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Properties Away from the Maddening Crowds

Recent messages have looked at simplicity and ways to attain it.  Here are properties in Ecuador, the Blue Ridge, Mexico and the Bahamas for sale (I have no interest in) that friends and readers have sent me in many places.

Small size Ecuador Ocean Front Cabin in Jama $39,900.

6,000 square foot lot (588 square meters) with an ocean view and 900 square foot cabin (80 m2 of construction), located in Jama northern part of Manabí.

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This cabin has this…

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ocean view.

This is a new cabin with ocean view in small gated community,  seven minutes drive from Jama and thirty minutes drive to Pedernales, on the Northern Coast of the Province of Manabi.  It has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bath and storage room (bodega).

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The two story structure has a parking  space to park your vehicle off  the road.

On the first floor  there are two bedrooms, one with a balcony; on the second floor there is a kitchen, dining/living space and  a20 square meter terrace with ocean view.

The cabin is located on the top of the hill with panoramic ocean view, next to the main Ruta del Sol Highway.  It is only a quarter mile from a well known resort,  Jama Campay, and a golf course is coming soon just a few miles to the North.

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The beautiful beach is about three minutes walk down or you can also drive your vehicle there.

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There is whale watching, bird watching, hiking and surfing. a  small fisherman village located near by where you can buy fresh catch everyday. Also well known Coco Beach development and village El Matal with a lot of restaurants on the beach just ten minutes drive from the cabin.

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Jama is one of  the safest towns in Ecuador. It has a new hospital , bank and a big power plant, which produces electricity to distribute to towns and villages around.

Here are…

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shots from this land.

For more details email Floridalva Zambrano at  floriflori58@yahoo.es

Medium size Farm in the Blue Ridge (next door to our farm).

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View of our next door neighbor’s farm.

Friend of ours for the past 25 years, Ed and Phyllis Sabo lived just 5 blocks from us in London when we lived there.

When Ed retired from Shell Oil 11 years ago he and Phyllis visited us and fell in love with the countryside up here.

They decided to stay on and look for a farm themselves.  After a month of fruitless search, the day they were ready to go our next door neighbor called and said… “We are selling our farm”.   Ed and Phyllis visited and bought that farm the same day… 34 acres with a nice farmhouse on Little Horse Creek, a garage and barn.

Sadly Ed passed and Phyllis has decided to sell the farm.   Their property line stretches up to the top of the mountain and meets our land… so we have for years walked back and forth through the woods.

Here are some shots to help you understand the lay of the land.

Driving along John Alley Rd., you see the farm starting just past the horse is the neighbor’s pasture.

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Coming off John Alley Road the driveway rides through the center of the farm.  The pastures to the right view and about all the land up the hill are part of the farm.

Ashe County Farm

Coming up the drive the barn is on the right and garage left. The farm house is just a bit further left.

Ashe County Farm

This is the farmhouse and garage seen through the front meadow.  The white boards in the driveway on the right are the bridge over Little Horse Creek which flows along the front of the house.

Here is another shot of the house.

Ashe County Farm

Phyllis has put the farm on the market and would just like to get back what was put in… about $189,000.  The house is a fully furnished (except couch) Johnny Appleseed built in the 1940s about 1,200 square feet but with a basement.   Considering that the farm has a creek flowing through it and two large meadows, and that a farm house on the other end of our farm is for sale at $302,000 (with much less meadow) this is good value.

For more details see a short inside and out video or contact Tim Parsons at logs4u2004@yahoo.com

Large House for Sale in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

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Luxurious 12,000 square foot Mexican colonial villa on a gated private lane.

Tastefully decorated.  French doors, stone pillars, and tile floors.

Formal living room, dining room with fireplaces.

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Solar heated pool.  Lush tropical gardens.

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Huge master suite, four other bedrooms, eight baths, library, large closets.

Tennis courts, two car garage, storage rooms, four service rooms with baths and a laundry room.

For more details, email Ed Conley at edconley18@gmail.com or call 325-513-5572

Vacant Ocean front lot in Bahamas.

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Attractively priced for a quick sale, a spacious and private 1.8 Acres with 242 feet on the Sea of Abaco with deep water, perfect for a private dock and large boat.

This parcel includes a small cove with a bit of private sandy beach making it the perfect spot on Tilloo Cay.  Located 800 feet north of Tilloo Pond, where the community deeded dock is located.

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The Pond is a protected anchorage but limited water depth of about 3-4 feet.  Community dock has 7 slips.  Unique feature of the area is the tract of land along the Atlantic Ocean is a bird sanctuary and reserved as a no-build zone.

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Tilloo Cay is very private with access by private boat only — but it is only 10 to 20 minutes (depending on speed of boat) away from popular Elbow Cay (Hope Town) with nice marinas and many nice restaurants and a very, cute, quaint “settlement” with small grocery, liquor stores, hardware, and other small shops.  A surfing beach “Garbanzo Reef”  too.   And Tilloo is also just 15 to 30 minutes from the main “city” of Marsh Harbour — the business center for banking, shopping, medical services, the airport, etc.

Tilloo is also just an easy boat ride to “Little Harbour” and Pete’s Pub on South Abaco.  Little Harbour is a world unto itself — with a colorful history and Pete’s Pub, Art Gallery and Foundry are at the center of “Little Harbour” culture.  It is a bit reminiscent of “Gilligans’s Island”  a true beach bar and restaurant on the sand.  And they have an annual violin concert by a world renowned violinist  (The Red Violin) on New Year’s.

There is a lot of unique Bahamian entertainment, eateries, shopping available via quick boat trip.  There is also an easy “cut” (passage) near this land which provides access from the protected Sea of Abaco to the deep Atlantic Ocean for deep sea fishing.  Yet Kayaking in various creeks and mangroves is also within paddling distance in several directions.  A beautiful private, white sand Sea of Abaco sheltered beach at the Tilloo Banks is just 5 minutes from the land.

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Just a few minutes more by boat there is a National Sea Park (protected no fishing area) with mooring balls available for fabulous snorkeling on the coral reef.   So many colorful fish it is amazing.  Abaco is also fantastic for scuba divers.  Gorgeous coral reefs and fish, caves, “blue holes” and many shipwrecks all make for great diving.   For a water person there is always lots to do.

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For price and more information contact Kiana Delamare at misskailua@hotmail.com

Escape the Madding Crowd

Join us on Little Horse Creek where Merri and I spend our summers in the Lost Provence.  

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Enjoy the cool, green, fresh Blue Ridge simplicity of our farm.

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Escape the hectic pressures of  the city.  Enjoy the freshness of our forest at the end of the world but, still be in the middle of things.

The motto at one of our nearest restaurants in Lansing, North Carolina (192 friendly  people) was: “This is not the end of the world but you can see it from here”.

Merrily Farms is at the end of the world… isolated… nurtured in nature… serene… a perfect place for creativity and peace.

When Merri and I sold our print publishing business in the 1990s, we built cabins and a seminar hall and renovated cottages here.

Little Horse Creek Autumn entrance

The farm is always quiet, peaceful and relaxing.  We built this covered bridge as it allowed us to cross Little Horse Creek…before that one had to wade through!


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Our idea was to have small seminars at the farm.

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A group with us at the farm.

There was a problem.  The seminars and courses kept growing too large.  This is a pleasant problem but a difficulty still.

We have given up and have the seminars in West Jefferson at the Jefferson Landing Country Club where there is plenty of space.

We now offer these cabins as quiet escapes at the end of the world, even if you do not want a private consultation.

The cabins and cottage are available for a few days, a week or even a month so you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the Blue Ridge… as Merri and I do.

Make Merrily Farms your escape to our remote North Carolina farm on Little Horse Creek.

Here is the creek…


Here is the cabin in spring.


It overlooks the creek.


There is a huge deck for outdoor living.

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Enjoy eating creekside overlooking the waters of Little Horse Creek.

The cabin is 800 square feet over all.

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The floors and walls are poplar.

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There is plenty of natural surroundings and light.


Enjoy the deck…


overlooking the creek.

There is one bedroom, one bathroom.

There is a full kitchen.  This cabin has one king size bed and a queen size sleeper sofa to accommodate up to four guests.

You can see full details and reserve the cabin at AIRBNB Virgina Creeper Cabin

The second peaceful haven is our Creekside Farmhouse on Little Horse Creek.


Sounds of the creek are very soothing.


great for sitting on rocking chairs on


the front porch.


Living room.


Three bedrooms, a den and dressing room.  Up to ten can stay.


Two bathrooms with showers.






Dining room.

You can see full details or reserve at AIRBNB Bluegrass Music Cottage

Many come just to escape and relax.  Other readers come for private self publishing or internet micro business or Ecuador consultations

There is eight miles of hiking trail where you might see deer…

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wild turkey and…

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plenty of brook and rainbow trout in the creek.

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A trout our daughter caught in the creek.

Travel is easy as well. There are really low cost flights on Allegiant Airlines from our nearest airport Tri City Regional Airport (1.5 hours away) to Tampa and Orlando.  Delta connects to Atlanta and US Airways connects to Charlotte.

Join us at the farm through AirBNB.

See details for reserving our cabin for up to four guests at AIRBNB Virgina Creeper Cabin

See details for reserving our cottage for up to eight guests at AIRBNB Bluegrass Music Cottage