At 906 metres above sea level, in the cool regions of the top-notch gated community Altos del María, lies this generous rustic house with two cabins at the end of a dead-end street. Built for a feeling of openness and space, the ceilings are 6m (18 feet) high and are made of mangrove beams and cedro-amargo (sour cedar) planks, guaranteeing that you will never have any insect damage. On top of the wood, two layers of thick felt and a layer of clay tiles make sure that this will remain one of the few roofs in Panama that does not leak.
The lounge is big enough to put any kind of furniture you like in it and it will still not appear cramped.
The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, additional storage space, an en-suite bathroom with a bath tub, a separate shower and two washbasins. A heated tower rail warms your towels and the counter tops are made of marble.
Two secondary bedrooms share a bathroom. The larger room has a walk-in closet and a door leading to the outside porch. The other has a built-in wardrobe.
Between the two bedroom wings is the terrace – covered and well protected against the wind and rain. Well over 50 square metres space with water and electricity available for a bar, this is a great place to have parties. A firepit that can be used with gas or wood helps make outside cooking easy and provides a great atmosphere. Just in front plumbing and a cement foundation are waiting for the Jacuzzi.
The custom-made kitchen is equipped with only the best appliances, mainly by frigidaire professional: a refrigerator and separate deep freezer, a gas stove and a dishwasher plus a Panasonic microwave. The kitchen island and all the other surfaces are covered with granite tops. All the drawers and cabinet doors in the kitchen and the rest of the house are soft closing.
The laundry has a frontloading washing machine and a separate dryer (both frigidaire) and a door leading to the yard, if you want to hang the washing outside.
A detached workshop of 15 square metres makes any DIY man’s heart beat faster and if you need even more space, there is a large storage room next to it. And – just in case – the pump house has an emergency water tank. Fortunately, this has never had to be used in two years.
The two cabins stand on the second lot and are totally independent and accessible directly from the street. Each is equipped with a full kitchen with a gas stove, a fridge / freezer and a microwave oven. The laundries have a stacked washer / dryer. One of the cabins is wheel-chair accessible. The private terraces overlook the valley and offer a nice mountain view. You can hear the stream bubbling all the year round and your guests will definitely sleep well in these calm surroundings. The cabins rent for $70 per night, thus providing the possibility of an additional income.
The main house has a reliable solar hot-water heater. As have the cabins, it has hard-wired internet access to plug into in many rooms as well as wifi. All the windows are double-glazed and made of vinyl.
The garden runs down to the stream and there are well-maintained trails through the entire property. The garden is full of orchids, roses, fruit trees such as orange, grapefruit, lime, banana, níspero (loquat), Surinam cherry, avocado as well as strawberries, coconut
The property was built in 2012 and is tax exempt until 2033.
Altos del María is safe and beautiful gated community in the mountains above Coronado. Just a 90-minute drive from Panama City and 30 minutes from Coronado where you will find beaches, golf courses, an equestrian centre, a hospital, doctors, vets, high-class restaurants and three shopping malls.