When asked why I moved to Panama, I tell people I moved here for the view. Then often they look at me with a deer-in-the-headlights look. After all, the US is full of beautiful views. They don't get it until they see the view where I live. Words alone cannot describe the opulent beauty of the Playa Bonita Resort, where I live, work and play. I share my backyard with a Westin Resort and the Pearl Club, a member-only beach club. My building, Casa Bonita, is a residential tower of luxury apartments ranging in price from $335,000 to $1.5 million. These apartments would cost ten times the price in Miami, and can be rented by the week, month or year. (Contact me if you want rental information.) The real value, though, is not in the finish-out or in the services, but in the million-dollar views of Panama City, the Pacific Ocean, the jungle, and the mouth of the Panama Canal.
Because of the beauty and the security of Playa Bonita, it is a destination for tourists, conferences and the world's elite. We have been graced with many presidents, although none so famous as former US President Barack Obama during his presidency. (When he visited, our tight security became even tighter with the onslaught of secret service, FBI, armored cars, snipers, and titanium-toothed German Shepherds.)
This past week, we welcomed US Vice President Mike Pence to the neighborhood. It would have been a kick to see him on TV with my palm trees behind him had he not been discussing the horrific terror attack in Barcelona. Sadly, because of that, his trip to Panama was cut short. Just when I was going to invite him over for a glass of wine.
If you would like to visit--or buy--where presidents and kings rest their heads, give me a shout. Paradise is more affordable than you think.