Thank you for your interest in Villa Pantulan. We hope we can answer some of your questions, and if we have notplease contact us directly for a conversation by phone or email. If you are out of the U.S. we can Skype.
When did you build your house? We built our home in Bali thirteen years ago after visiting with an architect friend, Tony Gwilliam, who had worked with Buckminster Fuller as a student, and was deeply committed to building sustainable communities long before it became fashionable to do so. His wife, Marita Vidal built a home for us in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, and together we worked closely with both of them to create the ideal environment that would be suitable for our family, and would honor the Balinese community.
What kind of environment is Pantulan? Since we are in the tropics, we wanted to have a strong sense of the environment around us, so the house is fairly open. The house comprises 5 bedrooms 5 bathrooms with open communal areas that flow throughout the property. All the bedrooms have sliding doors that open up to the outside. Originally, there was no air conditioning, but as we rent the property, we found there was a need for it if we were to compete in the market place. All rooms now have AC and fans. The bathrooms have a unique indoor/outdoor aspect to them. There is also a 25m swimming pool, and a separate building for spa treatments.
We did our best to build an eco-friendly property. Our water is pumped from an underground well, which guarantees purity. All waste products are filtered through an underground filtration system, and all outdoor water features are recycled. The pool is chlorinated. We try to use only biodegradeable soaps and compost all our organic waste, as well as recycle glass, plastic and paper.
What is included in the sale price? The villa comes completely furnished and includes most of the art work in the villa, as well as the fundamentals of housekeeping. We area also including the leasehold on the property next door, which currently sits at 13 years and is available for development as part of the Pantulan complex.
Leasehold or Freehold? All properties are leasehold. Villa Pantulan has currently 26 years left on the lease, and the other property, 13 years. Both of them are renewable. We have legal authority to rent our villa (Pondok Wisata), which is subject to government taxes.
Location? We overlook the rice fields of our village Lodtunduh, which is about 3km from Ubud city center, defined as the artistic capital of Bali. There are multitudes of restaurants and shops in town, some of them world-class cuisine.
What does Pantulan mean? Our house is called Pantulan, which means reflection in Indonesian. There are many water features, including ponds and a waterfall, and at certain times of the day, the sun reflects well on the property giving it a magical glow. As a leadership development coach, I also love the name because it reflects on the work I do, and I've done several retreats there over the years.
One of the gifts of Pantulan is that everyone who visits has a feeling of peace and tranquility, and many guests choose not to go anywhere else. When we were developing our garden, our landscape architect, a very spiritual man, told us we had good spirits living on our property, and they were well pleased with what we had done. Over the years, there have been some incidents that make you realize that the Balinese belief in spirits has some genuine validity. We feel blessed to have created it.
What staff do you have? We have a staff of nine people, including manager, housekeepers, gardeners, cooks, driver and security guards. Many of them have been with us from the start.
Costs to run the property? Our monthly running costs are approximately $3,500 for everything, including salaries, food, electricity, internet, television, and other fundamentals. Our manager runs the day-to-day operations at the villa, and we have a sales and marketing manager to take care of bookings. We use Airbnb, Booking.Com, and a couple of other agencies to bring in bookings, as well as Trip Advisor, where we have many great reviews.
Maintenance We do our best to stay ahead of repairs and do our best to keep the property in good conditions at all times. We will be happy to disclose any upcoming repairs to interested buyers.
Is the price negotiable? We will discuss price with motivated buyers.
Additional questions will be addressed in a phone call. Thank you for your interest.