Do you want to move to a place of peace and live healthy and cheaply with your children and spouse, take time to read about this wonderful hobbit home pearl
Right from the start we fell in love with this property that we are so blessed to have had the honor and experience to live in.
Leopold and I came to this home October 1 st last year. We have lived here 1 year now. Yet, the Amazon Jungle is calling and we wish to move closer to the Inca – kingdom, both because of my work and because it is Leopold`s deep wish.
We wanted to buy this place ourselves, because it is so amazingly beautiful and it is with a deep sigh we are now leaving it….
The Landlord is born in the USA and he started to build this garden when he was almost 50 – he has lived on this property for 12 years. He lives here together with his wife and their 8 year old son.
He has put up 5 beautiful and magical houses, two of them actually have apartments. He is an indescribably skilled artist.
Each house has its own charm and personality with round and soft shapes.
Most of the houses have a fireplace in the living room, or outside (there is enough «fallen down» wood for daily use for all the houses) with roomy and light kitchens.
Round and curved wrought iron decorations made by the houseowner dominate all the houses and have pleasant galleries and big outdoor facilities.
I rejoice every day in the mosaic shower, which the owner has decorated with happy, swimming dolphins – dancing on the waves and with a glass roof over the shower, which invites the sun to make the rainbow appear in the water while showering at the same time in the morning – how wonderful it is to take a shower in the rainbow !
Leopold and I switch every other day (morning and evening) – «then we get the equal amount of colors» – as Leopold use to say.
The bedroom that I am using has,in addition to the windows in the side walls, two windows in a very pretty oblique roof, it is lovely to see the stars and the full moon when I go to bed…The sun does not enter the bedroom because the rooms are northwards…so it is possible to sleep a little longer now and then…
The big house where the owner and his family lives in is even more artistic and exciting !
The property is quite large and some of it is pretty open and light and another part is a mini rainforest that provides cool shade on hot days. The garden has a multitude of fruit trees, and a part of it is like a magical dense jungle with adventurous brick paths…. It is almost like Alice in Wonderland – with paths leading the way to adventure….finding its way to where you do not know…Leopold loves to bring baskets and collect the breakfast straight from the trees – here is mango, sweet and sour lemons , limes and oranges, loquat, guayabo, guava and rose apple. Medicinal trees, tilo and matico are also within this garden. Also herbs of several kinds, avocado , maracuya , coffee, blackberries, bananas , even a mulberry tree. Awesome for juices and smoothies;) Leopold mixes his own favorites…
In the middle of the jungle (this garden) there is a special tree, the boys have discovered it a long time ago…it is a perfect tree for a hut.
It is also well suited for attaching ropes, bridges and playing Tarzan from tree to tree…
There is water supply by an irrigation canal in the summer to keep the garden fertile. There also is a well here…and the water plant is quite close…
There is municipal water and a dug well to underground aquifer which is also supplying the nearby Vilca agua and Vilca vida water companies. There is a well-prepared and roomy kitchen-garden around the house that I rent and it is possible to make others too…The sandy organic soil is uncontaminated by any non- organic material for at least the last 12 years, since the houseowner arrived here – and before that it was left to nature alone….
A tilapia and beautiful coy pond is converted from a swimming pool of 50000 liters.
Leopold particularly enjoys the pond in the owner`s garden, where there are colorful small and big fish and turtles. They keep the mosquitos away… and they live from fruits, lettuce, leaves or whatever falls down from the trees.
We are raw vegans and we do not eat them, still it is like a meditation just to observe them…
It is also pure magic to lie in the hammock and have the great honor of observing various birds feasting on the variety of fruits.
Especially when the tiny, tiny (like a little finger) humming birds come near you while you are resting…it is so magical and beautiful…
There are 5 residences, and total around 500 square meters with additional 150 meters of covered patios and the constructions are of adobe brick and rammed earth (tapia)… spread over two thirds of a hectare, 6500 square meters. These lovely houses are all with ceramic tile with clay roof tiles, blending Ecuadorian and California architectural styles. This is a very secluded property with privacy, still it is close to the village, shops and social life.
The Landlord has no work beside this, all the income of the family comes from renting the houses in the garden,he and his family live in one of the houses here.
Currently the new owner can reside in one house and receive 20000 dollars annual rental income or more ,from the other houses.
The property can be restructured as strata title development with permission to build further units.
Or it can be as it is, there are many options for a family who wants to live simplistic and cheaply and at the same time rent out the other houses – one option is of course to stay in one house and keep the other houses for family and guests.
All the houses and apartments are surrounded by trees and this is good for privacy.
The property is hidden away behind a wall of trees in an established tranquil neighborhood , currently a mix of expatriates and local residents of Vilcabamba, touching on two quiet cul de sacs a couple of hundred meters from the Chamba river…
The nearest neighbor is building a 100 % nature spa, which should be finished within a year.
This nice neighbor`s property, which is on the other side of a road with insignificant traffic (there are only two properties after this, and there is not much traffic in this dead end street), has a drive from another road, and his spa is built in the middle of his vast and green property, it will be some distance away.
They are working with alternative medicine, a health food store and an organic restaurant in Loja and they want to take their business to Vilcabamba. It is an advantage to have this in the town, it is not always easy to find these things in South-America.
This will become a holistic health care centre where they will apply for therapists, healers, masseurs, meditation teachers and so forth.
In case you have any of these qualifications, this can be a wonderful opportunity for you!
The small and peaceful «town» is nearby – it is refreshing to walk up to the centre…a 10 min walk to the main plaza, which has a small and well-kept park with a fountain – where the children love to play. The small shops and restaurants are situated in a square around the park.
The post office is very cosy and the staff there is extremely service minded, they have modern equipment – still it makes you remember a world which existed 50 years ago, which was peaceful…
Actually, Vilcabamba itself is saturated with this nostalgic atmosphere…
All around Vilcabamba there are mature trees everywhere, rusticicly landscaped with paths and gardens. The trees around the houses makes it all very private and magical.
I simply love all the big mountains around Vilcabamba, they provide the extremely pleasant temperature the year around, since the town is situated in the middle of the circular mountain range….
There are paths from the property to town too, as well as adventurous paths everywhere in the mountains and to the river, with fantastic hiking opportunities and amazing horseback-riding trails further up in the Andes mountains.
Moreover there are people from all over the world here in Vilcabamba- with all sorts of healers, teachers and alternative therapists.
This is a place for likeminded people – where children are in focus, there are many home school families here.
Mothers collaborate – there is even an office for mothers of Vilcabamba.
No matter which country you come from, all alternative thinking families are welcome here.
This is indeed the place for enlightened children with conscious parents who seek a holistic life style- here it is possible to be Pure from within – with healthy, happy children where they can feast on all kinds of fruits – the mountains here are abundant with papaya, mango, avocado, banana and more…yes, it is possible to live very inexpensively if you choose to.
We have enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here – we welcome new tenants and hope they will enjoy this Garden of Eden as much as we have done!!!
Finally I will add one thing:
Here in South-America it is important not to be too sissy, pedantic or snobbish- but rather to take life as it unfolds, have a positive outlook, be creative, here you may experience big changes daily or no change at all. You will meet smiles wherever you roam, you will smile yourself, because life here is just wonderful and glorious ;)…
Vilcabamba is famous for longevity, and researchers from the West have visited the town since the 1960`s. Many celebrities from all over the world live here, since this is the place and the surroundings,peace and love, in which they want their children to grow up in.
Loja is the nearest city, about 1 hour away with car, with it`s own airport. Quenca is further away, it is 4 hours from Vilcabamba, this city has a major airport.
The Landlord has not decided yet if he will sell the whole of the property or some of it, but he will definitely sell.
If this prospect is something for you, please contact him at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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