FH2 Lot 6
General Sale Info
Lot 6 of Fruit Haven 2 is for sale. This lot includes a 5% share of the Fruit Haven 2 property ownership (with your name on the title) and a 0.84 hectare / 2.07 acre personal homestead lot. The listed price is $45,000 USD (plus closing costs, see below.) Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Access and Terrain
Lot 6 is located a 5 minute drive (motorcycle/quad) or 20 minute walk from the Fruit Haven 2 community area, and is only a 20 minute walk from the waterfall at Fruit Haven 3.
This lot is right along the FH2/FH3 access road. You can arrive via motorcycle or quad. There is a driveway that allows you to drive right up to the house. We recommend a quad (4-wheeled ATV) for best performance in the rain, but several people here have motorcycles and do just fine.
The lot is mostly flat with slight sloping in some areas, then a bit of a hill going down to the west end of the stream as it leaves the lot. There is a gentle slope down towards the small stream in the middle of the lot, which is flowing year round.
Lot 6 has a newly built cabin, constructed from hardwood trees found on the lot. The tropical hardwood is naturally resistant to termites, though the structural beams have also been treated to provide longer life. It has stunning views of the mountains, river, and valley to the west and south, which would be even more amazing if you took down a few trees. The roof is clay tiles, far superior to sheet metal. Clay tile roofs should last 50+ years with proper maintenance, and they reduce the sound of the rain, in addition to reducing heat during the day and radiating it at night.
The raised 2nd floor of the house has one big bedroom (5×5 meters or 16×16 feet), and a porch looking out to the south. The first floor has a small cement part with a compost toilet stall. The rest of the first floor is earthen, leaving it an “open slate” for future owners to possibly add a tiled floor for kitchen and shower.
The stairs are spacious and easy to walk up, having been built to American construction code specs. The area on the east and west sides of the house are flat and unplanted, leaving space for vegetable gardens and a yard for enjoyment. The north window of the bedroom looks out over the vast burgeoning food forest that is covering the rest of lot 6.
The house is mostly finished in terms of structure, it only needs doors and window screens.
There is running water hooked up near the house, from a water system that has an intake on the nearby Quebrada Orito. The pressure and volume is sufficient for sinks, shower, etc.
Broadband internet can be hooked up via installing an antenna. This could be on the side of the house depending on house height and position, or you could mount it on a pole. Installation cost is between $150. Internet service costs about $30/month for 4 MBPS up/down (higher speeds are available). Owners of nearby lots could also group together and install one antenna, then have fiberoptic cable distributing internet to each house, for a fairly low cost. We plan to have fiberoptic service installed to Fruit Haven in the future.
For electricity, the most viable option here is a solar system, which can be installed on your house from $2-$4k for a basic system.
There is cell phone signal on this lot, including cell data.
This is a detailed map of Lot 2 with GPS coordinates. The brown rectangle indicates the location of the house.
We encourage you to come visit the land, or you can arrange a Skype or Facebook call with us to ask detailed questions about the land. Basic questions can be asked via email. 0.84 hectares is more than enough land to raise food for a family.
Permaculture Food Forest
The lot is fully planted with a professionally designed food forest, including multiple banana varieties such as namwa and orito, grafted citrus (including oranges, tangerines, and lemons), grafted soursop, jackfruit, marang, mysore raspberry, yellow dragonfruit, taro, and yuca/cassava. The trees were planted over a year ago and some production has already started. The area around the house is unplanted to leave space for vegetable gardens or other structures. The areas in between the trees are planted with rows of nitrogen fixing and/or chop and drop plants such as inga, flemingia, mexican sunflower, and vetiver grass.
This lot may have a black water hose running through it, and a small catchment and tank in the stream, that is part of private water systems used by various FH2 owners. If you purchase this lot, you may not interfere with these installments or charge the owners of the water system for its placement, nor may you prevent the owners from doing occasional maintenance on it. You may not hook up to this system unless you arrange it with the owners of the system and pay the appropriate share of the water system cost. However, you may bury the tube underground if you so desire. Note that this easement may include the current water system (which FH2 Lot 6 already comes with a share of ownership of, including rights to a 1/2″ connection) and an additional waterline that may run through the lot in the future.
The closing costs will be $2500.
This covers all government fees, sales taxes, registration, as well as the agent’s fee for carrying out the sale. There are two things it does not cover: (1) Your signing, sending, or possible translation of your power of attorney document, as these costs can vary depending on your situation. (2) Any money transfer or foreign exchange fees you may incur in sending the closing costs or property purchase funds. Note that the seller will be responsible for any intermediary bank fees that may arise.
FH2 Property Development Fund
Your purchase of Lot 6 incurs no immediate obligation to the FH2 Property Development Fund, but after the current budget period is up this year, you should expect to pay about $300-$500 per year towards the fund in order to cover general property maintenance expenses including marking property boundaries, upkeep of the FH2 community area, et cetera. The budget for this fund is proposed by any trustee or the project administrator, and approved by all FH2 owners, at the end of each year for the following year.