October 19, 2020 – One of the most beautiful houses in Gorski Kotar, and Croatia, was recently put up for sale for almost $ 1.2 million. In the meantime, the New York Times also reported on this sensational house in Hlevci.
As Telegram writes, the house is advertised under the name Villa Foresta on the famous luxury real estate sales page Sotheby’s, where it is offered for 1,170,102 dollars, or 7 and a half million kunas.
Villa Foresta spreads over three floors, has three bedrooms, an outdoor pool, a wine cellar, and a sauna. The complete area of the house is 200 square meters, and the whole side is a huge glass wall. The rest of the house is made of wood. This holiday home was fully completed in 2019.
The New York Times mentions the fact that materials from Croatia were used for the construction as one of the special features of the house. They write that the primary materials are Siberian larch and iron from local sources.
Namely, the owner of the house wanted it to be made of sustainable materials from local suppliers. Thus, the furniture and shelves were made by local craftsmen from solid wood.
Although the owner told the New York Times about the house, he wished to remain anonymous.
“My guiding idea was longevity and resistance to the extreme weather conditions because it’s Gorski Kotar after all. But I wanted it to be as natural as possible, with as few chemicals as possible, so that it blends into the pristine nature of the area,” said the owner for NYT.
The house is decorated in a minimalist Scandinavian style. You can enter through a garage that leads to a social space, sauna, bathroom, and wine cellar, which is decorated in the style of Croatian taverns.
“The second floor, which cantilevers slightly over the deck, has three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, the largest of which looks out to the forest through a wall of windows. A fire pit, barbecue, open dining area, and garden are in the backyard,” reads the description of the house.
While the New York Times article lists nearby tourist attractions (Plitvice Lakes, Risnjak, Rijeka…), it also mentions that Croatia responded to the coronavirus in March with restrictive measures, which they say brought the epidemic under control. But they did not fail to write that the tourist season has started a new wave of infection.
The Sotheby’s agent in charge of this house, Mirjana Mičetić, who says the house is “truly a Croatian product”, notes that the market is stable.
“The market never actually died. My feeling is that it was pushed back by two to three months,” Mičetić said, adding that during the lockdown she had virtual tours of the house, and potential buyers planning to come in the spring postponed the visit to June, July, and August.
Forest of Gorski Kotar, Croatia / Copyright Romulić and Stojčić
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