PRIVATE ECUADORIAN LIFESTYLE ESTATE WITH HISTORIC RAMMED-EARTH FARMHOUSE
& NEW 2-STOREY ADOBE HOUSE WITH ORGANIC GARDENS/ORCHARDS
1 HR. TO QUITO / 20 MINS. TO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - $485,000 (o.n.o.)
This private estate offers two traditional Ecuadorian dwellings: a historic 100+ year rammed earth farmhouse, with 2-foot walls, large verandas and a beehive (pizza) oven in the kitchen; and a new 2-storey adobe house, with 1 ½-foot walls, exposed 100-year-old beams, wooden veranda and 2nd floor balcony. Both earthquake-proof houses have Spanish tile roofs, ornate iron door and window security bars, nichos, skylights, exposed lintels and hand-made wooden windows and doors.
The warm and comfortable houses are complemented by a historic undershot water wheel grain mill (which could be easily converted to a mini hydro-electric generator powering the entire compound), a new woodstove-heated cedar sauna bath and an antique carved stone fountain and water feature.
The family compound provides a self-sufficient, sustainable organic lifestyle, with extensive raised-bed and field row organic gardens/orchards and a chicken coop filled with layers. It’s the perfect solution for those seeking an inexpensive cost of living, a year-round temperate climate, safety and independence, with the convenience of nearby services and the ability to produce all the healthy organic food that your family can consume.
The historic farmhouse has 2 - 3 bedrooms, depending on distribution (easily converted to 3 townhouses/apartments), 2 new, full baths (1 with cast iron tub), a large country kitchen with built-in window seat, study/living room with open fireplace and its own balcony, laundry room and large external wooden verandas.
The new adobe house, built in 2016, has a very cozy bedroom, 2 full baths (1 next to the sauna to facilitate ease of bathing), a guest toilet and vanity, a living room and family room, a study and open plan kitchen/dining room, laundry/storage area, wooden veranda and balcony to hang hammocks from and the constant relaxing sound of running water from the stone and brick irrigation canals that wrap around the house.
The approximately 1-acre safe lifestyle property, whose perimeter is secured with 2.4 meter-high rammed earth walls, has irrigation canals that wind through gardens and orchards, supplying constant and ample water, a new 24 meter³ ceramic tile in-ground cistern, a new sewage system connected to town facilities, a new 50-gallon hot water heater and large water pump, 3 infinity on-demand hot water heaters, a woodburning stove and open fireplace, WiFi and a large adobe tool/storage shed and a Spanish-tile covered parking space.
The private compound is accessed by 2 vehicle gates and 2 pedestrian doors, provides parking for 8 – 10 cars, and offers old stone walls, paths, benches, bridges and an antique carved stone water fountain and feature. The property is serviced with town water ($3/month), electricity and garbage collection; the annual taxes are $250.
The estate is situated an hour northeast of Quito - the Ecuadorian capital - an easy 20-minute drive from the new Mariscal Sucre International Airport and a 5-minute walk to the center of town, with its daily farmer’s market, 3 supermarkets and shops and services. It is located 1 hour from Otavalo (the world-famous indigenous market) and Cotacachi (a fashionable leather-goods retail center) and 40 minutes from Papallacta, the upscale mineral hot springs/spa.
The estate is located in an area that is home to 5 pre-Incan indigenous tribes, whose descendants continue to observe their traditional culture, colorful festivals, dances and religious practices. Located at 2,600 meters, with a daily temperature variation of 50° – 80° F, it’s sunny most of the year and has a temperate climate. The soil is well-drained, black, friable and very fertile, being volcanic in origin. Fruit and vegetables grow exuberantly throughout the year. If you wish to continue to employ the very competent and inexpensive gardener/maintenance man ($500/month) will continue to maintain the productive organic gardens and fruit trees, buildings and operating systems.
The raised-bed organic vegetable gardens produce an abundant year-round harvest of tomatoes, cauliflowers, broccolis, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, radishes, red and orange beets, zucchinis, squash, pumpkins, chilis, onions, garlic, running and pole beans, kidney beans, lima beans, green & purple sweet peas, 5 varieties of lettuce, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, mustard, spinach, horseradish, bok choy and 4 varieties of chard.
The organic orchards include avocados, mandarin oranges, lemons, apples, peaches, plums, apricots, guavas, guallabas, nisperos, feijoas, figs, capulis (a sweet/sour Andean cherry), Chinese cherries (extremely high in vitamin C), and mulberry trees. Berries and vines include granadillas, taxos, blackberries, raspberries and uvillas (golden fruit). Herbs and teas include rosemary, thyme, rue, lemon verbena, elderberry, echinacea, chamomile, mint, lemon grass; and the property is covered with many varieties of flowers.
The protected, private, park-like grounds and lush secret gardens attract many bird species, including 5 varieties of humming birds and a crimson-mantled Andean woodpecker that visits the new adobe house every morning.
If you have always dreamt of an inexpensive, safe and healthy organic lifestyle and private estate in Latin America situated in a beautiful park-like setting, living in an historic rammed earth Spanish-style farmhouse or traditional-style adobe house with antique exposed beams and with room for extended family and friends to join you in your new life, close to a historic and culturally vibrant capital city, this is the property for you.