Cartagena de Indias, a beach resort city nestled in Cartagena, Colombia offers two faces of the same coin. The more modern portion of the city lies right along the coast, taking advantage of the views over the water. Here, condos have begun to take over the landscape, creating a decidedly modern look for an area with a rich history.
Tucked away in the old walled city, which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the other side of Cartagena de Indias, and here, cobblestone streets with narrow walkways offers a real glimpse into the area’s past. For many, the area brings together an image of the Spanish Caribbean from long ago.
Despite the aging buildings, a strict code has kept many of the structures intact, even in the oldest parts of the walled city. In the past, the residents of the area were made of up a mostly middle-class population that included everyone from monks to merchants. Today, one of its residents is looking to offer up property for sale located in one of the most attractive portions of the city.
The Casa del Hobo is named for the street upon which it lays, Calle Cochera de Hobo. Within walking distance from the home are city attractions such as the Santa Clara Monastery and the Plaza San Diego. The plaza brings together shopping opportunities, restaurants and hotspots for those who crave the Columbian nightlife.
The current owner, Kaleil Isaza Tuzman of Kit Capital, purchased the home back in 2003 and set out to bring it back to its historical elegance. This involved combining the two units that the home had been separated into back together to create a cohesive living experience. The central outdoor patio was also recreated to bring back a more traditional look. Seeking historical accuracy, the renovating architect consulted some of the building’s original plans.
Despite going back to the plans of the past, the home still has many modern conveniences. This includes a large patio with a hot tub located on the top floor that offers views of the city as well as the ocean. The other three bedrooms each have their own private bathroom. Today, the property could be used as a personal residence or be converted to a boutique hotel, offering visitors a place to stay while enjoying the location. There is no doubt that rooms or even portions of the home could go for thousands of dollars a night.
This makes the Casa del Hobo a highly desirable property. It is estimated that it could bring in somewhere between $2,000 and $4,000 per square meter if sold sometime in the near future. With political stability increasing and an economy on the rise, the country of Columbia is becoming a more attractive location to visit and reside.