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House Hunting in Morocco: A Modern Riad-Style House Outside Marrakesh

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this 6 Bedroom Moorish House Located on 2 acres of Palmeraie, a 54 square mile palm grove just outside of Marrakech in western Morocco.

The expanded 7,535-square-foot home and adjoining tower-style guesthouse are styled in shades of salmon pink, giving Marrakech its name: ‘the red city.’ It derives from the clay used for castle walls and buildings. It dates back to the 12th century.

Built in 1995 by award-winning architect Ellie Muyar, the original house had the charm of a traditional Moroccan riad.The courtyard and small rooms off the walls were created using seamless surfacing techniques. It was finished using Tadelakt, which is an estate Marrakech. When the home changed 16 years ago, the new owners hired Mr. Mouyal to add two new large master bedroom suites connected by a new living room and a guest house with a roof deck.

The result is more space, larger windows, and a perfect blend of “extraordinary craftsmanship and modern luxury amenities.” Air-conditioning works throughout, with central heating in the newer sections. Most of the furniture is included in the sale.

The design splendor abounds: The entrance door is intricately carved wood. The floors are tiled and some have intricate patterns. The original master bedroom has hand-painted tiles between wooden beams, while the ceilings in the new bedroom and new breakfast room have towering arches with decorative brick or swirling layers of clay. Some fireplaces have pointed arches. The original doorway has a keyhole arch.

Flowering hibiscus climbs the pillars around the courtyard. Inside, the original living room ceiling has wooden beams dotted with squares of patterned clay and is lit by two lanterns and a chandelier in his style. Colorful inset tiles form a mat in front of a brick-enclosed fireplace. The dining room has palm tree ceiling beams and opens onto the dining terrace and English garden through arched doors.

Beyond the butler’s pantry is a traditional Moroccan kitchen. It’s not modern,” Amar said.

Each new bedroom has floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto private walled gardens. One has mauve floors tiled with burgundy trim to match the sisal rug and brown marble tub surround and counter accents. The other is a green bathroom with handcrafted mosaic tiled tub and countertops.

Between the new bedrooms is a small salon with a stepped clay ceiling, a fireplace surrounding a pointed arch, and a marble table in front of the garden window.

Across the courtyard are three children’s rooms, a bathroom and a small hammam. The courtyard also leads to an outdoor chamber bounded on one side by a series of scalloped green cedar horseshoe arches. In addition, the picturesque waterways are part of the garden’s traditional irrigation system.

Guest towers have vaulted and vaulted clay stripe ceilings, tiled floors, and separate entrances to living rooms with fireplaces surrounding pointed arches. Upstairs there is an ensuite bedroom and a roof terrace with views over the Palmeraie.

The property has outdoor pools on either side of the house, one shaded by a vine-covered trellis in dense foliage and the other with a covered pavilion with seating areas. Orange, lemon and pomegranate trees grow nearby. Separate from the driveway, the staff has access to his two-bedroom house.

The house is located about 6 miles from the center of Marrakech, Morocco’s fourth largest city of about one million inhabitants. 10 minutes to an American school and 15 minutes to the nearest supermarket. Marrakech-Menara Airport is a 30-minute drive away.

In the years leading up to the pandemic, the Moroccan government implemented various measures to improve infrastructure and boost tourism, boosting the housing market. Lockdowns have hampered his efforts for 2021, but demand has picked up since borders reopened in February.

“Many people are moving to Morocco from everywhere,” said Maud Fojas, director of Emile Garcín Marrakech. , creating a “very active” market. “The worse things are in Europe, the better in Morocco,” she said.

Stella de Bagneux, co-founder and chief executive of Stella Galleries.com, a preferred agent for Knight Franks in Marrakech, cites data from her company that deals across the country have been completed. “There are a lot of things for sale, but good products in safe environments like golf courses and in very high demand areas,” he said. are increasing because they are scarce.”

The shortage includes homes with city water rather than wells because “water is available,” said Bagneux, a situation exacerbated by increasingly hot temperatures and climate change. Homes with coveted water connections near Palmeraie, known as the Palmeraie, have been particularly hot, with prices rising from $3 million, she said.

Conversely, owners of remote mansions with wells are among the sellers, concerned about high upkeep costs, de Bagneux said.

Marrakech, a tourist and economic center located 100 miles east of Morocco’s Atlantic coast, is “by far the top city for domestic and international holiday home buyers.” A Moroccan affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. The port city of Tangier is the second largest market by volume (although prices are similar in both cities), followed by the smaller Agadir market, which includes the new sea development of Taghazout. Casablanca is a purely local market. Morocco’s capital, Rabat, attracts diplomats, Leon said.

The Hivernage district of Marrakech is a popular area for downtown apartments. Kasbah, Dar el Bacha and Sidi Mimon are the most popular areas in the Medina district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its walled medieval area, Leon said.

“There are very few real bargains left,” said Colin Bosworth, owner of Bosworth Property Marrakech, which specializes in the medina. “Over six months ago, we sold all of our assets under $200,000.” “American-friendly” Riyadh starts at $300,000, he said. From $500,000 he may include a hammam and pool for $600,000. Riyadh market tops $4-5 million.

“The main requests are for palmeraie and golf resort villas,” says Leon.

The luxury market tops out at $15 million, Leon said, but “it’s a very small market with less than five sales per year. 10,000 to 20,000 square foot homes on one to two acres in upscale neighborhoods range in price from $2 million to $5 million, he said.

But Leon said the majority of sales contracts for properties between 0.5 and 2.5 acres within about nine miles of Marrakech are between $700,000 and $1.5 million.

Most of the buyers come from Northern Europe, mainly from French-speaking France, Belgium, Switzerland, England and Italy.

Buyers are also coming from the United Arab Emirates, said Mark Harvey, a partner at Knight Frank and head of sales for Europe, including Morocco. It tends to be a “cool, funky, slightly bohemian set,” including celebrities and Wall Street bankers. “They’re a little too cool for the Hamptons.”

Amar said more Israelis are seeking investment in business hotels following the 2020 normalization agreement. Buyers from China are also shopping.

Foreign buyers in Morocco need special permits to buy homes in the Atlas Mountains region and are prohibited from buying agricultural land, Faujas said.

Closing costs, including taxes, notary fees including 1.5% value-added tax, and real estate fees, add up to about 10% of the purchase price, Bosworth said.

Notaries handle transactions and are responsible for due diligence. Bosworth added that notaries can also register foreign buyers’ cash payments with the Moroccan Foreign Exchange Authority.

Agent commissions are 6% to 8%, split between buyers and sellers, Faujas said.

Arabic and French. Moroccan Dirham (1 Dirham = $0.097)

Amar said property taxes on the home are about $3,000 a year.

Media Amar, Barnes International Realty Marrakech, barnes-international.com. 011-212-664-407-151

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