Villa in Andalusia, Spain
Exceptional Finca on the beach with a timeless design house by Antonio Bonet Castellana
This exceptional finca on the beach extends over more than 17 hectares, of which 2.85 hectares are right on the beach in between two rocks. This 'House between the Desert and the Sea’ near the village of Villaricos was designed by Antonio Bonet Castellana and built in the early eighties. 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 on a single floor that join in a V-shape. 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 create a lightness in perfect balance with the waves and the surrounding hills. The smallest details of the construction, its finishes and the combination of neutral colors highlight 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, a large 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 glass corridor before a pivoting door that opens to the living room. The kitchen connects to the other wing via the barbecue patio and connects to the garden and parking area between the wings. Each room has large sliding doors that open to the sea and connect the interior of the house with its exteriors.
The architect chose materials such as steel, glass, wood, ceramics, brick and concrete that combine harmoniously with its surroundings.
The house has porches and terraces along its facades, which create a perfect continuity between in- and outside life in the mild climate of this area The property has two large garages for cars and boats. From the garage a jetty goes down to the sea. The rock between the two little beaches in front of the house holds 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 belvedere where you can contemplate the views of the bay of Mojacar with the natural park of Cabo de Gata in the background.
With the house, on the other side of the road, there is a plot of more than 14 hectares that is located in the Sierra Almagrera.
This small mountain range, which is a protected 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 which have been mined since the beginning of time. Initially by the first settlers of these lands, the Agaric people, followed by Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. The chance finding of a vein of silver at Barranco Jaroso in 1839 sparked the "Silver fever" which lasted until the end of the 19th century giving great wealth to the region for almost 100 years. This was followed by a decline which ultimately led to the closure of most of the mining sites at the beginning of the 20th century. Currently there is a deteriorated heritage, mainly constituted by Roman remains, 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 subterranean galleries.
On this short coastline, there are remains of ore smelters, ship loading areas and transport cables for the once extracted silver.
The architect Antonio Bonet Castellana
known as Antonio Bonet, (Barcelona, 1913-1989) was a Spanish architect, urbanist and designer, resident in Argentina for most of his life.
He began his professional career with architects Josep Lluís Sert and Torres Clavé, with whom he founded the MIDVA (Furniture and home design). 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 Río de la Plata. He also lived in Buenos Aires in Argentina and in Punta del Este in Uruguay.
Antonio Bonet Castellana was the founder of the Austral Group together with Jorge Ferrari Hardoy and Juan Kurchan. The design of the legendary BKF chair (butterfly chair) is attributed to its members. His main projects are the ‘Casa de Estudios para Artistas’ in Buenos Aires; and the Terraza Palace building and the Rivadavia and Las Américas galleries in Mar del Plata. He built numerous buildings on the coast of Punta Ballena (notably the Solana del Mar hotel and the Berlingieri house in Portezuelo), and designed its urban planning. He also designed buildings in Paraguay, Buenos Aires and he traveled frequently 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. The "casa entre el desierto y el mar” or house between the desert and the sea, was completed in 1982, and was one of Antonio Bonet’s last works.
Water, electricity and telephone
The property is connected to the electricity net and the mains water supply. The house has telephone and wifi.
Condition and finishes
This property is in good condition and move in ready, although the house will need renovating to meet today’s comfort requirements.
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 you via the gardens to the house.
The fishing village of Villaricos, is 5 minutes away. It is also known for its popular Sunday market that attracts a crowd of residents and holiday makers from all over the area. 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 days of sunshine a 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.
paseo maritimo, Andalusia, Spain