For Sale direct from the owner!
This house is unique and will accommodate many aspirations of forward looking buyers.
The photos and information below will set the stage for a house that fuses Spanish countryside exterior and services, a Northern European suite of large upper level reception rooms that create an atmosphere of gracious living with 270degree views, and sleeping accommodation arranged in three two bedroom suites, around a ‘Patio Cordobes’ giving cool through ventilation and inside/outside communal areas.
A buyer should also note that the owner has taken a generation to create a green micro zone with carefully selected trees, shrubs and perennial flowering plants. In addition, the property is part of a very green area, with natural underground moisture and likeminded neighbours who are committed to creating a green bubble bringing real living comfort benefits in a warming climate.
The property has so much to offer and whilst it may not be obvious until you enjoy these benefits year-round, the key question is whether this house is for you…if you can answer yes to the following, we recommend a visit as you will not be disappointed.
– Do you seek a 6 bed, 4 bath 658M2 constructed property, with tennis court and mature garden?
Desirable, albeit unusual features in a private house, like, 30sqm 4/5 m high ceiling reception rooms, full size Tennis court, pool changing block, and 25 year maturity surrounding foliage, when taken together, have their price.
– Is about €500,000 total cost (including purchase costs) an acceptable price?
If you answer yes to both questions, please read on…
– Location, Location, Location.
The popularity of the coastal strip has suffered in recent years with the increased road congestion, security issues, climate change and more recently, the pandemic. Discriminating buyers are buying in the countryside, where life is safer and quieter and the sea breeze both cools and reduces night humidity.
At 400m above sea level, set just above a dry river bed that provokes strong sea breeze, this property satisfies most criteria for those wishing to live away from the coast, 15 km away and within walking distance of a popular village with good amenities.
– Fit for particular buyer style and purpose.
No one house suits all, but this Cortijo has been found to accommodate, in comfort, a wide range of uses including groups of 10/12 in summer and winter holidays, through to resident 2/3 generation families and on one occasion an individual living alone year round, recovering from a mobility impairment.
The reason the property is comfortable throughout the year is the design. You can always find a shady spot in the heat of summer, a cooling breeze on a secluded patio or fresh air blowing through the house at night.
Regulating heat is easily done by adjusting window shutters, curtains and airflow. This house has a lot of energy efficient flexibility.
This is of course a matter of taste, but the vendor believes the fusion described above gives the house flair, livability and the best of all worlds, whilst at the same time allowing it to fit harmoniously into its hillside. Although the modern Spanish coastal villa style has evolved differently, the accommodation downstairs around a patio approach, goes back to the Moorish period in Spain, which the owner has seen developed in various places in North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean Orient.
The offer price of €480.000 for 658M2 constructed represents about €730 per square meter, which is very competitive for a good location in the Almeria coastal countryside.
Given that no additional value is included for the tennis court, the extensive landscaping, secure perimeter, and high quality construction/finish, we feel this house offers excellent value for money.
A more detailed description of the property follows:
♦ It comprises 658M2 gross constructed area (528M2 net) before considering a 5m X 10m pool and a full-size tennis court. The accommodation provides 4 reception rooms plus a farmhouse kitchen and terrace on the upper entry level, 6 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms around a lower patio, and two more bathrooms in the pool, changing annex. This patio is planted, shaded and furnished under the arches in the Cordobes style derived from the Arab concept of a Patio being the meeting place for the residents, with separate units of living accommodation, accessed by doors leading off the patio. The sea breeze is channelled into the patio, and thence into the accommodation, where all rooms have cross ventilation, and little or no direct sun impact on windows—most of which are shielded. Two 5 meter open ceilings in the upper level and high ceilings throughout give a feeling of space and enhance cooling.
♦ The Dining room has a large open fire, and is laid for a family group of six in the photo, but the main table can be extended to sit ten or twelve on one table, with an additional small table often used for 2/3 children. This room leads into an open terrace with 270 degree views, of Mojacar down to the sea, the Bedar village, and the tree covered hills behind. The terrace is presently arranged with a breakfast table for four which catches the morning sun and a main meal table for eight, angled to be sheltered from the direct midday sun; the two tables can also be combined for informal alfresco meals, and with a small table added at the far end, sit 12.
♦ The three other reception rooms are linked and create generous space for around 15 people in a traditional fireside drawing room, a spacious high ceilinged ‘glassed in’ terrace with ceiling fan and marble bar, plus a snug complete with a Chesterfield & an antique wood-burning stove.
♦ The six bedrooms are grouped into three suites of two, and each suite has a separate door to the Patio Cordobes. The largest suite has two bed/bath pairs totalling over 50 M2 has eastward shaded views over a vine covered area and a fragrant hedge. The second family suite has a large bedroom, walk in cupboard, and artist’s porch, with a Jacuzzi bathroom shared with a smaller bedroom suitable for two children. The third guest suite with two double bed and a spacious bathroom is under the Dining room with private lower patio access and separate stairs to the Dining room, Kitchen & Terrace.
♦ A much-used feature of the property’s lower level is the pool area, with covered barbecue & changing annex. This zone catches the afternoon sun, reflected from the front of the main part of the house and gives a wide selection of sunbathing or shaded areas which are all invisible from the road with trees or shrubs. The established flower/shrub garden from the lower parking to the patio entrance also shelters the steps down to the full-sized Tennis Court; this is surrounded on two sides by walls/fences and two by arid zone trees.
♦ Given that Bedar has over 330 fine, warm days in most years, eating outside is a key aspect of the potential of the property and the secret to comfort and convenience is availability of venues that suit temperature, sun, and wind conditions. This property has four built in Al-Fresco options…
− The Barbecue area next to the pool with a plancha, a traditional wood grille and a sink with hot water; the marble table seats 6 for family use and trestle tables with sunshades can extend capacity to over 20.
− The antique wooden table under the vine in the east garden seats six comfortably with ample room for four more in a second table. The area catches the sea breeze up the dry river bed at the east side of the property, is shaded by the vine and substantially out of most direct sun after midday, because of the alignment of the building.
− The lower Patio has a cushioned seat at one end in semi shade, and this combined with a rectangular table provide tapas/drinks room for 6/8 people. It has been found to be particularly suited to light post tennis refreshment in the early evening, with the sea breeze and traditional fountain both augmenting the fresh, cooling sensation.
− A stone table with antique tiles for 6 plus is located in the upper entrance close to both the main door and the back door of the kitchen. This catches the midday/afternoon sun in the winter, whilst being protected from the wind. The whole courtyard can be lit up, so it is also suitable for summer evening meals, with close proximity to the kitchen that facilitates the creation and serving of elaborate dishes.
♦ Bedar village is only 15 mins easy tarmac road walk away and so visits to any of the four bar restaurants need not involve driver abstention. The Village is also well equipped with other amenities such as, two food shops, Baker, Bank/ATM, Hairdresser, Pharmacy, Tobacconist and a Clinic. Bedar gives easy access (less than 30minutes drive) to the numerous beaches of Mojacar Playa and Vera, together with their ancient town centres, the traditional, albeit more modern Andalusian villages of Los Gallardos and Turre, complete with several golf courses in the vicinity. The port of Garucha has a famous fishing industry and a flourishing Marina to provide a good variety of commercial outlets and specialty fish restaurants.