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Farm/Ranch For Sale in Estelí, Nicaragua

Beautiful Organic Farm In Miraflor Nature Reserve

Asking Price: $92,000 USD

Nestled in the higher region of the Miraflor Nature Reserve outside of the city of Estelí, my organic farm, Finca Bellavista, truly lives up to its name. At an elevation of 4300 feet/1300 meters above sea level, the farm offers extremely beautiful and expansive, long-range views. One can see all the way into neighboring Honduras, and end the day watching a simultaneously stunning and tranquil sunset over the mountain ridges near the town of Somoto. Directly below the farm is a Y-shaped valley that leads from coffee farms around the small community of Santa Isabel to the Rio Coco that flows to the Caribbean.

This elevation makes the weather much cooler, with clean, fresh air, than the hot, muggy lowlands. Depending on the season, daytime temps range from low- to upper-70’sF/~ 22-25C—I’ve rarely experienced temps over the lower 80’sF/~ 28C, even in the hottest months—and nights are usually between the lower-50’s and mid-60’sF/~ 12-18C.

Finca Bellavista is just under 11 acres/4 hectares. It has 4 growing fields, plus 3 bosquillos (copses), perfect for cultivating organic, shade-grown coffee. This region of Norther Nicaragua is renown for its coffee, consistently ranking at or among the best coffee in the world, and commands a healthy market price. Owning Finca Bellavista since 2004, I’ve never used any chemicals. The dark soil is extremely fertile; one can grow corn, beans, potatoes, squashes, broccoli, lettuce, artichokes, quinoa—almost any mild- and warm-climate vegetable and fruit—and be almost or completely food self-sufficient.

There is a casita (small, rustic farmhouse) with national-grid electricity that I use mainly for dry storage of crops before transport to markets. Also, a repeater tower is around a quarter of a mile away, so cellphone and internet service are no problem. There are several level and mostly-level building sites to choose from for a permanent home, each with unobstructed, beautiful panoramas.

A new, additional well is being excavated, and there is a government project of piped, potable water for the area in the beginning of its second phase.

Miraflor has been rated the 25th-best location for birding in the world. I’ve seen toucans and flocks of wild parrots over my hammock; the national bird, the Turquoise-browed Motmot (called the Guardabarranco in Nicaragua) is here and more Resplendent Quetzals, Guatemala’s national bird, than exist in that country, with plenty more exotic species to watch. Many orchids are growing in my farm, part of the 150 species so far catalogued in Miraflor, and I often hear howler monkeys.

Miraflor is a government-protected, locally-administered nature reserve. Similar to inholdings within National Forests and Parks in the US, property can be purchased only when a resident decides to sell. There will never be rampant commercialization of the 206-square-kilometer/80-square-mile Reserve.

The main entrance to the farm is beside the main road that traverses the Reserve, so getting crops to the markets in town is easy. Three buses pass between Estelí and Yalí daily, for under a dollar each way. The road is being improved, so driving time to Estelí will be reduced by half. This presents a best-of-both-worlds result: it will be paved from both Estelí and San Sebastian de Yalí for most of the distance, while leaving the heart of the Reserve unpaved; access to the reserve will be improved, but the slower pace and natural character within the core will still decidedly be preserved and protected. Around my farm, as many people still walk or use horses as they do autos.

Although located only 19 miles/30 kilometers from Estelí, a bustling, thriving municipality of approximately 200,000, that is a transportation hub connecting to the rest of the country and Central America, Finca Bellavista feels insulated and a bit back in time, a slower-paced, bucolic haven.

Imagine never having to pay to heat or air-condition your home, never paying for water, nor food nor high property taxes. This is a perfect time and means to escape soaring heat waves, prices, and strife. It’s also a great opportunity to set up an ecotourism inn, a yoga and/or meditation retreat, or simply live on a productive, healthy, safe and tranquil organic farm. It can also be disconnected from the grid-tied electrical service and be energy self-sufficient. There are breezes day and night to propel a wind generator and, being 13.75º north of the equator, there is enough sunlight for any size of solar panel array.

Finca Bellavista is offered at US $92000. Property values in the area are rising and, once the road improvements are finished, they will go much higher.

For more information, email me, or call me @ 1+541-728-9106 (toll-free in US and Canada) or 505+8552-7086 (Nicaragua)

I am also selling a newer, very comfortable, convenient, secure, 2-story, 3-bedroom, 2-bath home I built in Estelí, with an almost 360º view of the city and surrounding mountains, which could be bought at a reduced price if purchased at the same time as my farm.

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