This huge house built in the colonial style in Las Palmas, the best area in Puerto Armuelles, where the Chiquita executives resided, sits on a full hectare of land which slopes gently so that it is never flooded. Many fruit trees, such as mangos, lemons, cashews grow on the property. Although within walking distance of the centre of the picturesque town of Puerto Armuelles, the property backs onto the rainforest, from where you can hear birds and monkeys.
The main living area is on the first floor and around 200 square metres. All rooms have the original hardwood floors and are very generously sized. The master has an en-suite bathroom with a big shower and lots of storage space. A terrace leading off the master bedroom is being constructed above the carport. The second and third bedrooms share a bathroom with a bathtub and also have more than sufficient storage room. The fourth bedroom has an en-suite bath and a walk-in closet. The main room goes across the house and has a living / sitting area with a dining area in between.
The ground floor is the same size as the main floor and part of the 200 m2 could easily be turned into a separate apartment. There is a full bathroom, a tool-room/shed, a carport and lots and lots of space.
The current owners have upgraded the house in many ways: The house has drains all around it and the bars on the ground floor have been redone. They have rewired the entire house and all rooms are wired for air-conditioning. All fans have been replaced. No termites. The municipal water is collected in a water tank with a pump, guaranteeing continuous water supply.
This residential area has no security issues and as the neighbours live there fulltime, they watch each other's houses.
The owners, who want to downsize, as they only spend half the year here, are willing to finance with a large deposit and instalments over three years.
The house comes fully furnished and includes the garden tools and machines. One of the owners' cars can also be bought, if needed. Totally turnkey with no worries.
Starting in the late 1920s, Chiquita Banana built Puerto Armuelles from scratch. Chiquita designed and built its neighborhoods to house different classes of workers.
Chiquita built wooden houses on stilts. The houses were designed for the tropics with big overhangs and plenty of ventilation. Over time, some people have enclosed the ground level and made other changes. But the Chiquita houses are still instantly recognizable. Originally Chiquita built all its houses out of North American Red Cedar which they shipped from Oregon. Chiquita used Red Cedar because it is resistant to both rot and insect infestation.
Puerto Armuelles has distinct neighborhoods, most with a unique feel and look:
Las Palmas, where this house lies, is only a few minutes' walk away from downtown. Las Palmas was built by Chiquita exclusively for its executives. It feels different from other places in Panama, except the Canal Zone in Panama City. It feels familiar to North Americans, because the houses were designed and built by Americans. There is a feeling of space. The houses are wooden, built on stilts, and are situated on large lots. It is a quiet, established, safe, upper-class neighborhood with no through streets. There is community member-only swimming pool. In the mornings, you can hear parrots, howler monkeys, and the surf.