We had decided the Atenas apartment we saw on our first day was our best option for housing (see 9/3 post). We were excited about moving in and finally getting to unpack. You may remember in my post about our initial tour of the apartment complex, we were hoping for a 3rd floor unit but the best Alphonso could do was a 2nd floor unit, for the day we wanted to move in.
I called the landlord/owner, Alphonso, on Sunday, the day before we were scheduled to move from the B&B to our apartment. I wanted to make sure everything was a "go." He said it was, but apologized and said there was one change: he only had a 3rd floor apartment for us. Woo hoo! Just what we wanted!
Alphonso came an picked us up at the B&B Monday morning and drove us to the apartment - only about a 5 minute ride. He even helped us carry all of our luggage up to the 3rd floor (no elevator here).
We began to divvy up the storage space and bathrooms (we have 2 bedrooms and 2 baths), deciding whose stuff would go where. Then we eagerly unpacked and began to get organized.
The apartment is very [North} "Americanized," with granite countertops, a full kitchen, stylish (but very small) bathrooms, AC in the living room and both bedrooms, flat screen TV and beautiful wood cabinetry and furnishings in various rooms. It turns out the wood for the cabinets came from a plantation that Alphonso owns. I don't remember the name of the wood (starts with an M) but it's really nice. My favorite is the wall unit in the guest bedroom that serves as a nice desk and closet, then folds down into a bed when you need it.
I could show you the pictures I took of the apartment, however, why not take advantage of the lovely professional pictures from the apartment complex web site? Our apartment is 90% the same. For a look around the apartment, as well as the property and other amenities, click here and scroll down to the slide show.
The web site is a good one and it's what first caught Tina's attention when we were shopping for a place to live. My favorite part of the web site is the description (and philosophy) related to air:
"The most essential component of life is air. Without it we die within 5 minutes. Most of us live in cities and live most part of our lives in, offices and cars. Evenings we usually spend in front of TV sets or closed areas. These environments are not good for our respiratory system. Hacienda la Jacaranda, located in a mountain valley, has unlimited amounts of pure air, free for you to breath."
The property also has its own water well - 670 feet deep. According to the owner, the water easily exceeds North American standards. We believe it. I can tell you the tap water tastes much better than the water on Maui. We fill our water bottles from the tap and you can't tell the difference between that and the store-bought water.
The apartment and property includes a lot of amenities. We have a 40" flat screen TV, satellite TV hookup, and WiFi. Everything is included in the rent, except electricity. After all, the rent is 433,560/month. [OK, that's $800 USD.]
One of the best features of the apartment is the view:
Since the apartment building sits on top of a hill and we're on the top floor of the building, we get a great panorama of the surrounding hills. As you can see, almost nothing is flat here - you're either going uphill or downhill. Being up high also affords us a wonderful breeze. We haven't needed the AC once. We have the windows open 24 hours/day.
If you can't tell, I'm very fond of our new place. I think it's a great find and it's walking distance into town (grocery stores, buses, restaurants, shops, etc.) - essential since we don't have a car.
Posted by Mark