The real estate world is rebounding by leaps and bounds after this important commercial sector’s forced pause and collapse due to the recent COVID pandemic. Both traditional and prefabricated construction and those already established are recovering value, and supply and demand are booming. Such is the case of a famous house and historic property located in San Vicente de Toranzo, a Cantabrian town that houses the mansion of Calderón de la Barca and that the NGO Manos Unidas has managed to award after three bids.
A beautiful e historic mansion with construction dating back to XVIII century and that maintains a direct relationship with the descendant family of the famous writer Calderón de la Barca has been put up for auction and sold for the sum of 249,000 euros after being available for 1.5 months in the condition of auction. A true jewel of art, both in its decorative and design aspects as well as for the famous story that encloses its walls and that, just like this Parisian mansion is full of great monetary and historical value and is undoubtedly valuable for Spanish and world culture.
Calderón de la Barca’s Cantabrian mansion to be auctioned off
According to a news item published by EFE and authored by the Non-Governmental Organization “Manos Unidas“, the house received as an inheritance in 2020 has been awarded by auction. And in three bids, starting with an initial reserve price of 230,000 euros and managing to reach the figure of 249,000 euros as the final price, detailing that the deeds have not yet been signed and not giving any clues as to the identity of the new owner, since according to the NGO the auction was awarded and won by an anonymous buyer.
A famous 18th century house with a beautiful design
Founded and built in the 18th century by one of the branches of the family of the famous writer Calderón de la Barca and genially located in Corvera de Toranzo, Cantabria. Its emblematic main façade with a coat of arms and helmet stands out. A property owned by the NGO Manos Unidas, which at the beginning of May decided to put it up for auction to obtain significant funding and whose bidding period expired on June 22nd, allowing anyone to bid for a piece of the property history of the famous writer Calderón de la Barca, creator of iconic works such as “The Fortunes of Andromeda and Perseus”.
The house is distributed using eight rooms and a pair of bathrooms with a habitable construction of 576 square meters. It was built on a surrounding land of 1,000 square meters, and since 1962 it was the property of a woman who, due to fate, died and left no descendants. The house has very typical construction of this Cantabrian area and since 1993 has been listed as a property (BIC) of Cultural Interest. What determines that the future buyer of this mansion must guarantee and watch over by law all the relative cares for the efficient maintenance of this house with historical faculties.
A story based on Spain’s cultural heritage
The inheritance of Calderón de la Barca can be catalogued as a sumptuousness that goes from the cultural with a direct destination to the patrimonial The fact is that the father of the writer Pedro Calderón de la Barca, “Diego Calderón”, already held the position of secretary of the treasury of Philip II and Philip III when the wealth of the elite of the Spanish empire was experiencing one of the most prosperous periods in history. From there, his son could enjoy a high-quality education and alternating court environments both in Madrid and Valladolid, propelling his surname to elite heights.
His family, coming from what is now Cantabria, managed through these influences to expand their fortunes in an accurate and very effective way, creating the basis for inheritance of great magnitude and among them was this famous mansion in San Vicente de Toranzo, which was passed from owner to owner until it became the property of this NGO and was ceded by its last owner, which has meant an increasing difficulty in finding a buyer and there is a condition that makes potential buyers flee and is its inclusion in the category of being classified as an Asset of Cultural Interest since 1993.
This condition, in addition to the fact that it is a manor house that has been <strong,>uninhabited over the past few years, has necessitated a series of renovations and repairs which would undoubtedly increase the final investment to be disbursed, and always under the critical condition of waiting for the necessary and due authorization the competent authorities that regulate these repairs for this type of real estate protected by law and that in this specific case would be in the hands of the autonomous community of Cantabria.
A piece of history within the walls and floors of the mansion.
A mansion in the best style of the period, which evokes the foundations of the society of the 18th century where the Spanish elites ruled. In addition to being an excellent exponent of the customs and a design that displays on its facade a family coat of arms dating from 1752, a construction with two floors and where on the top floor is a gallery as a balcony supported by a little more than half a dozen pillars or wooden columns and undoubtedly encloses within its walls the incredible story of having housed the family and the very celebrated Spanish playwright Calderón de la Barca.