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Rentals in Medellin

Rental Breakdown for Our Penthouse in Medellin

Got a lot of questions from people wanting to know the cost for the penthouse we’re renting in the La Frontera neighborhood of Medellin. In case you haven’t seen it yet, watch the video tour of our place in the video below:

I am paying a lot more than what most people will need and there are a bunch of personal factors that drove my costs up.  Keep in mind that you can find a much nicer looking place for cheaper, if you don’t need the room. Keep in mind, our place is HUGE — well over 3,000 square feet. You don’t see that much space here often. So before I get into the pricing, let me explain the factors that increased my costs.

  1. Furnished rentals will cost significantly more than unfurnished rentals. From some readings I’ve come across online, you can end up spending anywhere from 40% – 65% more just because it’s furnished. It’s easy to walk into a place and see all of the beautiful furniture and get caught up by the ‘awesomeness’ of the place. Furnishings can really make or break a deal. And in many cases, it can allow the owner to charge a HUGE premium. But for us, a furnished place was a necessity.
  2. Electricity, Cable TV, High Speed Internet, Water, etc. One of the benefits of getting a furnished suite is the fact that all of the utilities are typically included in the rent. So for us, we get the Internet, cable tv, water, gas, and electric bill all rolled into the cost. It also includes cost for trash disposal. We also have a landline from which we can make phone calls too.
  3. 24-hour security. The building we’re in is behind a gated door and 24-hour security guard. No one can come through without getting past the guard. I sleep better at night knowing someone’s there and I feel comfortable leaving my wife and 3 girls at home when I gotta leave. The guards are great. They keep an eye on your kids when they’re out and they’re genuinely concerned for their safety. One day, my 14 year old and 9 year old went to the park to play and stopped by the store. After 30 minutes had elapsed, the guard called us to say he was concerned the girls had not come back and wanted to know if we heard from them or knew where they were. He assumed they were just going to the store to get some candy and come right back like they always did. But in this instance, he didn’t know they were going to hang out at the park and play. With that kind of genuineness, you don’t mind the extra costs that pays the guards salary.
  4. Four-bedrooms with a private suite upstairs — 4 bedroom suites are not that common and because of that, you’re going to pay a premium for that. We’ll have a lot of guests coming into town and having more rooms was ideal for us. Plus, when our 4th daughter arrives in the summer, we’ll need the space to accommodate here. And, for our guests, they can use the upstairs suite and be off to themselves without being disturbed (while also keeping them away so we’re not disturb).
  5. Private space to work. I needed lots of room to accommodate my work space to shoot videos, create online courses and to get away from the noise. I figured instead of getting a separate office building, I’d rather spend the extra money in a much larger home, versus getting the office and having to pay office rent, water, gas, electricity and Internet.
  6. Convenience. There are 2 HUGE groceries within a 2-3 minute walk from my house … Including a mall and a swarm of restaurants and cafes. I’m able to cut my taxi/uber bill my almost half just because of the location and no longer having to take a taxi each time I need to go somewhere.
  7. Location. We’re in a very desirable area and we can be in El Poblado within minutes in one direction and Envigado in the opposite direction. We are in a very safe area, close to train station, bus stops, etc.
  8. Quality furnishings. When you look at 100+ AirBnB listings, you’ll notice that most have cheap flimsy furniture. They’re very uncomfortable to sit on and use. You can tell just by looking at most of the pictures. When I look at listings, I spend a lot of time looking at the furniture. I chose this unit because they furniture appeared to be of the utmost quality. I want to be comfortable versus looking good. So I’m paying a premium for the comfort.
  9. Peak Season. Another factor that drives cost up is the time of year. Prices typically goes up during the December and January  — and we’re smack in it. Hope to renegotiate after we get the results.

The owner initially wanted approximately $2,600+ dollars. I was able to get him down to $2,200.00. If the place was unfurnished, we could have probably gotten it for about $800-$1,200 US Dollars. As I mentioned, this place is HUGE. Our lower level alone is larger than most people’s condo … and keep in mind we have 3-levels and GREAT views. I could have found an equally nice place for about $800/month and would have been totally happy (and that would have been for a 3-bedroom in a nice area). There are deals to be had for $500 month, especially with 2-bedrooms. But we are a large family.

If you need help scoping out a place, let us know … We can be your boots on the ground. Check out this video of a nice condo being sold for less than $65,000 US Dollars.

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Family in Medellin

Uncensored Truth About Living in Medellin


WOW … It’s hard to believe we’ve been living in Medellin Colombia for a month now. It seems like we just got here. 30 days ago, my family of 5 arrived in Medellin, Colombia on an airplane shortly after midnight. It was dark and raining and we didn’t know what to expect upon arriving.

Taxi drivers rushed us to get our luggage and it was all happening so fast. We didn’t understand what they were saying and the reality of it all hit us pretty quick … We are in a foreign country and we don’t know what the heck is going on. All I could think of was all of the negative stories I heard about kidnappings, drugs, ransoms and other craziness.

Because we had too many bags, we had to get into two separate taxis. My wife took two of the girls, and I had the youngest one … I honestly didn’t know what to think after we got into separate taxis. I immediately started praying and pleaded with God to get us all to the hotel safely and together. A part of me was frightened and hoped these taxi guys weren’t going to kidnap and ransom us off for money..

My driver was smiling and talking and smiling and talking the entire time in Spanish. All I could say the entire time was ‘Si’ (which means yes). He picked up the phone a few times and all I heard was ‘Americana’ and a big old smile on his face. So I just kept on praying and thanking God in advance for a safe delivery to the Holiday Inn Express.

That was 30-days ago … And our life in Medellin Colombia turned out to be shockingly UNBELIEVABLE. Watch the video to get the one month update on what’s happening with our family in Medellin, Colombia, and discover the details of an unexpected chance meeting with two 17 and 18 year old Colombian teens — I didn’t see this coming! Play the video below:

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Raw Fruits and Veggies

Exotic Raw Fruits & Vegetables for Health and Healing in Colombia

I just started back juicing and making smoothies for my health and wellness. I’m blown away by the variety of fruits and vegetables they have available here in Medellin, Colombia; and the costs are amazingly low compared to what we pay for in the United States.

I wanna live to be a very healthy 100 years old… So it’s best to start now before any major issues arise. The exotic fruits in Medellin, Colombia is amazing. Great for smoothies, juicing, cleansing and healing. Tomorrow, I’m going to an Exotic Fruit tour and I can’t wait to see and sample the variety.

In the interim, here’s a video from some of the fruits I’ve managed to pick up from the local market/store … It’s some of the best eating I’ve ever had. I can literally eat on these all day and be completely satisfied (and healthy).

I’ll be posting more videos on the individual healing benefits of the fruits and vegetables found  in #medellin #colombia.

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Laureles Neighborhood

Walking Through Laureles Neighborhood

Checkout this Laureles neighborhood in Medellin as I walk through. I’ll be getting more footage of this area to add to the collection of Laureles neighbourhood videos.

If you’d like to see other neighborhoods in Medellin, let me know in the comments section below … Please share this page if you found this content valuable.

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Medellin Map

The Secret Strategy for Traveling Abroad & Living in Medellin

Living abroad is an appealing concept and idea. We talked about doing it for nearly 15 years but never really looked into it until recently, and finally took our butts over to Medellin, Colombia. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been slammed with requests from people inquiring about a variety of topics, like…

  • How do you determine which country to live in?
  • What is the healthcare like?
  • How do you support yourself?
  • How much money do you need to have to live comfortably?

In this video, I won’t answer these questions directly, I’ll do that in another post… But, in this video, I will reveal the one thing you must do today, if it’s your desire to travel and live anywhere you want in the world!

As corny as this may sound, this is your secret formula to getting whatever you want out of life. AND I got proof … If there are any doubts, prove me wrong with your comments below (and I’d like to hear about successes too).

Your Secret Formula Revealed:

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