lots of love, a continuous conscious effort to preserve the original look and feel while adding modern the home was converted into a multipurpose and sustainable complex aligned with the principles of permaculture. The ground floor of the original adobe walls were maintained due to their vaunted ability to absorb the heat from the sun during the day and release it at acting as natural insulation and keeping pleasant temperatures throughout the house without the use of heating or air conditioning.
Helping to maintain the original feel of the house each room on the main floor has restored terracotta tile. Four individually decorated rooms with exposed wood beams; high vaulted ceilings all of which face an expansive patio each have their own en suite bathroom and unique design. A half bath, office/reception area and massage room are all part of the main house. All of the outhouses on the grounds were redesigned to be multi purposed to maximize use of available space. An independent, handicap accessible guest suite with large bathroom is the prefect place for hosting friends, family or short-stay renters.
Attached to the suite tool/storage area and an outside shower. With plenty of covered space to dry clothing the laundry facility houses a washer and clotheslines for air-drying. Underneath the laundry are graded reservoirs that hold 7,500 L (1,980 Gallons) of potable water and 15,000 L (3,960 Gallon) of irrigation water respectively, each with a separate pump. A combination BBQ area and fully equipped workshop allow for efficient working and storage of all the equipment necessary to keep the grounds and a back up, gas powered generator.
The land where the house sits is the highest part and has big rock features. The property immediately surrounding the house is flat with lots of mature citrus trees. There is a fairly steep drop down to the level of the hammock area and reservoir. This slope has a mix of existing mature trees such as Avocado, Guava, Sapote, Orange, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Rose Apple (Pomarosa), and several types of Banana. The terrain then gradually slops to the lowest part of the property where it flattens out and leads into beds of Kale, Lettuce, Yucca (Cassava) and eventually to a small coffee plantation (about 1,200 plants).
The gardens after years of cultivating mono crops such as Sugar Cane, Potatoes and Corn the property was stripped of organic matter. Through a process of composting, mulching and use of a customized bio fertilizer has helped rebuild the soil quality over time. Hundreds of native trees, shrubs and other plants have been planted over the past 6 plus years to help shade the soil reduce both water consumption and ultimately cut down the amount of time and resource dedicated toward the upkeep of the property.
Most of our ground is covered with leaves and grass cuttings or coffee prunings that were chopped and dropped right at the plant; all of which help build the soil. Wooden beams that were removed during the renovation and not put to use again in the house have been strategically placed on steep hillsides to promote water retention. In addition, a filtration system has been implemented to reuse wastewater from sinks and showers (with the use of biodegradable soap) for our gardens and irrigation water reservoirs are used to be able to irrigate with low water use sprinklers (wobblers).
Located just one hour away from shops, restaurants and entertainment that the city of Cuenca has to offer this property has huge potential as an inn or bed and breakfast. Asking: $495,000