Building philosophyThe villa is in classic Peloponnese style, Building philosophy; designed as a roomy two bedroom house which sleeps six and a totally separate guest apartment that sleeps four. The philosophy behind this was that living space is more important than sleeping space. The Architect of Villa Aura is the very well respected Matina Kavourinu.
This large exquisite property with a floorspace of 200 sq.m. should be viewed to be able to ascertain its position and beauty.
Position of the VillaThe position of the Villa is such that it looks straight over the sea in front and the mountain on the side. There are no buildings in front of the villa obstructing the view.
Materials usedVilla Aura has aluminium double glazed windows and sliding doors, all with mosquito netting. On the outside, all windows and sliding doors have aluminium shutters, closed from within. All floors are marble floors. On the balconies the same colour marble has been laid but this was specially treated so as to be anti slip. There are TV and TV points in all rooms as well as on the balcony. The fireplace is made from "Acropolis" (indicating the rarity) white marble. The staircase is from high quality white marble. The banister upstairs is of high quality white marble as is the bathroom with the two sinks inset.
Dining and kitchen areaThe open plan airconditionend sitting dining and kitchen area create a pleasant atmosphere. The kitchen is state of the art and fully equipped. The work surfaces are of 3 cm Norwegian granite and the splash backs of the same colour but in 2 cm.
Office area, bedroom and bathroomThe large landing/office area upstairs gives access to the two air conditioned bedrooms and the bathroom. The bathroom has a galvanised bath, a ceramic toilet and bidet. The washbasins (his and hers) are set in marble and has a large wall mirror in front. From the bedrooms (in bed) there is a good view over the sea and at night Piraeus/Athens/Aegina can be seen. There is a landing cupboard and cupboards in each bedroom as well as the bathroom.
Garden/landVilla Aura stands in 4.200 sq.m. of land with 50 oil producing olive trees and sufficient orange, lemon and mandarin trees. The garden has an underground automatic water sprinkling system for the lawn as well as for the plants and trees. There is a total of 15 stations automatically controlled through the "Irritrol 15" computerised control system. In the garden there are many specimen trees/shrubs like Catalpa Bignonioides, Rhus, Lebanon Cedar, Paeonia Lutea Var. LudlowII (tree peony), Camellia, Wisteria (white), etc. Bougainvillea is of course everywhere around. In the garden there are some 30 expensive earthenware pots from Crete filled with plants. There is even a large ornamental rock with the shape and features of a Brown Bear in the garden. There is a special walled section for kitchen gardening fans.
The land has 50 oil producing olive trees and annually one can obtain some 200 litres of high quality oil. When harvested, this can be sold to the local olive oil factory. A litre of good quality oil sells for approx. 5 Euro per litre. In this "orchard" there are water pipes present and once a months the sprinkler system waters the trees for approx. 4 hours. The orchard has been "walled off" with stone work along three sides.
Water supplyThe Villa has it's OWN WATER supply (rare), taken from the well and pumped up to the reinforced concrete water tank. From there the water is distributed via a pressure pump to wherever it is needed. The water was discovered in 2003 and a well was dug. The depth of pure quality water is from 35 meters to 65 meters. A high quality Grundfos RS 400 pump (made in Denmark) pumps the water to the water tank. The same water is used for the swimming pool as well as for the two washing machines. Inside the house town water is used. (two systems is better than one). The average annual water bill is approx. Euro 10-15 whereas before it was a minimum of Euro 1.800!! The pool water can be refreshed once or twice (or more) times per year at no cost.
Swimming poolThe Infiniti swimming pool with shower unit is completely tiled and has marble coping stones around it. It was built using reinforced concrete and is pinned underneath into the land with reinforced concrete "pins". The pool is 25' x 50' (7.5 x 15 m all in) and has an overflow filtering system. The water is returned to the underground tank when there is too much water in the pool. When there is not enough water in the pool it takes it indirectly from the well. The machine room next to the pool has a large ITT pump (3 phase) and an oversized Astra (world famous) filtration plant. The pool holds approx. 200.000 litres of water and has an automatic pool debris cleaning system. The swimming pool has five underwater lights (12V), which are controlled with an electronic "blipper" system at night. The stone laid patio surrounding the pool is two meters wide on three sides after which there is lawn. Surplus rain or overflow water is caught into an underground piping system which takes all the excess water from the pool (backwash) as well as from the garden (rainwater) to one point and away down the waterway to the sea. There is never a water problem and therefore never extra or undue pressure on the stone garden walls or flooding.
Parking areaThe parking area is away from the Villa and can hardly been seen as it is on a lower level. Four or five cars can easily be parked here. Just above the car park there is a stone storehouse for tools, machines, etc. There is also plenty of parking space at the self-contained apartment as this has its own access road leading to the apartment.
Outside lightingIn total there are (excluding the Villa) approx. 46 garden/wall economy lights (time clock or sensor controlled) and two floodlights for the parking areas. The balconies have in total 11 lights. In the evenings, when the area is lit up the atmosphere is superb.
PergolasThere are three large pergolas, one covering the car park, one alongside the swimming pool with a small stone built bar and two lights. There are six sun loungers with two large umbrellas around the pool. At the side of the house where the BBQ is, there is a pergola with two lights and a large table with 10 chairs. This area is mainly used for breakfast and dinner. The latter two pergolas are covered in the summer.
Alarm systemThere is an internal intruder alarm system inside the villa and an infra red intruder alarm system around the direct perimeter of the villa. The outside infra red alarm, when armed, will go off if anyone, uninvited, comes to close to the villa. The system is telephone controlled.
Hot waterHot water is produced from the four large solar panels but can also be produced from the oil ran heating system or from the electric system. The hot water tank holds 300 litres.
Other machinery/toolsAir conditioning (Dynamic 25000 BTU) system in the living area. Industrial (hotel) sized water softener, make Autotrol (ex USA) Brand 255 series/400 Series Controls two washing machines, and one dryer. Extra (1.60 m) fridge and extra (1.60 m) freezer. There are many electric points as well as water taps and water hoses on reels. Pool time clock, heating time clock, garden lights time clock, three garden light sensors. There is an array of tools, garden machinery, two lightweight wheel barrows, forks, spades, shovels, etc.
Heating systemThe heating system is run with 4 separate pumps. Each pump is thermostatically controlled; one for the upstairs, one for the main area, one for the apartment and one for the hot water.
Villa Aura does not stand out because of its size, it stands out because of its position and the way it has been landscaped. No stone has been left unturned to make this an easy to maintain property and using high quality furniture, fittings, equipment, finishes, stonework, etc. This is a property that can only be appreciated when viewed.
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