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Elwez last won the day on March 18 2019

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  1. @Dylan66 - The money issue is an obstacle. You can't have a queasy stomach and buy land in Chile. I flew my money in, which is scary until you understand the laws and understand your rights. Have the withdraw receipt from your bank, and then declare it to the TSA in the U.S. and upon arrival in Chile. They will take you to a back room at the airport, count it and document it. I remember being incredibly nervous about it, and when it was all over thinking to myself "That's it?" You can find lawyers in Chile that you can trust. It takes some ground work but they are there. I can recommend a lawyer, who is the son of the immigration guy I am working with to get my permanent Visa. He has done work for other expats, and everyone who uses him swears by him. If you ask Rufina, she has my personal contact info. I'd be happy to talk to you on the phone if you have any questions.
  2. @C Wilson - I purchased a lot from this project and the property is legally inscribed in my name.
  3. I was just on my lot in late September, walking the grounds with the project developers. We walked through the plans my wife and I have in mind for the land, and altered them with their suggestions. We are looking to make as much of the land as productive as possible. We picked out over 50 fruit and nut trees, though we soon realized that we will need more than that. Then we marked off about a quarter acre or so for a small organic vineyard. Finally, we walked off about a 500 square foot plot for an initial garden for veggies and annual fruits. We plan on doing a lot of canning for the winter months, so a lot of the garden will probably go towards that effort. So, short answer - you can do what you want. It's your land. Hopefully there will be some general neighborhood guidelines that discourage eye sores like junk cars on the land, but other than that, it's dealers choice. I looked at another property in the O'Higgins region where the land was micromanaged by the neighborhood and very restrictive. It was an enormous turn off. I wouldn't have made my purchase if I was being told what I can and can't do with it in terms of what I could plant. Hope that helps...
  4. The farmers markets are near the top of our list of things we miss about Chile. It's been about a month since we last did our grocery shopping at one in Santa Cruz. The last day we went they were selling watermelon by the slice at the Saturday market, and I heard that someone found fresh strawberries at the Sunday market. With Spring in South America now in full swing, we're wondering how the varieties and prices of fresh foods at the markets have changed?
  5. Some of these may be pluses to some folks. I see them all as negatives... Half hour away from large population centers Below sea level and at risk of flooding A.I. controlling all of their systems No cars - houses aren't designed with parking They say water comes primarily from rainwater, but did not mention a backup system. HOA fees (no thanks!)
  6. Ok. I'll keep looking on my end. I'll bet you're right about the cost in Chile. It will probably end up being too expensive there. If we can locate something in the states that we think will work out, I'll bring it down during my next visit. I'll start looking into vertical wind turbines as well. Mounting wind power to the roof clears up more room on the land for fruit and nut trees, so I am all for that option.
  7. Just browsing Amazon, I can see a couple that look interesting and have reviews. This one is rated at 2000 watts: https://www.amazon.com/Missouri-General-Freedom-Wind-Turbine/dp/B00P1PH138/ref=sr_1_3?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1539303626&sr=1-3&keywords=wind+turbine&refinements=p_36%3A70000-500000&dpID=41KCuwjmnnL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch This one is rated at 1000 watts: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GHALO60/ref=twister_B01GHALO4W?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 I think both could pack into a suitcase or two fairly easily.
  8. I see an array of wind turbines for sale online. I'm willing to bet I could buy a turbine and split the parts across a couple of suitcases. I will look into packing one on my next trip down there.
  9. As of now, the plan with our property is to power it strictly with solar panels. We've seen solar power all over Chile, from rooftop water heaters, to panels on rooftops that power homes and condo's, to solar panels in the fields that power the vineyard pumps. In addition to solar, we are thinking about adding a windmill on the property to diversify our power sources. We think it makes sense. If we go through a long period of time with cloudy skies, we can always rely on the wind to keep the lights on. There is plenty of wind out on the property to generate power, so we know it can produce energy with the right windmill. However, the only windmills we've seen in Chile are large industrial ones on Routa 5 just south of La Serena. Does anyone know if Chile has it's own supplier of windmills and wind powered parts, or will everything need to be imported from abroad? Anything imported comes with a built in cost, so it would be great to know if there is a local supplier. Thanks in advance!
  10. Thanks Rufina. We hope to see you guys soon with a South American summer trip down there.
  11. Hello everyone. I'm new to the forum, but not to the project. My wife and I have purchased a lot in the neighborhood and plan to move into our new home in September of next year. We had our first child in Santiago in July, and we just finished our requirements for permanent residency. We just got back to the States from a long stay in Santa Cruz, but we've really fallen in love with the area and look forward to our return to the O'higgins Region. I look forward to reading some of these posts...