Volcan, Panama, a New Destination for Americans to Retire or Vacation A few years ago, Ken Engle and Bernard Rothermund, California builders and adventure seekers, were traveling across Panama in search of an ideal location to build a gated community of beautiful Condos
News-Antique.com - Dec 14,2007 - "I have traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America over the years and had always dreamed of retiring in Latin America.” said Engle. “I have looked at Mexico and Costa Rica as possible candidates but was unable to find a good combination of excellent weather, government stability, secure property ownership laws and low cost of living. When I discovered Panama , I knew that I had finally found everything that I was looking for in a retirement/vacation location.”
The highland areas of Volcan and Boquete in the province of Chiriqui have historically been the vacation locations for “well-to-do” Panamanians for escaping the heat and humidity of Panama City . At an altitude of 4,500 feet, the town of Volcan has year-round, spring like weather and spectacular views of the dormant volcanic peak, Volcan Baru.
Engle and Rothermund are creating a 133 acre gated community in a highland valley less than two miles outside of Volcan called “Volcan Springs Ranch Estates.” It consists of 125 one-half to one acre sized building lots and 40 condos. The name of the development came from the fact that for many years the property was a “prize winning” thoroughbred horse ranch and that there are five crystal clear springs flowing up from underground sources on the property.
Almost 40% of the property has been set aside for nature and common areas. Several of these nature areas have spectacular waterfalls and pools that cascade down to a river in a deep wild canyon below. Exotic tropical birds, colorful butterflies and wild orchids abound in the nature preserve areas with many walking and riding trails that wind along the streams and waterfalls.
Volcan Springs Ranch will offer a variety of amenities including a spacious clubhouse that features a meeting room, swimming pool/spa, sauna, cafe and coffee bar, exercise room, internet cafe, sundecks, game room and billiard table. For homeowners wishing to keep horses, there will be an equestrian center.
The clubhouse will be nestled in front of a forest of majestic pine trees with breathtaking views of the dormant volcanic peak, Volcan Baru and panoramic views of the surrounding valley and sparkling lake.
“Homeowners have the option of building their own homes or we will build their home for them.” said Rothermund who is a general contractor. “We have put together an excellent team of English speaking architects, engineers, lawyers and contractors. This will help make the homebuilding process much easier for the average American purchasing a lot and building their dream retirement or vacation home at Volcan Springs Ranch Estates.”
“Volcan Springs Ranch Estates has truly the best of all worlds”, said Engle. “It is surrounded by nature and beauty with two very large national parks just minutes away, yet located 45 minutes away from Panama 's second largest city David, which has modern hospitals, shopping malls and an international airport."