The region of Valencia, Spain, has always been compelling, particularly to adventurers and potential residents with excellent taste, intellect and business savvy.
Ernest Hemingway landed here in 1925, looking for bullfights and literary inspiration. Greek and Roman traders found an abundance of commerce made possible by Valencia’s position on the western edge of the Mediterranean. Islamic Moors from North Africa crossed the Strait of Gibraltar in 711 and ruled into the 15th century, prospering from trade while sharing advances in arts, architecture, math, science and the Asiatic rice that is the foundation of paella – Valencia’s famous gift to diners around the world.
In fact, paella could be part of the housewarming celebration for the purchaser of a historic property for sale 30 minutes northwest of Valencia.
Historically, the Masia de los Cartujos de Porta Coeli has significant credentials. The name reflects its history and translates to the farmhouse of Carthusian Roman Catholic monks who lived at Porta Coeli. The property was undoubtedly treasured for its connection to nature, positioned on the edge of the Sierra Calderona mountain range and surrounded by forests and perched just a short distance from Spain’s golden beaches.
A donation of 44,000 vines to the local order resulted in production of a distinguished Carthusian wine that was considered the best of its kind during the 18th century. As further proof of the property’s provenance, centuries-old wine cellars are supported by Gothic vaulting and the structure complex is overlooked by a Moorish and Spanish-style tower from the 17th century.
The 30-acre (12-hectare) property is also lush with orange and olive trees.
Inside, the rooms in the three-story home are large but inviting. There is a primary bedroom suite with ensuite bathroom, 10 additional bedrooms and five bathrooms, plus terraces and patios to create indoor and outdoor spaces for all events and weather. Activities also are part of the package: stables for equestrian pursuit, a swimming pool, a racquetball court and a clay pigeon shooting platform. Add to that walks through the ancient forest and there is much to do if doing much is desired.
The farmhouse is beautiful in its simplicity. Stark white walls inside and out, along with wood, tile, stone and marble flooring, create a clean and cool look that works well for a home or a commercial space.
The 5,380-square-foot (500-square-meter) home could be a private retreat, a business investment or both. A special events company currently leases sections of the property for conferences, company meetings and weddings.
An estate staff cares for the orange and olive groves and attends to other agricultural needs. The property contains an olive oil mill, which perhaps could be used to produce local oil. There is a well on site, an electricity transformation center, surveillance cameras and the latest technology for entertainment and Wi-Fi.
Masia de los Cartujos de Porta Coeli is 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Valencia, a city of about 800,000 that has an international airport. For more international destinations, Barcelona International Airport is about an hour away.