Balzan House of Character
A unique Grade 1 scheduled property within the Urban Conservation Area, originally forming part of a palazzo built in the 17th Century by the Knights of Malta. A leading architecture firm (that also worked locally on the Renzo Piano Valletta project) was entrusted with its meticulous restoration, the extension of a new cantilevered wing and the interior architecture. The prestigious residence, spread over 1,000 sqm between the internal area and its gardens, has won several architectural awards and was nominated as a finalist in the World Architecture Awards. The property was also featured in over 30 international and national media outlets, including portals, magazines, newspapers, and books.
The house has been finished to the highest specifications, including central heating throughout, proper insulation and carefully curated interiors, furnishings and furniture. The house is nestled between its own gardens, includes a large pool and two entrances leading to different parts of the village, and has ample parking through a large garage and a separate large car port. The property features 4 bedrooms, a study/library, 5 bathrooms, and extensive living quarters in the old wing, featuring high ceilings and flooded with natural light. The property also features a wine cellar and 2 historical wells.
The Three Villages
Attard, Balzan and Lija are popularly known as The Three Villages because of the many characteristic features they have in common.
Balzan, though relatively a small village, has an interesting history going back to the 14th Century. In the 16th century most of the dwelling houses were farmhouses. In 1655 Balzan was erected a separate parish from the larger parish Birkirkara of which it previously formed part. During the 17th and 18th centuries wealthy noble families started to settle in Balzan, building large houses in the older part of the village. Today, Balzan still retains the characteristics of a typical Maltese village with narrow winding streets and blind alleys that can still be seen in the older part and where one can admire the vernacular architecture.