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Our shipping container house / art house in Panama is for sale.
The question has been hanging around my blog for some time now. “What will you do with your free time now that your house is finished?” In this post, I will answer this burning question.
Cynthia and I are creatives. And along with creativity comes curiosity and passion. Just this morning we watched a video of Lady Gaga accepting Billboard’s Woman of the Year award. It was clear that she has a passion for her work, a drive to keep creating, to keep pushing her own limits, to see what she can do with her voice and her piano. It isn’t a competition with others, but with ourselves to see who we are and what we can do. So it is with these qualities that Cynthia and I feel the need to explore ourselves and the world yet more.
As many of you have read in my previous posts, Cynthia and I have been to Medellin, Colombia four times in this past year. We like it a lot and is different enough from anything that we have yet done. When the house sells, we will be on our way to our next adventure.
Yes, we will probably build another house, but it will be much smaller. I’m predicting not larger than 1,200 square feet. Of course we’ll be building new shop/studio spaces as well. And construction will be faster, much faster. I am setting a goal for myself of eighteen-months. So far the construction method is looking like a bolted-metal frame on piers with a ton of glass. Perhaps I will blog the new house, too, but we will have to wait and see…
We have our eyes on a rural, mountainous property three-kilometers from a small, historic pueblo that is just under-an-hour from Medellin. The property is a bit more than five-acres. One thing that draws us is that the current owner has a small business where he stables horses for the horse owners who come to the country for the weekends. Cynthia loves horses, has always wanted one, so this is an opportunity that will pay for itself and she can be around horses all she wants! We need to wait until we sell here, but then if this Colombia property is still available, we’ll make a beeline…
You might ask, “Aren’t you sad to be leaving your creation, the one that you worked six-days-a-week for five-and-a-half years on?” Yes and no. This house has a lot going for it and we could live here very comfortably for a long time. But cue the creativity and curiosity genes and it is time to move on. We hope that someone will buy this property because they really love it, and we hope that they will be happy here for as long as they want.
Now, about this house and this area of Panama’:
- Lot size = 1,600 square meters (.4 of an acre)
- House size =
- Inside Living Space – 2,996 square feet / 278.33 square meters
- Additional Covered Space (outside workshops, bathroom, storage deposito) – 609 square feet / 56.58 square meters
- Outside Under Roof – 1,360 square feet / 126 square meters
- Two large bedrooms with full bathrooms
- Interior laundry area with washer/dryer/sink
- Two half bathrooms
- One outside toilet/shower
- Two-car carport / bohio with tile floor
- Tastefully furnished (some personal items not included)
- Mature landscaping
- Lots of light
- Lots of birds (and our front windows are protected to avoid bird strikes)
- Good, quiet neighbors, some are working-class, some are business people who live in the city but come here on weekends
- Our house is just three kilometers outside of El Valle (El Valle de Anton), a pueblo with restaurants, two banks, two gas stations, a zoo, a frog sanctuary, a large rain-forest waterfall and zip-line tour, numerous hotels and hostels, orchid center, butterfly haven, public library, large public market, grocery and hardware stores
- El Valle is on the floor of a volcanic crater. Our house is on the rim where it is cooler, quieter (there is a lot of weekend music in the pueblo), and less congested than down in town
- 40-minutes from the beaches and the town of Coronado where you can buy most anything that you need
- Price = $539,000 USD
- See a seven-minute video of the exterior of the house in my post, EXTERIOR VIDEO!
- See 93 photos in my most recent post, PHOTOS!
I am not sure where I will go with this blog in the future. Most likely, it will become dormant. In the States, a soap opera will go on for years. Generations even. But in Latin America, the soaps have a limited duration like a book or a movie without a sequel. I suspect my blog will be the later.
I would like to leave this blog up as so many people seem to have enjoyed it. Perhaps it will be like a book up on the shelf, ready to be pulled down and perused by someone who stumbles across it. However, it might all be up to the new owner of the house; perhaps they will want it or perhaps they will want their privacy more and I will be called to take it down. If I make a new blog, I’ll put a link to it here if this blog still exists.
I want to thank each and every visitor, both to my blog and those who made their way to visit us to see it in person. I have very much enjoyed these mostly-Sunday sessions where I cull through photos, tweak them, and write about the past week-or-two. Thanks to Cynthia who, after I have proofed my writing four- or five-times, has proofed it again. Special thanks to subscribers and those of you who have left your comments. I have appreciated it all.
I still want to make a video of the property, and I will post it here when it is done, time willing, and I may have a thing or two yet to say. Stay tuned.
That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by. Fred
P.S. I just noticed that my hit counter just turned two-million as I wrote this post. Most people have searched for “shipping container house,” but a significant percentage found me by searching for “DIY homemade sheet metal brake.” Geesh, who’d a thunk it? But I am still two subscribers shy of 300… Drat.