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A stone villa is on the market in the hill town of Pano Lefkara in south central Cyprus for $585,943. The villa is actually two adjacent homes, one with red doors, right, and the other with blue doors.  More Photos »

A stone villa is on the market in the hill town of Pano Lefkara in south central Cyprus for $585,943. The villa is actually two adjacent homes, one with red doors, right, and the other with blue doors. More Photos »


A TWO-FAMILY VILLA WITH A POOL IN CYPRUS. 450,000 euros ($585,943) This two-story white stone villa in the picturesque town of Pano Lefkara in south-central Cyprus was built around 1900. A pair of adjoining small houses with a total of four bedrooms, the villa largely retains its original structure, though it has been updated by the well-known Cypriot architect Yiannis Armeftis with a swimming pool and features like a spa room and a courtyard.



The property has two entrances from the street, one for each unit. It currently functions as a holiday guesthouse called the RedBlueDoor House — with one set of front doors painted red and the other blue. The business makes a profit of about 3,000 euros (about $3,900) a month, said Marina Armefti, the owner.

With a total 2,500 square feet of space, it could be used as two homes or one; the furnishings, many of them traditional, are included in the asking price. Both units are air-conditioned and have wooden-beam ceilings, as well as wood and stone floors and finishes, much of them in Cypriot pine. The two living rooms each have wood-burning stoves, and the two custom kitchens have stained wooden cupboards, and countertops and backsplashes of multicolored Italian ceramic tile. Most windows have traditional plank shutters. The terrace has views of the mountains and the Mediterranean.

The red front doors open to a living room with the kitchen to the left. Beyond is a landscaped courtyard, with a 12-by-15-foot swimming pool between the units. Two ground-floor bedrooms, each with an en-suite bath, can be reached from the courtyard. An external staircase leads to a terraced second floor, which has a contemporary-style pergola leading to a windowed room housing a spa, a steambath and an adjoining bathroom.


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