Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 >
Topic Options
#405567 - 04/19/11 03:56 PM Retirement on a budget :)
malandmo Offline
hello all. My wife and I have visited San Pedro a few times and have plans to retire there one day. Unfortunately that day will not be for several years. We have to get our youngest through college and then we will begin looking in earnest.
In the times we have visited, we have stayed in Victoria house and not scouted out the island too heavily. My question is about rental/purchase property. Is there available housing for middle income type folks? We are from very modest incomes (teacher and minister) and dont need or could we afford a luxurious beachfront home. Does San Pedro have modest living avaliable or is it mostly for the very wealthy retiree?

Thanks for any help.

Top
#405569 - 04/19/11 04:28 PM Re: Retirement on a budget :) [Re: malandmo]
Dane Offline
Tried Caye Caulker? The rule of thumb we use is -on the average- many things cost half as much as Ambergris
We built our house for USD$40K. and live in it for about US$1000/month, partly because there is nothing to buy here but food. No car and insurance, no heat, wear T shirt, low taxes.....


Edited by Dane (04/19/11 04:28 PM)

Top
#405573 - 04/19/11 04:43 PM Re: Retirement on a budget :) [Re: malandmo]
Tie One On Offline
Dane, Did you build it yourself, meaning you swung the hammers and poured the concrete or you had a contractor do it for you or ??
I would like to see what $40K in construction costs gets you in belize. Can you post a pic ???????

Top
#405579 - 04/19/11 05:10 PM Re: Retirement on a budget :) [Re: malandmo]
Dane Offline
Swung the hammer.
Didn't use concrete.
Heres a link www.cayecaulker.net

My neighbor just arranged to have the Mennonites put up a 2 bdrm shell for him that is 20x30ft
Bid is US$20K

Top
#405580 - 04/19/11 05:25 PM Re: Retirement on a budget :) [Re: malandmo]
Dane Offline
Marty, how do you post a pic?

Top
#405582 - 04/19/11 05:27 PM Re: Retirement on a budget :) [Re: malandmo]
captjeff Offline
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A $40,000 US HOUSE IN BELIZE ON A ISLAND WHERE IS THE PHOTO PLEASE ? GLAD YOUR HANDY BUT STILL ?


Edited by captjeff (04/19/11 05:28 PM)
_________________________
Living The Dream Every Day!

Top
#405587 - 04/19/11 06:02 PM Re: Retirement on a budget :) [Re: captjeff]
kmsqrd Offline
Great post. My husband and I are looking to either build on the North end OR in town. We are also considering buying something alreadt built in town. Everything we are seeing says $75-100 per sq. ft. $100 being high grade finishes. Is this not a good guideline?
_________________________
"Earth is an insane asylum, to which other planets deport their lunatics" Voltaire

Top
#405592 - 04/19/11 06:32 PM Re: Retirement on a budget :) [Re: malandmo]
GwenA Offline
No, it's too low. There is a huge range though depending on materials and how reputable your contractor is. For concrete, with plenty of re-bar and high grade finish (meaning mahogany trim, panel or louver interior doors, custom cabinets, hurricane resistant windows) and not including upgraded kitchen counters and appliances, figure $125 to $150 pers square foot. Surely, someone will post next oh I can do it for less, but this is what it ends up being. Someone will always say they will do it for less, but you get what you pay for! Really!

Top
#405601 - 04/19/11 10:56 PM Re: Retirement on a budget :) [Re: GwenA]
Tie One On Offline
Originally Posted By: GwenA
No, it's too low. There is a huge range though depending on materials and how reputable your contractor is. For concrete, with plenty of re-bar and high grade finish (meaning mahogany trim, panel or louver interior doors, custom cabinets, hurricane resistant windows) and not including upgraded kitchen counters and appliances, figure $125 to $150 pers square foot. Surely, someone will post next oh I can do it for less, but this is what it ends up being. Someone will always say they will do it for less, but you get what you pay for! Really!


Is that 125 - 150 USD or Belize dollar ?


Edited by Tie One On (04/19/11 10:57 PM)

Top
#405602 - 04/19/11 11:09 PM Re: Retirement on a budget :) [Re: malandmo]
champion Offline
US FUNDS
_________________________
Reality is only an illusion that occurs due to a lack of alcohol

Top
Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 >

Links
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!


Things to do

News
Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
BelizeNews.com
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Amandala
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker
Chronicles

PLUS TV
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
SanPedroScoop
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

Blogs
San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
Tacogirl
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lilí Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
December
S M T W T F S
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Who's Online
2 registered (QuestGirl, 1 invisible), 43 Guests and 5 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,675 Registered Members
44 Forums
64,060 Topics
462,315 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 07:16 PM




AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com SanPedroDaily.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.