Lija, Converted Town House
An imposing 140-year old townhouse located in Lija’s village core. The five-bedroom property is one of Malta’s most spectacular private homes, which has been carefully maintained by the same family for three generations.
The doors open to the grand entrance, with soaring ceilings and a sweeping central stone staircase that rises to the spectacular frescoed ceilings, which have been restored to their original state painted in trompe-lóeil style, an optical illusion to the eye.
On the ground floor, the large reception hall leads to the drawing room, dining room, guest bathroom, kitchen and pantry. The stairs take you up to the first floor landing, which branches out to generously proportioned rooms, of these, the master bedroom and second largest contain en suite bathrooms.
Throughout the property, there are exquisite period features including 3 wood-burning fireplaces, original cornices and high ceilings.
At roof level, a wide open space with a view of the island, surrounding villages and church domes is a true testament to the beauty of village life.
Serene and charming, the private walled garden is encircled by leafy citrus plants, tall trees, stone pathways, a koi fish pond, an ornamental water feature, car port with ample space for an interconnecting lock-up garage accommodating 3/4 cars and underground a pristine cellar the size of the property with ample rooms for a home gym, cinema, wine cellar or kids playroom.
This property presents a wonderful opportunity to curate a grand family home in the heart of the village core. The quintessential Maltese features within serve as a reminder to the impeccable craftsmanship of this home’s original period.
The Three Villages
Attard, Balzan and Lija are popularly known as The Three Villages because of the many characteristic features they have in common.
Lija is noted for its quiet and clean surroundings with its narrow windings streets, old houses, spacious attractive villas and churches which help to enhance the beauty of Lija. This picturesque village evolved on a stretch of woodland known for its deep fertile soil which gives a special quality to the oranges grown in this area. Several chapels were built in the village, the most well-known are the ones dedicated to Christ the Saviour built by the famous Maltese architect Gerolamo Cassar 1520-1586 and the other known as “Tal-Mirakli” dedicated to the Madonna and the Child, built in 1664 and the altarpiece is the work by well-known artist Mattia Preti.
Lija became a parish on the 6 February 1594. The baroque parish church, built between 1694 and 1700, is another edifice worth visiting. Another landmark in Lija is Villa Preziosi, originally named Palazzo Francia, an 18th century palace which today serves as the official residence of the Prime Minister of Malta. Villa Preziosi is also known for its magnificent landscaped gardens.
A striking landmark of the village is the Belvedere with beautiful architecture, today known as the Lija Tower, situated in Transfiguration Avenue leading to the parish church. This tower once embellished the garden of the magnificent 17th century Villa Gourgion Depiro.
Lija is a highly sought after area in the Real Estate market. It is full of character properties, some also boasting mature gardens. There is a high level of conservation in the area and the few newly built properties have to be in line with the style.