We receive a lot of communication from potential clients looking for ocean front real estate here in Ecuador. Apart from questions specific to our real estate listings and development projects, we are also frequently asked about the logistics of coming to visit.
To help prepare our clients for their visit to Ecuador’s Central Coast, we have created a resource guide that is packed with need-to-know logistical information and insider tips.
The first 3 pages of our 25 page guide, chock full of information you'll need before and during your visit.
Our guide answers in detail all the most common questions we receive such as:
- How do we get there?
- What do we do about money once we’re in there?
- Should we bring our own cell phone to call home?
In addition, this guide provides overviews of the most popular real estate stops along Ecuador’s Central Coast including: Manta, Crucita, San Jacinto/San Clemente, Bahia and Canoa. For each city, we fill you in on key logistical information such as getting around, availability of ATM machines, attractions, and safety precautions.
Our guide also provides a packing list as well as a summary of important actions you should take prior to leaving home.
Within the next couple of days we will be sending this guide to everyone already on our mailing list and it is available to download right now for all new subscribers.
Today’s post provides an example of an appliance package that may be purchased through us when you begin furnishing your new ocean front home .
The beauty of buying furniture and appliances as package deals is that you will save hundreds of dollars over listed store prices while avoiding the plethora of unknowns and hassles of buying and negotiating for goods in a foreign context. Not only can you skip past this often long and stressful component of relocating to a new country, but we’ll also take care of all the delivery and installation arrangements. This way you can show up to your beautiful new beachfront home and actually get to enjoy it!
Here is a sample mid-range price appliance package that some clients recently purchased:
Indurama 32 inch six-burner stove with rotisserie and removable stovetop griddle
Indurama 17 cu ft Frost-Free Refrigerator
Frigidaire Stacked Washer and Dryer (35 lb capacity)
Plus, two Indurama 12,000 BTU Split Unit Air Conditioners (one for MBR, the other for the living room – no photo available)
Electric Water Heater (30 gallon – no photo available)
The final cost for this package came to approximately $4200 including all taxes, delivery, installation and service fees. The total in-store savings the client received by purchasing these goods as a package through us was $770. And the couple got to show up to their new home with everything waiting and ready to go!
The topic of the previous post was custom wicker furniture. Today, we’ll take a look at another option for inexpensive handcrafted furniture that uses local materials and provides employment to local residents.
Moyuyo (“moe-you-yo”) is a flowering shrub that grows along the Ecuador coast. Its woody stems are very sturdy and make for a unique medium for creating rustic furniture and artistic balcony designs.
We recently hired Miguel Castro, a local moyuyo artisan in Crucita, to make some bar stools and a dining set for a condo unit here in town. Miguel made Tom’s and my furniture and balcony design back in 2008 and as you can see from the photos below that I took today they have held up wonderfully.
Moyuyo furniture and balcony
We located Miguel and his assistant hard at work, transforming piles of moyuyo stems into aesthetic pieces for furniture.
Similar to those operating wicker workshops in Montecristi, Miguel has a couple of photo albums showing different pieces he’s made to provide ideas but says he can create just about anything so long as he has an image to work from. In one of these albums we saw a beautiful table and barstools and decided to go with those in addition to six dining chairs with armrests. The dining chairs were based off of an image my friend provided.
We returned to Miguel’s the following week to look through the wood he had purchased for the tabletop and barstools.
Another week later, the furniture was delivered to the beachfront condo unit.
Moyuyo furniture is a very affordable option for furnishing your beachfront home while directly supporting the local community. Because they hold up well against the sun and salt air, requiring only a new coat of polyeurethane every year or so for outdoor use, we think they would be a good choice for enjoying your rooftop terrace at Casitas del Sol! We can help you arrange a furniture package and offer discounts to our clients.