Almeria – Oria – Casa Whisper. €149,800 – 3 beds – 2 baths, pool, garage, 800 sq metres plot. The kind of property that we constantly being asked for. Detached villa with a pool and wonderful views to the valley below yet walking distance to supermarkets, bars, restaurants and all the usual amenities.
Listing Price: €149,800
Build Size m2: 130
Swimming Pool: 8 x 4 metres
Additional Features: Integral garage
Located in the large village of Oria, a spacious property in good order and ready for immediate occupancy.
Entrance porch with front door leads into open plan lounge, 8.55 x 4.50m, with feature fireplace incorporating integral wood burner.
Kitchen, 3.50 x 3.06m, with wall and floor storage units fitted with granite worktops and a breakfast bar. Included in the sale electric oven and ceramic hob, overhead extractor, integral dishwasher, fridge/ freezer.
A separate room, 3.36 x 3.06m, is currently used as a dining room, could be fourth bedroom if needed.
Separate storage room with washing machine. 3.15 x 3.06m.
Guest shower room.
A marble and granite staircase leads to first floor.
Master bedroom, 3.85 x 2.84m with fitted wardrobes
Two guest bedrooms, 3.35 x 3.22m & 3.59 x 2.85m, both with fitted wardrobes.
Separate family size bathroom with overhead shower.
A landing door leads onto upper terrace where a Jacuzzi is situated. Room on the terrace for patio table and chairs makes a lovely private space.
Large sun deck with integral swimming pool, 8 x 4 metres. Below is a useful storage/games, room 6.53 x 5.88m.
Outside BBQ with wood-store and pool shower
Integral garage, 5.13 x 3.15m, with double wrought iron entrance gates and overhead door access.
Property is walled with double entrance gates to off road parking and pedestrian access gate to front porch.
Mains electric and water. Satellite TV and broadband available
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Oria is situated on the far northern side of the Almanzora Valley, on the slopes of the Sierra de las Estancias, and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Oria is 113.6 kms from the capital of the province, Almería. It stands at nearly 1.022 metres above sea level and perhaps this is the reason that oe of the features of the village are the tall chimneys. This is a windy location and the high chimneys ensure that smoke from the fires (very necessary during the winter) does not blow back down to the fireplaces.
The archaeological dig at El Picacho in La Rambla de Oria has revealed plenty of remains dating back to the Bronze Age, but so far no evidence of buildings. However, remains of the important medieval settlement have survived – the Alcazaba, Turkish baths and an irrigation system which continues supplying water to the surrounding plain.
The Moors also built a mezquita outside the village on the slopes of the mountains behind, and indeed they fought hard for this town. When Sebastián Elquagaci finally lost his battle, he was taken before the Inquisition who confiscated all his possessions and condemned him to six years n the galleys. The higher site of medieval fortifications – El Villar and Castillo de Olias – is naturally difficult to reach since the castle was built to control the nearby strategic pass.
In 1492, the Catholic King and Queen gave Oria and the surrounding territory to Don Juan Chacón and when he died in 1503 everything went to his second wife who sold it all to the first Marques of Vélez. Unfortunately the chronicles of the 16th Century have been lost and little is known of this era, except that very few people lived here and they must have had a hard life, struggling to cultivate the sterile soil, where even the sturdy olive trees struggle to survive.
Today’s population is scattered among Oria’s hamlets, which include Fuente del Negro, La Rambla de Oria, San Indalecio and Los Cerricos. In these small settlements and in the main village there are plenty of examples of traditional domestic and agricultural buildings as well as several waterwheels.
Oria’s parish church (1767 – 1779) is dedicated to La Virgen de las Mercedes, who is represented by her statue over the arch of the main doorway. Other notable features of the church are the small dome over the transept and the elegant bell-tower. The original 17th century parish church, the Hermitage de San Gregorio Ostiense, is a short distance from the village.
The land in this area is formed by metamorphic rocks and the sediments which bind them. As the sediments erode more easily than the rocks, the scenery in the river valleys especially, is spectacular. Gigantic rocks have avalanched and tumbled in chaos one upon the other, creating a wild, lunar landscape.
Saint Gregorio is the patron saint of Oria and fiestas are held in honour of him from 9th to 11thMay.
25th April is the day of Saint Marcos and in Oria the tradition of celebrating this fiesta is also upheld.
The small agricultural town of Vélez Rubio is in a picturesque setting, surrounded by sierras, olive groves and fields of wheat.
This is a place of enormous historical significance. The town lies at the foot of the Sierra de Maria and proudly boasts the finest baroque religious building in Almeria Province, the Church of La Encarnation. It can be found on the plaza of the same name. Built in the 18th century, this has an imposing carved facade which includes the arms of the Marquises of Villafranca y Vélez, who built it. Inside, the main altar has a superbly detailed, 20-metre-high carved wood retablo.
Three kilometers north of the town are the UNESCO World Heritage listed pre-historic caves and paintings called Cueva de Los Letreros (Leters Cave) and La Cueva del Gabar, to the north of Vélez Blanco.
Although very rural and quiet with no industry the area provides everything. Excellent road and motorway networks with very light traffic mean that the four airports which service the area are within easy reach. Alicante approx 1hr 30 mins, Almeria 1hr 10 mins, Granada 1hour 30 mins and Murcia (St Javier) 1hr 15min. Only 30 minutes from the historical town of Lorca and 50 minutes from the coastal town of Águilas
Velez Blanco is on the mountainside of the Sierra del Mahimón a few hundred metres above Velez Rubio. It is the smaller of the two towns. This wonderful location gives it remarkable views over the Blanco valley and beyond.
It is a beautiful picture-postcard town that is dominated by an impressive castle. The Castle of Marques de los Velez was built in 1506 in the hillside above the town and from here one can see all of Velez Blanco. However, even though it appears a solid fortress, behind the battlements is emptiness. Its white marble courtyard is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and friezes from the main rooms are in Paris. It was declared an Artistic-Historic Monument in 1931 and partly restored between 1960 and 1980.
There are plans to rebuild the courtyard completely with marble from nearby quarries. There are many fine views from its Torre del Homenaje and the fort is open daily in the summer.
The Parish Church de la Magdelena, built before 1597, but became a ruin when the roof collapsed in 1822. The Church de Santiago (1515-1559) was built coinciding with the completion of the castle, a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance and Mudejar styles. It was restored in the 1980s.
It is well worth taking a walk along the Calle de la Corredera where there are many baroque mansions, the Temple de Santiago (1559) and other historic buildings including the Ayuntamiento (town hall) built in 1888. It is said that this street is the historic and social axis of the town.