This stylish house reminds one of the southern-Spanish stately homes: the Mediterranean flair emanates calm, peace and privacy in every room.
Built by award-winning architect César Iturralde, it has many well-known traits of the architect, such as skylights and a hatch in the kitchen open to flowing outdoor areas. The house is carefully constructed and every detail makes sense.
The ground floor harbours a generous kitchen with new appliances, the outside living room and the dining room in an attached bohio are sheltered from sun, rain and wind and can be used all the year round. The outdoor living room sits next to the two-level, newly-tiled, LED-lit pool and boasts a theatre screen and high-quality speakers.
Adjacent to the living room lies a separate air-conditioned bedroom / studio / TV room / office or a room for a caretaker if the need arises. This room has a private 3-piece bathroom.
Three steps take you up to the main floor with the air-conditioned master bedroom with a large walk-in wardrobe and a full bathroom with bathtub, separate shower and toilet. Next to it is a guest bedroom with a separate bathroom with a door that leads outside for the use of pool guests.
The upper level hosts an air-conditioned third bedroom / study / library / TV room with a walk-in closet and a 3-piece bathroom. You will find a private, half-covered deck on this floor with stunning ocean views to Coronado.
The garden borders on a stream on one side, on a public green space on another and the adjacent lot on the third side can be acquired for even more privacy.
On a practical level it is important to note that the property is fully fenced, has a heavy-duty 6500 W generator, a water tank, a water filter, a large workshop, a generous storage room, a laundry with deepfreeze and second fridge and covered parking All windows have fly-screens for comfort.
The owners wish to downsize and will remain in the community. They are therefore including some of the furniture.
Altos del María is a Mountain Garden with Spectacular Mountain, Valley and Ocean Views: Altos has panoramic mountain and valley views everywhere. It seems that every home site has a magnificent view. From some points you can see the Pacific Ocean and some lots even have views of both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. Garden crews work daily to plant and maintain flowers in bloom and keep the lush vegetation; which give the whole place the feel of a mountain garden.
From the comfortable and cool climate of your mountain property, you’re just 1.5 hours from all the conveniences and fun of cosmopolitan Panama City and just 20 minutes away from beautiful beaches, world-class golf and coastal shopping centers.
Altos is a gated community with 8,000 acres of mountain and valley property, where only residents and their guests are allowed. Facilities include a community center with social areas and shops, access to a swimming pond next to a stunning waterfall, a heliport, tennis and soccer courts, Satellite TV, high speed internet service and 43 miles of paved roads. There are also 11 miles of nature trails with suspension bridges, stairways, walkways and viewpoints. If you are a horseback-riding lover you can own horses and ride for miles without ever seeing a car.
Temperatures at Altos vary little from a comfortable 75 degrees all year. In the higher areas, some homes have fireplaces to warm cooler evenings. The unchanging temperatures make for easy and predictable living, but if you are in the mood for a warmer climate, beautiful beaches are just a half an hour away.
Altos is adjacent to an ancient volcano so flowers and trees bloom easily in the rich volcanic soil. From the onset of this project, concern for the ecology of the area was a priority for Grupo Melo. There are vast common green areas where no construction is allowed. A reforestation project of more than 650,000 trees were planted between 1996 and 2000. These areas are cared for by gardening crews daily. Some of the animals to be seen are deer, monkeys, sloths, a wide variety of butterflies and over 300 different species of birds. www.birdinginaltosdelmaria.com
Beautiful rivers, streams and waterfalls offer year–round recreational opportunities such as swimming in the natural pools and rivers, hiking, bird watching and horseback riding. Many residents take up gardening as a hobby. For them, Altos has provided a community green house. Just half an hour from Altos you can enjoy beautiful beaches, both popular and fine dining restaurants, several world-class golf courses. The fun and cultural attractions of cosmopolitan Panama City are just 1.5 hours away.
In Altos you will find all the comforts of home. Every residence has access to all the necessary services and infrastructure required for comfortable living.