Yes, you would love to live near the ocean in a tropical 4 bedroom villa - but sadly . . . you just don't have all the money. Yes! you have skills and are willing to work hard to make your dream come true . . .
WELL, now is the chance.
The price for this 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa on the shores of the Pacific ocean is just $74,500 USD.
OK, Ok yes we will wiggle a little on the price.
First lets see what is exactly on offer.
This villa was never completed. Sadly the owner passed away and her daughter was unable to move from Canada to finish the work.
See the plot plan below for the villa's location in this small, intimate private gated garden community.
Your new home is the "MIAMI" villa in the middle.
How close are you to the ocean?
Please look at the Google earth map below. You can stroll to the beach in 5 minutes.
On this map you can see lots of houses near the beach. This is a small expat community mainly composed of Canadians and Americans, oh and one German (the German is a builder and an excellent tile layer).
So will you have lots of English speaking friendly neighbours -Yes!
Ok. Some more about the Miami Villa.
Most of the electric wiring and plumbing is allready in.
There is an electric connection to the home and there is a utility panel at the gate ready for the meter. So getting power will be easy.
Nevertheless, we as your neighbours can provide you with power and water right from the get go.
I have all the basic tools which you are welcome to borrow.
I have friends (North Americans) who are competent builders who can assist or even complete the project for you.
So what do I need to make the house liveable?
First, the walls and ceilings need a "stucco" type concrete coat.
Second, the floors need tiling.
Fifth, furniture, bedding etc and a loving final touch.
We are now doing some cleaning up and painting the house.
So we will be improving the exterior, little by little.
Where can I live while I work on the house?
At the moment the house to the West (The OASIS) is ready to rent.
This is virtually the exact same layout as yours. So you have a real time model to work from.
What could it be worth in the future?
In 2012 the appraisal was valued at $68,571.
Today the land value alone is over $40,000
Since then the owner has spent over $20,000 to partially finish the home. The complex now has its own private gated entrance and municipal electric.
Below is an artist rendering of what the finished villa could look like.
Ok, So maybe I am interested, where do I go from here?
Simple, email me with ALL your many questions and I will do my best to answer them.
Courtesy of Wikipedia
Puerto Armuelles is a City and corregimiento on Panama'sPacific coast in western Chiriquí Province next toCosta Rica. It is the seat of Barú District. Puerto Armuelles is the second largest city in Chiriqui provincewith a population near 25,000, and has two different type of deep-water ports, one for bananas and one for oil.
UPDATE December 2016
The American company DEL MONTE has signed a deal with Panama and plans to start operations in the Puerto area in January 2017. This is bound to have a positive effect on the entire local economy.Overview
Puerto Armuelles is a beach town right on the Pacific Ocean. Starting in 1927, the town was literally built by Chiquita Banana (formerly called the United Fruit Company). The name, Puerto Armuelles, was given to the city in honor of one of the heroes of the Coto war, Colonel Tomás Armuelles. Colonel Armuelles was a member of the Panamanian Defense Forces (PDF). On March 18, 1921, he died in a train accident during the Coto War between Panama and Costa Rica. Puerto Armuelles had formerly been called "Rabo de Puerco" or "Pigtail".Puerto Armuelles is in the Chiriquí Province of Panama. The capital of the province, David, is 60 miles (97 km) away. It is only 5 miles (8.0 km) from the border with Costa Rica as the crow flies yet the actual border crossing lis 21 miles (34 km) away at the town of Paso Canoas. Panama City is some 235 miles (378 km) way, or approximately 6–8 hours drive on the Pan American Highway. Currently, the highway linking Puerto Armuelles to the Pan American Highway at Paso Canoas is doubling in size from 2 to 4 lanes. As of February 2016, the work on this road expansion is mostly complete, but is still not done, especially on the bridges.Puerto Armuelles' most famous citizen is Omar Moreno, who was a baseball outfielder from 1975 to 1986 in the U.S.Puerto Armuelles was once the center of a Chiquita Banana's thriving banana business. Then its workers started striking and other activities designed to harm Chiquita Banana i.e. United Fruit Company. Finally, in 2003, Chiquita sold its now unprofitable Puerto Armuelles business to a cooperative of local banana workers, called Coosemupar. After Chiquita left, Puerto Armuelles' population dropped significantly. In 1990, its population was 46,093. Then in 2000, only 22,755 people remained. In 2010 the population was at 20,455. As of 2016, there are rumors that Del Monte may start producing bananas in the old Chiquita Banana plantation lands in Puerto Armuelles.Puerto Armuelles is in the Chiriqui Province and next to Costa Rica on a shared peninsula
.Heavy industry and petroleum
Puerto Armuelles does have some oil-related employment due to the size or lack of it, of the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal cannot handle supertankers and therefore not able to cross over to the Atlantic Ocean and then onward to the refineries of Houston and the Gulf coast. About 6 miles away from Puerto Armuelles, on Punta Burica, in the deep water of Charco Azul or in English "Blue Ditch" they found an ideal place to bring in those Super Tankers and unload. They would then put the oil into Panamax tankers so the oil could then cross the canal and on to the U.S. refineries. Very soon after that operation started, they realized it would be better to have a pipeline. They built the pipeline in 1982, at that same spot, which they dubbed the Petroterminales of Panama or PTP. The pipeline starts at the PTP and ends at the town of Chiriqui Grande, on the Caribbean coast in the Bocas del Toro province.
Center of Puerto Armuelles
Earthquakes have hit Puerto Armuelles several time including one in July 1934 and another on Christmas night 2003 both of which killed several locals. On July 1, 1979 an earthquake hit Puerto Armuelles, which destroyed the poorly built multistory high school (fortunately it was a Sunday afternoon). The oil terminal also suffered extensive damage worth $2 million, including the loss of a very expensive part into the deep water of Charco Azul, and, although divers were contracted, the steep descent of the ocean floor led to the part rolling off and never being recovered.Beyond the earthquakes which are common anywhere in the Pacific Rim of fire, Puerto Armuelles' weather is tropicalweather for latitude 8.28333 degrees. Highs around 92 °F most days and lows around 72 °F at night. The beach is nearby if it is too hot for you or up themountain to Volcan Baru, which towers over the area at 11,400 feet (3478 m) high, and can be seen from hills of Monte Verde. Puerto Armuelles currently is "a company town which lost its company" according to the weekly newsletter "So you want to retire to Panama" May 9, 2005 edition by Paradise Services. Also the mass migration of the young people to the big cities, particularly Panama City, has been on going for decades just like in the U.S. rural areas.
Del Monte.SEE UPDATE: DEL MONTE will start operations in 2017
Banana Production has resumed.
Road Expansion & Port
During President Martinelli's term, money was allocated to widen the road to Puerto Armuelles from a 2-lane into a 4-lane road. This is the road that links PUerto Armuelles to the Pan-American Highway (called the InterAmericana in Panama) at Paso Canoas. Paso Canoas is the border town of Costa Rica and Panama, on the Pan-American Highway.According to the Panama government, one of the key reasons for this road expansion project is to service a proposed deep container port outside of Puerto Armuelles. The proposal is for this multi-purpose port to include 217 storage facilities, a deepwater container, future cruise ship port, and a marina. The idea is that the expanded road and the proposed port would create what the Panama government is callings a 4 lane “dry canal” highway connecting Puerto Armulles to Chiriqui Grande on the Caribbean side of Panama. They are hopeful that it would have a similar economic effect as the “wet canal” in Panama City. As of December 2016, the road expansion is over 90% complete.