Exceptional Finca on the seafront with a timeless design house by Antonio Bonet Castellana
This property on the seafront extends over more than 13 hectares, of which 2 hectares are protected between two rocks on the seafront near Villaricos. On this beach, the ‘House between the Desert and the Sea’, designed by Antonio Bonet Castellana, was built at the beginning of the 80s. The architect created an exceptional home that blends into the landscape. The property is located in a cove of exceptional beauty and enjoys total privacy. This large house is made of two wings that join in a V-shape on a single floor. Its layout is horizontal, with all interior spaces facing the sea: living-dining room, 5 bedrooms with bathrooms and a barbecue and kitchen in the center. Outside: a jetty, several terraces, porches, garages and a tennis court. This unique house is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the Sierra Almagrera and gardens with unique cacti and a palm grove.
The concept of beauty in this construction begins with the vaults of the roof that give a feeling of lightness in perfect balance with the undulations of the sea and the surrounding hills. Up to the smallest details of the construction and its finishes, a combination of neutral colors that highlights the curves in the design … Everything is light, harmony, space in constant contact with its beautiful exteriors.
The house of 300 square meters consists of two wings joined in a V shape. In the east wing there are 4 double bedrooms with their own bathrooms and porches. The west wing contains the living-dining room, the master bedroom with its bathroom and porch and a storage area.
At the junction of the two wings there is a triangular kitchen overlooking the barbecue patio, the main porch and the Mediterranean sea. The kitchen is joined to the living room by a glazed corridor. that leads to a pivoting door that opens to the living room. The kitchen connects the other side as well as with the barbecue patio and with the garden and parking area between the wings. Each room has large sliding windows that open to the sea and connect the interior of the house with the beauty of its exteriors.
The architect chose materials such as steel, glass, wood, ceramics, brick and concrete that combine harmoniously with the environment.
The house has porches and terraces along its facades, which create a perfect continuity between and outside life in the mild climate of this area
It has two large garages for both cars and boats. From the garage a jetty goes down to the sea and the rock between the two little beaches in front of the house leads to the mooring points.
There is a tennis court behind the garages.
The beautiful gardens around the house are planted with indigenous plants, cacti, palm trees and mature fruit trees.
Inside the garden there is a lookout where you can contemplate the views of the bay of Mojacar with the natural park of Cabo de Gata in the background.
Along with the house, on the other side of the road, there is a plot of more than 11 hectares that is located in the Sierra Almagrera.
This small mountain range, which is a Special Conservation Area, is 8.5 km long and about 3 km wide. The highest altitude is the Tenerife peak with 367.50m. The Sierra Almagrera is known for its rich deposits of silver and lead which have been mined since the beginning of time. initially by the first settlers of these lands, the Agaric peoples, followed by Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. Following a long barren period lasting several centuries, the chance finding of a vein of argentiferous lead at Barranco Jaroso in 1839 sparked the “Silver fever” which lasted until the end of the 19th century giving great wealth and conditioning the development of the region for almost 100 years. his was followed by a long decline which ultimately led to the closure of most of the mining sites during the first decades of the 20th century.
Currently there is a deteriorated heritage, mainly constituted by the remains from the time of the Romans, wells, mining buildings, tunnels … and apart from what can be seen on the surface there is an underground world – it is estimated that there may be over 400km of galleries.
On the coast there are remains of ore smelters, as well as different ship loading areas and transport cables for extracted ore.
The architect Antonio Bonet Castellana
known as Antonio Bonet, (Barcelona, 1913-1989) was a Spanish architect, urbanist and designer, resident in the Río de la Plata for most of his life.
He began his professional career with architects Josep Lluís Sert and Torres Clavé, who founded the MIDVA (Furniture and home decoration). In those years he was a member of GATCPAC. In 1936, right after finishing his architecture studies, he traveled to Paris where he joined the studio of Le Corbusier.
When the Spanish Civil War broke out, he decided to emigrate to the Río de la Plata. He lived in the city of Buenos Aires in Argentina and in Punta del Este in Uruguay.
Antonio Bonet Castellana was the founder of the Austral Group jointly with Jorge Ferrari Hardoy and Juan Kurchan. The legendary BKF chair is attributed to its members, although its authorship was finally attributed to Argentine Jorge Ferrari Hardoy. His main projects are the House of Studies for Artists in Buenos Aires; and the Terraza Palace building and the Rivadavia and Las Américas galleries in Mar del Plata. He built numerous buildings in the coast of Punta Ballena (notably the Solana del Mar hotel and the Berlingieri house in Portezuelo), where he worked as urbanist. He also designed buildings in Paraguay, residing for decades in Buenos Aires and he traveled to Barcelona and Madrid.
In Barcelona he designed La Ricarda (1949-1963) and the Canódromo de la Meridiana (Dog racing track), for which he received a FAD architecture prize in 1963 . Likewise, he designed between 1960-1965, together with Josep Puig Torné, the residential complex of Pine Beach, in Gavà Mar, on behalf of FAESA Group belonging to the Guardans Cambó family, an example of the rationalist tendency advocated by the Bauhaus and applied by the GATCPAC, group to which it belonged. The “house between the desert and the sea”, completed in 1982, was one of the last works by Antonio Bonet Castellana.
Water, electricity and telephone
The property is connected to the electricity network and the water supply network. The house has telephone and wifi.
Condition and finishes
This property is in good condition and ready to move into, although the house needs renovating to meet the comfort requirements in the 21st century.
All the doors are made of solid wood. There are handmade ceramic floors, both inside the house, on the terraces and on the facades. The windows have metal protection blinds, specially designed for this house. The air conditioning installations are part of the design of the house. High quality materials were used and the structure of the house is highly resistant to the occasional seismic activity of the area.
Use and possible use
This house is ideal for someone seeking privacy and proximity to the sea in a very privileged environment.
Access to the property is from a public road. The property is fenced and the entrance door opens onto a private road that leads through the gardens to the house.
The fishing village of Villaricos, is 5 minutes away. Here, the Sunday market attracts a crowd of residents and holiday makers from the surrounding area for their shopping and a nice cup of coffee with churros. Cuevas del Almanzora and Vera are 15 minutes away from the house. The city of Aguilas is 20 minutes away.
This area on the east coast of Almeria has more than 310 sunny days per year. The average daily temperature in winter is 14 to 20 degrees and in the summer 28 to 32 degrees.
The nearest airport is Almeria, about 55 minutes away, while Murcia International Airport (140 km) is an hour and a half away and Alicante Airport (200 km) is two hours away.