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A few years ago, I had an employee working for my company, WowPhilippines.  She mostly took care of Customer assistance, packaging of customer orders and such.  She also did some blogging for me on some sites that I had back then.  This girl was from the Davao area, but more up in the mountains, going toward Bukidnon.

One day, this girl told Feyma about some land that was for sale up in that area, just very close to the border of Davao City and Bukidnon Province.  The land sounded interesting, and it was cheap, so Feyma told me about it.  Well, it really got my interest, and I immediately told Feyma, “Let’s go have a look!”   Well, the girl didn’t know exactly where the place was located, but her father did, so she made arrangements for her Father to come with us.

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We headed up toward the Marilog District of Davao and picked up the father, and were headed toward Bukidnon.  As it turned out, the land that was for sale was just very, very near to a place that I was already quite familiar with, and a place that I liked a lot.  In fact, the land that we looked at was just like maybe 1/4 mile off the highway, and at the highway there was a wonderful vegetable stand where you could buy very fresh veggies that also were very cheap.  The price of the vegetables here was about 1/4 of what you would pay in the City.  So, this place was a real winner, if the land was nice.  If you recall, in our recent series of articles about where we live, I wrote that the Buda area was an area where I would like to consider retiring, and this is just 30 minutes from Buda, and even nicer, in that it is 30 minutes closer to the City!

Well, when the man told us to stop, and that we were at the land in question, we got out of the car, and had to walk a short distance.  There was no road directly to the land, but it was only a matter of putting in a driveway, and seemed it would be quite easy.

When we saw the land… WOW! Instantly, I think both Feyma and I fell in love.  I know that I did.  There was just something about this place.  Absolute peace and quiet.  Something of a down home, country feel.  Up in the hills, but a nice piece of flat land.  Nice trees, and also cleared pasture land.  There were some cows grazing in the grass.  This just felt like home to me.  There was a fairly simple looking house on the land already, although it would either need a lot of fixing up, or more likely we’d need to build a new house altogether.  This felt like home, though.

Well, this land amounted to about 2 hectares as I recall, roughly 5 acres.  Plenty big, yet not unmanageable for me and Feyma.  And, it was cheap too.  As I recall, the asking price was P200,000 (only about $4,000 or so).  I was ready to plunk down the cash for the place in a hurry, no questions asked!  I had found the place that I was looking for. I think Feyma felt the same way too.

We told the man who took us that we wanted to talk to the owner, so he took us into the little “town” along the highway and we found the old man who owned the place.  Yep, P200,000.  Then he started explaining to our guide where the land was.  Oops… it was not the land that we just looked at, it was further than that.  So, we went back for a second look, or actually a first look at the land that really was for sale.  We drove, drove, and drove a bit further, and still were not there.  Feyma and I realized that it was further off the highway than what we would want, so we turned around and headed back to town.

Sometimes I go back and look at my pictures of that place, and dream about being able to retire on that piece of land.  It really is a beautiful place.  There is a view, nice crisp cool weather.  Everything was so perfect!  I guess it just wasn’t to be, though!

Who knows… maybe we’ll find something else near there, or maybe that exact piece of land will become available someday.  You never know!

Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Bob; Was the land you looked at in error for sale? I can’t say I blame you as the pictures, sure looks like paradise. The land I have was not the one I came to see, but after I saw it I asked if it was for sale, I’ve been here ever since.

Paul
Paul
11 years ago

Hi Bob – I live in Paradise, and it's not for sale! 😆

MindanaoBob
11 years ago

Hi Paul – I live in Davao, and I love it. However, I have come to realize that there is no paradise on earth! 😉

queeniebee
queeniebee
11 years ago

Hi Bob, I think many of us when in search of a special piece of land, encounter false starts and disappointments. People sometimes approach a person with news of land for sale, but it might be a problem of being way overpriced, having no access road or access to running water, like you said, not actually for sale or worse– deeded to someone else etc. I think sometimes though, when you're not even actively looking, that special land will present itself, and everything will fit and fall into place. It sounds corny, but I think thats part of the magic… Read more »

tommy
tommy
11 years ago

Bob, Oh man. What a heart breaker! I hate to bore you but I know a similar tale so i can relate to your pain. My parents had a similar, although, a worse really, experience. Where I live, at the time, was completely surrounded by woods. A spring-fed creek. A constant breeze cooled by the forest around us made summers bearable. Idyllic. The woods though were owned by another person. Who one day came by to ask my dad if he wished to buy it. Now, my Dad was disabled retied military living with 3 kids on a Ex-Sargent's retirement… Read more »

Bill Matters
Bill Matters
11 years ago

Sorry about that and I know the feeling as it has happened to us for many other reasons about a dozen times in looking for properties. I would keep looking Bob as there are literally tens of thousands of hectares for sale all over the place only a stones throw from Davao. A few years ago, my wife found 100 hectares for sale in in a beautiful area from which you can actually see Samal Island in the distance. A concrete roads runs along the top of it and it is perfect for all the things you mentioned. She wants… Read more »

MindanaoBob
11 years ago

Hi Bill – Well, that was a number of years ago, and I had kind of even forgotten about it. The other day, I was browsing some photos on my hard drive and came upon my pictures of the land, and got thinking about it.

tommy
tommy
11 years ago

Bob,
I was pretty surprised at how low rent was. Especially in rural areas. The only real reason I'd want to buy would be to leave something to family when I'm gone. But buying land seems such a Byzantine process there.

Dale Head
Dale Head
11 years ago

Hi Bob,
I enjoyed you article and pictures. The place you looked at sounds like an ideal place to live. And I also liked the part about the cooler weather. How much cooler is it up there in the mountains compared to where you live now in Davao? Also, I wonder if you would have looked up the owner of that place if he would have priced it to you? You never know?

Thank You,
Dale

Michael
Michael
11 years ago

Hi Bob,
That sure looked liked a quiet peaceful spot.
Have you lost interest in Samal Island as your ultimate home?

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