Journey to Paradise in Panama

By Jay Stafford

Helicopter trip from Panama City to our house in Paradise, Ocean Ridge Estates, Panama

Panama is one of the fastest growing property and investment opportunities in the world. While the real estate in Panama offers tremendous value – it is the low cost of living that really attracts people to Panama. Panama’s pristine beauty, near-perfect weather, friendly locals, world-class fishing and outdoor activities makes owning land in Panama an excellent choice.

At Ocean Ridge Estates you can truly have it all – a top quality lifestyle for a very affordable price. Contact us with any questions you have, and start finding out how you can have your very own piece of paradise.

http://www.thepanamacollection.com/

Panama Real Estate For Sale – The Panama Collection

The Panama Collection - lot_map_panama_real_estatePanama is one of the fastest growing property and investment opportunities in the world. While the real estate in Panama offers tremendous value – it is the low cost of living that really attracts people to Panama. Panama’s pristine beauty, near-perfect weather, friendly locals, world-class fishing and outdoor activities makes owning land in Panama an excellent choice.

Ocean Ridge Estates is located on the western slope of the Azuero Peninsula, and is possibly the only mini-ranch project in Panama, with estate lots ranging from 4 – 12 acres. When you purchase land in Panama, you have many more creative options on how to use your property. You can stable horses, grow large fruit orchards and/or gardens, put in walking trails, extensive landscaping, etc. You will also have a level of privacy that is far superior to projects offering smaller lots.

After searching high and low, The Panama Collection selected Ocean Ridge Estates for its pristine natural beauty and ideal location. Located just 1 hour from Santiago and 3 ½ hours from Panama City it is perfect for retirement and investment real estate.

Some of our many property features include:

  • 3-12 Acre Mini Ranches
  • Prime building sites
  • Good roads
  • Running water and electricity
  • Riverfront lots
  • Oceanviews
  • Privacy
  • Exotic wildlife

Ocean Ridge Estates has many nearby amenities:

  • Westerly views of the Pacific Ocean
  • A 24 hour clinic with a doctor always on staff 15 minutes away
  • Gas station
  • Grocery markets
  • New hotel (20 minutes driving)

ThePanamaCollection2Ocean Ridge Estates is picture perfect, bordered to the north by the Rio Negro (Black River), mountain views in all directions, and the Pacific Ocean four miles to the west.

Panama Real Estate For Sale by The Panama Collection
http://www.thepanamacollection.com/
In Panama call 507.6679.7540
Or Contact us on line at: http://www.thepanamacollection.com/about-panama-collection/contact-us.html

Panama 1st, in global well-being poll, USA ranks 12th

From USAToday

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Panama ranks first among 135 countries, the U.S. ranks 12th, on subjective well-being – not just how much wealth or good health people have but how they feel about their lives

The top ten:

1. Panama, 61%
2. Costa_Rica, 44%
3. Denmark, 40%
4. Austria, 39%
5. Brazil, 39%
6. Uruguay, 37%
7. El Salvador, 37%
8. Sweden, 36%
9. Guatemala, 34%
10. Canada, 34%

View the article:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/16/global-well-being-poll-panama/15679637/

The Ocean Ridge Report December 2013 – Panama Real Estate For Sale

Hola future neighbors, and welcome to the final newsletter of 2013. Things are finally drying out after a wetter than usual rainy season, and it’s nice to be looking forward to several months of dry weather. Some great things are happening on the project, so here we go:

Leo and Willy came to visit from Canada - lot 14 house1)  Let’s build another house. When Leo and Willy came to visit from Canada in October, they decided that they liked lot 14 better than lot 5, so that’s the one they bought. They didn’t waste any time – they’ve started building a small guesthouse so they’ll have a place to stay until they build the main house at some point in the future (photo). The house will be done in January, after which the crew will move right over to lot 4 and build a similar house for brother Pieter and his wife Joka. I’m a lucky guy; how many people can say that both of their next door neighbors are named Hoogenboom?

Tom and Stephanie's house - lot 7 houseMeanwhile Tom and Stephanie’s house on lot 7 is nearing completion, and looking quite magnificent in my humble opinion (photo). Sometime in 2014 they’ll be having a big housewarming party, and all of you are invited! Well, maybe I should check with them first………..

2)  Residency information. I’ve discussed residency options in past newsletters, but I found a new link that is very good: http://vivatropical.com/panama/panama-visa-and-residency/

The author does a great job of explaining why establishing residency in Panama should be about 50th on your list of priorities when you move down here. You can literally live in Panama for years and years with no residency status of any kind (like me, Patricia and the author), so you will have plenty of time to figure out your best option when you’re living here.

Loco is as ornery as ever3)  Critter update. Since several of you keep asking, it seems like the Paradise Zoo keeps expanding. Loco is as ornery as ever (photo), Coco comes in from the jungle every day to eat and hang out (photo), and now we have a new daily visitor. Two years ago we raised a couple of baby birds that were smaller than Loco and his siblings (orange-chinned parakeets, if you really must know). We released them into the wild, and assumed we would never see them again. About five months ago one of them showed up with his entire lower beak missing – Coco comes in from the jungle every day to eat and hang outmaybe lost it in a fight? He was almost dead, but of course Patricia nursed him back to health, and now he flies in every day for his bread and milk (photos). We named him Teenyweeny, which I think is pretty catchy.
Teenyweenie flies in every day for his bread and milk
We also continue to see more and more wildlife in the area – check out the toucan in the back yard (photo).

That’s it for this year. Everybody have a great Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Festivus, and any other holiday that I forgot to mention.

Jay and Patricia

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The Ocean Ridge Report May 2013 – Panama Real Estate – Lots for Sale

Hola yet again Panama people; get ready for the latest and greatest from Ocean Ridge Estates. I know it’s only been two months since the last issue, but the neighborhood keeps expanding. Let me tell you all about it:

Pieter and Joka1) The Dutch invasion. Say hello to Pieter and Joka Hoogenboom, a really nice Dutch couple who have been living in northern British Columbia, Canada, for the last 25 years or so (photo). They’re a little tired of Canadian winters, so they bought lot 4 and they seem pretty excited about the place. In fact, Pieter called his brother Leo in Alberta, Canada, and Leo was so impressed that he bought lot 5 – looks like a Hoogenboom takeover to me! Pieter is in the gas and oil servicing industry, while Leo is a greenhouse consultant. That means that he can help us all build greenhouses to grow food year-round, which I think is pretty great. Feel free to contact Pieter and Joka (Peter@dutchcasing.com) and Leo and his wife Willy (hoogenboom@albertahighspeed.net) anytime you like.

big winners2) Just like winning the lottery – sort of. I think that most of you are familiar with the Machetazo, the supermarket in Santiago where we buy most of our groceries. Unknown to us, they have a “Customer of the Day” program where the cash register randomly picks one customer per day to get all of their groceries for free. I knew something was up when the horns and sirens went off, the confetti came raining down, and all of the employees rushed over with balloons and cameras (photo). Panamanians don’t need much of an excuse to party, that’s for sure. Okay, it was only $60 in groceries, but it was still fun.

chicken coop3) The Great Chicken Experiment. Some of you have expressed an interest in raising chickens when you make the move to Panama, so we thought we’d give it a try. We built a deluxe super-modern chicken coop (photo) and fifteen cute little chicks for 50 cents each. When they got big enough we had Jose the caretaker kill nine of them – turns out I’m a little squeamish about killing critters that I’ve been feeding. Patricia wasn’t squeamish at all about cleaning them (photo), and she cooks a good bird. However, when we did the math it came out to about $20 per chicken – now I know why the locals just let their chickens run around, and don’t feed them anything.

chicken cleaningWe turned loose the remaining six chickens, intending to have them more or less as pets, and hopefully get some eggs. However, a few nights ago something attacked and killed five of them – Jose says it was probably coyotes. I guess the moral of the story is to close your coop at night; we named the one surviving chicken Nervous Nellie, and the name certainly fits.

4) New hotel. Okay, it’s not new, but the Heliconia Bed and Breakfast (hotelheliconiapanama.com) has established itself as the only decent place to stay on the entire coastline. Owned by Loes and Kees, a Dutch couple (I told you we were having a Dutch invasion), the hotel has a very eco-friendly theme, and they take customers on tours throughout the countryside. They even go into the Cerro Hoya National Park at the southern end of the peninsula. If you’re looking for a nice place to stay that is much closer than Santiago, I definitely recommend the Heliconia. No, I’m not getting any commission for telling you this, but I might want to talk to Loes and Kees about that!

That’s it for this issue – come on down to Paradise just as soon as you can.

Jay, Patrica and Loco

 

Panama Lots For Sale from The Panama Collection

The Panama Collection - Panamainian Lots for Sale - Real EstatePanama is one of the fastest growing property and investment opportunities in the world. While the real estate in Panama offers tremendous value – it is the low cost of living that really attracts people to Panama.

The Panama Collection selected Ocean Ridge Estates for its pristine natural beauty and ideal location. Located just 1 hour from Santiago and 3 ½ hours from Panama City it is perfect for retirement and investment real estate.

Ocean Ridge Estates is picture perfect, bordered to the north by the Rio Negro (Black River), mountain views in all directions, and the Pacific Ocean four miles to the west.

Lots 4,5 and 6 are pretty similar. All are bordered by the Black River, the largest river in the region (see photo).

Bordering the Black River, The Panama Collection

All of them are large parcels, around 7 acres, perfect for putting together your very own country estate. You can have up to three horses, fruit orchards, large gardens, walking trails, etc. About the only limitation is your imagination.

Lot 5 at The Panama Collection - Own a 4 - 12 Acre Mini Ranch in Paradise

All three lots offer some ocean view, but the main visual appeal will be the vast mountain views (see photos). Monkeys, parrots and many other animals are common here on the project; it’s easy to see why the name of this area is actually Paradise !

Lot 5 east view - Panama Real Estate For SaleAt Ocean Ridge Estates you can truly have it all – a top quality lifestyle for a very affordable price. Contact us with any questions you have, and start finding out how you can have your very own piece of paradise.

Jay Stafford
www.thepanamacollection.com
954-309-2837
cell in Florida
507-6679-7540 cell in Panama