This lavish 4.000 square foot Challuabamba home, just 20 minutes from downtown Cuenca, offers four bedrooms and five baths, an inviting living room, a formal dining room, a kitchen with high-end appliances and granite countertops, a breakfast nook, two TV rooms, an office built for two, an opulent master en suite ground floor bedroom, a wonderful bistro sunroom and three terraces.

This enchanting property also boasts a separate outdoor kitchen and entertainment area with spectacular mountain and valley views, and a bonus room currently being used as an art studio.

A winding, hand-crafted wrought-iron staircase, a beautiful water feature, coffered ceilings, engineered hardwood floors,tile flooring and hand installed Eucalyptus floors, a stain glass skylight, and unique architectural details add to the charm of this one-of-a-kind home, surrounded by manicured lawns, flower and plant beds and trees, and spectacular scenery.

Located in Challuabamba, an upscale bedroom community favored by wealthy Ecuadorians and expats looking for quiet, peaceful living near a major city, this unique home is surrounded both by opulent properties and humble farmhouses providing a welcoming mixture of the old and new.

A small and safe area, Challuabamba has a growing downtown area with grocery stores, restaurants, a gas station, garden supply stores, a pharmacy and all the amenities one could want and, as such, is fast becoming a highly-desireable living community and neighborhood.

The stone and wooden home, with a red tile roof, is reached behind an artful security gate, and has a large brick driveway and covered carport. A full security system is also installed.

An impressive artisinal wooden door leads you into the home’s lovely foyer complete with a lighted stone water feature, and a gorgeous spiral staircase. On either side of the entryway are a cozy living room, a formal dining room, and an efficient gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, wood and glass cabinetry, tons of storage space and a separate laundry room and pantry area. All  GE profile appliances are included in the purchase price.

At the rear of the downstairs is a TV room and lounge area, a large breakfast nook and secondary eating area off the kitchen, and an adorable bistro and enclosed sunroom reminiscent of an Italian outdoor cafe.

Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors welcome you to a patio and hillside backyard with stairs taking you to a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen that includes a soothing fireplace, a barbecue area, plus table and chairs. An art studio, that could be turned into a workroom, guest suite with bathroom, or  a maid’s room is also located in this free-standing entertainment area. A floatation tank installed on a concrete pad with a changing booth and shower is located next to the house in the backyard and is perfect for relaxation and healing.

The large en-suite master bedroom is found on the ground floor with a walk-in closet and a shower with a shower seat. An office space with built-in desks and soft-hinge storage and file drawers with an exquisite custom-designed stain glass art piece is also found on the main floor and is big enough for two people with extra guest seating. This room could easily be turned into a guest bedroom or work-out room as well.

Upstairs, under a huge hand-crafted stained glass skylight is a second TV room and the 3 guest rooms, one en-suite. One of the bedrooms has been turned into a dedicated, spa-like massage room. A second bathroom is located on this floor shared by the 2 other bedrooms.

This luxurious home is listed at $449,000 unfurnished.  All kitchen appliances are included in the purchase price and select furnishings may be negotiable.  Washer and dryer not included.