Summer house located on a pretty hillside near Beretinec in Varaždin county.
Reduced (2019) to €27,000 negotiable.
Much more than a wine house, having several rooms, this summer/vacation house has a lot going for it in the context of a holiday retreat and is large enough for full time living. The very keen price means plenty of affordable possibilities exist for updating and improving to whatever you wish.
A solidly built brick and block small detached house sitting on a good sized plot of land, a former vineyard, enjoying nice rural views and a quiet location on a very lightly used asphalted country lane on a hill top. Nearby (1.7km) is the village of Beretinec, the city of Varaždin is 9Km away. Built around 1982, it is surrounded by mature trees (hence it is difficult to photograph) and is part of a community of mixed weekend properties and full-time occupancy dwellings.
The view of the rear of the house is equally difficult to photograph, hidden as it is by roses and fig tree foliage. There are two floors, the upper ground level is a comfortable living space, although very dated, comprising two large rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. The lower level (half basement) is mostly un-developed although has power, lighting, water supply and drainage. All the windows are of the twin-pane wood-frame type, all are fitted with lockable exterior wooden shutters.
Starting at the upper level, this main room currently sports beds as the owners spend holidays and weekends here with friends and family. The walls, floor and high ceiling are in good condition, plenty of natural light comes from the front (road side) facing windows. There is a chimney point for a wood/coal stove if required.
[3.9m x 3.5m]
Continuing at the upper level, the second room is also currently used as a bedroom. The walls and high ceiling are in good condition, the floor is laid with hard wood original parquet. There is plenty of natural light from the front facing windows.
[2.6m x 3.5m]
Still at the upper level, this galley style kitchen is typical of the traditional layout for small Croatian homes, we think the table is not of a size and shape to make the best use of the available space. The cooker is a mix of electric and gas (bottled), the walls, floor and high ceiling are in good condition, there is good natural light from the rear (garden side) facing windows. Everything is functional although very dated. Access to the roof space is via a roof hatch located here.
[4.3m x 1.9m]
Lastly, on the upper level, the bathroom/WC has a fully ceramic tiled floor and all four walls up to about head high. The walls, floor and high ceiling are in good condition, there is some natural light and ventilation from a small rear facing window. The bath is an iron item, there is an electric hot water combination tank/boiler.
[2.2m x 1.8m]
There is a very attractive rear terrace (more later) below which is this semi open air corridor leading to a small hallway [1.8m x 1.7m] which is accessed through a heavy metal door. The hallway gives access to the other lower level spaces which consists of five rooms and a small store. A good paint job is clearly required here. There is small lock-up store located behind the camera position which is currently used as a tool and firewood store (photo available on request).
[5.1m x 1.8m]
Continuing at the lower level, the first room has had the walls and ceiling plastered and painted, the remaining rooms are un-developed in terms of decor finishes where the bare brickwork is exposed. Natural light and ventilation is provided via a rear facing window. The room has its own access door, electric power outlets and lighting.
[1.7 x 2.2]
Still at the lower level, the largest room is un-developed. There is no sign of dampness, a small front facing window gives some natural light, there is an iron solid fuel cooking range connected to an integral chimney, power outlets, lighting, a water supply and drainage.
[3.8m x 3.5m]
Continuing at the lower level, the second front facing room is a little smaller than its partner and has clearly served as a workshop of some kind. It has power outlets and lighting.
[2.6m x 3.5m]
Lastly at the lower level, this room shows the use it once had when this property was a working family vineyard, hence the barrel. Very utilitarian in nature, the water main riser is here as is the main drainage pipe. The window no longer gives natural light, the firewood store (described previously in 0985ag) has been built outside this room thus there is inadequate ventilation. Basement rooms without ventilation become damp from condensation, as has this one. This is not a difficult fix, it needs ventilation.
[2.2m x 1.7m]
Most properties like this one feature an exterior terrace where people spend the bulk of the time during our long warm summers. This terrace/balcony faces generally east-north-east so is flooded with early morning sunlight yet provides a welcome cooling shade during the heat of the day and evening. The terrace uses the entire width of the building and has a roof which is supported by sturdy timbers, it also has guttering in order to prevent water running onto the terrace during rainy times. The perfect place for a drinks refrigerator, a book and enough time to enjoy the peace and nature around you.
[8.0m x 1.9m]
The front garden is a mostly flat shaded leafy place with eight mature trees of various kinds. There is direct access via swing gates to the asphalt lane running by the property. The owners advise us that a gas main is available by the roadside although we have not confirmed this. The front of the house faces roughly west-south-west. There are no fences between the properties, all the neighbour's houses appear to be in good condition with well cared for gardens.
The rear garden is a joy to behold, it slopes gently away from the house (not so gently on the way back up!) and includes ownership of a few metres of forested land at the bottom. There are a number of fruit trees and a produce patch with tomatoes, cucumbers and other things this city boy doesn't recognise. This view is taken from the rear terrace (described on page 0985al) by finding a gap between the climbing roses and fig tree branches. The bottom of the land abuts a sizeable forest which stretches off into the distance.
A view from the bottom of the garden looking back up towards the house. Behind the camera position is an unmarked border with a large forest which, although privately owned, is used without interference by the locals for rambling, picking mushrooms and berries etc., plus it is home for deer. It is also dog heaven.
Taken from Google Maps, the four yellow dots show the four corners of the property. The size of the forest abutting the bottom of the garden can be better appreciated from this image, it stretches much further than shown. The roadway is mostly located along the top ridge of the hillside with land falling gently away on both sides.
Taken from the land registry entry, this image shows the shape of the land, the house and the general orientation of the neighbouring properties. North is up.
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Contact us for further details, or just to get answers to questions you may have, please quote our reference code: 0985. We have more photographs available if you wish to see a few further details.