It is seldom that an extraordinary colonial home of this caliber comes on the market; seamlessly combining the beauty of old-world patrician Merida living with echos of a grand Haussmann apartment in Paris and maybe the allure of a Moroccan Riad, this “shabby/chic property offers the opportunity to immerse oneself in a bygone era yet have all the comforts of modern living. Conveniently located between San Juan and Santiago, you can walk to restaurants and all downtown attractions yet have the option of private parking for up to two vehicles.
Upon entering the large wooden street door into the porte-cochere, an incredible old-world patio, with a central fountain, a myriad of potted plants, and four mature royal palms, comes into view. The walkway along the side has an original antique colonnade to enhance this space which was designed to linger in. From here you are led to the front inside vestibule, with the dining room ahead, and the sitting room to the right. There are 4 rooms running along the street side whose present uses are an office/music room, two guest rooms (one of which is ensuite) and the principal bedroom at the end with a private bathroom carved out of an oversized room. The large kitchen has an extremely long tiled island and three doors leading to a covered terrace overlooking a 20-meter lap pool with a fountain at its end. There are store rooms, closets, an extra bathroom and a roof terrace to complete the home.
This property was restored about a dozen years ago respecting the original details such as 7-meter ceilings with plaster mouldings, original pasta floors, all the original doors and iron window grates yet it contains such modern conveniences as air-conditioning-in almost all rooms-, dishwasher, water softener, automatic garage opener, soundproof windows etc. Many of the fittings and decorations are antique or unusual, as is all the furniture which is included in the sale price. It is as if the owners left yesterday offering the chance for someone new to step right into their shoes.
This home is shown by appointment only and we welcome all enquiries concerning details not covered in this listing.