For sale direct from owner!
This distinctive villa is set into an impressive elevated mountain backdrop with spectacular views. Access is excellent with no dirt track to the property. Paperwork is all in order (License of First Occupation included) to facilitate an efficient sale. There is nature at the doorstep, with long-distance walking trails right outside the gate. The property is 164M2 built (3 double bedrooms & 2 bathrooms) and set in 3,028M2 of gated and fenced land in Alfarnatejo, Axarquia, Malaga.
El Sueño (The Dream) was the name given this well-constructed villa of 164M2 when the original owners built their dream home in 1990, even bringing some materials from Germany to enhance quality. Second and current owners have thoroughly enjoyed this dream property for the past 15 years. The home and garden convey a certain sense of peacefulness and quiet beauty that also inspires with amazing views. The villa is situated in a landscaped plot of 3,028M2 in a geographical area north of Malaga, a particularly beautiful inland area of the Axarquia known as the ‘Pyrenees of the South’. Access to the property is via a quality country road and then a 150m concrete drive up to the villa. Paperwork is all in order (License of First Occupation included) to facilitate an efficient sale.
The villa has qualities you will not find in the average Spanish home, and it’s perfect for comfortable year round living, with… a fence surrounding all, double-glazed shuttered windows, gas fired central heating, a roof terrace, spacious sauna, large efficient wood burning stove, a land-line telephone & broadband Internet, air-conditioning, impressive sunporch dining room that is fully glazed and can be opened for year round enjoyment of the vistas and seasons, a garage, a 5mx3m art studio in the garden, a three chamber basement (the perfect workshop plus wine cellar), a large fenced animal recreation area plus chicken house, beautifully planted and mature Mediterranean low-maintenance tiered garden with something always interesting in bloom, beds to plant a market garden, a pond with Koi Carp and waterfall, and more!
Convenience combines superbly with natural wonders… birds of prey will soar not far above your head whilst you dine alfresco, walking trails are on the doorstep so dog walking and hiking can be enjoyed easily. Mountain goats, deer, wild boar, foxes and badgers can easily be seen whilst enjoying the outdoors. Star gazing year-round is a real delight and all this… with a municipal swimming pool, converted in 2018 to a salt pool, and sports complex in the village down the road in Alfarnatejo, where you can also enjoy bars, restaurants and markets. A larger supermarket and Friday market is in the neighbouring village Alfarnate just 10 mins’ drive.
It is rare to be able to enjoy some of the most spectacular mountain views Spain has to offer at 624 meters above sea level and not suffer isolation and lack of modern-day comforts. This villa has the, ‘best of both worlds’ with the coast at Torre del Mar being only 30 mins’ drive away and Malaga historic centre just 45 mins’ drive.
Set over two floors with the reception rooms being downstairs together with bedroom 3/study and a family bathroom. Two double bedrooms are on the first floor with an additional bathroom.
Ground floor entrance hall is a good size and doubles as a cloakroom/boot room. All rooms on the ground floor are accessed off the entrance hall and stairs rise to the first floor.
Living/dining room is very spacious and triple aspect to take advantage of the amazing views. The end of the room closest to the kitchen accommodates a large dining table. The soft seating lounging area is at the front of the room with amazing vistas whichever way you look. In the middle of the room is a large wood burning stove. The room also benefits from gas fired central heating to radiators and an air-conditioning unit (cooling & heating).
Kitchen with walk-in pantry is not the largest kitchen but it is well formed to include a range cooker fitted base units and the walk-in pantry. The pantry means that less storage space is required in the main part of the kitchen. If desired, the pantry could be knocked into the kitchen to increase the size and absorb the window of the pantry into the kitchen. Current owners decided to keep the pantry separate and have organized it well to hold the fridge, appliances and substantial storage.
Fully glazed dining room – best room in the house – is accessed off the kitchen and it takes in the most amazing views of impressive limestone rock faces and also the surrounding countryside. The glazing opens so you feel as though you are dining more, alfresco as the seasons dictate. This charming room also overlooks the front of the land where the pond and waterfall are located. You look down on the beautiful Koi Carp who swim in the pond. From this room you step out onto a small balcony and then stairs go down into the front part of the garden.
Ground floor bedroom 3 is a double, currently used more as a study. The location on the ground floor with the use of a ground floor bathroom is ideal for those who do not wish to use the stairs.
Ground floor bathroom is very conveniently located for visiting guests and use when using the reception room. It is accessed off the entrance hall and close to the front door. It accommodates a full length bath with shower over, vanity basin and w.c. The suite is in white and the room has a Moorish feel.
First floor landing is reached via a sweeping staircase. Off the landing you access the two first floor double bedrooms and second family bathroom.
Bedroom 1 (master) has the bonus of French doors opening onto a spacious roof terrace that has sun from dawn until dusk and spectacular mountain and countryside views. This room benefits from a cooling breeze that flows through the room during the summer. On the roof terrace is located a 4 to 6 person sauna and sun loungers for soaking up the sun whilst enjoying the magnificent view.
Bedroom 2 is a double with French doors that open onto the roof terrace.
First floor bathroom has a white suite, white tiles and full length bath with shower over.
First floor roof terrace is located off the second bedroom and is a great place to relax. There is a sauna for 4 to 6 people with 40,000BTU / = 11.7 KwH Ultra V240 propane heater.
Specification of the property to include communications
Heating & hot water via a central heating system to 9 x hot water radiators via a Saunier Duval Combi boiler that is fed by 2 rows of x 6 propane cylinder tanks located outside in an under the stairs storage room. When first row of gas cylinders runs out, you turn a lever to open the second whilst you order more cylinders to be brought to the house. There is also the large wood burning stove in the living/dining room.
Gas supplies & cost – gas is delivered with ease and is used for the central heating and hot water, the sauna and portable BBQ with an average cost of €30 per month.
Double glazing is throughout the entire property except the informal glazed dining room.
Air-conditioning unit to the living/dining room (cooling & heating).
Cavity wall and insulation throughout maintains a comfortable environment to live in throughout the seasons.
Land-line telephone with local number.
Broadband Internet via radio link (variable 10-15 Mb speed) which is so rare in the countryside – a real advantage. There is sufficient speed for streaming television or running a home office.
Satellite TV dish (120cm) is located on the roof terrace and this dish can be realigned for accessing the television channels of many Northern European countries.
Outbuildings & features
Garage of 25M2 with power, light and a window. It is currently used as a log store and storage room as it is located right next to the front door of the villa.
Basement with 3 chambers 80M2. Basement with 3 chambers concreted throughout. The second chamber is fitted out as a workshop with workbenches and ample tool storage space. The third chamber has a utility sink and shelving and is ideal for a wine cellar. There is power and light in the basement throughout. The first chamber is large and vacant. It would make a fabulous covered lounging dining area that is very cool in summer and overlooks the front garden. Some white paint and soft furnishing and the transformation could be made. The huge metal doors could be removed or retained.
If you must consider a pool: an ideal location for a large above ground pool that would look dug in is located just outside the doors of the basement. The land naturally drops here by quite a few meters and an above ground pool could easily be located here on a bed of soft sand and decking put around the pool. This would immediately give the impression of a dug in pool with infinity effect. It would be classed as a removable structure so should by-pass Andalusian land laws that currently restrict the construction of concrete and steel swimming pools on ‘Rustic’ land (countryside land).
Hobby house/wooden chalet 3M x 5M is located in the front part of the garden and is currently used as a artist’s studio. This wooden building has windows and is light and airy. Suitable for all kind of uses and hobbies.
Pond of 4,000ltrs with waterfall currently houses many mature, multi-coloured and large Koi Carp fish and flowering water loving plants.
Animal shelter with fenced and secure hen or dog run. This 8m2 brick and tiled outhouse is currently used as a dog kennel with secure fenced run. Ideal for keeping hens, dogs or whichever animal you desire. Or it can be used for further storage or a different use. This location could also be considered for an above ground pool with the 8M2 brick outbuilding being used as a pool house for the filtration system and storage of pool cleaning equipment.
Car port is a large, canopied parking /turning area behind the property at end of the concrete driveway.
Landscaped & tiered mature garden planted with flowering cacti, flowering succulents, many Mediterranean shrubs and flowers, 14 cypress pines, 5 black pines, 2 protected oak trees, aloe vera, agave, prickly pear, lavender, thyme, rosemary and the list goes on.
Olive orchard of 22 trees provides either a large quantity of single estate, first pressed extra virgin olive oil (75 to 100 ltrs per annum) or the olives (400 to 600 kilos) can be exchanged at the co-operative for money (so a small income if preferred).
Grape vine pergola and seating area is at the side of the house with a table and chairs that are of concrete and tiled.
Rear terrace is mainly in sunshine until early afternoon. It is an ideal alfresco dining area for enjoying the beautiful tiered garden and the magnificent limestone mountain rock faces that rise behind the property.
This special villa is located in an area called Cortijo Pulgarin Alto the more southerly part of Alfarnatejo.
The village has surprisingly good amenities for such a small community. There is a municipal outdoor saline swimming pool (open during the summer) and has superb views, lawn are with sun shades and a day ticket for entrance is extremely cheap. A season ticket can be purchased also which is even more economical. Also there is a sports complex with a gym open year round, padel courts, basket ball courts and more. The sports complex also has a bar/restaurant connected to it which is nice when using the pool for the day.
Each year Alfarnatejo celebrates the annual summer feria (street party with live music, dancing and local cuisine). Equally, Alfarnatejo has a gazpacho festival celebrating the ease by which the area can grow all the ingredients needed to make this delicious dish that is well loved in the area and all over Andalucia.
Is 10 mins’ drive north from the villa and here you will encounter one of the magical white villages of Spain with a choice of shops, mini supermarket, weekly open market, more bars and restaurants and annual festivities. Alfarnate is famous for its cherries and the Venta de Alfarnate, an inn on the old road to Madrid that calls itself the oldest inn in Andalusia (16th century).
Riogordo, Mondron & Periana
Are larger villages where more amenities can be found to include restaurants overlooking Lake Vinuela, petrol stations and larger supermarkets. 10 to 15 mins’ drive away.
The coast East of Malaga city
Torre del Mar can easily be reached in 30 minutes and here you will find a huge and fabulous sweeping bay of sand with a town and beach resort backing onto it.
Velez Malaga is also easily reached and here you will find the huge shopping mall of El Ingenio where all high street branded shops can be found, a cinema, restaurants and big hypermarket/supermarket and petrol station.
Historic Malaga City & Contemporary Marina
Is an easy 45 mins’ drive and well worth the trip. This city has been voted one of the top 5 cities to visit for several years running and it won most modern and eco friendly city in the world 2018.
Malaga airport is 50 mins’ drive away, Granada 1 hour.
Skiing in the Sierra Nevada
You can be on the slopes and enjoying the snow in approx. 90 minutes.