In 1999, Yim and I visited Belize to scuba dive and relax.
After a couple of weeks there, we visited a local bar for a tropical drink and met a fellow who was a real estate agent and began chatting. After a couple of drinks, he had me interested in a potential piece of property a few miles up the coast and by the time we left Belize, we have basically bought a little over an acre of Belizean beachfront with the plans of building our own small resort.
It wasn’t a complete spontaneous moment as I had been scoping out Belizean Real Estate for at least three years before visiting and had a pretty good idea that I could pick up a decent piece of property affordably and build a small eco-resort. I had neglected to mention that to Yim.
Over the next 18 months, we set about clearing the property and designing and building two houses and a workman’s house/workshop on the property, built a small web site and booked the houses for six months before the houses were even completed.
We packed up our stuff on Vancouver Island and planned our move.
One week before leaving, Hurricane Iris devastated the Placencia Peninsula and tore the roof off our home and upon arriving, we were forced to find a job and took one managing The Inn at Robert’s Grove while we re-built our small property.
However, the project of purchasing and designing the property we called Ocean’s Edge was a very enjoyable experience for me. We planned the property layout, met with builders, contracted out the work, oversaw the construction of the houses and set about clearing and landscaping the property over the next three years until we chose to sell.
Above are a few of the photos taken during the process.
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IIn 1999, Yim and I visited and
purchased a small piece
of ocean front property
in Belize where we designed,
landscaped and built our
own small eco-resort and
then sold a few years later.
Building along the coast of
Belize was challenging and
Here’s some of the story.