Type- Estate house, Guest house, Indoor pool, Garages with storage, Stables.
Size- 5.65 Hectares
Utilities- Electricity, potable water, irrigation water, phone, internet, cable TV.
Land- Flat river front with lakes, horse pastures, volleyball court and tennis court.
View- Beautiful views of the Vilcabamba river valley, The Mandango Mountain, Podocarpus Park and the Andes in all directions.
Features- World Class 14.1-acre estate in internationally renowned Valley of Longevity.
Vilcabamba is located in the southernmost province of Ecuador in Loja, 42 kms (27 miles) south of the City of Loja. Loja is an easy 50-minute plane ride from Quito, Ecuador’s capitol. The picturesque valley of Vilcabamba is situated approximately 1500 meters (5000 feet) above sea level in the majestic Andes Mountains. Being in the center of the world, it maintains a spring-like temperature of 18° to 28° Celsius (65° to 82° F) year-round.
One of the most beautiful places in the world, Vilcabamba’s greatest assets are its beauty, peace and tranquility, warm and friendly people, pure air, wholesome foods, and extraordinary climate. It is a magnificent place to live, retire, have a vacation home, or investment property. Vilcabamba attracts people from all over the world.
THE ESTATE: Designed, built, and owned by the American architect and developer of the approximate 660-acre (267-hectare) Hacienda San Joaquin in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, is one of the most beautiful and comprehensive estates in all of South America.
The 14.1-acre (56,351 square meters) estate features an extraordinary setting and spectacular views of the Andes Mountains.
Its southern boundary is on the Vilcabamba River with two lakes between the river and the property. The East Lake is approximately 30,756 square feet (2,858 square meters) and the West Lake is approximately 28,182 square feet (2,619 square meters). One enters the property through stone columns and a custom designed wrought-iron gate on the property’s private drive.
The Main Residence is approximately 5,300 square feet (493 square meters) with an additional approximate 2,972 square feet (276 square meters) of porches and balconies. There is a large stone-walled slate-floor patio and three large fish ponds (one has an island with a gazebo) in front. The home features four bedrooms and seven baths with granite and marble counter-tops throughout. The oversized second-floor master bedroom and sitting area has exposed-beam wood ceilings as do the separate his and hers marble bathrooms with walk-in closets. Off the master bedroom is a large balcony with spectacular views of the Andes Mountains and Vilcabamba River. The balcony wraps around the side and back of the house. Also on the second floor are a video room, an office, massage room and gym (with full bath) all with great views, and a wrought-iron lined corridor that looks down on the Great Room.
On the first floor, a beautiful Great Room features, an original full-wall horse-scene mural, an extraordinary fireplace with a natural stone-wall backing, exposed beam wood ceilings and trusses, oversized windows and spectacular views. The large kitchen, with a cross-pattern wood-beam ceiling, has custom cabinetry, a separate pantry, and granite counter-tops. Hardwood and ceramic floors, custom windows and doors, crown moldings, and skylights are featured throughout. On the first floor are three bedrooms (one, with a private entrance, is designed for a possible live-in helper), three full baths, a powder room, a laundry and mudroom. The basement features a stone-walled wine cellar and a beautifully finished additional room.
The Main Residence is surrounded on all four sides by porches. The porches are approximately 10-feet deep on the front and open to a large approximate 30-foot radius half-circle stone-walled patio in front of the house, perfect for outdoor parties, entertaining and dancing. Multiple flower gardens bring splashes of color year round.
The beautiful approximate 1,500 square foot (139 square meter) Guest House provides a Great Room with two large original horse-scene murals, two bedrooms and two baths with granite counter-tops, a loft in one bedroom, a kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite counter tops, seven skylights, a pantry with a granite countertop, and laundry room. Ceramic and hardwood floors and exposed beam wood ceilings are featured throughout.
Three ponds and flower gardens front the main house and guest house.
The separate three-car ceramic-floor garage features custom windows and doors, exposed beam wood ceilings, a large attached multi-purpose room, attractive pavers in the large garage courtyard and a two-tiered flower garden in the center of the courtyard.
CONSTRUCTION: All of the structures (Main and Guest Houses, Garages, Indoor Swimming Pool, Stables, Volleyball Stadium) are built solidly. All walls, exterior and interior, are built with brick covered with stucco and plaster. The only exceptions are the one stone wall in the Main House living room and the stone walls in the wine cellar. All columns and beams are constructed out of concrete and steel. These structures are very sturdy.
The stone-walled guest-parking area, adjacent to the courtyard, accommodates four cars with ample additional parking in the courtyard.
The garages, main residence and guest house are connected by porches and covered walkways with rich exposed-beam wood ceilings.
The beautiful indoor sky-lit solar-heated lap pool which is thirteen feet wide by fifty-two feet long, and accompanying large Jacuzzi, are in a separate building (adjacent to the main house) approximately twenty six by sixty-six feet (1,716 square feet, 159.4 square meters).
A very attractive outdoor brick-oven building, adjacent to the main house kitchen, is located off the walkway between the main house and guest house.
The plant nursery is approximately five hundred and fifteen square feet (47.8 square meters).
The approximate 30,916 square foot (2,872 square meters) vegetable and fruit gardens feature three tilapia ponds as a source of fresh fish. Mature fruit trees include banana, mango, papaya, and avocado.
The world-class approximate 4,314 square foot (400.8 square meters), horse stable features ten spacious stalls, a tack room, bathroom, kitchen, maintenance room and food processing stall. Separately, there is a gazebo-type structure for social gatherings after riding.
The world-class clay tennis court is surrounded by beautiful stone walls and has flower gardens in each corner.
The approximate 28,910 square foot (2,686 square meters) orchard is planted with about 50 citrus trees including orange, tangerine, lemon and lime.
There is an approximate 23,760 square foot area (2,207 square meters) adjacent to the orchid that is perfect for another home site or location for a other recreational facilities or as additional gardens.
The irrigation canal provides unlimited irrigation water for all of the property’s gardens.
Fresh drinking water is available from the property’s private well in addition to the excellent water provided by the larger development, Hacienda San Joaquin.
The property comes with seventeen beautiful horses (one is pregnant), mostly Peruvian Paseos, with all tack (beautiful saddles, etc.).
Three large fenced horse paddocks and horse feeding stations are on approximately seven of the acres.
Access- There are maintained roads to the property and inside the property to each area.