Downtown El Centro, Cuenca





Listing No.


This stunning 40-year-old downtown Cuenca home with 9 bedrooms, 7 baths, a courtyard, and gardens, plus a large backyard ... perfect for growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers ... and a storage shed, also has a commercial store on a popular and busy street, providing the potential for immediate income. 

This building has incredible bones and could be a gorgeous refurbished colonial. It is not a patrimonial house which means you can re-do the facade and exterior of the building and implement interior changes without permits. And with so many architectural and design features already in the building, upgrading will not be a major job. Included are cedar hardwood floors and a cedar staircase, rooms with parquet floors, wooden ceilings, 2 kitchens, a living room, a sitting room, fabulous wooden encased windows, a pyramidal skylight, and unusual and striking wooden accent pieces. 

The upstairs is move-in ready, with some possible bathroom upgrades, while the downstairs is open and ready for your imagination to go wild. Whether building your own dream home, a historic bed and breakfast, a glorious downtown eatery, or a combination of a live and work-in property in the heart of the city, this is a chance to own a piece of El Cento, without breaking the bank on renovations and dealing with the headaches of construction in this UNESCO World Heritage Site preserved area.

Located just one block from Parque San Sebastian and the Museum of Modern Art, the neighborhood is amazing, with a multitude of restaurants, cafes, stores and the museum within two blocks. Walking to Parque Calderon takes only 8 minutes and the tram is just a few blocks away whisking you throughout Cuenca. This is a high-traffic area and any commercial business is sure to benefit from this favored city destination.

The 518 sq. meter home (5,576 sq. ft) has an entrance from the store as well as its own, private front door. An entryway leads to the courtyard, one of the kitchens, a large room currently being used for storage, and a lovely hallway that leads to some of the bedrooms. The current business in front of this house is a colorful and successful coconut juice business, but access to a downstairs kitchen means this could easily be a cafe, bakery, small restaurant or a larger venue incorporating the courtyard and other open areas on the ground floor. The downstairs could also be an incredible restaurant with an outdoor garden, a beautiful Airbnb or bed and breakfast (with personal quarters upstairs) or a larger boutique hotel taking up the entire home. Additionally, the backyard could be turned into an amazing organic garden and orchard for personal or commercial use.

Heading up a beautiful cedar staircase, to the second floor, you'll find the formal living room, dining room, sitting room, primary bedroom and other guest suites. There is a third staircase that takes you to a small terrace overlooking the 118 sq. meters (1,270 sq. meters) backyard and garden. In the backyard, there is also a laundry room and a stone storage room with historic brick and stone walls surrounding the perimeters. 

The listing price for this stunning 40-year-old downtown Cuenca home with 9 bedrooms, 7 baths, a courtyard, and gardens, plus a commercial store is $650,000 negotiable.