Huge sea view terrace in a Fully-furnished Penthouse flat in Santa Flavia
Appartamento Enza is a roomy one bedroom property on the top floor of a building in the traditional beach town of Santa Flavia. Just a 20 minute drive or train ride from the bustling and ever-evolving Sicilian capital of Palermo, this is a conveniently-located seaside escape that feels much further from the city than it really is.
With a vast , split-level terrace totalling 145m2 of, private, outdoor space, you will be sure to find a market for this lovely apartment as a rental property in your absence. It could even end up paying for itself.
Starting inside, a flight of stairs leads straight to the front door of Appartamento Enza. You step into a little hallway with a large wardrobe and exposed ceiling timbers. Turning right you enter a kitchen-diner in a warm shade of blue, with a hardwood dining table set, fully-equipped kitchen including an oven and gas hobs, and a window overlooking the street below. The finishings are in a kind of colourful farmhouse style that retains a strong echo of the traditionally Sicilian, with a beautiful ceramic frieze along one wall. Off this room is a bathroom with a shower and modern fittings.
Heading back into the little lobby, a door straight opposite you leads out onto the terrace (more of which in a moment). If you turn right you are in a blissful sun room, with a cosy couch and almost complete glazing. Offering views out onto the terrace on two sides and intelligent lighting that lets you get creative with your interior design on a minute-by-minute basis, this is a spot we’re sure you’ll come to love.
The last room indoors is the bedroom, in a deep shade of strawberry pink. Furnished with a sturdy, expansive four poster bed, this faintly fairytale aesthetic also has a practical application, with mosquito nets hanging to protect you from unwanted visitors while you sleep.
And last, but certainly not least (probably most!), the outdoor spaces. At the level of the apartment there is 130m2 of flagged, beautifully maintained terrace, offering patio furniture, a decorated ceramic bench seat, a retractable awning and some stunning local plants and small trees in terracotta pots. The rooftop views and the huge, deep blue sky are lovely, but the real viewing gallery is up an external staircase.
Built above the kitchen and bedroom, this top level is one of the highest points in the neighbourhood and gives an uninterrupted panorama from the Madonie mountains and Pizzo Cane nature reserve inland, to the enticing Mediterranean Sea that flanks Santa Flavia. Watching the sun rise over this view is an experience worth prising yourself from that comfy double bed for! Of course, the other great advantage of being at this level is that you are not overlooked by anyone, offering privacy while you sunbathe.
The furniture and fittings in this fully-furnished penthouse flat are sold as seen in the photos, and include air a low-level climate control system that will keep you cool in summer, and warm even on the rare chilly days in the island’s short, sunny winter.
Santa Flavia is a market town, on a peninsula on the western half of Sicily’s north coast. Appartamento Enza is literally just around the corner from the town hall, on a quiet sidestreet with little passing traffic. The town is big enough to offer everything you’ll need for day-to-day life, and lies just a few kilometres away from the larger town of Bagheria, which has a population of about 50,000 and amenities that include a shopping area, cinema and museums.
A hundred years ago, this area was the summer playground of Palermo’s rich and famous, and some noteworthy local architecture reflects this, including a number of magnificent villas to which the local nobility decamped with family, friends and staff. These days it is a less showy neighbourhood, with a strong community spirit and a distinct local identity. The town is linked to the sea by the lovely fishing community of Santa Flavia, reachable on foot if the day is not too hot.
Leisure attractions in the region are plentiful, with an obvious variety of beaches, coves and watersports including a thriving kite-surfing community. History lovers will adore the archaeological park at nearby Solunto, and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù. This last is a magnificent medieval beach town, and a perennial favourite of the tourists who arrive there every summer from all over the Italian mainland and far beyond.
Palermo was first settled by the Phoenicians, thousands of years ago, and few stretches of land anywhere in the world can have passed through the hands of as many empires and civilisations as this.
The local culinary tradition is also legendary, with everything from tempting street food to luxurious fine dining. And the local soil is legendarily fertile, producing both red and white wines of extremely high quality.
The fully-furnished penthouse flat is sold so ready-to-occupy and has been maintained in such good condition that there hardly seems much to discuss here. It’s chief potential is as an investment opportunity – the potential to acquire not just a lovely piece of real estate but a business with a loyal clientele.
In recent years it has generated up to €16,000 in vacation lettings, and if you don’t plan to relocate to Sicily on a permanent basis, we would be delighted to offer our property management services in your absence.
To speak to us about these or any other aspect of this superb apartment, please contact our friendly, multilingual team today.