The Owl’s Nest is an incredible 3.2-hectare sustainable property with a fully-restored 6,000 square-foot, 170-year-old hacienda in Azogues County in the Canar Province of Ecuador.

This unique property offers an exceptional investment opportunity. Rare indeed is a parcel of undeveloped land found conveniently close to the colonial city of Cuenca yet providing both an ideal family retreat as well as a real development opportunity.

This private mountainside property has three, level building areas, the second of which is home to the welcoming hacienda, a pool, a waterfall, an orchard, a zen garden, and organic vegetable gardens. Both the upper level and the hacienda level offer views of the surrounding valley, its meandering river and of three sacred mountains. The hacienda’s auspicious location reflects ideal feng shui and has provided a healthy environment for its elderly owner over the past 10+ years. She lovingly restored and carefully developed the property to be a retreat and healing center; regrettably, she now needs to return to her Canadian roots to attend to family matters.

A twenty-minute drive takes you to the heart of the UNESCO Andean city of Cuenca — the cultural capital of Ecuador — where international restaurants, shopping centers, amazing organic markets, and handcrafted Ecuadorian items await discovery. This remarkably cosmopolitan city offers all you could desire from historic Spanish and French architecture, three major universities, a modern transportation system, and world-class medical facilities. Yet just a short highway drive away, is this amazing rural property offering peace, relaxation, and healing energy.

This move-in ready home holds the possibility of expanding to include other family homes, to host visitors to the area, to operate as a life-changing retreat center, and for development limited only by your imagination.  The possibilities are endless!

The hacienda is accessed through an automated gate via the private flower-lined driveway. Graciously restored and sitting majestically on the mid-level of the property, its surrounding balcony offers you a sense of healing energy that few, even disbelievers, fail to notice.

The traditional home has several entries – each accessed via the antique double doors that open with the original iron keys. Offering a ramp for handicapped access which was built to blend with the antique home and short staircases in various locations around the balcony, you hardly want to leave this outdoor space as the daytime vistas are enchanting and the evening sky is filled with the stars of the universe. Often guests will spend long hours stargazing as the back balcony has no light pollution allowing you to clearly see the “heavens” – The view is truly mesmerizing.

Before entering the hacienda you can wander through the orchard and pick a tangerine or lemon and watch the water tumble into the pond. On rainy days, delight in seeing the dry stream beds directing the excess rainwater as it flows toward the river below.

All the land, including the hacienda level, has been maintained naturally/organically.  In fact, the lower level was, before being purchased by the current owner, an organic alfalfa field growing some of the feed for the previous owner’s prize horses.

Hiding behind the tall jasmine-covered divide are raised organic vegetable beds. Here you can harvest herbs and greens for immediate use in preparing meals and also collect strawberries and goldenberries or choose some of the root vegetables to accompany your dinner. Even the asparagus bed yields fresh spears year-round.  In this rich soil, and with a temperate climate almost everything grows. The flower gardens reflect how true this is exhibiting blooming roses and other graceful flowers to enjoy. The peaceful meditation Zen garden is a refuge where you can find seclusion and relaxation.

In the manicured back yard filled with flowering shrubs, you also find the Ecosmarte swimming pool. Built with easy access, this four-foot deep pool is a refreshing pure water haven. The water uses no chemicals and is drinking water pure. When soaking up the rays from the sun and lounging poolside, you can also choose to relax in the shade provided by the pergola. The area around the pool has been enhanced with palm trees and other exotic tropical plants to add to the ambiance of relaxation and the feeling of being on vacation.

The upper level of the property has such sweeping vistas that one can only imagine a beautiful private home gracing this level or perhaps modern condos welcoming families or retirees looking for both beauty and a peaceful quiet haven.

The organic land on the roadside level offers multiple opportunities to develop or to turn into a permaculture area. The property is truly self-sustaining.

Entering the hacienda is a treat. The main door has a push button secure entry and it opens into the Great Room with its antique stone and wood fireplace. This expansive area can be opened directly to the wide balcony for larger gatherings. To the left of the main entry is the original kitchen with its domed tiled ceiling – now a butler’s pantry. From here you enter the modern kitchen featuring an attached storage and preparation pantry. This newly added part of the hacienda includes a gathering area where you can enjoy mingling with friends, sharing meals, and watching the colorful hummingbirds and bright butterflies flit among the hibiscus and other nectar laden flowers outside the windows.

From the butler’s pantry, you enter the dining room with its adobe walls, ancient beams, and its antique metal ceiling tiles. This room invites special gatherings and definitely lingering over meals.

From the dining room, you reenter the Great Room and move on through an archway to the living room. From there you move into the den off of which are three large bedrooms each with its own safety equipped modern bathroom.  Upstairs are two large bed and sitting room suites, joined by a wooden bridge crossing the living room below. The suites are private and separate and each has a personal bath. Here too are two useful utility areas – a laundry room and a large storage area.

The entire second level of this property – outside and inside – is equipped with a 24/7 monitored alarm system. TV is available and the house has strong Internet from CNT, the national provider. Fiber optic cable has been installed in case even faster Internet access is desired.

The real estate values here have risen dramatically since the national government contracted to build one of their four new universities, UNAE near this unique property. The Universidad Nacional de Educacion already provides classes for more than 1000 students and the construction is proceeding to ultimately have dorms, sports facilities, and more – including a new bridge close to the hacienda’s access road replacing the current three-minute country road drive.

In Azogues County land sells for prices ranging from $100 to $150 per square meter. The region’s new development desirability, as well as the draw of the university, will certainly cause these prices to continue escalating, making this a great investment for a developer as well.

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