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
This beautiful Caribbean Villa is located in a Cabarete gated community on the north coast of the Dominican Republic and is less than a minute walk to a secluded beach
The front of the Villa is eye-catching quality with an exceptionally manicured garden with your own fruit trees… pick your own mangoes, coconuts and bananas !! beautiful backyard and large free-form swimming pool /jacuzzi
The inside of this spacious Villa features Dominican and Haitian themed artwork, high ceilings making the Villa very airy and comfortable
This Villa rents very well, either short or long term with a professional management team
A GREAT VILLA TO OWN AND RENT… Very private, yet near all attractions, Night Clubs, Bars, Beaches etc.
Phew….well that’s been a busy week. Being a keen Survivor fan for years, I stumbled across a twitter that Ms Parvati Shallow was next door in Haiti, so invited her to the north coast of the Dominican Republic to show her the area. A client of mine kindly offered her a free villa in Sea Horse Ranch and I took on the role of concierge exploring the area between Sosua & Cabarete and a quick trip to Cofresi. A bonus, was meeting Alex Boylan (producer and winner 2nd season of Amazing Race / 1st adventurer of Around the world for free) and my new buddy Zsolt Luka (camera man) who is an absolute gentlemen.
We started her weekend off gently with some paddle boarding in the Cabarete lagoon. This was followed by stand up paddle boarding in the ocean and kite surfing on Cabarete bay with my friend John from the Method Lodge on Kite Beach. In between this time the heavens opened up and it rained for about a day and a half, so we had to give ‘cock fighting’ a miss and instead made cup cakes to celebrate our shared birthdates (my mate Parv’s & mine).
Monday morning, all was back to normal with the weather and we headed out to Oceanworld, Cofresi whom kindly offered a dolphin swim for Parvati. I was looking forward to the shark encounter, but running low on time we headed back to Kite Beach, Cabarete to continue with the Kite Surfing sessions.
The following day before heading across to the monkey jungle, we visited a local charity that has excellent support from both private individuals and companies on the north coast called the Dream Project. I like Dream, it really shows how a commitment to an investment in education and tutoring can really have long term effect for the local population. It’s been great watching the success of this charity over the last years.
Stunning afternoon at the Monkey Jungle with the sun shining and nice breezes. Chuck Ritzen the owner showed the crew the medical facilities in attendance by Gerry (dentist and client of ours) and Bob Konigsberg (a doctor and real estate associate in our office) and we then moved on to play with the monkeys and Zip line around Chuck’s gorgeous property. An added bonus of this visit, was that Chuck kindly offered to take Parvati to Santo Domingo in his plane and then pay for a ticket onward to her next destination around the world.
Never having been really involved with a reality tv crew before (except for 1 episode of ‘Place in the Sun’ about 10 years ago), I was very impressed with the production and how un-scripted the time was. It really was a case of me offering up suggestions and taken them somewhere on a moments notice. I also never really knew when the camera was on and being used or what would end up on-line (hence I sometimes look gormless on the show). The intensity of the editing (Zsolt Luka) is incredible so they can get it on line for you to watch asap e.g. a days footage edited in to 5-8 min overnight. These guys are working non-stop. I don’t think a normal show works at these speeds. If any of you guys out there can tempt Parvati to your corner of the world over the next couple of months, you will really enjoy meeting the crew who are incredibly warm, fun & friendly to be with.
It also served me a reminder on how much there is to do in my back garden! Unfortunately we ran out of time for canyoning in the waterfalls (Damajagua) , whitewater rafting in Jarabocao, snorkeling, diving, deep sea fishing or simply sun-bathing (I do not really need any more color, my color is gorgeous, but I do enjoy a book on the beach), and it gives them a reason to come back for more.
You can check out where she is on her journey now at www.cbs.com/world and see the videos on line
The dark rings & blood shot eyes in the videos are a result of introducing the crew to ‘Servicos’ on the streets of Sosua and late nights on Cabarete beach coupled with trying to keep on top of work and my personal life. For those of you who are questioning why I was not in the water….I have put on a few pounds in the last year and hell would freeze over before I would allow that to be captured for your viewing pleasure!
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.- Despite the economic woes among the major international markets, Dominican Republic’s tourism industry 2010 and start of 2011 with encouraging signals including a 3.1% growth last year and a positive tendency that has continued in the first quarter this year, as evidenced by a climb of 3.3% in the arrival of foreigners by air.“We have a promissory future,” said National Hotels and Tourism Association ASONAHORES president Julio Llibre, to welcome the hoteliers, tour operators and journalists in the opening cocktail for the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange DATE-2011 held at the Hard Rock Hotel’s convention center, where the business rounds take place.Tomorrow Thursday the event moves to the new Bavaro Barceló Palace de Luxe in the Barceló Hotels complex, where the Caribbean feast for the delegates goes into the night.Llibre said the tourism sector has entered a new phase “of consolidation of the product that has matured with an updated and diversified offer in keeping with the requirements of the most sophisticated markets.” He said the Dominican tourism which depends mostly on the modality of all included, of sun and beach, “has been perfected and progressively diversified.”“We’ve fomented parallel boutique hotels and tourist condos in the country, oriented to the latter, to new segments that increasingly demand prolonged stays and customized services,” the business leader said.Calling it “more good news,” Llibre said that thanks to tourism and other attractions, Dominican Republic is still the Caribbean’s most attractive destination for investors, with 37% US$2.2 billion of the region’s US$5.8 billion investment in the 2009-2010 period.
The north coast of the Dominican Republic (the “DR”) is of course a strong residency market for expatriates, a place to spend several weeks or months a year out of the cold. As such many buyer lean towards a villa purchase rather than condo as they prefer the individual residency model they are so familiar with in North America or Europe.In the Cabarete/Sosua real estate market, we are seeing this trend accelerate around “Privacy Concept” villas.
Many buyers find that building a villa in a non-gated community doesn’t suit their need to lock the door and return to their home country for a few months after winter is over, so they tend towards high quality, gated villa developments that offer the full range of villa management and rental services. That practical phenomenon now has an added dimension of privacy that is receiving great attention and proving to be one of the most successful new approaches in this area.
Take for example this extremely well managed development between Cabarete and Sosua. European ownership and project management, high quality building materials including energy saving designs, complete package purchase with lot, villa, pool and landscaping all included and yet with a strong eye to individual home owner privacy.
This respect for the home owner sanctuary comes in two versions, both affordable and appealing on many levels. The “Ultima” is the top of the line 4 or 6 bedroom villa for less than 400K incorporating living areas both outdoor and indoor merged into one open life style design ideal for entertaining or for just living the tropical second home experience you’ve dreamed of owning:
Now, here is the same idea played out on a smaller, more affordable scale, the “Tranquila” or as I call it, “Son of Ultima.” Same concept of bedrooms and living areas surrounding the pool with landscaping filling in the open end of the U-shaped open-ended courtyard. Same high grade building materials and project oversight.
The aim of creating an enclosed, personal experience for homeowners and yet situating that within a gated community with all the appropriate services represents the best of both worlds and is a winning combination. Add to that the developer’s rental guarantee for two years, rent free villa usage while your home is being built, and free shuttle service to town and beaches a half mile away then you have an amazing package that simply can’t be beat.
Contact Arthur and Sally for both the “DR Welcome Guide” and the “Info Package” for this outstanding north coast project now in its 14th year of success. There are also many other villa designs and the developer has an in-house architect so modifications to your exact needs are easily managed. This is the complete package; come and see! Also, ask us about the developer’s “Try it, Buy it, Free Airfare” super discounted rental packages.
Big nicely planted and mature yard surrounds this very private villa just seconds to the beach. Nestled in a quiet area just on the edge of town, this Spanish Colonial design is for those who like room, open space living, and the freedom to kick back and relax. Come spend your retirement here and enjoy your own tropical paradise.
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Clients often ask me for directions around the area and in general, particularly around the Sosua – Cabarete area, it is quite easy. However, finding your way around to other parts of the Dominican Republic can be quite tricky. Roads are badly posted and building number more often than not absent. In general, finding your way along the north coast from Sosua to Las Terrenas is fairly straight forward as there is only the main road and you just keep driving east (Carretera 5).
The only places that we still find problems navigating around are the large cities such as Puerto Plata, Santiago and Santo Domingo. Becoming more readily available over the past couple of years are an option of Garmin based GPS Maps for the country.
Until recently, I was using the maps provided by Ola.com.do, however with their renewal prices at $US170, it is expensive. Hence I switched to the maps provided by Dominicana.cc which are available for $US89. I have had the new maps for only a couple of days and to be honest, it is a bit disappointing. I haven’t had the need to go to the cities this week, but locally, it does not seem to have the level of detail as Ola, POI’s and smaller towns such as Sosua Abajo and Charimicos do not have road labels.
To display the maps, you have 2 options. Firstly the standard Garmin GPS unit (save money and buy a more feature rich, modern unit online on ebay / Amazon etc.) and buy the maps from Ola. The units they have for sale are overpriced in my opinion e.g. the Nuvi 200 they have packaged with their Santo Domingo map is currently $US255. The Santo Domingo map value is $US40. Making the Nuvi 200 an expensive $US215. The same unit is available on line for an average price of $US120.
If however, you are like me and hate bits of wires hanging around the dashboard and ‘untidiness’, the only other option are a range of after market in-dash units from Kenwood which have Garmin built in. As yet, I am still not aware of any factory standard in-car system that will read Garmin maps, which seems to be the only in-car routable maps available for the Dominican Republic.
The photos here are from a DNX9960 installed in my car. This is a very good unit which also adds full ’hands-free’ functionality
for cellphones (inc. download of your phonebook from your cellphone), voice control for all functions (ensuring your hands are on the steering wheel) DVD player, multi-zone management (e.g. GPS on the front screen and DVD in the back), USB ports to read music from flash drives (I have a 8gb drive connected and 1000′s of songs!), bluetooth music streaming from your cellphone, rear-view camera, satellite radio and of course the usual FM/AM radio functions.
I spent quite some time finding the right GPS solution for the Dominican Republic for my needs, so if you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line. Attached is a screen shots of the dominicana.cc map.
I plan to keep this post updated as I find fault or features with my new map. One that is particularly irritating me looking at this photo and when I am in the car is the head text saying ‘Driving on Road’…..well of course…I know that! The maps available from Ola would say ‘Driving on Ayuntamiento’.
Looking for a short break after Christmas? Jet Blue are offering a great short break package for late January. Fly from New York and stay 3 nights in the Bahia Principe, Rio San Juan, from just US$219!
Click on the link below for more details of your winter holiday in the sun:
Check out these great deals picked up by Arthur Frommer for travel to the Dominican Republic. In the bitterly competitive world of January vacations to the tropics, Air Canada Vacations has (at least temporarily) seized the lead with a unique policy of pricing several destinations on a special basis for two people travelling together: The first person pays a low price, the second person pays almost half less (a variant of “BOGO”, or “Buy One Get One Free”), and the results are a number of excellent bargains, which lead this week’s list of the 20 best bargain vacations from Toronto:
(1) January, Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic): $546 for the second passenger, $936 for the first passenger on a seven-night, all-inclusive air-and-land package from Toronto to the Bahia Principe San Juan in Puerto Plata, standard room, three meals daily and unlimited drinks, and including all air taxes and fees, leaving Toronto on Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Contact aircanadavacations.ca or phone 866-529-2079.
(2) January Samana (Dominican Republic): $656 for the second passenger, $1,156 for the first passenger on a seven-night, all-inclusive air-and-land package from Toronto to the Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa resort, standard room, three meals daily and unlimited drinks, including all air taxes and fees, leaving Toronto Jan. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. Contact aircanadavacations.ca or phone 866-529-2079.
(3) February Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic): $909 per person for round-trip air from Toronto on Transat (including all fees and taxes) and seven nights of all-inclusive arrangements (hotel, three meals daily, unlimited drinks) at the Barcelo Puerto Plata, departing Feb. 3, all from Transat Holidays (866-322-6649).
(4) February in Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic): $805 per person, including round-trip air from Toronto (and all taxes and fees), and seven nights with three meals and unlimited drinks daily at the 411-room, beachfront Celuisma Playa Dorada, via Sunwing Vacations (sunwing.ca) and Sunwing Airlines. Tuesday departures and Puerto Plata in place of Punta Cana are the key to saving up to $500 per person off the February cost of all-inclusive stays in the newer Punta Cana area, yet for a beachfront vacation fully as pleasant (in my view). The departure of Tuesday, Feb. 8, will cost $805 per person; the departures of Feb. 15 and 22 will cost $855 per person. You would easily pay $1,200 and $1,300 (including taxes and fees) for similar air-and-land packages to equivalent Punta Cana hotels.
(5) Four-Star Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: $967. Though Punta Cana packages are available for considerably less than $967, the new Thomas Cook North America products on Sunquest.ca, using Jazz Airlines, make use only of four-star-and-up hotels, and are thus quite a bargain. This package flies you round-trip between Toronto and Punta Cana on Jazz Airlines (including all taxes and fees) and puts you for seven nights in a Premier room at the four-star Grand Paradise Bavaro, including three meals daily and unlimited drinks. Departures are Jan. 10, 17 and 24, 2011. Call Thomas Cook North America at 800-387-8438 or contact Sunquest.ca.