Small detached house on a well maintained small-holding on the edge of Varaždin city.
The ideal place if you want the emphasis on 'grow-your-own' yet live in a practical location.
The house was built pre-1968 and has a mix of original features and modern updates. All the external windows and doors in the living space (ground floor) have been replaced with modern uPVC units. It is a single storey dwelling plus there is a large under-roof space accessible by ladder and ceiling hatch.
The property is all about the small-holding activity although, probably uniquely, it is completely located within the local residential zone and thus foreign buyers will not need to open a Croatian company to own it all.
This view is of the rear/side of the house as seen from the central courtyard (more below). A shady area under a vine covered frame can be seen, a nice place for those outdoor times.
Again, viewed from the central courtyard, there are six external spaces ranging from a large open-sided work area (not shown but located off to the left of this image), a small storage area, a basement (behind the brown doors shown left), three large rooms with a degree of finishing to the walls and ceilings (two to the left, the third is opposite) and a tool store with large door (right) currently used for land tools, machines etc. There is a working water well with a traditional hand pump.
Inside the main house: This room doubles as a kitchen/diner and, if two bedrooms are required, also as a day/living room. The house has full gas fired central heating via hot water radiators in every room. Its city location means that mains gas, electric and water utilities are available and in use.
The walls and ceiling are smooth and in good condition, the floor is laid with parquet. The window looks out onto the central courtyard. The white door leads to a walk-in pantry in which are the access steps to the roof space. As is the case with all the rooms, there are no visible cracks nor any sign of dampness.
Inside the main house: Still in the same room as above, the kitchen basically takes up one wall. Very dated but clean and functional. This section of the room has half ceramic tiling.
Inside the main house: The main bedroom is accessed via a doorway leading to a 'middle' room. Although dated, everything is in good shape, clean and has good natural light. The floor is laid with parquet. The window faces the front garden.
Inside the main house: This we have termed "the middle" room. The current occupants require only a single bedroom so this room is serving duty as their day/living room. How you put this to use will depend upon your circumstances. This also has parquet flooring and enjoys good natural light from the garden facing window.
The bathroom/WC is small but nicely appointed and fully tiled. The bath is a half-sized unit. These two images were taken from the middle of the room, one shot in each direction. The Croatian tradition of locating the washing machine in the bathroom persists even here. The window faces the central courtyard. The floor has a drain facility and can be used as a wet room.
This centrally located hallway has doors (1) to the middle room (left), (2) the main entrance, (3) The bathroom (right) and (4) the kitchen/diner (behind the camera). The floor is laid with stone slab style tiles.
Until recently, two bedrooms were required so the 'middle' room did service as the second bedroom. For this reason, the fridge and freezer were placed here in the hallway. If only one full-time bedroom is needed, these would be better placed in the kitchen/diner, perhaps together with the washing machine. Ideally, this is a one bedroom house.
Outbuildings: We have chosen to show three of the rooms located within the outbuildings which partly surround the central courtyard. We have images of all the rooms, they are available on request.
Not the usual barn/shed, this room has floorboards, plastered walls and a panelled ceiling. The wiring shows the commercial nature of its use but the room also shows it is where one of the owners watches football on TV, probably with friends ..... and beer.
Outbuildings: The second room is equally spacious and is also finished to a level far better than you would expect for outbuildings. The floor is plain cement.
Outbuildings: The third room is the largest and, again, sports clean walls, floorboards and a panelled ceiling. As with the others, the owners have a lot things stored here, we think much better use can be made with a little imagination and with a little investment. There are other spaces for storing equipment and produce, the house being small should not present so much of a space problem with so much capacity elsewhere. As mentioned above, the roof space is the size as the house footprint and has windows.
Viewed from roughly mid way up the garden/land, looking back towards the house and outbuildings. The owners did explain what they grow, how they do it, how they use their built-in irrigation system and much more. We 'townies' have a complete lack of know-how regarding these things, the owner will tell you all about everything - at length. We did see a lot green stuff growing although our visit was in mid May so the produce had only just got started. Is this up your street?
Viewed from the end of the land, the arable section can just be seen at the far end of this orchard. It seems the trees are special in some way in that the owners do their own grafting which results in ..... something.
For gardeners, would-be small holding fans and horticulturalists, this looks like heaven. A little farm, 5 minutes from a major shopping centre, you don't find places like this very often, in fact, never.
The owners commissioned a recent survey to established exact borders in order to renew the fencing, there's a lot of it. This is part of the report arising from that survey. The dimensions are in metres. The dark section is the footprint of the main house, the lighter sections are all the outbuildings.
An extract from the local land registry showing the borders superimposed on a poor quality satellite image. The owners are in possession of all the required documentation. This property has 'clean papers', there are no charges against the property, there are no disputes, the owners, husband and wife, are the sole owners and are in full agreement about the details of the sale.