A good Gringo
friend has an apartment in the same building as I, in Laguito,
Cartagena. Although he has no intentions of selling his beachfront
Caribbean apartment, we do have a common love for Medellin. I asked
him to write a brief account of: himself, why he loves this great
city, and of the apartment he recently purchased in C onquistadores.
He graciously replied with the
I'm a retired bum.
Medellin is one of the most livable cities I have visited. The climate
is superb. The cost of living is low. The city is clean and
progressive, very much a first-world city. The people are friendly.
I wanted to be near the La Setenta area because it is safe, fun,
centrally-located, and much less pretentious than Poblado. I never
thought much about the building although a friend in construction did
give it a once-over. I just went to a local real estate agency in the
area and told them what I wanted.
The building is 33 years old, estrato 5. It is 5 stories high. My
apartment, on the first floor, is 140 square meters plus 30 meters of 2
private terraces plus 2 parking spaces in the garage below the
building. I paid 123 million pesos, or about $55,900. u.s. The monthly
administration fee is 90K per month, or about $41.00 u.s. It is 3
bedrooms and 3 baths, plus a maid's quarters with bath. The master
bedroom is huge. The 140 sq. meters of the apartment plus the 30 sq.
meters of private terraces works out to a cost per foot of only $30.37
u.s., (plus I have two parking spaces) a fraction of comparable costs in
the U.S. or Europe.
I replaced the toilet, sink and tile in the master bath and elevated the
shower head. Some water pipes needed to be replaced as well. The
building had natural gas service, but the apartment did not. Now it
does. The main electrical power lead had to be replaced. There were a
few windows that needed replacing. The front door was not very sturdy.
So it was replaced. The kitchen cabinets were replaced. And the place
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