Best of both worlds - Apartment and Large Garden in Coimbra
If you want the convenience of living in a major city but want the tranquillity of living in the countryside then this is the property for you! Situated in a peaceful, unfrequented part of the historic Santa Clara, you are an easy 5 minutes drive from the centre of Coimbra yet have the benefit of a private 500m² garden for relaxing in, growing your own food or even developing a glamping business.
Description of the property:
Entering the 5 x 7m yard you have a large outbuilding on the right the full length of the yard with an internal space of 20m². It has a plumbed-in sink and washing machine outlet, so can easily be upgraded to a self-contained annexe, or a workshop/artist’s workspace. At the back of the yard is a wooden staircase leading to a roof terrace giving amazing 360-degree views of the area, an ideal place to sunbathe or sit with a glass of wine and watch the glorious sunset. The kitchen has a new roof, and the complete roof of the main house was renewed in 2019 after being damaged in a storm.
On entering through the kitchen door there is a series of hardwood cupboards on the right with space for a cooker, washing machine and fridge. There is also an additional 1.5 m worktop space separating the kitchen from the dining area. The total area is 3 x 6 m. At the back of this is the bathroom with a newly fitted sink, and lavatory with a sturdy enamel bath. There is also a new electronic ignition instant water heater. The kitchen is an extension onto the original house.
Going through a door in the 60 cm thick wall of the house, you enter the 3 x 6m lounge which has been fully tiled over a new, insulated concrete floor.. All the walls in the old part of the house have been stripped and newly rendered. There is a wood-burning stove installed, but this may be removed at the request of the buyer, or connected up to a stack pipe into the kitchen and out through the roof. The window gives a nice view of the valley.
Bedroom one, at the front of the house, is 2.9x2.9m, with a sliding aluminium window giving a view over the valley. This floor has also been newly insulated, concreted and tiled.
Bedroom two, is also 2.9x2.9m, with a new insulated, concreted and tiled floor. You can walk through into an additional 2.5 x 1.9m room attached in an extension at the back of the house, with a small window giving a view into the very back of the rear neighbour’s garden. This room is an ideal space for a walk-in wardrobe, or as a musician’s or artist’s studio.
The third bedroom, 4.4 x 1.9m, is accessed from the lounge and is also part of the extension at the back of the house. As well as as a small window looking into the rear neighbour’s garden there is a larger window with a view into the yard. The ceilings of both rooms in the extension have been insulated and plasterboarded.
Cable internet is installed and paid for up to March 2021
The garden of the original house was split into 4, and this apartment has 10 x 50m on 4 terraces. Walking down the new, ramped concrete steps you enter a different world of peace and quiet as you descend into the valley. At the end of the steps is an ideal space to construct a barbeque or outside the kitchen. The first terrace has a loquat, lemon and orange tree, all of which produce prolific amounts of fruit. The second terrace has a mature persimmon tree, while the third has an orange, olive and fig and bay tree. Descending down to the bottom terrace you feel completely isolated from the world by being surrounded by greenery. Here you find two more fig trees, a quince, and another bay tree.
As well as all the facilities you would expect from a city the local Intermarché supermarket with the in-house pharmacy is a 5-minute walk away, Lidl and local shops are 10 minutes and the Forum shopping centre is a 5-minute drive away, as is the ring-road for getting to Lisbon or Porto both of which are reachable within 1.5 hours.
The third-largest city in Portugal, Coimbra has a vibrant atmosphere because of the large student population so there is the opportunity to turn this property into a shared student house. The city is also a huge tourist attraction due to its history, University buildings, public and conference spaces. Because holiday accommodation is at a premium during the Spring and Summer there is the possibility of a good Return On Investment as a short or medium-term holiday let.