In April 2014 I was in my Los Angeles, CA office looking at property for sale near the beach. Millions of dollars here, millions there. I mean, who can actually afford this? It definitely wasn't me.
My co-worker asked if I'd thought of Nicaragua? He said it's a hundred times cheaper and he had some friends who'd been living there for about 15 years. After all the usual questions about safety, food, etc. were answered I was seriously interested in learning more.
Turns out his friends in Nicaragua were actually in LA visiting at the time and we arranged a meeting. His friends invited me down for few days to stay with them at their beach house in Guasacate. Three weeks later my buddy Andrew and I arrived in Nicaragua.
The first time I saw Guasacate beach I was blown away. It's safe to say that it was love at first sight. The more I explored and learned the more I just kept falling for Nicaragua. The people are hard working and friendly, the sun is shining, the waves are pumping, and the land is cheap!
By August 2014 -- just 3 months after my first trip to Nica -- I had bought the nearly 7 acres that has now become Colonial San Martin. Like most of my life's adventures, I just dove right in!
Since I was building everything myself without any investors, I took my time. It's been slow, slower than planned, but worth the wait. I'm very proud of how far the project has come and excited about the community forming here.
I have more plans for the community as well. A club house to start with a nice rancho and bbq area. Then later a community swimming pool for those days that we don't feel like walking to the beach just 2 minutes away.