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Located on the banks of the magnificent Rio Grande River in southern Belize, and in the foothills of the Maya Mountains as they meld with the deep waters of the Gulf of Honduras, this splendid, one-of-a-kind Big Falls property comprises 25-acres of cleared and cultivated land, rainforest habitat, refuge, and sanctuary for hundreds of avian species, deer, howler monkey, jaguar, tapir, fox, river otter, rabbits, squirrels, coati, and numerous other exotic mammalian species. And yes, iguanas, reptiles, and snakes also call the property home.
Presently, eight acres are kept entirely clean and cleared in a manicured, park-like setting. The housing facilities include a two-story main house, the top floor comprises approximately 1,100 square feet of an open living layout with large bath, laundry room and storage, small office, living room, fully furnished kitchen with gas stove, refrigerator, kitchen island, sleeping quarters, and tiled veranda.
The ground floor includes a mechanical room for the solar equipment, solar batteries, gas hot water heater, generator for back-up power, work benches, storage, and work area. A separate, single-story, 1,000 square foot, two-bedroom guest house with surrounding veranda, and a concrete storage facility/shelter is located nearby in the gorgeous setting. All facilities are solar-powered with piped water from the nearby village of Big Falls, along with a solar state-of-the-art water collection and distribution system, two 660-gallon, two 500-gallon water cisterns which collect, store, and distribute potable water, and a 1.5HP water pump for the river water to irrigate the cultivated crops during the dry season, typically December to May.
Currently, cultivated crops are fruit trees, including citrus, papaya, coconut, passion fruit, bananas, moringa, golden plum, cashew, cacao, mango, pineapple, avocado, date palms, and other exotic tropical fruit. Cultivated and cleared acres are maintained with the assistance of a Massey-Ferguson tractor, bush hog, plow, and other farming attachments. The remaining acres have been brushed but require planting. Seasonal plantings occur in November and in May with over 700 feet of waterfront located along the Rio Grande River; there are also three small creeks on-site and a water pump available to irrigate, as necessary. This magnificent property completes the tropical explosion of orchids, flowers, exotic fruit trees, coconut palms, and birds cascading through the gentle warm breeze with the call of the red-lored parrot, tiger heron, olive parakeet along with a multitude of indigenous and neo-tropical birds soaring in the tranquility and serenity of this natural preserve.