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Address: Miraflor Nature Reserve
Region: Esteli, Nicaragua
Finca Bellavista measures 6.27 manzanas/10.84 acres. The farm is organic; I’ve never used any chemicals during the 14 years I’ve owned it. At an elevation of around 4300 feet (1300 meters) and on the edge of a cloud forest, the climate is much more temperate and comfortable than the hot and humid lowland majority of the rest of the country. It’s perfect for growing almost any type of crop. The principal entry is directly by the main road that runs through the nature reserve, making loading and delivery of crops to markets easy and efficient.
There is a bosquecillo frutal–an area of coffee and fruit trees (avocado, lemon, mango, grapefruit, banana, etc.)–as well as groves of hardwood trees that separate the open areas from the road and filter the sound of the occasional passing vehicle.
There is water, and the soil is dark and loamy; most everything thrives in the fields. This section of the nature reserve is well-known for its shade-grown coffee, which brings a premium price at markets.
One of the property’s best qualities is its spectacular vistas available from the multiple building sites. The largest open area affords a panorama of succeeding ridges and mountains, all the way to Mount Somoto and beyond. Beneath them is the Y-shaped valley, with the small community of Santa Isabel and several farms; all are far enough away to insure privacy and quiet. Sunsets are truly both spectacular and peaceful.
Other building sites provide more views of contiguous sections of the valley, all the way north to the river valley of the Rio Coco, which marks the border between Nicaragua and Honduras and leads to the Caribbean.
This highland sector of the 206 square kilometer reserve has been named the world’s 9th most beautiful area, and 25th best birding spot, by magazines and books. One can see toucans, hummingbirds, guardabarrancos, quetzales; howler monkeys, deer, armadillos and even, it’s said, jaguars. Over 200 species of orchids have been catalogued as well.
Finca Bellavista is 19 miles/30 kilometers from Esteli and about 5 miles/8 kilometers from San Sebastian de Yali. Three buses pass by daily, traveling between the two towns; other than that, there’s not a lot of other vehicular traffic, as many people still get around on horseback and on foot. A close-by cell tower provides good phone and wi-fi reception.
The attached photos show some of the vistas; a few of the possible building sites on the farm and their views; the fruit-tree and coffee grove; the road in front of the entrance; the town of Yali and its valley from a point near the farm; view along the main road leading to the farm; a typical sunset from the farm.
Miraflor has been discovered internationally, with ecotourism growing rapidly; people from North America and elsewhere have already started purchasing farms and moving to the Reserve either full- or part-time. The road from Esteli is in the process of being paved which, when completed, will cut the travel time at least in half.
The property can continue being used as a rich, organic food and coffee farm; as an eco-lodge, in conjunction with the rapidly expanding regional ecotourism network; as a yoga, meditation or other type of retreat; a combination of all of these or more; or for simply exploring, taking in the clean air, beautiful vistas and tranquility.
Given all these attributes and recent developments, property values are rising very rapidly. All land is sold personally, and only when a current owner decides to sell. This is a perfect opportunity to purchase your own Shangri-La at a very comfortable price.
- Gorgeous valley
- Mountain and long-range vistas
- Unique, protected national nature reserve inholding
- Quiet and tranquility
- Temperate weather and clean air
- Near cloud forest
- Easy bus service to cities
- Mountain view
- Valley view
- Farm view
- Productive, all organic growing fields
- Hardwood copses
- Road access
- No HOA Fees