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A hidden gem on the Island Of Knights June 20, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Architecture Infrastructure, Greece Islands Aegean.

Pano Lahania is quite simply a ‘one-off’ development on the Greek Island of Rhodes.

It has been designed and is being built in the traditional Greek style, with dense walls, beamed ceilings, arches and painted in the familiar colours that symbolise the Greek’s ‘joie de vive’. There is no other development of this nature being constructed on the island, aptly given by Zeus to Helios, the Sun God.

Being constructed by Cybarco Real Estate Development S.A, one of the major construction companies of Cyprus and with local offices in Greece, Pano Lahania has been designed to form an inseparable part of the old village, with the purpose of combining the traditional element with the conveniences of modern buildings. The town-plan, along with the streets’ layout corresponds to that of an old Rhodian village.

The 54 residences, apartments, maisonettes and villas, are scattered around a public square, thus creating a focus for village living. In addition, a centrally located convenience store will cater for the residents’ everyday needs. The architectural features were drawn from the beautiful neighbouring, properties of old Lahania, which has inspired numerous European writers and artists to take up residence. Each of the 54 properties is autonomous and has a unique design, whilst following the highest aesthetic standards.

The new residences couldn’t have been designed without the famous ‘votsalota’, the pebble stoned decorations of pavements that adorn both interior and exterior spaces of most old Rhodian homes. The high walls, elaborate chimneys, imposing gates and external stairways stress the houses’ traditional character, creating a stunning aesthetic whole.

Each villa has a large, private swimming pool and an extensive outside area, literally a pre-requisite of Mediterranean outdoor living. Covered parking is also inclusive. Respecting the environment, the region’s architectural tradition and the needs of modern man, Pano Lahania suggests an alternative proposal for those wishing to follow a traditional way of living in the environment of an Aegean village with all the amenities that a modern residence has to offer. Phase one of the development: Twelve, 2 and 3 bed properties are currently under construction, at the price range €167,000 – 286,000.

Lahania, a traditional settlement in south-eastern Rhodes, is an hour’s drive from the airport and 5 minutes from some of the island’s most beautiful beaches. The southern part of the island has remained untouched by the effects of tourist development. It is the most sparsely populated area of Rhodes and is covered by grasslands and woods. Idyllic beaches with crystal clear waters and scattered traditional villages make up the area’s unique character.

Of note are the neighbouring areas of Plimmiri and Prasonisi. Plimmiri beach, 4.5km, is arguably one of the best on the island. A natural bay and an area of ecological importance, Plimmiri is re-knowned as one of the breeding grounds of the marine turtle Caretta-Caretta. Prasonisi on the other hand is quite simply surfers’ paradise, ideal for enthusiasts as well as anyone with even a limited interest in water-sports. Both areas offer a full range of facilities. The nearby Apolakia Dam is an area of outstanding beauty and a wildlife haven.

For further information visit > www.cybarco.com

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