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Stunning Modern House in Gated Community
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Introducing a stunning modern glass house above the Vilcabamba River. This Three-level home is located in a gated community called San Joaquin in Vilcabamba, Southern Ecuador. The property is situated on a spacious 2,500 m2 lot, which is not bound by community bylaws nor monthly fees. However, it does offer access through the current main entrance of San Joaquin, where there are 24-hour security guards for added peace of mind.


Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by a steel-framed double door swing gate with wooden slats between the steel framework, leading to a large flat platform that could host another home or pool. Through the glass windows you can take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lush greenery.


Tha house has a construction size of 194 m2, with the main house being 140 m2 (1,510 ft2), and the basement 54 m2 (580 ft2). The upper two levels of the house offer the current living space, with the highest level being a loft that could easily be converted into separate private bedrooms. The main floor has an open floor plan design with the kitchen and living room open to the balcony. The master bedroom, bathroom, and closet are located behind the only living room wall that divides the spaces on this main floor. Additionally, there's an entry mudroom with a closet for jackets and shoes.


The lower two levels of the house are utility spaces, with the floor below the first floor of the actual home being a wood/welding workshop. The workshop could easily be made into a real extension of the main living space of the house, and this floor could easily accommodate more bedrooms that would have the same stunning views as upstairs. Since the owner is also the builder, they have the option to make any desired improvements to the property either before a new buyer moves in or later, as they will continue living in Vilcabamba.


This new and modern home features wooden finishes, polished cement floors on the main level, and a steel-framed staircase with wooden steps leading to the loft. The kitchen is beautiful and clean, with LED lighting inlaid in the wooden ceiling above (the wooden floor of the loft). The high ceilings and large windows that open offer a wonderful air flow throughout the house. Even though there is a wall of glass to the outside world, the house does not get hot inside as the glass does not get direct sun until the end of the day around sunset.


Finally, it's worth mentioning that the road from town to this community is now scheduled to be paved, which once it is paid will raise property values in this area.


Currently, you drive about 15-20 minutes on a dirt road from the center of Vilcabamba to arrive at this beautiful glass house.

Price: $195,000


Property Data



Location: Hacienda San Joaquin, Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Property Size: 2,500 m2. (0.61 acres)

Construction Size: 194 m2 (2088.2 ft2)

1 br / 1 ba

Population: 5,000 (Vilcabamba)

Distance to town: 15 minutes by car

Distance to Airport (Catamayo): 75 minutes by car

Distance to Loja: 1 hour by car

Annual precipitation (Vilcabamba): 770 mm (30.3 in)

-Estimated Closing Costs: $4,200

*Much of Southern Ecuador experiences a rainy and a dry season. The dry season is approximately June through September, while the rainy season is approximately October through May.

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