is best reached by taxi. Or, if you insist on using the METRO, get off
at the Alpujarra Station which is 3 stations north of the Poblado station.
From there it's a twenty-five minute walk toward the west, crossing
over the Medellin River.
You will also have
at least 5 busy commercial roads to cross, without nearby traffic lights.
The walk, speaking from experience, is only for those who are fleet
afoot as the traffic was fast and furious!
is a small neighborhood, away from the commercial roads, with a radius
of only 2-3 blocks. There’s a nice mix of single family houses and apartment
buildings of medium height.
and those under construction, tend to be higher, topping out at 15 or
so floors. Conquistadores is fully built up, so land for new apartments
is acquired by combining small clusters of single family homes. Mixed
within the residences are a few professional businesses, medical, dental,
plus some small markets and bakeries. Pilsner Beer, one of Colombia’s
favorites-about 41 cents a bottle or a six-pack in the supermarket goes
for about $2.40 U.S.
that wild birds (these are doves) are normally fed in the more wealthy
workers gathered their load of free stones from the shallow Medellin
River bottom, about a mile away. After 15 minutes, the horse finally
gave in and moved. A dozen fewer stones to carry and the horse might
never have stopped?
and beautiful church used colored glass for a dramatic effect.
are heavily treed, winding, and the traffic within Conquistadores seemed
light. The Strata Number, a govt. assigned measure of the affluence
of the neighborhood, is 5 out of a possible maximum of 6. The higher
the number the higher percentage of property tax, utilities, cable,
THOSE INTERESTED IN REAL ESTATE I visited a Conquistadores apartment
building that was under construction-shown below. There are 13 apartments
in the building, offered in 3 sizes: 64, 70, and 150 sq. meters. Three
units had been sold....the smaller units. Prices, which included one
ground floor garage space per unit, were about 1.200.000 Pesos per sq.
meter, or about U.S. $48 per sq. foot for the larger 3 bedroom, 2 bath
units! Monthly Administration Fee was projected at $57.00 U.S. NOTE:
Average per sq. foot prices in the U.S. are about $180.00. A 5% pre
completion discount was being offered for full payment in cash. The
sales lady and the engineer/co-developer spoke no English. The sales
lady, a single mom with a 10 year old boy (a real beauty with a super
personality) was paid the legal minimum salary-no commission. She had
sold 2 units in the 3 months of working there. She had no prior real
estate experience. The Apartment building looked to be about 80% completed.
Construction quality appeared good, and the woodwork, cabinets, and
trim, in solid mahogany type wood, was very good. In my opinion, their
sales were behind projected goals. No one spoke English, and, as normally
the case in Colombia, they did not have a website.
Overall, I liked
Conquistadores. I felt safe, and the dozen or so people I chatted with
were all very friendly.