|The Schmidt's home|
in Punta Carnero, Ecuador
This couple from Arizona's Valley of the Sun, like so many ex-patriates, came to Ecuador hoping to be able to salvage some their hopes for their retirement after the economic woes in the US. As many readers now know, Arizona was one of the hardest hit markets in the U.S. when the real estate housing bubble burst.
|Heather collected shells |
as they remodeled!
When they finally arrived and began to explore the coastal area near Salinas, they almost abandoned hope of finding what they were looking for. However, almost at the last minute they found a four bedroom spacious home with large front and back yards and a casita directly across from the beach in Punta Carnero. Punta Carnero Beach is a nice stretch of smooth sand just south and around the peninsula from Salinas. It is a beach popular with surfers because of regularly occurring large waves. That creates riptides that are sometimes rough for swimming but it is always great for walking and shelling.
They made an offer on the property and even hired a caretaker. Shortly before they left, they were talking about all the amazing space they had (each bedroom already had its own bath and the downstairs floor plan was open and spacious). Slowly the previously unborn idea of creating a Bed and Breakfast began to germinate.
First things first; they had to return to the US to begin prep for moving to Ecuador. There were challenges but fortunately things worked out very well. By spring they were back in Ecuador, in the full throes of remodeling and even traveling to Cuenca to pay a visit their lawyer who were helping them establish permanent residency. We were glad to finally meet this gracious couple in person and give them a friendly welcome to our adopted land.
|The view from our room!|
|A great place to relax.|
|Our comfortable room!|
Head to the coast and put your feet up for a spell. Say hi to John and Heather and give Annabel and Josie a pat for Roger!