A Journey in living simply, in living off the land and in giving back.

Category: Living off the Grid

4,000 sq ft Spanish Style Custom Home on 27 acre For Sale near Cuesta de Piedra, Panama

As some of you already know, we have made the final decision to leave Panama and make a move back to the states.

And as many of know, we have made this decision several times, but the beauty of the land and kindness of the people seemed to hold a spell over us in this tropical paradise. However, this time we know our sojourn in Panama is complete. It is a very difficult decision, but it will much easier for my Mother to be cared for in the states- as it is wheel chair accessible and for us to be closer to our darling grandchildren (and great children!).

So we are off to make a new chapter in our life!

We have completed all the the finish work of the home, plus much more that my Father left undone before his passing– granite counter-tops, cabinetry, vanities, painting of the outside and inside of the home– and the the list of completed work goes on and on… And recently, 80% of the roads to the home have been repaired and electricity has been brought to the community (but stops at the house below us).

The home truly is a lovely jewel tucked away in the mountaintops and we really pray someone will move here, who will love it as much as we have. If you know of anyone who is interested in a private and secluded, off the grid home, please contact us.

Muchas Gracias– Rose n Smith

Home Tour:

Property Tour and the Outside of the Home:

(Please note these videos do not show all of the updates/changes to the home)

~Price Reduced from $ 639,000 to 500,000  to 380,000 FIRM in US dollars~

General Information:

4,000 sq ft Spanish style custom home on 11 hectares m/l.
Fully Titled. 16 year property tax exemption.
Designed and built to American standards.
Almost completely off the grid.
No electric bills. 1840w solar set-up. Generator.
Community water approximately $30.00 a year.
End of the road–ultimate in privacy.
Internet available.
Wheelchair accessible.

About the land:

Beautifully landscaped with an array of vibrantly colored hibiscus, gardenia and jasmine, as well as other tropical beauties. Various palm trees.
Banana, orange, lemon and lime trees abound. Some mature avocado and mango trees, as well as young almond trees and papaya. Over a hundred pineapple. Mint, lemon grass and culantro.
Flowing creek runs through the entire property, a wet weather creek and a creek at the backside of the property.
Views of Volcan Baru.

Property is fenced and cross fenced. Ready for horses, cows, sheep and/or goats. Various shelters in place. Pastoral views. Lush pasture.

About the home:

Large and spacious 4,000 sq ft Spanish style home.
4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.
Recessed ceilings and custom moldings throughout.
Huge picture windows bring forth lots of natural light and stunning views.
Custom wrought iron french doors throughout the home.
Custom tile work.

Formal entry with chandelier.
Formal living room with large picture window and views.
Formal dining room with gorgeous chandelier and large custom French doors exiting off onto terrazzo.
Spacious family room with ceiling fans and large picture windows and single French door exiting off onto terrazzo.
Huge office space with large picture window.

Large well equipped kitchen with custom cabinets and granite/butcher block counter-tops.
Pastoral views from two large windows.
Deep and well constructed walk in pantry in kitchen.
Laundry area off kitchen includes deep laundry sink. Newer washer and dryer.
Large walk in linen closet.

Master bedroom is airy and spacious with grand his/her walk-in custom wood closets and private ensuite bathroom with deep soaking tub, two person shower and double sinks.
French door with privacy glass off the master bedroom opens to a sun bathing porch.

A red Spanish-tiled terrazzo filled with an array of potted green leafed foliage– expands the entire back of the home.
Beautiful views of the lush hillside to David, Costa Rica and even the ocean on clear days.
A perfect place to listen to the singing of the tropical birds or the whir of hummingbirds or the gentle babbling of the creek.
Paradise found.
The ultimate place for entertaining or relaxing.
An outdoor bathroom and shower are also located on one end of the terrazzo.

About the outbuildings:

Large attached secure storage area.
Smaller attached storage area.
Large detached storage area for farm equipment and/or tractors, ATVs, etc.

Miscellaneous information about the location:

The house is located off of via Volcan mid way between Bugaba and Volcan, about 15 minutes off the main road on a Panama dirt road, which is maintained by the electrical company.
Electricity has been brought to our community and is at the house below us and the electrical company has plans to bring up the electrical to the end of the road-
The house is situated at the end of the road, in a small safe Panama community of gentle, kind hearted people.
It affords privacy and seclusion, but less than 40 minutes to Bugaba and Volcan. Less than an hour from David. About an hour and fifteen minutes to Boquete.
Currently employed at the home is an excellent housekeeper and field worker, both live near to the home and would probably be happy to keep working at this home.

Ideal weather year round, approximately 80 degree average with a slight constant breeze– Cooler than David at sea level, less rainy and cool than the mountain village of Boquete.
New international airport opening in David with direct flights from Florida and Europe.
David is Panama’s second largest city…. Rapidly growing with major shopping facilities including Price Smart (Costco), KFC, Domino’s Pizza, TGI Friday’s. etc.

Land area….. approx 11 hectares.

House total area…..approx 4,000 sq ft.


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Living off the Grid: Our Solar Power

I am sure most of you know, that we do not have electricity from an electrical company connected to our home here in Panama. The electrical grid stops several miles down the mountain. Our neighbors use flashlights or candles in their homes after the sun has gone down and watch t.v. from battery operated televisions. At night we  have been using the generator for our power source (and during the days we use it to run the washer on laundry day, Vita-mix,  juicer, etc…). My Father has gasoline-powered generators. In Panama a gallon of gasoline right now is around $3.68. So this solar system has cut down greatly on the expense of running the generator.

Last week, Smith has finished putting together the solar set-up for my parents home. (Its wonderful being married to an electrician! He is always full of sparks!) It has been a project he has been working off and on for the last month. It is so nice to be able to just flip on a switch in the middle of the night, instead of grabbing a flashlight when you get up to go the bathroom and also to not have to hear the loud roar of the generator in the evenings (If you don’t know how loud a generator can be, trust me they are loud… You can hear it clear down the road! I am sure our neighbors are glad they do not have to listen to it anymore either.)

8-230 watt solar panels installed atop of the tool room

The substantial structural frame Smith fabricated and welded for the solar panels

 The Rewnewable Energy Control Board

Smith says: This board consists of a Xantrex wind turbine load controller, Outback solar charge controller and Xantrex 24v Inverter.

The Main Disconnect Panel

Smith says: I forgot to purchase a  disconnect panel so I had to make my own… No problem for an electrician!

Solar Panel Charge Controller Display

Smith says:  This panel shows a reading of 1792 watts around noon out of the 1840 w max. These solar panels are almost at one hundred percent output!

Control Board and AGM battery bank

Smith says: 2 strings of 100 amp-hour batteries connected as a 24 volt system.

AGM Battery Bank

The Diversion Load (The blue tank) has water in it and a 3000 w heating element. (Please excuse the mess in my parents garage!)

Smith says: We will be converting the diversion load into the water system for a pre-water heater soon. I thought we would have to be frugal with how much electricity we used, but right now we are dumping a lot of it into the diversion load because we are not using enough electricity!

A Sunday Drive on the ATV

We took a drive on the ATV yesterday with Scooter. As we were out and about, we found a deep swimming hole and Scooter could not wait to walk around the bridge to the water, but dove right in off the bridge! Our border collie LOVES water and LOVES to swim.

 Ready! Get Set! And…..


Updates from Around the Farm

  • Claires new baby was  very weak on Saturday and not suckling from Mama. This is what is called “Weak Kid Syndrome”, a term to describe newborn kids who do not stand and/or suckle-regardless of the cause. I intervened and had to syringe feed her for a few feedings, before she started taking the bottle.  At first she just gingerly accepted the bottle, but after a several feedings from the bottle, she seemed to revive and started heartily gulping down milk. Now that she has gotten some strength back, she has started feeding from her Mama. I am going to keep checking on her to make sure she is doing well, but I am betting she will be fine now. It is very important to make sure new kids are standing, feeding and active from the get go!
  • Annie, my filly, had her one year old birthday this week. She also has learned to walk on a lead rope the past week (instead of me having to lure her along with food or get another trained horse to go in front of her or having someone walk behind her and gently touching her behind) and had her hooves trimmed for the first time yesterday! She is really coming around the short few months I have had her. Every morning she comes up to greet me with a little whinny and nicker and lets me touch her and scratch her. You are doing great Miss Annie! I am a proud horse Mom.
  • My Father and Mother are headed to Panama this morning, to consult with the oncologist again and to discuss and start treatment. (Thank you  Mr Kent for driving them down and being such a huge support and encouragement. We appreciate you!)
  • We also are happy to report we sold all of but a couple liters of goat milk  at Mana’s restaurant in Volcan last Friday. (We had held a couple liters for a couple, but they did not show up, but we understand… Life happens!) But it was exciting to see other people are aware of the goodness of fresh goat milk and its health benefits! We are also talking with a company who sells different milk products and they are interested in our milk to make goat cheese. They will be trialing some different cheese recipes this week from the milk we bring them later this week, so that is exciting too!

We are thankful for another year and we pray each and every one you all have a blessed  and joyous one, rich in health and happiness. There is so much to look forward to.

“…May your blessing be on your people.” Psalm 3:8.

Always yours-whether near or far, Smith and Rose