For Sale / Available USD$ 595,000 - House
Antigua Guatemala, the jewel of Central America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly. Fifteen minutes NW at an altitude of 6000 feet is the agricultural pueblo of Parramos, in the District of Chimaltenango and a beautiful private estate owned by impressionist artist B. M. Johnston and his wife. This vast property is just one block from the town´s center plaza. Completely surrounded by a 7 meter high wall is the beautiful garden, home and artist studio. A large electric door for vehicles allows you to drive in, with covered parking for several cars in a covered garage (the second floor presently under construction) which will house a grand studio space and a one bedroom apartment. On the ground floor is the laundry room, storage room and two guest rooms with shared bath. On the opposite side of the drive way is the Main House arch. You enter through hand carved mahogany sliding doors depicting the flora and fauna of the Gardens. The grand foyer to the left is a clock room which is also an entrance to the living space. Just to the right on entering is an office and security monitors. Next to that is a guest W.C. bath, next is a guest room with bath that has toilet, bidet, shower, fire place, Satelite T. V. and great ceiling high windows allowing the full view of the gardens. Just out side this room is a private sitting area on the porch.
Now to the right is another porch area with a giant avocado growing right through the roof, a hammock, a sitting area and a large dining table. To your right an arched double glass paired doors which is the main entrance to the living room. At the end of this porch is the entrance to the kitchen with large counter space and modern appliances. On the other side of the cooking area is a bar top and small pantry. Two steps down you enter the sunken floor area of the living room and dinning table. Surrounding the space are ceiling high glass paned windows and double doors looking out over the garden and a pond. Up four steps to the raised living room area is the grand fire place and surrounding seating. The floors are white Italian porcelain. An open staircase leads to the second floor which opens up to a gallery area. Off from this area through antique carved wood doors is the safari room guest bedroom with a lions face fire place, library, bath and shower. Off this room through double doors is a private part of the second floor patio over looking the garden. Next to this room is the studio, both of these rooms are well lit with sky lights, leaving the studio through to more hand carved antique double carved door back out into the gallery area. On the other side of the staircase two more hand carved double doors to the master bedroom which is as large as the entire first floor living area. On entering the master bedroom is a fireplace just to the left in front of which is a living room area. Two long mahogany hand carved posts guard the master bed and just off this room is the master bath with fireplace, Jacuzzi bath, bidet and toilet. Beside the bed are double doors that lead out to a balcony overlooking the garden and lily pond. On the other side of this room are 2 double mahogany doors to a large walk in closet where inside is a staircase leading up to the 2 story tower. Just to the right off this closet are two more glass paned doors leading out to the second floor patio with the avocado tree coming up through the floor and shading most of the area.
The master bedroom floor is done in part with parquet and in part with Italian porcelain. The entire house flooring is Italian porcelain.
South of the house walking down stone covered trails through lush tropical flora and trees at one side is a traditional pila (raised pond) and fountain. A little further is a large vegetable garden area, all surrounded by a large rubber tree. A bit further is an open lawn area with fruit trees and a walled garden going back toward the house past the raised garden pad and the lily pond with sitting and dining area.
Just past the pond is the Italian pool with the columns and Italian tiles, the back wall decorated in Matisse style murals and the pool itself in a kind of Cockney style and a grand piano in the center. The pool is fully automated gas solar heated, 500 gallons gas tank connected to heater. A small bar and Barbeque bordered by a pool side pond and sitting area. Just east of the pool is the Japanese style arched green house in brick and glass, full of orchids from all over the world, just behind that is the lamiluz covered green house ideal for aquaculture cisterns or orchid greenhouse. In front is a beautifully productive lemon tree and also coffee plants which are scattered through out the gardens. The coffee plants are the very first coffee introduced to Guatemala.
The entire property is the work of an artist. welcome interested people by appointment.
The property size is…. 8093 square meters and the construction is 1128mts.