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Jim and Mary's Handicap Access Condo, Ambergris Caye

Posted by Valeria Espinoza on Nov 12, 2011 9:55:18 AM
Valeria Espinoza

It’s only November 11th, but already three Baymen Garden owners have dropped in this month. Today I’d like to introduce you to a delightful couple who are Baymen Garden owners. They recently visited, to check on the progress of their handicap access condo unit in Building A.

Jim and Mary Inspect Unit with John Morgan

Jim and Mary Eckart initially visited Belize to attend one of our joint financial investment conferences. Â They immediately fell in love with the simple, laid-back life of San Pedro, as well as the friendliness of the local residents. They liked the Caye so much that they bought a Baymen Garden condo on that trip.

This lively couple is in their golden years. Although over 70, they aren’t the ones who need handicap access. Jim and Mary have three children and four grandchildren. One of their grandchildren, James, has cerebral palsy. He lives life in a wheel chair.

Baymen Garden 's Handicap Access Option

Grand Baymen offers a handicap unit option for our owners. So Jim and Mary chose to modify their unit and have it equipped with handicap facilities, for their grandson. We are very pleased that Grand Baymen will now have a handicap access unit in or rental pool, when Jim and Mary are not  visiting.  As far as we know, there are no other handicap access condo units available on Ambergris Caye.

Jim and Mary decided it was time to come view their unit and to also enjoy the comfortable Caribbean fall weather. We introduced them to our on-site construction manager, John Morgan.  John walked them through the building and their unit, which is now well underway.  And we discussed Jim’s lengthy list of questions… There were a few decisions we needed to address, concerning the handicap modifications. (Click here for a recent update on Building A progress...)

From Naval Fighter Pilot to Belize Part-time Retiree…

Mike and I really enjoy getting to know Baymen Garden owners.  After all, soon we’ll all be neighbors. Jim and Mary are a delightful couple. They’ve been retired for more than 15 years, so are well into their golden years... But they travel the world whenever they can. They recently sent us e-mail messages from their IPad, while bopping around London and Paris…

Jim and Mary in Front of Their Unit

Jim spent 30 years of active duty in the Navy.  He was an aircraft carrier aviator. Jim was promoted to Captain during his first tour in the Naval Air Systems Command. So, we weren’t surprised that he’s very detail oriented and with it.

Jim was deployed as a pilot in a squadron on carriers, such as the Shangri-La.  During his Naval career he spent time in Saigon, the Gulf of Tonkin, and other locations off the beaten path… You get the picture.  Clearly, he’s traveled the world. But now he’s travelling as a tourist, rather than a fighter pilot.

Mary is charming, but with a wicked sense of humor. Like so many Navy wives, she’s tough and resilient -  used to moving around and living without a husband who's often out to sea… Mary always has a twinkle in her eye, and an irrepressible zest for life. It’s clear that Mary and Jim are relishing their golden years. It’s a pleasure to watch this couple living life to the fullest.

Late in his Naval career, Jim spent ten years “flying a desk” in the Naval Air Systems Command. He worked in Arlington, VA, and in the Pentagon. First he was on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. Later he moved to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Then he retired from the Navy.

Following his Navy retirement in 1981 he worked for a defense electronics contractor. He was an account executive for defense electronics for the Navy.

In 1989 Jim and Mary retired completely. They are looking forward to having their kids and grandkids visit them at Baymen Garden. Their two bedroom, two bath unit overlooks the pool. They are anxious to settle in and enjoy the pool and sunset views with their extended family and new friends, as soon as Building A is finished…

A Few Remaining Baymen Garden Building A Units...

There are still a few units left at Baymen Garden, in Building A.  If you would like more information, click here… Then you'll also meet the delightful neighbors, as wellÂ

Topics: Real Estate in Belize

Valeria Espinoza

Written by Valeria Espinoza