Traditional Townhouse with Garden and Workshop
Just south of the main port, Paola is named after its founder: Grandmaster Antoine de Paule. It is the commercial centre for the south part of the island and houses with just two or three stories can still be found here.
A tremendous amount of love and maintenance has been invested into this home and whilst the present owners wish to move into a smaller unit, they hope to see it passed to a new family who can also make it their own.
Upon entering this townhouse, there is a spacious entrance hall with a typically decorated ceiling. An archway is supported by columns and a limestone curved staircase, with storage underneath, takes you to the upper floors.
Beyond the stairs, you will find a living/dining room area with an adjacent spare toilet.
The ground floor area of this property has sunken gold linings in the tiles which have been lovingly preserved by the current owners.
The soffit ceiling in the living/dining room also has gold outlines amongst the embossed patterns. A lot of hours have been dedicated to lining these strips onto the soffit brackets.
A wonderful little garden can be found just off the living/dining room area that measures approximately 20 square metres and contains an orange and lemon tree. There are many other plants here too, which have been well cared for.
The garden also includes a sheltered area that can be utilised as storage.
The kitchen/dining area can be found on the first floor, overlooking the garden at the back of the house. You can also access the main bathroom, for this level, from here.
The main bedroom is beautifully decorated with old patterned tiles and has a stone balcony overlooking the front of the house. The old decorative band can still be seen around the walls.
The high ceilings in the main bedroom ensure that the room is airy and allow enough space to have a double-decker wardrobe.
The second bedroom can be found alongside the stairs. Similar to the main bedroom, the traditional Maltese patterned tiles are still intact.
Halfway up to the roof level, there is a large interconnected room that is presently being used as a workshop, where many hours have been spent building miniature objects from matchsticks, such as windmills and sailing boats. Traditional Maltese clocks have also been made here.
The workshop can also be accessed from the roof itself.
The roof is covered to ensure protection from the wind and sun and the built-in stone oven has been used many times, with the current owners recalling having their children and grandchildren around every week, without fail.
There are six solar panels and a solar water heater that serve this property, with most of the rainwater that falls onto this home being channelled into reservoirs to water the plants.
Condition at Sale: Semi-furnished
Rooms in Property: Bedrooms | Bathrooms | Kitchen | Entrance Hall | Dining Room | Box Room | Washroom | Living Room
Facilities: Solar Water Heater | Solar Panels for Electricity | Air Conditioning
View: Town View
Roof: Private Roof | Sold with Airspace
Miscellaneous: Pet Friendly | Intercom / Video
Kitchen: Open Plan
Spare Toilets: 1
Outside Space: Shed | Terrace | Workshop | Balcony | Roof Garden | BBQ Area
Viewing Options: Viewings By Appointment
Paola is a modern urban area on the hill overlooking the Grand Harbour, in the South Eastern Region of Malta. It is known for the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, its large parish church (the biggest church in the Maltese Islands), its square with shopping centres, the Good Friday procession, and its football club, Hibernians FC. Mariam Al-Batool Mosque, the only mosque in Malta, as well as an Islamic Cultural Centre, are found in Paola.
The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a remarkably well-preserved series of Neolithic cave temples, discovered by construction workers in 1902. Thousands of artefacts dating back to 4000 BC were uncovered here, most famously the Sleeping Lady of Ħal Saflieni, replicas of which can be found in every tourist shop in Malta. The Hypogeum is open to the public, but it is recommended that tickets are purchased months in advance, as only 80 people are allowed in each day.
House prices in Paola are in the lower-middle range.