I love it when a project starts to come together and you can actually see the progress with your own eyes. That’s where we stand with the Montaña y Mar project. They are starting to build up the building platforms for the initial homes to be built in the Montaña y Mar project. Sometimes it is hard to imagine how a rough, craggy piece of raw land could ever become the home of your dreams… at least until the ground is cleared and the views opened up. In the video below you will get a chance to see the first few lots as the land is cleared and the foundation platforms are built.
Because the lots on these oceanview ridgelines are slightly sloped, the best and easiest way to get a solid flat foundation for the homes is to build up the base. Here we use caliche which is a a sedimentary rock, like a hardened natural cement of calcium carbonate that binds other materials—such as gravel, sand, clay, and silt for the foundation platforms. This is the same hard material that is used as the base of all the roads in this region. As the caliche is hauled in for the foundation, it is compressed into place with a 70,000 pound dozer and allowed to fully settle in with the rains. The resulting foundations are rock solid and last a lifetime. On the lots shown in this video, at some points the platforms are almost 8 foot thick.
One of the things that is most impressive about building down here on the North Coast is just how cost effectively it can be done. Take for example these foundation platforms. The second one in the video is huge to accomodate a huge house. With all the caliche that was trucked in and all the compacting, grading and layout, the whole thing cost a good bit less than $10,000. That is a small fraction of what a similar effort would cost in the States.
If you have not visited us on one of our free North Coast Discovery Tours, you really should now while the third phase of this Montaña y Mar project is opening up. Similar projects with similar views on other Caribbean Islands would cost anywhere from 3 to 10 times as much. If you have ever dreamed of living your early retirement years enjoying life on a Caribbean island, then this may be your best opportunity. Here it really is possible to live the good life, even on your paltry Social Security payments.