A 4,300 square foot (400 sq. meter) hand-crafted home, with three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths built on a half acre of land with exceptional views, is now for sale for the first time.

Located in the beautiful country town of Zhucay, near La Yunta, and situated in a safe and secure gated country estate complex accessed through a remote-entry gate, this custom-built home is just 5 minutes to Cuenca’s largest organic mercado and close enough to make multiple trips to the historic city in a day for major shopping, cultural activities or business.  The home is also perfectly situated on the bus line (buses headed to/from Tarqu costs .25)

La Yunta is favored by upper-class Ecuadorians, yet is only recently being discovered by North Americans.  And, what they’ve found … is something very special.

This exquisite home was lovingly built by its current owners, coded to North American standards with seismic construction to ensure solidity.  The owners have used some of the finest building materials and have painstakingly installed beautiful red tile and hard wood floors, a grand field stone fireplace, tongue and groove vaulted wooden ceilings with exposed wooden beams, brick details, large picture windows, glass and wood patio doors and so much more.  All of the cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms are solid wood, with beautiful detailed craftsmanship.

An exceptional, open-space living area consists of spacious living and dining rooms that open into the kitchen. On the other side of the living space is a full wall of floor to ceiling windows and doors that look out onto the terrace and the spectacular views beyond.  The house was built so that the morning sunrises can be seen across the valley and the rays bathe the living spaces with warm morning light.

The centerpiece in the living area is the enormous fieldstone fireplace, that easily heats up the home on those chilly Cuenca nights.

An extra large kitchen boasts granite countertops, hardwood cabinets, tons of counter space and storage, and ample room for many cooks and guests to enjoy meal preparation.  There is also under counter lighting underneath all of the cabinets to illuminate your work. A laundry room, that also houses water and electrical elements, as well as providing tons of extra storage space, is found off the kitchen and leads to the covered garage.

The huge terrace directly off the living area offers never-ending exquisite views of the surrounding countryside. Half of the property is also fenced in for animals, making it a safe haven for your furry friends.

There are 3 bedrooms in this lovely home.  The Master, located on the first floor, is large with hard wood floors, beautiful wood appointments, windows with wooden shutters, and an en-suite master bath. The master also features a walk-in closet.

One of the other bedrooms, on the lower level, is currently being used as a television room and small den overlooking the terrace and rolling hills. With views like this, it’s hard to leave this downstairs sanctuary.  A second room on the main floor is now being used as an exercise room. Each of these rooms could easily be turned into 2nd and 3rd bedrooms should the new owners desire more sleeping spaces.

A hand-crafted wrought iron and wooden staircase leads you to the second floor, that houses an additional television and den area.  This area could potentially be turned into a master suite, should the buyers desire a more separate and private sleeping space. Directly off of this cozy and comfy room there is also a second terrace that affords beautiful views of the valley and rolling hills below.

If country living, in a safe and secure upscale community located just a short distance from the thriving city of Cuenca is what you’re after — this beautiful hand-built home may just be the ticket. La Yunta has small tiendas for immediate needs, as well as a well-known restaurant and country store reminiscent of Cracker Barrels in the United States. The  Centro Ecuestre Bellavista riding center is just up the road and should you want to board your own horse, the estate complex where this home is located has boarding facilities and riding trails.  Cuenca, 20 minutes away, has huge malls and supermarkets, plus restaurants and cultural activities to cater to any of your “big city” needs.

This remarkable home contains a large water storage area and a hot water circulation system with large hot water heater that when activated, provides immediate hot water (no waiting), wonderful long hot showers and no waste of water.  There is also an alarm system, a grey and rain water collection system, high speed Internet, a landline phone, and the home comes with Direct TV installed.

Unlike some properties in Ecuador, this lot was surveyed and built with all of the legal permissions necessary from the city and the title is clear and clean.

Appliances including a dishwasher, fridge, cook top, and oven are included in the purchase price, as are a router and expanded wifi-zone, as well as a TV mounted in the Master Bedroom and DVD player. Select furnishings are also negotiable.

Gas and bottled water are delivered to the house every week.  Trash pick up for the community is weekly and is right on site, The property taxes under $25 each year. And, there is a $10 per month community fund goes to maintain the road.

The asking price for this country estate, including furnishings and appliances, is $349,000.