Stunning Modern, Sustainable and Ecological Home in the Rolling HIlls and Secluded Mountains Near El Cajas National Park
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This stunning modern, sustainable and ecological home in the rolling hills and secluded mountains near El Cajas National Park is a slice of heaven. This unusual, contemporary home is divided into a two-bedroom fully-furnished 1.830 sq, ft. main house and a two-bedroom basement suite that is 818 sq. ft, with a living, dining, kitchen area, plus a dedicated laundry room. Downstairs there is also a huge pantry, perfect for preppers or chefs, who want to ensure that an unlimited food supply is readily available. A second large storage room is also located in the downstairs area, which is secured by a heavy steel door.
The main home (170 sq. meters) has every bell and whistle and imported upgrades and features from Spain, Italy, Germany, and Chile. Built to North American standards, in 2012, by a well-known Ecuadorian architect and the home's current owner, the open concept living space is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, letting the light and the magical views shine through at every turn. The living areas have sweeping vaulted wood ceilings. German floating floors bring warmth and ambiance to the home. Partial zones including in the master bedroom and in the offices have heated flooring. The PVC double-glazed windows keep the home perfectly insulated, and the imported pot-belly wood stove in the living room provides a cozy feel on those chilly mountain evenings. All window coverings are from Hunter Douglas. The home is built out of high-strength metal and has antiseismic construction ensuring a solid foundation.
The 15,500 sq. meter lot is breathtaking, with unspoiled and serene valley, mountain, and pasture land views. A lovely wrap-around terrace lets the outdoors in and is perfect for watching the amazing sunsets or for an early morning view of the fog lifting over the mountains. You can also hear the Mazan River winding its way through the property from the terrace and each bedroom. The two bedrooms -- one en suite -- both have gorgeous windows looking out into nature and plenty of closet space. The primary bedroom also has a walk-in closet. The 2nd bathroom is shared by the guest room and the social area.
The kitchen is equipped with an eat-in bar and island accommodating four people. Appliances included in the purchase price are a stove, oven, range hood, refrigerator, wine refrigerator, microwave, and a washer and dryer.
Located in a protected zone called Mazan, this perfect country retreat is only 30 minutes from Cuenca, Ecuador's third-largest city and its cultural capital, and minutes away from El Cajas National Park, designated as a UNESCO World Biosphere site. Mazon is known for its diverse ecosystem with more than 350 species of plants and endemic species of birds. Living here means you are surrounded by nature, and not other neighbors. However, up and down the country road are like-minded people who you can count on should you want assistance or a friendly face.
The home has a direct water supply of pure water from the Mazan River, verified by laboratory analysis. Part of the river runs through the property. Additional water comes from underground tanks with a 10,000-liter capacity and a water purification system via microfiltration ceramic by Katadyn of Switzerland. There is a flow pump for generating internal pressure, taps imported from Italy, and high-quality piping and thermoforming and thermo-bonding by Repolem from Spain. There is also a drip irrigation system.
The houses include an underground infrastructure that allows up to 8 tanks of gas for water heater and kitchen cooking with thermal bonding pipes from Spain, and a Solar panel heater system. An Osram LED energy-saving electrical system is situated both inside and outside of the house. Additional exterior lighting comes from a system of reflectors.
A hydroelectric turbine system generates electricity, but city electricity is also available. Both 110 and 220 voltage are available.
There is a security alarm system connected to your phone, as well as a metal gate and intercom. Multi-lock, extra-reinforced steel doors ensure safety from a fire and the main home's door is constructed of beautiful wood and locks imported from Italy.
The downstairs 818 sq ft suite is easily accessible from a high-security entrance from the outside and inside the main house via a retractable ladder system, but the suite -- perfect for guests or renters -- also has its own private entrance, The suite is 1.5 meters under the surface land and 3 meters below the house. A welcoming hallway leads into the open concept living, dining, and kitchen area heated by an ecological low-power wood stove from Chile. There are two bedrooms, one bath, and a laundry room in this suite, besides a living area including a living room, kitchen, and dedicated laundry room. The downstairs area also includes two storage areas -- and one giant food pantry for storing and saving food, medical and everyday supplies.
Both homes have a well/septic tank, drainage around the entire structure, and are wired for wireless Internet (the owner is in the computer business so high-speed Internet is key), Direct TV, an HD satellite system, digital audio equipment, and security cameras.
There is also a covered carport suitable for one car and plenty of driveway parking to accommodate guests.
The asking price for this stunning modern, sustainable and ecological home on nearly 4 acres of land in the rolling hills and secluded mountains near El Cajas National Park is $550,000.
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