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29 August 2014

Vieques House Search

In July we traveled to Vieques, Puerto Rico in search of the perfect Island vacation home to also use as a rental. We went with a price range in mind and an ideal size. Figured I will show you the homes we viewed with details and then next week share which home we ended up picking (some of you already know as I announced it on FB)....This island is gorgeous y'all and a must visit if you are in the market for a tropical low key beach vacation.

Casa Magnolia - In Esperanza (the more touristy side of the island). The neighborhood was just somewhat junky for our liking (lots  of trash, noisy dogs, etc...) and the yard felt very small and cramped. No privacy. House had potential but didn't win us over.

3 bedrooms, 2 bath, 7 rooms total, 343 sqm lot. $269,000.

La Chata Beach Cottage - In Bravos de Boston. Based on listing photos and info only this was my favorite going into the house search. Loved this one, the house was very nice open and airy feeling, seemed move in ready, loved the bonus shed as could be a private bedroom, and the lot was large with potential. Also loved Bravos de Boston neighborhood in general.

2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 6 rooms total, bonus "shed", 1,408 sf living, 1,164 sqm lot size. $249.000.

Olga's House - also Bravos de Boston. This one is a fixers upper. Super close to the water, great views, the lot was really pretty and landscaped well, the house needed a major overhaul.

2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 6 rooms total, 750 sf living, 616 sqm lot, slight water views. $259,000

Mike's Place - . I will admit we didn't even get out of the car at this one. Location wasn't hitting it for my mom and my dad felt it was too small.

2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 6 total rooms,  776 sf living, 365 sqm lot size, water views. $179.000.

The Beach House - this one was untitled but we looked anyway. The lot was very spacious and nice, the house was interesting. No actual windows and doors (a lot of it was open air), needed a lot of maintenance and updating. There was a really cool bedroom/bathroom on the upper level.

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 8 rooms total, 1,255 sqm lot size. $249,000 (not titled land)

Tangerine Dream - Bonus home we ended up viewing slightly over our initial price cap. The pool was gorgeous and really had the "wow" factor we had wanted, the views were also really pretty but somewhat obstructed, you had a lot of privacy so a bonus, the house was average (really ugly kitchen) and unfortunately only one bedroom so would have to build immediately. It did have an outdoor shower which is always  a win I feel.

1 bedroom, 1 bath (with outdoor shower), 4 rooms total, 1000+ sqm lot , pool, water views. $365,000

Las Iguanas - Bonus home number two we visited when we stumbled upon it by accident one day while lost, way under our price and size expectation. In town which wasn't at all what we had in mind, however seemed really private as your side and backyard are more or less a jungle, small but a workable layout, needs updating of the kitchen and bathroom. Had a cool screen porch off the back.


2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 6 rooms, 800 sf living, 172 sqm lot. $139,000.

All pictures are mine but please click on the links to see the realtor site with lots more pics and info of each house.

We used Bravos Boyz for all of our home searching and we LOVED them. I can't say enough about their impeccable taste, customer service (they stopped for "refreshments" halfway through our search one day), and just overall fun factor. You can watch them this Sunday night on HGTV Beach Front Bargain Hunters show. Crossing my fingers maybe we can be on this show as that would be the cherry on top.

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