Uzhupud, Paute





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This turnkey, 1200 sq. ft Uzhupud artist's home has a separate 300 sq. ft studio, an outdoor kitchen, an amazing fruit orchard, and the best of indoor-outdoor living. The two-bedroom, two-bath open-concept, Zen-like home also has a gorgeous front porch to take in the ever-changing, natural beauty of the Uzhupud valley and the Andean mountains. A covered garage, accommodating 3 cars, plus a long driveway in front of the gated property provides ample parking for homeowners and guests. There are also 2 bodega/storage units on the property.

This unique 8-year-old home was designed to North American standards by its current owners and a family of architects. It is located 45 minutes from Cuenca near Paute in the valley of Uzhupud. The property is nestled in an upscale neighborhood, preferred by wealthy Cuencanos and a small group of discerning and friendly expats. The property sits on about a 1/2 acre (1670.39 sq meters) and is quiet and tranquil, yet just minutes from Paute, a charming, small town that offers everyday necessities including restaurants, cafes, a clinic, and a small hospital, banks, pharmacies, and other amenities.

The home has been designed intentionally as an integrated part of the landscape offering nature both inside and out, thanks to four wooden bi-fold French doors that open to the spacious porch and the wondrous outdoors.

The home sits on a stone foundation with steel I-beam girders and 4x6 wooden floor joists beams over a crawl space where one of the bodegas is located. The open concept home has tons of light with European and North West influences. Eucalyptus blond floors are throughout the house. The pine ceiling is tongue and groove pine with a middle pitched glass ceiling with 4 specially designed, ingenious movable "wings" to block light on those super sunny days. The home also has all wooden hardwood Seca doors -- which are beautiful to look at but also sturdy and repellent to insects.

As you enter the inviting, ivy-covered front door, you are immediately struck by the light, bright open concept space that includes a warm and cozy living room with a fireplace, on those rare chilly Uzhupud nights (generally Uzhupud and Paute are warmer and sunnier than Cuenca.) A large dining room is next to the chef's kitchen which features high-end appliances, included in the purchase price, and an island/bar for guests to enjoy and participate in the joy of making a great meal and celebrating with friends and family.

The primary bedroom is en-suite, with a large bathroom and a soaking tub looking out into the trees and flowering surroundings. Bathing with sunlight streaming in during the day or soaking with a glass of wine in the evening while gazing at the stars is a wonderful delight and there is no better place to relax and unwind. The bathroom also has a shower attachment and is quite large with good storage. The guest room shares a full bath, that also serves as a social/guest bath.

The beautifully manicured, yet natural landscaping has been created and preserved by the owners and no chemicals have been used in the gardens. The orchard contains producing fruit trees including lemons, oranges, figs, manderinas, bananas, walnut, avocado, and plum trees. Ornamental orchids and rare trees such as the flowering Brazilian Red Cloak tree complete the beautiful backyard scenery, which also has room for a large vegetable and herb garden.

A flower-covered trellis and arbor, with two delightful park benches, is the perfect place for quiet contemplation or an afternoon cup of tea. A long, stone bench outside the large gazebo and outdoor kitchen is the perfect place for guests and entertaining, and additional chairs under a sun umbrella are also located near the cooking Pavillion. The long porch right off the main house includes a comfortable seating area, as well as a separate dining space and can easily be turned into an al fresco dinner party by extending the dining table. The primary bedroom also opens out onto this sumptuous porch. 

The 300 sq. ft artists studio could easily be converted into a guest suite, with the addition of a bathroom, and expands the capabilities of entertaining or Airbnbing the property.

There are three sources of water: 1) Municipal potable water; 2) Potable water from a 2500 liter reserve tank connected to a water pump and to the house; 3) Irrigation water from the cistern connected to a second pump. The cistern is naturally fed by a water feature connected to the Quebrada next to the property. There is also a security system and sensor lights throughout the property.The home is located at the end of a quiet dead-end street directly across from the former, elegant Hosteria Uzhupud that is now called Uzhupud Gardens. This gorgeous hacienda has just been purchased by Ecuagenera -- one of Ecuador's largest orchid producers -- and will be a showplace, with a restaurant and possible guest rooms planned for the future.

This turnkey, 1200 sq. ft Uzhupud artist's home comes with all of the furniture, appliances, and garden tools and equipment (artwork and personal items will be taken by the owners.) The asking price is $349,500, so act quickly. This special indoor-outdoor nature-filled retreat won't last long.