Jabiru Bamboo in Punta Gorda, Toledo, Belize

Jabiru Bamboo is an idea for a ecofriendly retirement community in combination with a eco-teak farm or an eco-plantation. The location of the community will be in the neighborhood of Punta Gorda in the Toledo district of Belize. At the moment the designer is in the process of buying the land from the previous owner and making it possible to plan a retirement community on it. The location for Jabiru Bamboo is expected to be available in 2015.

Location: Punta Gorda, Toledo District, Belize, Central America 
Jabiru Bamboo is meant to offer like minded eco-friendly environmentalists and socially green globally aware citizens an investment opportunity in Belize. The investment opportunity will consist of a plot of land up to 10 acres in Belize in a planned retirement community with a Mayan style cabana home built and an eco-teak farm or an eco-plantation. The retirement community will be sustainable and powered by alternative energy. 
As owner of Jabiru Bamboo you have the choice between an eco-teak farm and an eco-plantation. The eco-plantation will be planted with mangos, cacao, oranges, limes, grapefruits, allspices, bananas, plantains, pineapples, bread fruits, bread nuts, bamboos, soursops, avacados, sugar cane, hibiscus and cashews. It is also possible to make a combination of an eco-teak farm and an eco-plantation. The expected return of an eco-teak farm of approximately 10 acres with 300 to 400 teak seedlins per acre over 20 to 25 years is BZD 2,400,000 (USD 1,200,000). The return of an eco-plantation doesn’t have such an expected return, but gives the owner the possibility to enjoy their own lush, tropical plantation. An extra bonus of the eco-teak farm that it is possible to mix the trees with other plants such as allspices, bamboos, bananas, cacao, cashews, grapefruits, limes, oranges, papayas, pineapples, plantains, guavas or moringas.

The plantation management for the first three years is included in the buying price of the plot including home and teak farm or plantation. An indication of the price for an eco-teak farm with 10 acres of land and a home is BZD 600,000 (USD 300,000), but this is an indication which can change depending on amongst others the land which is going to be used for this retirement community. The plantation management will be done by local Kek Chi Mayan and East Indian farmers, who have a good understanding and knowledge of the area, the crops and the trees. After the first three years it is possible to outsource the management and care of the plantation for approximately BZD 6,000 (USD 3,000) per year. A first monetary return can be expected after 10 years, while a substantial amount of the plantation needs to be thinned at that moment. After the first ten years approximately every five years harvesting of trees needs to take place. 
For the house you have the choice between different styles. The houses will be including a small solar electricity system. If you like it, you will have the space around the house to add more solar electricity panels or wind turbines for extra electricity. Also the spacious set-up makes it possible to start your own garden as owner.  
If you want more information please visit the webpage about the retirement community Jabiru Bamboo.