The Greek island of Kea is northern most of the Cyclades, the closest of the chain to Athens, twenty-six kilometers from the port of Lavrio, an hours boat ride. From our balcony we can look across the Aegean and watch the sunset descend into the lights of Athens and the Attika Peninsula. Of the twenty-five hundred permanent residents of the island 900 live in the port town of Korissia, 600 live in the capital Eoulis (chora), and the rest are scattered about the
island living in small
villages and farms.
Kea is not a tourist island. The port isn’t deep enough for the large cruise ships. Besides the daily boats to and from Lavrio, a ferry to Syros, Tinos, Mykinos docks at the port twice a week. If one stepped from the boat onto Kea for the first time, expecting a plethora of hotels and accommodations they would be disappointed. The amenities are present but not so obvious. Many of the tourist are weekenders from Athens, leaving the tavernas
and beaches quiet for the remainder of the week. Kea remains quite traditional. Kea has a total of 63 beaches many of which are reached only by boat or a steep hike. But even on the most popular ones, on a week day in July, you might find yourself alone.
Unlike many of the Cycladic Islands, Kea has underground water and thus farming. Much of the produce is grown on the island. The food is wonderful. In writing this I am hungry for a salad and plate of fresh anchovies.
Our home resides in Kea Village, an a complex of 12 condominiums built at the top of Eoulis, adjacent to the major paved road. Because of the steep hillside location of the chora and the absence of motor traffic within it, the roadside location of the complex is a real plus. ( The road from the port to the chora climbs some 2,000 feet.) Our portion of the complex was completed in 2005.
Dinner is a quick downhill walk to one the several tavernas in the plakia. If you are too full from drink and conversation for the steep walk home, a taxi cab is close by.
The unit is three stories—the basement is a large open room with two double beds and built in storage cabinet. The bathroom has been remodeled to incorporate a shower and washing machine. The is also a storage area separate from the room. The area has an outside entrance to a stairway leading to the main floor patio.
The main floor consists of kitchen—living room which opens onto a patio/balcony. The room faces west so the evening sunsets are dramatic. I have taken hundreds of photographs of the setting sun. The kitchen is equipped with refrigerator, stovetop and oven, dishwasher, and micro wave. The living room has a leather couch and two side chairs, entertainment center with television, CD players, both American and European. The window and door to
the patio have roll down screens which keep the insects away but not the breezes during leisurely summer afternoons.
The upstairs is the master bedroom and bath. Besides a ceiling fan, the master bedroom has a air conditioner. We call it the refrigerator room, a safe haven for the hottest of days. We placed the same roll down screens on the window and doorway to the upstairs patio.
Except for the artwork and two pieces of furniture, we plan to sell the unit as is, including the refrigerator, dishwasher, stovetop/oven, and microwave, washing machine. The unit is 108 square meters. Given the upgrades the home is a bargain at 255,000 Euros. OK. Make that 180,000 Euros.
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