a miraculous find in malacatos
When looking for property in Ecuador, the choices often come down to taking on existing construction and accompanying design and construction flaws or start from scratch and in doing so taking on all the headaches and sweat that accompany a massive project.
It is rare to find a truly turnkey option built to world class standards at an affordable price.
This property offers the perfect mix of affordability, comfort, quality, location, attention to detail and smart design.
Purchased 10 years ago as mostly raw land, the current owners have poured their love, time and energy into creating a wonderfully comfortable place to live.
The 7,721m2 (1.9 acres) property featuring 2 houses, a guest suite, organic gardens, orchards and so much more make excellent use of the space, maximizing aesthetic appeal, cultivation, privacy and views – the infrastructure, design, construction, amenities and cultivation were all done thoughtfully and to world-class standards.
Turning right off the paved road entering Malacatos from Loja and after a few minutes drive up (2km) a well-maintained dirt road you reach this paradisiacal setting.
The exterior of the property is completely fenced and houses a tastefully designed security gate and 2-car garage/workshop with off street access – there are two secure, separate entrances, one to each of the two main houses.
Entering through the front entrance next to the garage and ascending up the lovely driveway adorned with pavers for traction, you are immediately transported into a world of organic cultivation, flowers and scintillating fragrances of all kinds – the entire scene set to some of the most majestic and breathtaking views on the planet.
At the top of the first driveway you arrive at a large orchard, an artistically designed hot tub with Pentair USA heater and pump, a large, tucked away storage unit and the oversized covered patio and seating area attached to the front side house.
The outdoor space here is really special – ideal to enjoy the perfect year round climate of Malacatos, Ecuador.
The 2br/1ba 84m2 (900ft2) house is a gut rehabbed old Ecuadorian home. The open floor plan living/dining/kitchen area is warm and inviting with a cozy and comforting feel.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens and views, other features of the home include; pine wood tongue and groove ceilings, ceramic floors, hot water throughout, built in screens, lovely cedar windows and doors, a large 2 person bathtub perfect for unwinding after a long day, built in lighting – there is also two additional patios including a large BBQ area situated off the back patio.
Behind the back patio is a detached 42m2 (450ft2) guest suite with an oversized bathroom currently housing the washer and dryer. This space would also be ideal for a live in housekeeper, or add a kitchen to create a third home offering more guest space or additional rental income.
In the large area between the guest quarters and second house located toward the backside of the property are the main grounds. Adorned with aesthetically appealing stone walkways, lots of beautiful stonework, organic vegetable gardens, many fruit trees, medicinal plants, flowers and stunning views!
Cultivated using permaculture principles for nearly a decade the property truly represents the abundance and variety of this fertile valley – current cultivation includes; banana, orange, lemon, avocado, mango, papaya, a field of alfalfa, corn, passion fruit and a plethora of organic vegetables in gorgeous raised stone adorned garden beds.
The new, 2br/1ba, 102m2 (1,100ft2), Tapia (rammed earth) built second house features an open floor plan with ultra high ceilings, creating an open spacious feeling, affording lots light and taking full advantage of the expansive mountain views.
This well built, loft concept home utilizes high quality materials throughout including; granite countertops, solid wood cabinetry, lots of woodwork, hardwood staircase, outdoor lighting and much more.
The first floor houses the expansive open concept kitchen/dining/living space as well as a huge wrap around covered porch.
The second floor, accessed from the outside, houses two loft style bedrooms and another covered wrap around porch with views to die for.
The home offers endless possibilities – it could be utilized as the main house allowing the other to be the guesthouse or rental unit, it is designed in such a way to make it perfect for entertaining or housing workshops or other types of gatherings, or it could make a great rental unit while occupying the front house.
Additional features include: reinforced retaining walls, 3 septic tanks, electricity in garage and storage unit, extra bathroom for employees in storage unit, canal water, gravity fed state of the art sprinkler system, clean delicious chemical free drinking water, no immediate neighbors or possibility of future intrusive construction, a large high powered grinder to provide constant supply of material for compost, a doghouse and so much more.
Although located just 35 minutes from Loja, the first thing you will notice upon your descent into Malacatos Valley is the change in temperature. Green, lush landscapes, affordable prices, and an average daily high of 77° F (25° C) make it the preferred second home and vacation destination of Loja. Read More >