Part 2...What does it cost to own and maintain a gorgeous vacation villa in Sumbersari, Bali? Photos, pricing and expenses!

View from the second story veranda of the new villa currently offered for sale.
 "Sightings on the Beach in Bali"

Fisherman near the shore fishing with nets.

Today, we're excited to continue sharing the final photos and expenses for Gede and Egon's new villa down the road from our villa in Sumbersari, Bali.  To reach Gede with any additional questions please contact him by email at:

Living room on second level.
As mentioned in yesterday's Part 1 of this two part post, today we're including estimated expenses for owning this villa, comparable to expenses owners may incur for similar villas in this area.  This totals are subject to change based on individual use of services and utilities.  

Upper level living room in new villa.
As indicated in yesterday's post, the asking price for this particular villa is IDR 3,616,896,723, EU 249,000, US $279,017.

Credenza, wiring and space for TV and audio equipment in upper level living room
Estimated monthly expenses for the following:
IDR 3,000,000, US $230, EU 205:  Household staff of two, including one cook/cleaner and landscape/pool maintenance staff member.
IDR 2,000,000, US $153, EU 137:  Electricity, well water, bottled gas for stove.
IDR 6,000,000, US $460, EU 411:  Internet, satellite (TV) services.

Estimate annual expense
IDR 200,000, US $15,  EU $14:  Annual property tax (This is not a typo.  Property taxes are paid at the time of the purchase of vacant land).

Estimated income for vacation/holiday rental (per night)
IDR 2,000,000, US $153, EU 137 (a 5% governmental rental tax is payable).

Outdoor dining area in villa's upper level.
A prospective buyer must be prepared to either pay cash for the purchase of property in Indonesia or arrange for financing outside of Indonesia.  No mortgage funds are available for foreigners unless its under special circumstances.

Bean bag chairs for lounging on the second story veranda.
For those seeking an affordable vacation home in a beautiful, peaceful and safe location, this villa may be worth considering. One can only imagine the excitement and pleasure of owning such a property in this lovely area.

Master bedroom on second story with en suite bathroom.
As an aside, we'd like to thank and give kudos to our mailing service, MailLinkPlus in Nevada.  Eric, our loyal and diligent representative at the company, has proven to manage all of our packages and snail mail with the utmost of confidentiality, attention to detail and professionalism. 

En suite master bath with double sinks, huge shower with tile, stone and wood finishes.
Often responsible for opening certain confidential pieces of mail to scan and email to us, plus sorting and securing all mail until we request a shipment and then, the eventual packing and shipping of items we'd like to receive in any given country, the service has been impeccable.

Alternate view from second level.  Java is located at the horizon.
With this month, the four year anniversary of our annual contract with MailLinkPlus, we want to thank Eric and his staff for handling our snail mail with the utmost of integrity.  Today, he shipped a large box of supplies to us here in Bali which we expect to arrive within a few weeks, in ample time before our departure from the villa on the 29th. 

The cost for the shipping via USPS was US $181, IDR 2,358,701.  I asked about insuring the package but Eric recommended we do not insure it to reduce the risk of theft.  Had we insured it, the likelihood of being able to collect the insurance would have been a time consuming and difficult process, not worth the contents. 

Pool view from second story.
We sit back and keep our fingers crossed it will arrive safely and in time.  Most likely, the contents will be checked upon arrival and we'll be subject to paying customs fee.  Gede explained this can be negotiated at the time.  We shall see and report the results here at the time.

As for what's transpiring otherwise, we're doing very well.  The Minnesota Vikings won yesterday's football game.  Tom was thrilled.  They're 4-0 since the regular season began, weeks ago and we're optimistic for the remainder of the season. 

View toward the security/common party building located to the right of the paved narrow path to the beach.
With only two more games until we board the ship on October 31st, we're hoping for a strong enough signal on the ship's new Wi-Fi system, ZOOM, to be able to stream the game using the NFL's GamePass app which Tom's purchases annually. 

Today, sunny and hopefully a little less humid, we'll spend most of the day outdoors.  Its rained quite a bit these past days since our return from Lovina but part of each day has been clear. 

Exterior view of the entrance to the villa.
Tonight, we anticipate one of our favorite meals perfectly orchestrated by our two excellent cooks, Ketut and Ketut.  Once again they'll prepare the spicy Balinese chicken in a sugar and starch free sauce along with a big bowl of locally grown sautéed spicy organic vegetables.  Tom will have coleslaw and white rice as side dishes while I stick to the main course of chicken and veggies.

May your taste buds soar over a tasty meal and may your day be bright and sunny!

Photo from one year ago today, October 5, 2015:
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