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Properties from our Winning Haven

Properties from our Winning Haven

©Margaret Summerfield


Colonial Cuenca, South Central Ecuador

Popular with expats and locals alike, the iconic Kookaburra Café and B&B is an opportunity for anyone wanting to take on a business in the heart of colonial Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Painstakingly renovated over the last three years according to the city’s Historic Zone requirements, the property includes one two-bedroom apartment, two studio apartments, and the busy street-front café with its gourmet kitchen amenities.

In total there is more than 3,750 square feet of construction, and appliances, equipment, furniture, and more are included in the sale. Price: $425,000. For more information, see here.

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Jama, Pedernales

These stylish homes are located on Ecuador’s north Pacific coast, close to a little town called Pedernales. Thanks to a new road, Pedernales is now the closest beach area to Quito. That’s opening this section of coast up to business, tourism and property buyers.

These brand-new 1,800-square-foot homes are in a chic private community. These homes are comfortable, with a spacious open-plan layout. The community will have a swimming pool, clubhouse and social area.

The biggest amenity though is only a short stroll from your front door: a soft-sand beach, and the sparkling blue ocean. Price: $134,600. See here.

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© Elena Kalistratova


Cotacachi, Ecuadorian Andes

Tucked between the artisan villages of Cotacachi and Otavalo—the largest open-air indigenous market in South America—is a home enjoying a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Andes Mountains, including some of the world’s most famous mountaintops and volcanoes: Cotacachi, Imbabura, Fuya Fuya, even the snowcapped Cayambe.

The recently-completed 1,750-square-foot two-bedroom home sits on a one-third-acre lot and comes with every modern convenience and upgrade, including wood parquet floors, granite countertops and Italianate built-in cabinets in the kitchen, bathroom, as well as a large walk-in closet, imported fixtures, and top-of-the-line appliances. A colorful handcrafted tile mosaic rims the upper walls of the covered central patio, which provides passive solar heat, warming the entire house. Not that you need it…daily high temperatures average 75 F.

The romantic plant-entwined pergola is the perfect place to enjoy the sunrise or the lush gardens. Artists, musicians or writers will draw inspiration from the separate studio (an imported yurt) with large windows to enjoy that spectacular view. Price: $169,000. For more information, email:

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© Amy Pinoargote


Punta Blanca, Salinas

This home is in a chic beach community called Punta Blanca around 15 minutes north of Salinas on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast. Sitting right next to a long white-sand beach, the community feels private, with spacious architect-designed houses and an exclusive beach club.

This home is two blocks from the beach, and comes with its own swimming pool and ocean views from the master balcony. With 2,000 square feet of living space, hardwood floors and ceilings, and some furnishings, it’s a bargain at $107,500. See here.

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