Home Searching in Honduras: A Pastel Palace on Roatán for $579,000

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House Hunting in Honduras: A Pastel Palace on Roatán for $579,000

The other breezeway, with a protected al fresco dining area and the outdoor kitchen, leads to a second en suite bedroom. Stairs descend to a lower covered porch off a third bedroom suite. A stone walkway from the villa’s walled-in parking area leads to the lower-level bedroom, which could be converted to a self-contained apartment, Mr. Hasz said. The home has parking for four cars and a garage with an adjoining workshop.

The villa, located in the Sandy Bay community, is surrounded by old-growth oaks and palm trees, and sits above Lawson Rock, a picturesque gated neighborhood on the north shore of Roatán. The home is about a 10-minute drive from West End, with many restaurants, dive shops, night life and shopping. Two medical clinics and two schools are nearby, Mr. Hasz said.

“There are both flats and deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, a sloth preserve and petting zoo, and Bailey’s Key, where dolphins reside, right in Sandy Bay,” he said.

The island of Roatán, with about 110,000 residents, sits 40 miles north of Honduras’s Caribbean coast. Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport is about a 15-minute drive from the villa, and just beyond it are two ferry services that travel to the other Bay Islands and the city of La Ceiba, on the mainland.

At about 32 square miles, Roatán is the largest and most developed of the Bay Islands, which also include Utila and Guanaja. Though an international destination for scuba divers, Roatán has long kept a low profile among Caribbean islands, which has held down housing prices, said Matt Esfahani, the owner of Roatan Sotheby’s International Realty.

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