FOR SALE 1.1 Acres, Country Villa (Single Family Home). Mountain View. Newer, custom-designed home [2/2] w/large bodega and attached covered terrazzo. Located in the “Chiriquí Highlands” – best known for incredible temperatures (often described as Eternal Spring), unparalleled beauty, and amazing wildlife. On more than 3/4 of an acre (3,600 m2) with mountain view (Volcán Barú), property abuts a 1,000 acre (400 hectare) wildlife refuge.
This property is for the discriminating home buyer. Exquisite. North American home design meets “old world” Central American elegance – witnessed by its open floor plan, high ceilings, arched windows and doors, weathered clay tile roof, new (2013) top-of-the-line kitchen appliances, incredible woodwork – decorative stone walls enhancing the beauty of the tropical landscaping, the list goes on and on. With both indoor and outdoor dining areas, this property is made for entertaining. Move-in ready and available furnished/turnkey or unfurnished. – a MUST SEE.
Located in the highly desirable rural town of Potrerillos Arriba (“Little Pastures”), the property is located just steps away from crowded Boquete while also putting you within easy reach of David (2nd largest city in Panama and your major retail center). With completion of the new highway, David is now an easy 25 minute drive.
NEWER HOME with many improvements: Master bedroom suite – king-sized bed, master bath, walk-in closet, sliding door to your private covered terrazzo with a view of Barú. Open floor plan kitchen/living room, large kitchen island/counter stools. All windows, your sunroom and/or dining room includes a sliding door to a sundeck. Guest bedroom suite (2 rooms) with full bath [the current owners utilize the 2-room guest suite as a family room and studio]. Find a combination laundry room/storage/pantry adjacent to the kitchen.
TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE OF HOME: 1,847 sq. ft. Room measurements: Sunroom/dining room: 9’ 9” x 21' 6", kitchen/living room: 16’ x 28’, laundry room/pantry: 9’ 5” x 8’, master bedroom including walk-in closet: 10’ 5” x 21’, master bath: 6’ 4’ x 13’ 3”, 2nd bath: 9’ x 4’ 9”, studio room: 11’ 2” x 10’ 2”, 2nd bedroom (currently used as a family room): 21’ 6” x 18’.
BODEGA/TERRAZZO/GARDEN CENTER: Bodega (warehouse/workshop/garage/shed/barn) – whatever your hobby or business, this building has the room to accommodate. Custom-built 28’ W x 45’ L x 14’ H, with a 16’ W x 14’ H custom, remote-controlled metal overhead door, full service bathroom in the bodega (double-sink, toilet, urinal, hot water shower), 16’ built-in workbench. Attached to the bodega find the covered terrazzo (16’ W x 26’ L) with tiled floor, ceiling fans, grill deck, and an L-shaped (8’ x 8’) covered work center for the gardening enthusiast including a double-sink.
“Lush” doesn’t begin to describe the beauty that abounds. A pastoral setting indeed – whether enjoying time on the large, covered terrazzo (built for entertaining family and friends), or stepping just outside the master bedroom to enjoy morning coffee on your “private” covered terrazzo, the property enjoys the most spectacular, unobstructed views imaginable – with Panama’s tallest mountain (Volcán Barú, also known as Volcán de Chiriquí) as your centerpiece, rolling hills welcome a large citrus plantation that then abuts a 400 hectares/1,000 acre wildlife refuge – the Olimpo sanctuary, very generously left in perpetuity – listen carefully and you can enjoy the sounds of howler monkeys off in the distance. A birdwatchers utopia! And, the property is ideally located between the Caribbean and the Pacific – world class snorkeling in the Caribbean and deep sea fishing in the Pacific. Growing on the property are several types of fruit trees including lemon, orange, mango, papaya, guava, pineapple and passion fruit – just step outside your door to harvest.
In the past, traveling to/from Potrerillos and North America had always been a bit inconvenient – but no longer. The David International Airport (DAV) has made a number of upgrades including main runway and auxiliary runway refurbishments and expansions, in addition to adding a new modern terminal building – improvements that will allow large international jets to serve Chiriquí Province. Soon the first direct flights to/from David and the U.S. (as well as a number of other countries) will begin operating (including COPA!). Further evidence of Panama’s commitment to infrastructure projects, the new road from David to Boquete is complete having expanded from 2 to 4 lanes thereby significantly improving drive times – Potrerillos Arriba enjoys easy access to David (25 minutes), and completion of the road between Potrerillos and Boquete, another planned infrastructure project, will make Boquete a 15 minute drive.
LOCK-AND-LEAVE: Whether this home will be your full-time residence, vacation home, or investment property (significant long-term lease opportunities) – you have peace of mind in knowing you can Lock-and-Leave.
THE COMMUNITY: Potrerillos Arriba is a safe place to live drawing a large and growing community of expats – many social opportunities exist.
20-YEAR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION AND HIGHLY COMPETITIVE UTILITY COSTS: Based on usage for the past 2 years (2 adult household), the average monthly electric bill is $56.45. Municipal water is a flat rate of $4.26 per month or $51.12 per year. Propane costs average between $200.00 and $300.00/year ($20.00/month). [Total average monthly utility costs are less than $100.00.]
FISHING: Panama boasts some of the finest fishing grounds in the world. Departing from Boca Chica, near David, the legendary fishing grounds of Hannibal Bank, Isla Montuosa, The Triangle, Isla Ladrones and others are only a short ride away. You will encounter numerous opportunities to catch Monster Yellowfin Tuna, Blue and Black Marlin, Pacific Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado, Cubera Snapper, Amberjack and Grouper – just to name a few. Very Large Roosterfish frequent the rocky shoreline and beaches and aggressively attack poppers and live bait. Over 50 IGFA World Records have been achieved in the rich waters of the Gulf of Chiriquí.
BIRDING: Panama has an extraordinary wealth of birds for a country of its size. A total of 976 species – which exceeds the number found in the continental United States and Canada combined. As a bridge between the continents, Panama also serves as a route of passage for many migrants – seabirds of both the Atlantic and the Pacific reach its shores.
Sound like a local – a quick pronunciation lesson: Potrerillos (por-tray-ee-o), Boquete (bow-ket-a), and Chiriquí (cheer-ee-key).