Medieval apartment with garden

Apartment via Iannelli

Cortona Cod. C035CA

Stunning 2 bedroom /2 bathroom (85 mq) view apartment encompassing the main floor of a 12th century medieval house, one of the oldest continuously occupied spaces in Cortona on the most ancient and historic street, built into the very walls of the town by the Etruscans long before the birth of Christ. This first floor residence boasts a spacious open plan kitchen and living room with luminous windows, opening to a vista of the north west Val di Chiana towards Arezzo, with other windows opening onto the surrounding medieval town. The combined kitchen/living room space is centred by a beautiful traditional carved stone fire place (fully functional) and has a door leading to the first bedroom with en-suite bathroom and city views. A short hall leads to the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, the bedroom with broad views of the garden and vistas down the valley, the en-suite with city views. The bedroom features french doors leading to a small deck and stairs to the garden which is built into the city walls. The garden has space for a pergola, and contains a fully matured lawn with roses coddling the city wall and jasmine in containers scrambling up the house walls. The entire structure has been modernized, all electrical, plumbing, and heating is new–all radiators are new high efficiency units. The windows are double paned wood framed modern construction, the floors are restored ancient cotto bricks, the interior doors are solid wood antiqued renaissance styled masterpieces, the bathrooms are modern and stylish tile with glass showers and dark antiqued wood vanities. The ceilings have all their original medieval exposed beams and cotto bricks—maintaining and highlighting their long history. There is, built into the wall at the front door, an ancient and venerable shrine to the Madonna which has been part of the house for centuries, still honoured by locals, who leave gifts and votive offerings for her blessings. The via Roma is less than ten steps from the front door so exiting the city is convenient and fast, with public parking lots less than 50 meters away, just outside the city gates. The apartment is prewired/ plumbed for air-conditioning and comes complete with a private ground floor cantina for storage and laundry. The roof is completely restored, fully insulated, and the exterior medieval wall construction has been re-enforced and re-sealed given its’ historic importance.

This property is a wonderful opportunity to own a part of ancient, historical Cortona. If one opens any 100 year old Cortona travelogue this street and this house is often featured—and is even pictured. The structure represents the earliest period of Cortona’s medieval history at a point in time when municipal property taxes were first introduced. The taxes were based on street level frontage/square footage—so cunning owners cantilevered their second floors out over the street. This apartment represents the main floor of one of these cantilevered structures, with all of its ancient wood beams, hand-made brick and stone walls, both exterior and interior, completely intact and restored. Less than 200 meters from the Piazza della Repubblica centre of Cortona, this apartment represents the perfect piece of “La Dolce Vita” Cortona style. A sound investment, a perfect Cortona “pied a terre” and a superb rental income property.

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