Imagine bringing your boat up to this pier on the Northern tip of Consejo looking to experience Northern Belize.
The Casa Blanca Hotel looks like a jewel, inviting you for a night stay or two, for a few cocktails and some great Belizean food. You can’t wait!
But then you realize that the cast iron gates are chained. You can’t get in. The place is empty and you’ll need to find other parts of Northern Belize to whet your whistle.
Casa Blanca by the Sea is for sale.
The location that hosted local conferences, and tourists for a number of years is now empty due to the owners’ unforeseen circumstances.
It’s weird to read the reviews on tripadvisor.com. It’s also confusing that the same listing invites you to check out possible stay dates.
But that’s what happens when you close rather abruptly and the owners want to put it into the hands of someone who can take it on.
I know what you’re thinking. “I bet I can make a go of it as the owner of Casa Blanca!”
I thought the same thing when a local real estate agent showed us the place during our recent trip to Northern Belize.
Karen Wilkinson of Corozal Belize Properties in Consejo Shores told us the sad story of how the Hotel came onto the market. She showed us the rooms, the land, the bar and the kitchen.
You could still envision a bustling business within its walls.
Enjoy this pictorial of our tour and decide for yourself if Casa Blanca is worth a look.
THE ROOMS: COMFORTABLE AND INVITING
THE GROUNDS ARE CHARMING AND SPEAK TO OPPORTUNITY!
ADJACENT HOME IS A BONUS!
DINING, SERVING AND ENTERTAINING AREAS
Although the kitchen, bar and indoor dining area on the ground floor of the Casa Blanca Hotel were too dark (no electricity at present) to take decent photos, make sure your tour of Casa Blanca includes some time in these areas.
The kitchen is large, well laid out and boasts all of the stainless steel appliances needed by any full-service restaurant. All are included in the price of the Hotel.
The bar is rustic and expertly made from local exotic hardwoods, while the dining area is fully furnished with complementary wood tables and chairs.
An office area also serves the owner and/or manager a comfortable air conditioned area to attend to daily administrative tasks.
THE VERDICT: “BLACK EYE” OR “GREAT BUY”?
As you see from the pictorial above, Casa Blanca features everything a thriving Hotel and Restaurant needs, such as great sea views, perfect sea breezes, a nice design and an infrastructure that could be sustainable with a bit of tender loving care.
According to local real estate sites, the reduced listing price for Casa Blanca is $799,999 USD at the time of this writing.
From our visit, we assessed that the price seemed like a bargain based on the quality of the construction, the layout and location.
Of course, any possible investor should get a hold of the financials of the business when it was in operation and thoroughly investigate the future tourism potential of the area.
Bottom Line: Although at first site, we determined that it has potential for the right investor, it was above our budget.
The longer Casa Blanca sits vacant, however, the work required to get it back into operational condition will increase.
The assessment of whether it is a “Black Eye” for the area, or a “Great Buy” for the right business person should be left up to the person who does extensive due diligence.
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