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


The opposite breezeway, with a protected al fresco dining area and the outdoor kitchen, results in a second en suite bedroom. Stairs descend to a lower covered porch off a 3rd bedroom suite. A stone walkway from the villa’s walled-in parking area results in the lower-level bedroom, which could possibly be converted to a self-contained apartment, Mr. Hasz said. The house has parking for 4 cars and a garage with an adjoining workshop.

The villa, positioned within 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 house is a few 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 each 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 a few 15-minute drive from the villa, and just beyond it are two ferry services that travel to the opposite Bay Islands and town of La Ceiba, on the mainland.

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

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