A special place where the privacy of the environment, the nature and above all, the 380 lineal Mts of exclusive beach, make of this project a unique, one of a kind place… Spacious Beachfront Penthouse on 2 levels, infinity swimming pool and separate children pool, shaded rest area, 2 parking space, 24 hour security and electricity. Luxurious construction, fully air conditioned. 1st floor: living room 48 m2 with covered terrace 23 M2, kitchen equipped to a very high end standard, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and laundry room (with washing machine and dryer). 2nd floor: open terrace 38 M2 with private Jacuzzi, living room 18 M2, bedroom with en-suite, other bathroom, bedroom 41 M2 with open terrace, possibility to make a separate condo with its own entry… A living dream !!!!! Located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic between Sosua & Cabarete
Keep a watch out for a fantastic new episode of House Hunters International this Friday night featuring our very own Randi Carrier and property listings from the Cabarete area http://www.hgtv.com/house-hunters-international/canadians-move-to-cabarete/index.html
Many of you have seen the House Hunter’s International episode Sally and I filmed a year or so ago featuring beachfront condos in the Cabarete and Sosua real estate market; it really was great fun. The experience taught us a great deal about how these shows are put together and the amount of work it takes to put on a mere half hour program, so I thought I’d share some of that experience.
After being approached by HHI, the whole process began with our proposing several sales to see which profile might work best for the producers of the show. Once one of those sales was selected, then Sally and I as well as our Canadian client couple made short videos of a simulated sales situation which we submitted to House Hunters International. They wanted to determine our level of appropriateness for filming; fortunately the client video and ours were accepted. I’ve always contended that divine providence must have accompanied our submitted video as I certainly don’t remind many people of Brad Pitt, but for sure Sally carried the day for us with her wit and charm.
Anyway, once all arrangements were made, a film crew came to the Dominican Republic and we visited three properties, shot footage of shopping in town, and filmed local landmarks. It was amazing to see the level of detail required. Footage had to be at the right light level, sound quality had to be tested before and after each shot to ensure proper modulation in case that scene made it to final production. The House Hunters International crew was simply amazing as their experienced professionalism knew exactly how to handle each situation (including having me change shirts a dozen times to make sure I had one that would look right on camera). They knew how to catch the light, the best angle to view each showing, when to touch things like natural stone counters or coral stone wall accents. Their knowledge helped bypass potential situations a novice would never imagine to be problematic.
By the way, everyone asks if we only showed three properties to the buyers, and the answer is of course no. We looked at quite a few in the original sale situation, but for the purposes of the show we selected three that we had visited that were equivalent in cost and appeal, and that the owners would agree to have on film (some owners declined). Don’t forget the show is filming a re-creation of a sale rather than the original sales process which would be impossible to predict.
Okay, so after three days of condos viewing, driving all over Cabarete and Sosua, simulated contract signings, office visits and a blizzard of other activities led us to the last shot and we wrapped up our portion of the filming. Our clients, however, (good sports that they were) still had to return to Canada with the film crew and do two more days of filming at their home outside Toronto. They did a fantastic job working with the film crew. After everything completed, we all had a new sense of appreciation for how exhaustive and professional the HHI process proved to be. HHI makes the shows look so seamless and simple, but believe me there is a lot of work done behind the scenes.
After final airing of the show, Sally and I were astonished at how much footage did not make the cut (all the great scenes of me looking handsome somehow didn’t survive). Anyway, the editing team did an outstanding job of linking together a blizzard of different scenes and dialogue into a smooth story line. What felt so fragmented to us while filming became orderly and informative in final production, further evidence of the high quality professionalism of the HHI staff from beginning to end.
I hope you enjoy our little episode and get to see more episodes as well because the series illuminates many parts of the world most of us rarely have a chance to investigate. If you get to see our fifteen minutes of “fame”, maybe one day you can have a good laugh with Sal and me while we’re showing you what we think are still the best real estate values in the Caribbean, and the rare opportunity to be early in discovering something that will only get bigger and better over time. Here are the links in case you care to watch the show, and let me say as well THANKS to all of you who have contacted us since the show first aired. And yes, we still have our “day jobs”!
Now just let me encourage you to fly into Puerto Plata yourself and check out the amazing real estate values people are finding for retirement and vacation properties here on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. There is a lot to see and Sally and I will be happy to share the knowledge we’re gather over the past 10 years and to help you find your own little slice of paradise while it is still affordable.
One of the most frequent questions we get is, “Can I build a house in the DR?” Absolutely! Here in Cabarete/Sosua, you have excellent options that range from multiple designs within a fully gated community, to custom construction on your own plot of land. This suite of choices covers many price ranges and can be situated beachside or up in the hills with panoramic views.
Today I will discuss four different approaches and give you an idea of the different styles and locations you can choose. Obviously this is meant to be an introduction only and a trip here to meet with Sally and me as well as with different developers is a crucial step, so let’s get started.
Option One: Beachside Villa. This dream is one many of us share but it requires a little insight. This north coast real estate area is a “part time residency” location as well as tourist destination for wind and water sports, so both beachfront condos and beachside villas have become mainstream option for people looking to get out of the North American and European winters.
Located on 30 acres on the ocean and with direct access to the best surfing spots on the island, one developer has cracked the code for the ultimate in tropical living. Gorgeous custom homes on spacious, affordable lots create the allure, but the quality of construction takes this opportunity to a whole new stratosphere of value. Lots begin at $85 a square meter and you can build now or wait until the kids are out of college while feeling comfortable that your hand picked lot will be waiting for you. One condo/apartment building also exists beachfront where you can stay and monitor your home’s progress. Here is a representative house; price depends on lot and size of structure of course:
Option Two: A lovely home in the hills five minutes from beaches and town: In this north coast residency area there are two outstanding European developers offering very different choices. One is modern, sleek design with lots of glass and stone and an elegant look that makes you want to call Architectural Digest to come down and take pictures. The other is more traditional villa design but also with that modern European flair and lifestyle oriented floor plans as well as progressive energy-saving technologies.
Modern Utopia – Five different models ranging from 165K (plus lot) to 375K (plus lot); here is just one option:
This is a smaller development of only 19 building sites where prices range from $46 m2 to $70 m2 currently, so it has that intimate feel. Contact Arthur for a “Catalog of Homes.”
Tropical Utopia - The second option in the hills is even closer to town and is now opening a gorgeous new phase of lots. This developer also offers a “Fly and Buy” program for serious buyers. Homes here range from 212K up (includes lot, house, pool, landscaping) with the average home price (which includes lot, house, pool and landscaping by the way) being around 300K. A very attractive rental guarantee option also exists for the first two years. Again, ask for a “Catalog of Homes” and you’ll see the amazing value.
Option Three: Build your Own Villa on your own lot. Some people just want a little more space and also want the autonomy they find in securing their own property and building their dream villa on it. There are some great building lots around, many in gated communities that don’t have a mandated builder restriction. Take a look at this building lot, a full acre, gorgeous ocean view, five minutes from several public beaches, and half way between Cabarete and Sosua, the perfect spot to live so you have easy 5 minute access to either town’s restaurants, beaches, and services:
Here’s another acre sized lot that is beachfront:
http://www.coralbayrealestate.com/search/show.php?id=1931 listing BL6024AB
Planning a Visit: So, as you plan your retirement or firm up those dreams for a Caribbean villa of your own, remember, you’ve got excellent choices we are here to help. Come visit and let’s take a look. Your tropical dream villa is closer at hand than you might have realized!
We look forward to seeing you soon, and please feel free to contact Sally or me anytime on Remax Dominican Republic real estate.
|A fun and easy place to live! This apartment has everything you need in a one bedroom, close to the beach, at a great price located in Cabarete. Two stories with the living room, kitchen, dining room and bath on the first floor, and a loft style bedroom on the second floor. The bedroom has a nice, private terrace area, as well as another small terrace on the main level. Come live at the beach!Visit our main site for a legal overview on real estate purchase and lawyers in the Dominican Republic.To find out more about schools in the Dominican Republic, please visit our main website. Planning to retire? Check out our FAQ’s which also includes special Incentives for Retirees and Persons of Independent means from Abroad|
The real estate market on the north coast of The Dominican Republic remains strong making the following opportunity all the more compelling. The most successful developer in the area has just announced a special, limited availability opportunity to clients looking for an exceptional deal. In a section of homes already completed, he has traded a larger tract of “green acres” property to the government for a chance to build only 10 houses. Each villa includes a private pool of your design and full tropical landscaping, with three designs to choose from, both 2 and 3 bedroom models being available. To keep prices even lower these homes will be built on slightly smaller lots in a gorgeous naturalized area—what a great retirement opportunity.
These brand new villas will sit on lots ranging from 600 to 800 square meters with prices from $159,000 – $225,000. Now that’s impressive anytime, but for this kind of quality in one of the most secure communities on the north coast, this window of opportunity will not last. There will only be ten homes and several have already been reserved. Each of these lots is a good choice as the developer plans a gorgeous waterfall and nature trail to take advantage of the adjacent natural rock grotto. He also intends to build a restaurant nearby to further enhance the many conveniences already available, such as free shuttles to Cabarete and Sosua as well as the local beaches.
In addition to the three designs that will be available, other designs, both custom and developer offered are available in the new Phase VII area soon to begin construction, but for the very best pricing and the opportunity to build immediately, this offering cannot be beat.
If you’d like a “Catalogue of Homes” which shows many of the most popular designs offered, simply email Sally or Arthur at coralbayrealestate.com We can also send more information on the development and “Fly and Buy” program as well as make an appointment to show you this exceptional retirement or 2nd home property value.
Your private tropical paradise just became affordable, but you better hurry as they are selling fast – so contact Sally and Arthur today! Here is the listing for the Special Pricing Promotion ID# HG6086AB: http://www.coralbayrealestate.com/search/show.php?id=2218