• Casa San Sebastian: Fully Furnished, Turnkey One Bedroom Loft-Style Condo in Historic Downtown Cuenca

    This turnkey designer, one bedroom, 1.5  loft-style condo is located in the historic El Centro district of Cuenca, two blocks from San Sebastian park, in the famed Casa San Sebastian building. Casa San Sebastian has been featured in The New York Times and many Ecuadorian design publications and is located on Simon Bolivar, one of Cuenca's most prominent and important streets.  From this loft, it's an easy walk to Parque Calderon -- the city's main square -- as well as to Cuenca's top restaurants, shopping, museums, parks, and a fruit and vegetable Mercado. The 750 square foot, ground floor condo, with an open-concept living, kitchen and dining area, is reached through a plant-filled central indoor courtyard.  There is also a shared, covered outdoor living room area,  as well as a rooftop garden, perfect for catching the city skyline or having a meal with friends and family. The secure and quiet apartment comes fully furnished with local crafts and custom-made furniture. The condo has ihigh-speed Internet, Direct TV, hot water, gas, electricity, linens, towels, dishes, glassware, oven, stove, microwave, dishwasher, washer and dryer and amenities (all included in the price).  This apartment is move-in ready or perfect as an investment property that can easily be turned into a money-making Airbnb rental or as your own live-in downtown pied a Terre. The current owners have been highly successful in renting this unit and can give you tips and ideas for future rentals. The apartment also has a wireless intercom and buzzers for your comfort and two security doors. The asking price for this turnkey, ready to move in apartment is $120,000.

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  • Commercial Space in Award-Winning Casas del Cipres Building: 2-Story Commercial Building for Sale in Prime El Centro, Cuenca Location

    This 2-story commercial building is located in the prime shopping and pedestrian/tourist area of Calle Larga and Benigno Malo. Currently, an upscale art gallery, this building has a first-floor gallery and retail space, a large upstairs studio work area, a small office, a bodega (storage room) and two bathrooms. Located on one of the busiest streets in Cuenca, in a new, award-winning designer building, this retail space is ideally suited as a clothing store, speciality shop, a cafe or bar, or as an art, jewelry or high-end hand-crafts gallery. The 1,937.50 square foot building (180 square meters) is located in Casas del Cipres. The building recently won first and second prizes in design from Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura and the first prize for “New Building Construction” from the Municipality of Cuenca. The retail space is perfectly situated on the high-traffic street, Calle Larga, only blocks from the city center and Parque Calderon. Calle Larga is known for its fine restaurants, museums, markets, and shops and also has stairways leading to the Tomebamba River and its waterfront — a popular area for locals and visitors alike. Floor to ceiling glass-front doors and windows make the first floor light, airy and welcoming and easily visible to pedestrians and motorists. The social bathroom and small office are also located on the first floor. The building has a large, metal security gate for safety at night. Public parking lots and street parking are available. The second story studio is reached by an indoor staircase that is adjacent to the gallery. A small landing before the stairs makes a perfect display or advertising area on your way to the upstairs. This second-floor studio/workspace could easily be turned into an additional retail merchandising area, a large office, or extra seating for a restaurant or cafe. There is a second bathroom on this floor. This exceptional and valuable commercial real estate property in one of Cuenca’s best locations is listed at $270,000. Monthly expenses are available upon request.

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  • San Joaquin Hilltop Beauty: Enchanting 3,000 Square Foot Cuenca Home Charms All the Senses

    This enchanting 3,000 square foot Cuenca hilltop home charms all the senses, with its lavish grounds, winding garden paths, a beguiling koi pond, impressive stonework, a grand wrap-around terrace, and alluring mountain and city views that extend as far as the eye can see. Located in the upscale neighborhood of San Joaquin, this palatial home is only 15-minutes from the historic downtown area of the Unesco World Heritage city of Cuenca. Situated on 2,600 square feet of land, with some of the most panoramic and spectacular views in the area, this one-of-a-kind property also has gorgeous tranquil gardens and serene seating areas that transport you from the hustle and bustle of the city into a world of calm. Reminiscent of a European country manner, this home includes hand-placed fieldstones, inside and out, that make you feel as if the house has been around for centuries, yet it was actually built just 3 years ago. The hacienda is equipped with every modern amenity, self-sustaining extras, and safety features ensuring a comfortable and secure living environment in a captivating surrounding. It also has beautiful wooden beamed ceilings and hand-crafted wrought iron and brick evoking centuries gone by. The spacious 2-story home has two entrances. The first entrance, with its own private door, leads to a full suite, perfect for use a guest house, a second bedroom for the main house, or as a rental investment property. The downstairs suite includes a cozy living room and library with a stone wall, a large bedroom, a second seating area and a full bath. The independent suite can also be accessed from the main house via a gorgeous wood and stone staircase. The upper entrance, in the back of the home, leads into the main house’s regal dining and living room separated with a two-sided, see-through fireplace. Off the living area is an oversized cook’s kitchen, a bedroom, an office/ study, and a tranquil den, warmed by the home’s second fireplace. The grand en-suite master bedroom is also located on this floor, as is a maid’s room. The chef’s kitchen, with large windows and amazing views, also includes a five-burner stove, double ovens, a dishwasher, a garbage disposal and a large refrigerator, all of which are included in the purchase price. An enormous wrap-around terrace, with spectacular views, is made for entertaining and is part of what makes this house so special. Whether hosting a small family gathering or a major social event, this inviting terrace includes hand-crafted wrought iron railings, tile brick flooring, numerous dining and seating areas and an outdoor kitchen with a wood-burning oven, barbeque, a sink, and storage for outdoor cookware and glasses. This lavish residence also includes generous storage space, a covered garage and parking for four cars, Fiber Optic Internet (and a special high-speed Internet connection in the office), cisterns, water pumps and Califone’s. The property also has room to expand in every direction, should the buyers want to add more guest rooms or casitas in and around the home. The asking price for this idyllic country property is $800,000. The land value alone, in this burgeoning bedroom community, is worth the price but no one can top the serenity and peace you’ll find in your personal Shangri la right outside of Cuenca.

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