Having lived in big cities most of my life, a breathtaking view often consisted of amazing skyscrapers and sparkling city lights. Therefore it’s a refreshing change for me to visit places like Itoshima and encounter the beautiful Japanese landscape that equally leaves me speechless and in awe. While scenic spots are great, I get even more excited when I get to visit an open house and put myself in someone else’s shoes.
I had the chance to visit one of the 5 homes on sale (The Seaview Homes) located on a small mountain ridge facing North West. Immediately upon entering the community you notice that each of the homes are positioned in a way that allows for privacy and impressive views of the Itoshima peninsula. The house I entered was a two-story 3LDK, which from the roadside didn’t strike me as anything special. It’s the back of the house which faces the ocean, which had the real appeal.
The first floor is divided into the master bedroom, washroom, bath, toilet, and den (which could also be used as another bedroom.) The master bedroom had an impressive large glass window in the center and two small sliding glass doors on either side that led onto a small balcony. From the there I had an unobstructed view of the sea and the small harbor of ships in the town below. The bath also offered the same beautiful view of the sea with a large window overlooking the bathtub. Since the house is on a high ridge there is no need for frosted or privacy glass to block your view.
The second floor had a small balcony leading to the roadside, bedroom, second toilet and the living/dining/kitchen area. This common area is where the house really blew me away. I did not expect the view to be dramatically different from the master bedroom, but I was stunned by the impressive large windows and magnificent scenery.
A large balcony window stood in front of the living room with the best view of the sea. Considering most of the time is often spent in this area, it makes sense for it to have the nicest view. The kitchen counter was large and offered bar stool seating and plenty of space to prepare meals. The stove top had a glass panel that allows you to cook while having a clear view of the sea. I don’t often cook but if my kitchen was like this one, I would probably find lots of excuses to expand my cooking repertoire.
What is the cost of all this luxury you may ask? 18million yen. The cost of housing compared to that of Tokyo borders on the obscene. This is the same listing price for many one room condos in Tokyo. Itoshima’s Highland Park Seaview Homes are an incredible opportunity for families who want to experience waking up to a perfect scenic spot everyday. It’s one thing to take in the view, it’s entirely different to experience it as part of your everyday life.
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