Substantial Hydra real estate in need of modernisation and renovation. This 3 level house for sale offers a lot of potential and could easily provide up to 4 large bedrooms (planning permission required). The walled garden is large and there are panoramic sea views. In it's current format, the house has 2 - 3 bedrooms.
Living Space: 140 m2
Plot Size: To be confirmed (Approximately 350m2)
Location: Upper Kamini
The house is at least 200 years old and in structurally sound condition although obviously in need of renovation and modernisation. It is by no means a rebuild project and much of the material can be reclaimed/refurbished to maintain the authenticity of this beautiful Hydra house. The most substantial job will be the plumbing as currently there is only rudimentary external sanitation so no internal bathrooms. While the building was wired for electricity probably in the early 70's it is limited and only single phase so modern boards and wiring will need to be installed to cope with today's demands for air-conditioning and sockets. Having said that, this property need not necessarily require as much building work as other similarly aged properties for sale on Hydra.
From the street, there is a private entrance courtyard which is partially planted with a rose bed.
A short flight of steps lead up to the entrance hall, which is almost square, and an independent entrance to Room 3.
From left to right, the entrance hall doors open to:
Room 2 is the smallest room on the ground floor but is still a good size (more than adequate as a double bedroom). It is in in the corner of the building and is used (internally) to pass through to Room 3.
Room 1 has windows overlooking the street that runs behind the house and one that overlooks the open area of ground to the side approach of the house.
Room 2 has one window overlooking the street that runs behind the property. The double doors into this room from the entrance hall and the double doors that pass through into Room 3, are partially glazed to provide extra light for this corner room. The wall, behind the wardrobe shown in the photo above, is an external wall. In the garden, attached to this wall is a small stone built room that currently does duty as a rudimentary outside toilet. This would be a logical place to bring in a connection to the town plumbing system (subject to planning permission).
Room 3 has an independent entrance from the top of the steps from the entrance courtyard. Internally it is accessed via Room 2. Room 3 has windows on three sides offering views of the courtyard, the garden and the sea. The wall to the right in the photo above is the external wall of the garden. Again, subject to planning permission, it would be logical to bring plumbing into this room for an en-suite in the corner opposite the external entrance doors. Room 3 also has a trapdoor staircase down to the kitchen/dining room on the lower floor.
With the exception of the entrance hall floor, which is of painted flag stones, the flooring throughout the three ground floor rooms are of the old wide planks that have been painted. The ceilings are medium height by Hydra standards and also of painted wood. Much of the woodwork, including internal doors, can be reclaimed and renovated as there is little rot or worm, just a lack of maintenance to deal with.
The top floor is currently one huge rectangular room with multiple windows offering views to all points of the compass. The sea views are panoramic and you can see both the harbours of Kamini and Hydra.
The top floor was recently repaired although not completely finished to allow potential buyers to choose their own flooring and wall finishing. The floor is reinforced concrete and the walls have been rendered. The ceiling is left open to the roof rafters which are in good condition. Incoming owners will need to replace/renovate the windows, which have internal shutters.
Depending upon the requirements of an incoming owner this room could be left as one multi-purpose living space or could easily be divided into a combination of bedrooms and/or living space.
Note: The west end of the upper floor, subject to planning permission, would be a logical place to install a bathroom or kitchenette as it would be the simplest place to connect in this corner to the mains from the street (as per suggestions for inside bathrooms mentioned above).
The lower floor can be accessed via an internal trapdoor stair from Room 3 or externally from the entrance courtyard.
This floor comprises one large kitchen/dining room with a door and window overlooking the courtyard, and opposite, a door and window overlooking the garden.
Under the kitchen/dining room there is a large freshwater cisterna with the well head at the bottom of the internal stairs. The floor throughout is of stone and concrete as it forms the roof of the cisterna.
The kitchen cisterna is in working condition and supplies the house with rainwater for washing up, etc., drawn from the well head. Eventually and with permission, this cisterna could easily be incorporated with town supplied water to supplement consumption in the house.
The wooden ceiling is much lower than in the rest of the house but still sufficiently high for even a tall person to stand upright.
Garden & Outside Space
The garden is charming and perfectly positioned to catch the afternoon sun and evening sunset with glorious views of the sea. It is walled on all sides with a garden door from the street that runs along the wall to the back. Parts of the garden are already raised, which will make perfect dining areas as you can then see over the lower wall even when seated to enjoy the view.
Within the garden there are well established orange, pomegranate & olive trees as well as a stand of bamboo and a perfectly shaped cypress tree.
In the courtyard there is a large raised flower bed planted with well established white rose bushes. These will need aggressive pruning because they have a lot of dead wood and some disease but certainly with care and attention could quickly be brought back to full glory.
Neighbourhood & Location
The house is located in the residential area of Upper Kamini close to the oldest inhabited part of Hydra. The neighbours are a mix of local Hydriot residents and a few foreign owners from England, France, Germany and Sweden. Although quiet, there are plenty of full-time residents to stop the area feeling like an 'abandoned zone' in winter.
Unlike the lower parts of Kamini and Hydra, there is more space between the houses of Upper Kamini with lots of areas of planting and spring growth making it feel more rural. The streets and steps up to the house from either Kamini or Hydra harbours are well maintained.
The closest church is the Byzantine St. Christopher although it is not open for regular services so bells are only heard on feast days and the name day of the church.
The closest shop for supplies is the Gavrilis Provisions Store who are happy to do home delivery.
Construction & Repairs
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Published 26th April 2017