Arriba Verde – A Lot for a Little

Escamequita, Rivas, Nicaragua

For Sale $ 18,000
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Property submitted by: Tim Kelly
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    Residential Lot

    Ocean (blue), Mountain

    Green, Off-Grid, No HOA Fees


    Lot sizes vary between 0.61 acres to 8.8 acres

    Property Description

    As the population of San Juan del Sur grows, large home lots with farmable acreage are becoming increasingly valuable. Especially those with ocean views and nearby access to uncrowded surf breaks.

    Nestled in the hills behind Playa Hermosa, Arriba Verde is an off grid community of sizeable lots with sweeping views of jungle wildlife, ocean sunsets and distant city lights. A single road leads to the lots, it’s path chosen to minimize the impact on the natural environmental and not by the need for heavy machinery access. Located only 6 miles south of San Juan del Sur, yet it feels like a world a way.

    The land development of Arriba Verde has provided vital employment and education opportunities for the people in surrounding communities of El Carizal and Escamequita. The land development has also contributed to several social and educational initiatives within the region. We’ve established and supported our non-profit organization named the Casa Llanta Fund through property sales since 2007. (Read more about our non-profit foundation here.)

    The community is completely off-grid. Individual lot owners are responsible for utilizing alternative energy systems to source power from the sun and wind. The lots available within this community range in size between .61 acres to over 8 acres offering plenty of space for small farms, home gardens, horse stables and more. If you’re looking for rugged, raw land close to amazing beaches and surf breaks or a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city of life, you’ll find these lots impossible to resist.

    Arriba Verde Lots for Sale:

    • 13     $35,000  (1.73 Acres)
    • 15      $35,000 (1.70 Acres)
    • 16      $20,000 (.90 Acres)
    • 17      $18,000 (.80 Acres)
    • 18      $20,000 (.92 Acres)
    • 19      $20,000 (1.11 Acres)
    • 20      $25,000 (1.28 Acres)
    • 21      $18,000 (.78 Acres)
    • 22      $20,000 (1.04 Acres)
    • 23     $20,000 (.93 Acres)
    • 31     $35,000 (1.69 Acres)
    • 33     $150,000 (2.25 Acres) + Casa Tamarindo

    Horseback Riding

    Additional Features

    The Arriba Verde community support the Casa Llanta Fund, a local non-profit committed to education and community development within the nearby community of El Carizal. Since 2007 our community outreach has evolved from the distribution of school and sports supplies to a multi-front education-centered foundation called the Casa Llanta Fund. We've always taken a grass roots approach to problem solving real life issues that exist in our community. We’ve grown with the needs of our neighbors and our mission is committed to education. Through slow but steady property sales over the past 8 years, we’ve established and supported our non-profit organization foundation. So what exactly does the Casa Llanta Fund do and how will your property investment help the community?

    Here's a status update on our key initiatives and also check out the video in the video tab for more information:

    Condimentos Carizal

    In 2007 with the support and guidance of Rootham Gourmet Preserves out of Canada and the Rotary Club of Guelph South, the Casa Llanta Fund formed a sustainable women’s cooperative called Condimentos del Carizal which produces and sells homemade jams. Financial training and a micro loan were provided to the women in the community. The 10 members of the co-op are now distributing their products into hotels and local shops throughout San Juan del Sur.

    With funds from the Rotary Club of Guelph South and proceeds from Pitaya Festival, the Casa Llanta Fund built a community kitchen for the women's cooperative in 2013 on land donated by Tierra Rojas Investor Group. The women have opened their own shared bank account for their savings and are now completely self sustainable. We no longer provide financial aid to the women directly, however we continue to indirectly support them with group sales from the teams that we bring to the community.

    Carizal Scholarship Program

    With the proceeds from the Pitaya Festival, Casa Llanta Fund was also able to establish a program called “Becas del Carizal” in 2012. Becas, or scholarships, are provided to any aspiring child or young adult in El Carizal who wishes to continue education and is unable to afford it. In 2012 the fund supported 6 students in high school and university programs. In 2013 there were 5 students enrolled in the program and in 2014 there were 6. In 2015 we had 7 students on scholarship and we are hoping to continue to grow with our students into 2016 & 2017.

    Carizal English Classes

    In 2009 the Casa Llanta Fund established a partnership with Comunidad Connect to provide bi-weekly English Classes for students in the community of El Carizal. The ages of our students range from 2 to 20 years old. The class size averages 30. The class is multilevel and the older students serve as assistant teachers at times. The goals of the classes are to create enthusiastic life long language learners, prepare students for an international world and form confident ambassadors for the community.

    Due to the growing popularity of the classes, we are now receiving students from other neighboring communities including Talangera, Las Delicias, San Rafael de la Bahia, Las Pampas, Las Quintas and Escameca. In addition to the English classes, we also host field trips and sports clinics throughout the year to inspire them to stay in school. The cost to run these classes is $150 per month. The classes attract regular volunteers and benefit from visiting teams throughout the year - many of which usually buy jam from the women's co-op which is conveniently located across the street from the school.

    Manos Unidas

    In January of 2014 Bastin Vrancken and Brooke Rundle founded a cooperative for children and adults with disabilities in San Juan del Sur called Manos Unidas. Manos Unidas translates to “hands together” which signifies the culture of teamwork and togetherness within the cooperative.

    The cooperative meets on weekdays in the Mobile Library to congregate, learn and produce products. Manos Unidas started with the making of handmade silk flowers and has evolved into the production of fashionable tote bags made from repurposed rice bags. All materials are sourced in Nicaragua and each bag is hand crafted by the individual named on the bag tag. Wherever possible we strive to use recycled materials for decorating the bags.

    All of the earnings from the sale of products go towards the payment of salaries for the co-op participants every two weeks. As of July, 2015 the salaries of the students within the program are now fully funded directly through the sale of bags meaning that our foundation no longer pays their salaries out of our annual fund. The cooperative currently meets in the Library 8am-12pm Monday -Friday.

    • The feel of the countryside combined with the closeness of Playa Hermosa.
    • The road is paved from San Juan del Sur to the entrance of Arriba Verde making access to town quick and easy.
    • More land for the money than many other neighborhoods in the San Juan del Sur region.
    • Take advantage of the beautiful terrain and proximity to nature this area is known for.
    • Enjoy a both country and ocean views from your property.
    • Live without the restrictions of an HOA.
    • Support the Casa Llanta Fund with your purchase and support the local community near your property.

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