As you drive up to see this two story villa, you get the distinct impression of a home that feels like it should be on the hills of some Mediterranean resort.
The view from the road belies the view you enjoy after just a few steps inside the 2 car garage. Descending the broad tiled steps to the lower apartment, you glance to your right and see the land slope away from the house. You view is uninterrupted as you gaze over fields and hedgerows and in the distance you see the clear outline of the Chiriqui coastline and the mighty Pacific Ocean.
The lower balcony extends the entire width of the building; from here you have a vista that is 180⁰ wide- from early morning sunrise to spectacular golden sunsets.
Climbing the steps back up to the main floor you enter the main living room. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the high cathedral ceiling, which gives tropical homes a continuous cool environment. In the far right corner is the stone fireplace. Why would you need a fireplace in the tropics? The truth is you do not - but, during the rainy season a fireplace is a wonderful way to provide comfort that is more visual than thermal.
To your left is the spacious granite counter top of the kitchen. This kitchen comes with a large refrigerator, a four burner stove and a huge oven -I think a thanks giving turkey would fit in this oven, very nicely. To your left is the pantry, amazingly, the owners have installed a small air conditioning unit here, for the sole purpose of preserving those all important spices and foodstuffs.
Walk across the room and through the sliding French doors and you are on the balcony. There is plenty of room for a group of friends to sit here and share your magnificent view. This writer, told the owners, that this was absolutely the most remarkable view he had seen from any house in Panama.
Daytime, on this balcony, should take your breath away. Nighttimes, with the flickering lights of Panama's third largest city, David, twinkling away below you, should leave you with a sense of awe and wonderment. Clearly, the view from the villas' two balconies are this home's greatest features.
To the left of the fireplace is the entrance to the 2 bedrooms. To your right is the spacious master bedroom. On entering the master bedroom to your left is a walk-in closet. The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom. Across the hallway, is the second or guest bedroom also with its own bathroom and closet space.
he home has quality tiling throughout. The easiest way to imagine the downstairs accommodation is to think of it as similar to the upstairs. The downstairs is completely self contained, and could be easily rented out as an immediate incoming producing asset.
The villa is located at 2,800 feet above sea level. This takes you away from the oppressive heat and humidity of the coastal plain, but lower than the altitude of the mountains, where sometimes the nights can be chilly. At this altitude you will not need air-conditioning or heating. The days are warm so ceiling fans keep things comfortable, the nights are blissfully cool and sleeping is a peaceful pleasure.
The garden is home to a wide variety of fruits and flowers, including banana, lemon, pineapple, and avocado. If you were a survivalist, you could literally live of this land.
The villa is 4 years old, solidly constructed and has a clear title. You have two close neighbours, a European and a Canadian.
Pictured below: The view north to Panama's highest peak, the 11,400 foot Baru Volcano.
Buena Vista, means, good view, and you can be sure that you will enjoy not just a good view, but possibly the best view of any home in Panama.
The Villa is offered For Sale by Owner, at $319,000 USD.
Please contact the owners for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE IN PANAMA:
About 3.5 million. Estimates vary but about 8,000 of them are expats.
HOW MANY PEOPLE IN NEARBY VOLCAN?
Volcan, at the last census had 11,200 people and about 350 of them were expats.
CAN I OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT?
Yes, you need original letters of recommendation from your home bank - but you can draw money from the ATM even if you do not have an account.
HOW MANY STORES DO YOU HAVE IN VOLCAN?
Seven supermarkets, three hardware stores, three gas stations, two garden supply stores and over thirty places to eat. Concepcion, is about the same distance from your home as Volcan, and that has banks, supermarkets and two very good hardware stores.
CAN I BUY A GUN IN PANAMA?
Yes. It takes about 2 months and you do have to fill out some forms.
ARE THE LOCALS FRIENDLY TO FOREIGNERS?
Yes. The majority of locals believe that the American "Just Cause" invasion of Panama, liberated them. However, most locals think that all Americans are millionaires.
DOES THE EXPAT POPULATION MEET OR SOCIALIZE?
Yes. Every Friday morning most of the expats meet for breakfast at MANA'S DELI. We have ex pat musical "Pub Nights" twice a month. There are hiking, walking, quilting and motor bike clubs. There is an unspoken rule that we help "newbies" in any way we can.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE LOCAL INFORMATION?
There are many FREE articles about the history of Volcan area at:
CAN I GET A MAP OF VOLCAN?
Free maps are available for Volcan and most of Panama at:
These are actual flowers from the garden. Green thumb or not, your garden will blossom with hundreds of beautiful tropical flowers.