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Iguana House - Beachfront
Location Type: Beach Front
Subdivision: Spanish Reef
Property Dimensions: 50’ x 100’
Complex Name: Iguana House
Distance From Town: 4 Miles
MLS Reference: Seaside0255
Interior Square Feet: 1,615
Exterior Square Feet: 1400
Current Rental: Yes
Annual Property Tax: 500
| Description: Iguana House is a 4 bedroom 4 bathroom beachfront home located approximately 4 miles north of San Pedro Town (1 mile beyond the paved road) in the Spanish Reef area. The home is currently being operated as a Vacation Rental Property and has done very well in terms of income.
The Spanish Reef Area features several homes and condominium complexes as well as restaurants, bars and a grocery store within a short distance. The area is very peaceful and ideal for those who want quick easy access to town along with the tranquil atmosphere of being away from it all.
The house is very well laid out and spacious. The ground floor has 2 bedrooms 2 baths along with decks all the way around the house. A new one bedroom apartment is currently being completed at the back of the house. The open concept kitchen, living and dining area offer great views of the beach area and the Caribbean Sea. On the second floor you will find another large bedroom and bath. Iguana House is being offered fully furnished and equipped.
The area is serviced by Electrical service, Cable TV, Phone and Internet service. The home is wood construction with hurricane clips and aluminum hurricane shutters. Under the house there is plenty of covered storage along with a bodega for tools and equipment.
Below is a brief story about the house from the current owner:
In May of 2008, I bought this property from Mark Edwards who had performed an extensive renovation causing some in the neighborhood to remark that they never would have believed the old house could look that good. It seemed like a house I could enjoy living in and working on. The vacation rental business arose from my being absent a large part of the time as I satisfied commitments in the States.
Among the first things I did was to replace all the box type air conditioning units with the splits that are currently cooling the house. I added a privacy detail between this house and the neighbors; and I built the portals (overhangs) at all entrances of the house; I also added hurricane shutters to all the windows.
After a full year of vacation rental operations it became apparent that I needed additional water storage and determined that I could efficiently fill a 50,000 gallon cistern which was designed by architect, Froylan Alvaro, from Belize City and built to impressive specifications by MET Construction from San Pedro. Later, I got rid of the hot-water tank and added an On-Demand hot water system.
Somewhere along the line, the house became the Iguana House and as the business of renting to vacationers became steady, it became apparent that I needed an owners/managers house. The cistern provided the perfect platform for building the modest dwelling in which I have been living, and on which I continue to work.
This little house has been built strong. The 2×6 framing is connected by hurricane angle brackets; it is fully insulated; the frame was covered with 5/8 inch plywood over which moisture resistant building paper was placed; and finally, ¾ inch T&G siding was installed after being primed and back-primed with oil-base primer and painted.
I am currently waiting for appliances which will trick out the kitchen with new and modern appliances including a gas cooking range, a dish washer, and an over the range microwave and vent.
I will continue to work on the property to improve its appeal to both vacationers and prospective buyers.
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