Sao Miguel, Ginetes, hillside house on 6000 sq. meters, with spectacular ocean view, terrace all around, 2 pergolas and balcony, outdoor grill and a 2nd hot/cold shower outside. Mudroom entry to large kitchen, open to airy dining/living area with stone fireplaces and 3 large glass screened sliders facing the ocean for easy outdoor eating. The rear of the house has a study/television room, double bedroom with open wooden sleeping loft for 2 children, full laundry, and a full tiled bath with a sunken shower/tub.
Study and bedroom have large, screened sliders to outdoors. Laundry room with washer, dryer, full fridge, and back door to clothesline. Kitchen has gas stove, fridge, dishwasher and microwave. Tile floor in kitchen and bath; others are wood.
Stairs from living room lead to upstairs double bedroom with ocean view, balcony, 2 skylights and small bath with sink and toilet. Tiled floor.
Style of house is modern rustic. Mature plantings. Quiet, private, peaceful. Dramatic ocean sunsets.
Contact information: If German speakers are unable to speak English, inquiries will be rapidly forwarded for translation.
I visited Sao Miguel from the US, for the very first time August 2001. I found SATA airlines flies direct from Boston, MA, and takes only four hours. During a five day visit, I drove all over the island and fell completely in love with the beauty of the landscape and the kindness of the people.
I had grown up with Açoreans. Sixty percent of the population of Bristol, RI where I own property today is of Açorean descent, but I did not fully understand the relationship between the US and the islands, until I bought property on Sao Miguel and became one of the few non-Portuguese Americans to own there.
The US/Açorean relationship dates back to whaling times and to previous immigration policies. Today, Fall River and New Bedford are two Massachusetts cities with large Portuguese populations; New Bedford being one of our old whaling cities.
When I am home in RI, near both these cities, I never feel far from the Açores. Even my market flies in fish once a week from the islands.
But my strongest connection to the islands is aesthetic.
I taught visual arts to teens for many years. I am now retired and the islands are a place where I indulge my senses. I never tire of their beauty and atmospheric mutability, and as a bonus, I have come to appreciate my expanded access to the museums of Europe.
Immediately after my return to the US, from my first visit to the Açores, 9/11 happened. That following April 2002, I decided to purchase property on Sao Miguel. I felt the Açores brought me closer to European destinations I love, and by contrast to the US in those years, was a very peaceful place. Also, unlike New England, the islands did not have snow. Except for their deciduous trees, the islands remain green and temperate all year.
Since 9/11 had affected world travel, the man who had begun building my house temporarily abandoned his project. Only cinder block walls and a roof had been erected on land chosen for its beautiful view. Appreciating the peace and the reasonable distance to the airport, I elected to buy the property and to finish the construction with a local German builder. Making just a few trips over and with the internet to facilitate communications, the project was largely completed within a year.
Though many changes have taken place on the island over the last decade, and despite the paving of the road out front gobbling my frontage, my view endures. Even with expanded tourism, highway construction, cruise ships, and the addition of many cars to the island, my location remains sufficiently peaceful to satisfy. Its expanded view of the sunsets is forever awe inspiring. It is just far enough away from it all, and just close enough.
The most unique benefit of my property is its proximity to the Ferraria. Visit www.termasferraria.com for a complete understanding of this area. My house is 5 minutes away.
Also, I am 25 minutes from the airport and major city in a rural village with much open space.
Ginetes, a peaceful and rustic coastal village, on the west end of Ilha de Sao Miguel, is approximately twenty-three km from the airport and capital, Ponta Delgada. The village has a general store, two cafes, two restaurants, a post office, pharmacy and banking machine.
Ginetes sits on the side of Caldeira Das Sete Cidades, one of the island's most famous attractions, with Vista do Rei looking down on breathtaking twin lakes. Close to Ginetes's center, at the bottom of a steep drive to sea level, is the Ferraria, a fascinating volcanic formation that long ago shaped itself to create a protected ocean swimming area, warmed year round by thermal hot springs. Recently a full service spa offering massage, pools, cafe and restaurant, was added to the area.
Locally, horseback riding and footpaths are great ways to access Ginetes's hilly terrain for dramatic ocean views. The crown jewels of Ginetes are its ocean sunsets and nice people.
Other Activities: full service spa
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