Mindo Real Estate For Sale

by | Feb 2, 2010 | Archives

We have written many times about the Arboretto residential project (see below) in Mindo Ecuador.

See the latest updates and special opportunities with Mindo real estate for sale here.

We have found that many readers, especially those,  searching for warmer climates,  like this project.

Those who do, may find the paid advertisement, sent by Brian Kearney, below of interest.


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Unfortunately, my wife and I need to leave Ecuador urgently to return home to look after an incapacitated family member who has no one else available to provide the proper care and attention required.

This means we must sell two blocks of land, No 24 and 25 in the San Rene sub division development.

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San Rene is situated next to the Arboretto project.

Each block is approx 50,000 square feet (over one acre), with river frontage at one end to the Mindo River.

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The other end is nearby the access road to the Arboretto Mindo Development.


Here we are on the lot.

This is exactly the same ecological area as Mindo itself and is only about 3 miles from the start of the Mindo Development.

Each block has capacity for two houses without interfering with the eco system or each other.

I am asking $40,000 for each block.  The assessed formal land value by the Council is US $59,900 for both blocks.  Will sell as one or sell individually.

Please contact me, Brian Kearney, at bklkbklk79@gmail.com


We have not inspected or visited the property in the advertisement above nor do we know the advertiser.  Interested parties should use all normal caution, take care with all due diligence and use an independent attorney in all purchases to check title, contracts and all aspects of the purchase. We highly recommend that interested readers always visit and inspect any property and/or construction before purchasing.

Carlos Tobar our Quito Mindo tour director is making arrangements for delegates on our February Quito Mindo real estate tour to visit the property above as well as  the  Arboretto Riverside Villas project shown below.

More on Mindo

Mindo has an altitude of 5,000 to 15,000 feet above sea level and a temperate climate.

Mindo Ecuador is one of Ecuador’s beautiful areas. Merri and I purchased (and still own) our first hacienda Rosaspamba near Mindo .

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Here is a shot of the cloud forest near Mindo taken from our front yard at Rosaspamba.

Mindo is one of best places in the world to watch birds.  Mindo sits in a cloud forest only an hour and a half from Quito.


You can watch the clouds walk across the tree tops in the Mindo cloud forest.

Due to its critically important role in the conservation of numerous rare and endemic species, Mindo was designated South America’s first Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International in 1997. Mindo is an area of historic ornithological studies, where early collectors and ornithologists discovered or collected many species.

Mindo lies within the Chocó Endemic Bird Area (EBA) and Chocó Biogeographic Region, which is considered one of the world’s richest biogeographic areas.

This area supports the largest number of restricted-range birds of any EBA in the Americas, over 50 species being endemic to the area.


The Cock of the Rock often observed in Mindo and Intag.

Mindo is also home to the greatest number of endemic montane birds of any place in the world (Birds of Ecuador, Ridgley and Greenfield).
2000-2005 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) – sponsored by the Audubon Society.

Mindo has been among the top three highest bird counts in the world for the last six  years. This is with over 2,000 locations participating. Each location is a 25 kilometer radius, and the count lasts for 24 hours. Mindo had the highest count in the year 2000 with 350 bird species recorded, and in past years has exceeded the 400 bird species mark.

Just 45 minutes west of Quito, Mindo has a rapidly growing tourist industry based on Ecotourism in the Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest. Birdwatching is especially famous in Mindo as well butterflies, orchids and bromeliads.

Mindo offers many other activities beyond  birding.  There is tubing on the rivers, horseriding through the forest , hiking, gliding through the forest canopy  suspended on a zipwire.   Mindo has a rich variety of wildlife, a butterfly farm, and a huge variety of flowers… especially orchids. All this is serenaded by tropical sounds… frog concerts Bird songs parrot flock sing and katydids hum at dusk.

When in Ecuador, Mindo is a must-see.  The climate is warm all year round.  The wettest months are January and April,

At all times though, you’ll see hummingbirds and tubing is best in January through May when water levels are high.

Rain does not stop visitors because the temperatures range from 60ºF to 75ºF.   Rain storms are common throughout the year,  a benefit in a world that is increasingly starved for water.   The climate is driest from May – September.  July – October are the busiest months for overseas tourists, but weekends and national holidays throughout the year find many Quiteños in Mindo.

Delegates on our Quito Mindo tour visit the Arboretto Riverside Villas (ARV), a novel concept in ecotourism presold villas.   ARV is made up of 36 custom homes, to be built within an extension of 25  acres.   Carlos Tobar, our Quito Mindo tour director is one of the developers of this project and has built the first model home, which delegates visit during the Quito Mindo tour.


Prices start at $150,000 for a 1,300 square foot custom home built on a lot of an average of 10,000 square feet.


The key characteristic of these homes is their transparency and the way they are immersed in nature:


Each house has its own outside Jacuzzi, that allows residents  to enjoy nature in the warmth of their own deck that projects into the forest.


This project suits those who want access to a modern, city but desire  a more relaxed way of life in a smaller town and natural habitat.

This is just one more example of Ecuador’s diversity and our Quito Mindo provide an opportunity to experience the many facets that Quito and Mindo have to offer.