Realpoint Italy

3 Apr 2018

Beautiful restored Mill near Volterra, Tuscany

This beautifully restored 4 bedroom mill is located just outside the old Etruscan city of Volterra, is in a secluded position and benefits from magnificent views over the surrounding countryside, as well as being only 20km from San Gimignano, 50km from Florence, and 35km from the sea at Cecina. The 280m2 property, which has been lovingly restored, maintains many of the original features.

The property is built over 3 floors and consists of the following:

Lower Ground Floor: Large open plan living room with all facilities and including bar area and pool table separated with original archways.

Ground Floor: Living room, dining area, fully equipped kitchen with glass floor (including dishwasher,microwave, coffee machine and large 5 ring hob), cloakroom. Access to utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

First Floor: Two double rooms both with en-suite bathrooms (bath/showers). A further double bedroom with en-suite wet room, one twin room. The property sits in spacious private garden with a swimming pool divided into 3 areas with child’s pool, lane for swimming and the main pool. There are spacious stone terraces as well as a barbeque area and dining area for al-fresco dining.


Beautiful restored Mill near Volterra, Tuscany

26 Apr 2016

Restored 18th Century Umbrian farmhouse located on a hilltop with panoramic views over Lake Trasimeno

Restored 18th Century Umbrian farmhouse located on a hilltop with panoramic views over lake Trasimeno, surrounding valleys, and distant hills. This traditional stone built farmhouse was carefully restored to a high standard in 2005/6, incorporating new plumbing, electrical wiring, and landscaping. Original beams were maintained and restored and for the floor, handmade terracotta tiles laid throughout most of the house towards restoring the traditional characteristics. 

One crosses an open semi-circular stone porch to access the main entrance to the ground floor. A solid oak door beneath the loggia opens into a spacious, arched, hallway that leads to various areas of the house. This includes, on the ground floor, the kitchen with adjoining dining area. The latter is in a comfortable setting with a raised glass-fronted fireplace and exits to the pergola for convenient outside dining as desired. This floor has a bathroom, a utility room (washing/ironing) and also a traditional bread oven. A large family room/bedroom completes the internal ground floor. Externally, i.e. with access from the outside, is a technical room with the heating boiler linked to the LPG underground gas storage tank; water storage and filtration system linked to the property's private well; and, electrical control panel. This room also provides facilities for storage. 

An internal staircase with handmade wrought iron bannister leads to a wide landing/corridor on the first floor. This can also be accessed from the outside, via an external stairway close to the front of the house. On this, the first floor, are two en-suite double bedrooms , a third double bedroom and a third (stand-alone) bathroom. A large sitting room with an open fireplace and two French windows with a view of the lake, completes this floor. 

A curved metal staircase leads to the second floor where there is a room, currently used as a studio but which could become a fifth bedroom. From the three windows of this room there is ample scope to admire the Appennine hills and valleys in the distance. An outside door at this level opens onto a delightful hidden 28 sq m. roof terrace which is a captivating feature of the house. From here there are spectacular 360 degree views over the beautiful surrounding hills, distant mountains, woods, olive groves, 2 Castles, and Lake Trasimeno. 

The house itself is on a private fully fenced plot of about 0.5 ha (about 1.25 acres), while a further hectare of terraced olive grove and woods lie on the downhill side of the property. Within the fenced area is the secluded 5x10m swimming pool and hot shower. Close by, there is a storage room that can accommodate pool equipment, garden tools and general storage. Also within the fenced area there is space for a tennis court, originally approved but not built. 

The property is serviced by its own well. There is an underground gas tank of 1500 litre capacity for central heating and cooking. Each radiator can be individually adjusted. There are two wood fireplaces, one in the sitting room and one in the dining area. 

The property is located on a hilltop, some 7kms distant from the nearest town of Tavernelle. The road to the house is partly asphalted and partly gravel. Banks, supermarkets, pharmacies, medical services are in Tavernelle, 15 minutes away. 

Driving distances approximately: Panicale: 30 minutes, Perugia: 30 Minutes, S.Egidio Airport,Perugia: 40 mins, Castiglion Del Lago:40 mins, Orvieto:60 mins, Arezzo; 70mins. Florence and Rome are 150 and 170 km respectively.


17 Apr 2016

Borgo Sotto l'Arco, Imperia, Liguria

Borgo Sotto l'Arco (Under theArchway) is a hamlet of four houses overlooking Ponti di Pornassio, a peaceful hilltown in the Western Liguria, inland from the coastal city of Imperia, on a very good State Highway n.28, (that leads from doormat to beach mat in twenty eight minutes.) 

The houses were built between the seventeenth and eighteenth century. They have been completely restored from the ground up by their owner/designer (a longtime expatriate who previously worked in San Francisco and New York). Therefore their roofs, floors, electrical and plumbing and heating systems, windows and doors are entirely new. While carrying out this work every effort was made to use the natural materials of the area, (i.e. chestnut beams and window frames, antique parquet and mosaic floors, slate stone details, in order to create an elegant and functional environment within a modern luminous layout. 

The individual houses
Casa Glicine/Wisteria House, (165 square metres + 14 square metre terrace)
Casa Glicine is the largest of the four houses. It is composed of three floors and two adjoining gardens and has a South East/South West exposure. 

On the ground floor is the entrance to the house. In this room the central heating pellet furnace, the laundry facilities and an antique chestnut closet are situated. To the East there is a guest bedroom with its own bathroom, and access to a small conservatory taking you out to the lower garden. A large curved staircase leads up to the kitchen dining room that seats eight. This room has floor to ceiling glass windows adjoining the main terrace. Next to the kitchen is a double height study/loft guest room, also connected to the terrace via full length double glazed windows. On the other side of the kitchen is the double height living room with a fireplace, an antique piano, and a double glazed door leading out to the upper patio. Three steps down from the kitchen is the master bathroom, and an ample storage room. 

On the top floor is the master bedroom with its own curved en suite bathroom, and panoramic windows overlooking the valley and the full moon. The floors of the rooms are either larchwood parquet or mosaic tiles. All of the windows are double glazed. The house also features a ten square meter double solar heating system, (on the roof) both for hot water and for the made to order copper radiators, which serve both the Casa Glicine and the Rosa Antica/Antique Rose house. 

Rosa Antica/Antique Rose (60 square metres)
Rosa Antica is a multilevel loft open space, compact and functional. The entrance to the house is through the courtyard under the archway. 

On the ground floor is the kitchen/dining area and the bathroom. There is also a characteristic cast iron stove. The stairs then lead to the living area, and a few more steps up to the bedroom area. 

On the top level is the mini-office walkway leading to a mosaic tiled roof terrace. The house has large double glazed windows and from the terrace one can gaze at the surroundings in all four directions. 

Casa Menta/Mint House(162 square metres + 34 square metre terrace)
Casa Menta is the highest house on the property, built on three levels. Each floor is a large open space that serves several functions. 

The house has two entrances, from the ground floor and via a curved exterior staircase to the first floor. The ground floor houses the study/guestroom plus a large sculptural master bathroom. 

A freeform staircase, in the manner of Gaudi leads up to the floor above that serves as kitchen-dining and living area. This floor features an original Castellamonte octagonal stove and a restored parquet floor from the seventeenth century, (originally in a palace in Piazza Castello in Torino.) This room has a floor to ceiling double glazed wall leading to its panoramic mosaic tiled terrace and breathtaking view. A wide glass enclosed staircase takes you up to the top level in which there is a double sized master bedroom (which could be easily divided in two) and its own bathroom, also with a majestic view of the valley and mountains. Behind the house is its private garden plot. 

The house also has a large room on the ground floor of the section where the terrace is, 28m2 with eleven foot ceiling, with its own entrance, and connected to the central heating system. It has a parquet floor and a plumbing and drain line installed. It could be equipped with a bathroom and used as separate guest lodgings, or used as a common room for the four houses of the property. 

Casa Dahlia /Dahlia House(65 square metres)
Casa Dahlia is built on two floors, each of which have an entrance to the street, as the village road slopes upward. 

The top floor has a double height living room, with an original rebuilt full size pizza oven. It has stairs leading up to a loft bed, windows overlooking the valley, and a large bathroom. 

The lower floor has the kitchen dining area, a wood stove, a guest sofa/ bed and a door and stairs leading down to its own patio garden, for outdoor dining, with, among other flowers, a giant dahlia. All of its windows are double glazed made to order of seasoned larchwood. 

Area3,137 m2. Garden, woodland, olive and fruit trees, terraces. The surrounding land of terraced olive groves, and a variety of hardy fruit bearing trees: peach, apricot, cherry, kiwi, four varieties of plum, persimmon, pear, almond, and several palms, along with strawberry patches and many kinds of roses. The unique position in the valley gives the property its own micro-climate that is much milder in the Winter and more ventilated in the Summer than the surrounding neighborhood. 

At the highest point of the terraces there is a ‘belvedere’ on which a 5 by 6 metre splash pond to cool off in is being constructed, (and should be finished by February). This point in the land dominates the entire valley. 

The Private Road
The property is accessed via a eighty metre long private road shored up by four very sturdy retaining walls. It provides parking for three compact cars, (four in a pinch.) However the actual village road, which was built for underfed donkeys, not over fed modern vehicles will only accommodate a compact car, (i.e. Matiz, Panda, Smart, Porter. 

The houses are connected to the electrical, water , sewer and village gas-(bombolone) mains, with their own metres. The large pellet furnace that runs in parallel with the solar system for Casa Glicine and Rosa Antica could be switched over to gas, but is at present much less costly to run with pellets. The Casa Menta has a complete gas system. The Casa Dahlia could have either a pellet or gas installation to complement its wood stove and pizza oven. All of the properties have the highest quality double glazed windows. 

The village of Ponti di Pornassio and the neighboring town of Pieve di Teco.The village, (frazione of Ponti) was incorporated in 1280, the town of Pornassio to which it belongs has its own castle. There is also has a grocery store, a small hotel and two restaurants, in the frazione itself. Pornassio, a kilometer up the hill has a pharmacy, a mechanic and a general store. Three miles down the road is the historic town of Pieve di Teco, with its elegant medieval arcades, and many kinds of stores/restaurants for all daily needs. It is on its way to becoming the Slow Food/Locavore center for the province of Imperia, and features a huge range of handmade, hand cultivated edibles, from pastry to boar stew, as the area historically grew all it might need to eat, and takes cooking very seriously.

600,000 Euro

7 Apr 2016

Attractive Farmhouse An Hour From Rome

Attractive property consisting of two houses and 18,000 m2 of land which has 200 olive trees. The property has excellent potential and is located an hour from Rome. The property is well suited to be a B&B.

Located in the countryside of Lazio 10 minutes by car from Poggio Catino, 60 minutes from Roma. The location is very calm and quite. Catino has a cafe and a B&B. The closest big town is Poggio Mirteto around 15minutes by car. 

The property is divided in two houses. 

The larger one is around 160 m2 on 2 floors.

Ground floor with big entrance with the stairs going up and a high ceiling, small kitchen, communal area before the kitchen with a working fireplace, small bathroom with window and a big living room (around 50 m2) for dining with a working fireplace too. 

Upstairs a small and long corridor guides to bedrooms. There are 3 rooms and 1 bathroom. One of the rooms has a mezzanine in wood. So in total there is space enough for 2 small beds and for one bed upstairs. 

The entire ceiling of the house have exposed wooden beams. 


Smaller House
The other home is smaller, on 1 floor. It’s been uninhabited for around 10 years. There are 2 bedrooms, 1 kitchen with an old stove, 1 bathroom and 1 living room. 
This house must be restored.  Good potential for a b&b as it is a separate house.

Part of the second house are a storehouse split in two different locals, an old wine cellar with many old stuff used for producing wine, a garage for the car and an old wood oven. 

The 2 houses were linked in the very past. 

Both houses have their own part of land and there are spaces for living outside with marble tables and wood and iron sofa. 

An antique fountain just few meters down from the houses offers water.

Around 1.8 hectares. The land is cultivated or to be cultivated. The area  is very famous for olive oil. There are around 200 olive trees and 25 fruit plants.

Price 470,000 Euro

24 Mar 2016

Villa Melagrano, Bologna

Villa Melagrano 

Just south of the city of Bologna, you head towards Casalecchio and Sasso Marconi and from there ascend towards the town of Vergato in the Apennines. You will find yourself in the midst of oaks and chestnut thickets, hills and valleys that go from three hundred to a thousand meters, changing all the time in breathtaking views and colours. These are the Apennine valleys between the river Reno and Panaro. 

The area is very well known for its gastronomic delights: mushrooms, white truffles, Potatoes especially those from Tole, chestnuts, and world-famous cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano are produced in the surrounding hills and valleys.

In this rural idyll there stands Villa Melagrano, a charming, rural Italian country home, fully restored using the local stone and retaining the original features


The villa stands on top of 13 hectares of its own private land, with two streams; surrounded by 360 degrees of valleys, meadows, mountains and forests with magnificent views of the local country side and distant Borgos (small villages) that dot the Apennine hillside, and light up at night like stars in the sky.

The villa is cool in the summer and warm in the winter can be reached by a very exclusive, totally private road and is off the beaten track. It has airy comfortable rooms, that will accommodate eight people easily, and four newly refurbished bathrooms. The kitchen, living room/dinning room, den, and entire villa is fully equipped with a new electrical and heating system. There is also a wood burning fireplace in a small den just off the living room which provides a cozy atmosphere for reading or watching television. It has gas-fired central heating, double paned windows, and roll-down mosquito shades throughout the villa. 

There are patios on two sides of the house with breath taking views, giving you a choice of a sunny or shady spot all day. There is a 5 X 10 meter in ground private swimming pool with decks surrounding the pool, and a hut and shower. In addition there is a large two car garage adjacent cantina and workshop and two mountain water wells. 

Dine all fresco under the gazebo or enjoy a BBQ by the pool. 

For more information about this exceptional property please see Villa Melagrano