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A rare opportunity to invest in the silent city of Mdina.

Tigne Point, Portomaso, Madliena, Fort Cambridge and the Sliema seafront are a few places that come to mind when people think of exclusive addresses in Malta. However, one of Malta’s most visited tourist attractions, the fortified and silent city of Mdina could easily be top of the list. The problem is that the stock of real estate in Mdina is extremely limited and very little ever comes on the open market as they are usually passed on from parents to children for years and years. One must keep in mind that Mdina is almost 4000 years ago and from its first years it was mainly built and inhabited by Noble families. – hence the nickname Citta Notabile!

For this reason, we at Malta Property Auctioneers are very excited to have been commissioned for the sale of No.3, Triq Mesquita, Mdina – For those who know Mdina well, Mesquita street enjoys the beautiful Mesquita square (pictured below), a most beautiful and tranquil pjazza housing the Mdina experience.

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Mdina is still fully inhabited and what surprises most visitors is the silence inside its walls especially at night. On an island stuffed to the brim with vehicles and traffic, the fact that cars aren’t usually allowed to get in is a major added bonus.  Mdina can offer the discerning client a lifestyle like no other with tranquility and safety galore coupled with a great selection of cafes, tearooms, winebars and restaurants all within a 2 minute walk.

So what about this property? –  While I am still trying to gather the history and date of this particular house, it doesn’t seem to be as old as some other properties within the walls. We are not talking a 400 year old house with flaky walls and arched ceilings surrounding a central courtyard. In fact the style is more reminiscent of your typical Sliema townhouse. A double door entry (anti-porta) welcomes you into a lovely hallway. Upon entering one will immediately notice that even though the house needs some T.L.C, or should I say modernizing, the condition is immaculate. All the original features such as an elegant staircase, beautiful and diverse patterned tiles in all the rooms, perfect  high ceilings held up by great quality wooden beams, all the original wooden apertures including shutters as well as your typical “Maltese” balcony are all extremely well kept and hardly need any attention.

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The layout is very accommodating. Off the hallway are 2 large rooms, ideal as living and dining. Another large room will make the perfect kitchen/breakfast with pantry and guest WC. All rooms lead onto a good sized back yard and provide ample light to the property. Upstairs are 2 large bedroom and a bathroom. The roof terrace is begging to be converted into a lovely roof garden overlooking a chapel cupola and with views of all the Mdina churches.

With minimal expense this property can be upgraded into a truly outstanding property in Malta, in a unique location and environment,

The property will be auctioned at our 31st Property Auction to be held in October 2016. The guide price is €625,000 to €675,000 and more detailed info and pictures can be found here.

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The Perfect blend of Old & New – House of Character in Attard, Malta

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When  we at Pierre Faure Real Estate sold this house of character 3 years ago, it was in an awful dilapidated mess. We often took clients that wouldn’t even walk through the front door in fear of the ceiling collapsing on their heads. One particular client, however, who was tired of trying to find a home in Malta with a good finish at a fair price, decided that maybe a fixer-upper was the right choice of property for him.

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The features the Malta property had , or at least those that could be seen to the inexperienced eye, where a lovely courtyard leading onto a decent size (approx 80 sqm) garden. Apart from that, nothing in particular stood out, or at least, not in the mess and dust that engulfed the run down property. But the location was good, tucked away in a rather wide alley in one of the most sought after and quiet villages of Attard. After some convincing that the house truly had potential to be something outstanding, the sale was made.

3 years later, the owner contacted me to view his project – As I reached the address, I actually thought I was in the wrong place. The facade, now a typical townhouse totally restored to its former beauty and glory, was already unrecognizable. I couldn’t wait to get inside.

As soon as I entered the front door, I was absolutely gobsmacked. The conversion, done by a group of renowned local professionals was nothing but awe-some. I felt like I had never been to this location before. The entrance hall, with its magnificent high ceiling was overwhelmingly welcoming. The first room, one which i had myself explained will one day host a lovely TV room, was converted into the most elegant formal dining room. The central courtyard was gone and replacing it now is the most grand , bright and spacious , double height living room with more than enough space for a study, library and piano. Overlying this massive room is now the main bedroom, equally grand , bright and spacious with its own walk in closet and en-suite bathrooms as well as ample storage space.

The project itself, unearthed some amazing features, namely a carved stone dating back to the 1700’s and moreover, a lovely arched cellar which underlies half of the well landscaped garden – a perfect place to store wine.

What amazed me most about the house however, is the combination of the old walls and replica patterned tiles , wooden beams and arched doorways mixed with flat wallpapered walls, as well as the mix of tones and materials from granite to hardwood floors and an abundance of different textures all blending well and finished to the highest levels. The bathrooms, 3 in total are of topmost quality and the house enjoys loads of little nooks ideal for storage, one of which is your typical “birth room”. the apertures are large and flood the typical Maltese house with light

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“This place was top notch…and I wanted it on my books….”

3 months of persuasion down the line and the property is now listed exclusively for sale by auction with Malta Property Auctioneers with a Guide Price of €545,000 to €575,000. A very attractive guide price for a family home of this caliber especially with respect to its size, location, outside space, and standard of finish.

You can find more photos and an exact google map location herehttp://www.maltapropertyauctioneers.com/Home/Property?code=HC9308

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