The Owl’s Nest is a gorgeous, 3.2-hectare (7.9 acre) Ecuadorian rural property, divided into three nearly equal parts, one of which houses a 160-year old, 6,000 square foot fully-restored hacienda featuring an EcoSmarte chemical-free swimming pool, landscaped flowering shrubs, and organic vegetable and herb gardens. Its current owner purchased the property in 2011.
This unique property, just inside Canar province, is located 20 minutes from the center of the famed World Heritage site city of Cuenca, Ecuador.
Less than 16 minutes away from a state of the art 24/7 Emergency Room at the newly-built Hospital del Rio, this area attracts exclusive homes and the nearby UNAE – the University Nacional de Educacion of Ecuador. The University and its ever-expanding campus is a draw for investors and developers wanting to cash in on this burgeoning rural community.
The first level of this property and the first parcel of land being offered for sale is located on a quiet country road that is currently designated for local traffic only. A bridge, that will make this road even more private, is planned as part of the University development, which will allow drivers to avoid passing through the campus. The bridge will also provide easy access to the main highway and the Autopista, which whisks you to Cuenca and other Ecuadorian cities.
This lower parcel is organic pastureland and is perfect for permaculture or animal grazing. For investors and developers, this portion of land could offer University housing, condos or even an assisted living community for the expats in this area.
The Hacienda is located on the second level of the property. Accessed via a flower-lined 150-meter driveway, this century’s old home is perched on a glorious mountainside boasting quiet pastoral views of the surrounding valleys and local villages. It also has views of three sacred mountains and is said to radiate healing energy and positive Feng Shui (being between a river and a mountain) for those considering the location as a healing center or spa retreat.
The third level of the property, with extraordinary views, is a dream for a developer wishing to create condominiums, a large private home or guesthouses. A rugged driveway takes you up to this land, boasting unobstructed mountain and valley views.
Real estate values have risen dramatically in recent years in this area located in Chuquipata in Azogues County. Comparable land in this valley is currently selling for over $100 per sq. meter, and is sure to increase in value due to the region’s new development and desirability.
Entering through a secure automatic gate, controlled by a programmed fob or directly from the Hacienda, you are immediately struck by the expanse and beauty of this treasured serene home and its beautifully landscaped terrain.
The Hacienda is surrounded by a wrap-around balcony and terrace, offering many private areas for dining al fresco, reading a book, or gathering with friends or business associates. The balcony includes a permanent gentle ramp that matches the original style of the home that was created for easy handicapped access.
The current owner intended for the Hacienda to become a dementia or senior citizen health and wellness center so has taken all necessary steps to make this property completely compliant with code for a health facility for seniors. Assisted living and senior living facilities are few and far between in Ecuador — especially for the many expats who are coming here as retirees — so this could be an extraordinary investment possibility, with room to grow on the two other parcels of land as needs expand.
The Hacienda includes a bright modern chef’s kitchen with a seating area and a large cook’s kitchen workspace. Surrounded by windows, the kitchen is the hub of the house, where guests gather to watch hummingbirds collecting nectar from the many Hibiscuses blooming year-round.
The full-sized kitchen includes a professional Viking stove, a large Frigidaire refrigerator, and separate Frigidaire freezer as well as a silent running Bosch dishwasher all of which are included in the purchase price.
An oversized, light-filled working pantry is hidden behind the kitchen. Convenient for food prep, it has its own sink as well as plenty of space for food and cooking equipment storage. Between the modern kitchen and the dining room is the Butler’s Pantry. Originally the kitchen, this area has beautiful architectural curved ceilings, storage for linens and dishes, and can be used as a buffet serving area.
The main floor of the Hacienda has hexagonal antique red tiles throughout, as do the stairs. The upper level has Eucalyptus hardwood flooring. All windows have window treatments except in the main floor bathroom, where etched glass provides light and privacy. Many of the antique and original features of the home were preserved during the restoration or were restored to mimic the original architecture. The house has most of its original beams which have been treated with linseed oil, then stained to match the wooden banisters, giving this palatial home an elegant, old-world feeling.
Despite its charm, every modern convenience, safety feature, and self-sustaining mechanism has been installed on this property, including high-speed Fiber Optics Internet which is connected to the electrical system so can be accessed easily in any room without requiring wiring. Direct TV if desired is available via the same fiber optic cable.
The property also has a complete electrical backup system consisting of a generator that is able to serve the entire house’s needs for electricity should there be any unforeseen emergency. The backup system ensures that the freezers and refrigerators continue to work, that water will be pumped to all areas of the house and that owners can power their electronics and operate the lights as usual. Easy and safe to use, these systems are housed in a shed called the “Genny house” near the parking area and include a concrete safe area to store the gas for the generator.
A security system monitors this second level of the property and the entire house. Using the latest Pima system technology, the system was installed and is monitored by ATS Seguridad … the company used by all museums and banks in Ecuador.
The property rights include metered municipal water and river water access to the entire property on a “forever basis.” A municipal sewer system is planned for the area however the Eco Septic system provides all that is required for the Hacienda.
Inside the Hacienda, the Great Room features expansive doors and windows with spectacular views of the countryside, plus an inviting original fireplace (with a new unseen chimney box). This large, bright and cheery room retains all its original woodwork including around the fireplace. A new, protective covering prevents the antique wooden beams used as the mantle from being heated by the fire, making this a wonderful room in which to relax and entertain. When desired, the doors can open widely, welcoming in the outdoors and making this area even more special.
A fabulous dining room, featuring an intricate, antique tin ceiling, exposed wooden beams, and adobe walls, is located directly off the Great Room, but can also be accessed through the Butler’s Pantry. A custom-made wooden dining table seating 10-12 people comfortably offers a beautiful place to linger over dinners with family and friends. The table, chairs, and sideboards are included in the purchase price.
To the right of the Great Room is the living room occupying the full width of the house. The lighting is both indirect and from a modern reproduction of electric candelabras and is a wonderful place to play games, read books, or relax with friends to have tea.
As you enter the area leading to the three main floor bedrooms, you walk through the cheerful den or sunroom and a living room. These delightful quiet sitting areas are perfect for meditation, reading, conversations with friends or for watching movies
Past the den are three welcoming bedroom suites, each with its own complete safety equipped bathroom with special heating units to warm you up on chilly mornings.
Each bedroom can easily accommodate a king-sized bed still leaving plenty of room for comfortable seating areas. All rooms are furnished with antique and antique reproduction pieces. With the hacienda offering five bedrooms in total, the purchase price includes two queen and six twin beds.
Freestanding closets and bookcases have been custom built to fit into the décor and are currently used to conceal access to the double antique doors leading to the balcony. These pieces can be relocated within the rooms if the doors are to be used. New lighting makes these spaces more inviting as well.
Two additional large, en-suite bedroom areas with desks and seating nooks are located upstairs, connected by an indoor bridge that looks down over the living room and provides privacy and appeal for the upper sleeping suites. Both bedrooms have beautiful views and large closet spaces.
There is also a library area on the landing leading to the upper bedroom suites. As well this upper story houses a laundry room with LG stainless steel washer and dryer. These too come with the purchase. In the attic suite, you also find a linen closet and storage areas and quaint hiding spaces accessed thru small secure doors, where items such as luggage, seasonal decorations, and other non-essential items can be stored.
Outdoors, you are struck by the incredible beauty of the surrounding areas that include a Zen garden designed to provide a serene location for meditation or relaxation. A pond lies beneath the natural looking waterfall, which not only circulates the pond water but also serves to catch the waters from the upper property and direct it appropriately into the runoff dry streambeds.
A main feature of the outdoor space is the EcoSmarte, chemical-free swimming pool. Its copper and O2 system keeps the water sparklingly clean and even drinkable. With ease of an entry system, the four-foot-deep pool allows you to exercise and play in the water or to relax while sitting poolside. The delightful pergola offers a place away from the sun to read and relax.
Raised organic gardens yield delicious produce from tomatoes to phytonutrient dense salad greens, kale, spinach, and chard. Herbs love this area and you can pick fresh asparagus for dinner or harvest carrots and beets instead.
The land on this property has lain fallow for the past twenty-five years and everything planted here seems to flourish. No chemicals have been used on the land during that time and none have been used in the Hacienda. The entire environment is free of toxic plants and chemicals. The Hacienda features many of its original adobe walls (sometimes 3-feet) and many original wooden beams, ensuring this is a safe and sustainable home and property.
A garden sink, a huge Eco septic system (totally out of sight), an underground sprinkler system for the gardens, an irrigation watering system (to use the water from the irrigation canal rather than city water), a tool shed called the “bodega” and an outdoor hot and cold water shower also grace this level.
Additionally, the property includes parking spaces near the orchard and a cement drive path that brings guests up to the main entry if desired.
The entire 3.2-hectare property is available for purchase. The three distinct areas — lower pastureland, the Hacienda area, and the upper development property are also available for sale separately.
Serious buyers only. Please inquire about price.
- Ideal Location Near Huge University
- Perfect Investment and Development Project