Paute, Cuenca





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This riverside, mountain retreat and sanctuary near Paute is tucked amongst ancient pine and indigenous trees on a beautiful river (with river rights) and is the perfect weekend getaway, a rustic country home, or an Andes rental cabin. The 1,076 sq. ft main house features a beautiful front porch with benches to relax, unwind and breathe in the incredible fresh air all around you. Inside the North American built home is an open-concept living, dining, and kitchen area with hardwood floors, wooden beams, and tons of windows with iron lattice work and spectacular views. Most furniture and all appliances are included in the sales price, as is a washer and dryer.

There is also a one-room guest house and a high-end outhouse included in the sales price. The property is 1300 sq. meters (not quite a half acre) with both flat and steep areas and a good-sized "lawn" in front of the porch and behind the gate leading to the road.

The mesmerizing river is an Amazon tributary both sacred, and protected and everywhere in the home (and in the guest cabin) you can hear the calming flow. If you've never gone to sleep to the sounds of the river, you're in for a real treat!

There are 3 bedrooms and one bath in the main house, nestled in the trees. A stone staircase takes you down to a gorgeous wooden patio area perched above the river, where you can wake up to a fresh cup of coffee as you sit in nature, or have an al fresco lunch, or a sunset drink, all the while listening to the soothing sounds of the river and taking in the peaceful, meditative backdrop of the mature trees you'll find in every direction. This secluded and peaceful house has room to expand and a second floor could easily be added according to local building codes, should you want to enlarge this exceptional mountain refuge just 45 minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cuenca, Ecuador's cultural capital. It is also only 10 minutes frmo Paute an adorable Andes town with everything you need for daily living including a great mercado, restaurants (one of the best in the Highlands), tiendas, pharmacies, banks and a small hospital and clinics.

The primary bedroom currently has a shower, but a lovely bathtub that has been saved, can also be re-installed in the bathroom for your enjoyment and relaxation. 

A large water tank and strong pump ensure you never run out of water. And the home is wired for high-speed Internet. 

For an artist or writer, this is truly an inspirational place to create. For a family or for renters, this magical, mountain hideaway is the perfect place to re-unite and enjoy one another in an all-natural setting.  As a full-time owner, you are offered peace and quiet, fresh air, and gorgeous surroundings. The current owner has also rented the property, garnering $100 a room per night -- that includes all of the amenities of the hotel across the street -- so as an investment when you are not using the home, this property has an instant income potential.

The hotel --Tosa Blue Mountain resort (https://tosabluemountain.com/amenities/) -- is an all-inclusive, destination resort and spa and home to the "Pyramid of Peace." This spiritual resort has a restaurant and organic coffee bar that serves delicious vegan and vegetarian breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that you can enjoy. The resort also has 2 meditation caves, a water therapy center, two high-aspect pyramids, a state-of-the-art exercise facility, a fully-equipped dance and yoga studio, an authentic Mayan ceremonial  and sacred medicine site, among many other amenities that are just a few steps away. There are numerous mountain and hiking trails as well. And, best of all, you don't have to drive on muddy dirt roads to get to this home. It is right off a paved highway and an easy and beautiful drive from Cuenca.

There is also a solidly-built structure on this one-of-a- kind property that is currently being used as a massage and meditation space, that could be turned into a small guest house or casita, with its own upscale outhouse right outside. There is plumbing inside this house, and a sink that exists already, so an indoor bathroom is also a possibility. There is also parking on the premises, behind the wooden gate that secures the property.

This riverside, mountain retreat and sanctuary near Paute is listed at just $130,000. Don't wait too long. This joyful home or weekend hideaway is sure to sell quickly.