A Series of Unfortunate Events

25 06 2010

Well, we had a house…

The house we had was being built by an investor who doesn’t currently live in Gabon.  He and his wife were building the house as an investment and they had a contractor taking care of all of the details.  About a month ago, the investor passed away.  This didn’t affect our deal as the wife was taking care of things through the contractor and things were still on.

Unfortunately, a few days ago the contractor also passed away.  This is problematic in a couple of ways.  First of all, no one knows how to get a hold of the investor’s wife.  Second, the house won’t be finished anytime soon without the contractor.

We haven’t been told that the deal is definitely done although it sure isn’t looking good!  So I guess we may have to uncheck the ‘find a house’ box on the list and start all over.

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A Couple of Photos

5 06 2010

A random street in Port Gentil

A small harbour in town





We Have a House (almost)

2 06 2010

After viewing 8 houses and a lot of debate, we finally have decided on a house!

Our soon-to-be new home is located in Sogara Beach which is a small neighbourhood just outside of Port Gentil.  There are quite a few homes belonging to expats there.  The beach and the ocean is visible (slightly) from the backyard and there is a walking path directly behind the house to take us to the beach.

The house has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms (plenty of room for guests.)  It is just being built but is very close to completion and it should be done by the end of June which works out perfectly for our timeline.  The real estate division of the company is working on closing the deal for us so it isn’t official but it looks promising.

Now, if only we could get our house in GP under control.  The basement flood has really thrown a loop into things but we’re working on getting everything back together in order to put it on the market.  Hopefully insurance doesn’t slow us down too much as Joe has told them we’ll be ready to completely move to Gabon in early July!