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Life Swap: What If You Left New York?

Trading Brooklyn for Belize.


Left: 114 Westminster Road, Prospect Park South; Right: Thatch Caye Resort, Belize.   

Houses like this Brooklyn beauty—detached, expansive, with a two-car garage—don’t often come on the market in Prospect Park South. This six-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath Colonial was built in 1908 and retains many period touches (claw-foot tubs, pewter towel racks, original William Morris wallpaper). Still, tempting as that sounds, how often does one get to own an eco-friendly beach resort? Thatch Caye, a ten-acre paradise off the coast of Belize, offers snorkeling, scuba diving, and sea kayaking. Its five casitas, five cabanas, and family villa, plus ancillary buildings, are powered by wind and solar energy—a bigger lure for house-hunting environmentalists than Brooklyn’s food co-ops and community gardens. Then again, everything else is a plane ride (and lots of carbon offsets) away.

114 WESTMINSTER ROAD, PROSPECT PARK SOUTH
The Facts: A 4,700-square-foot Colonial on a corner lot in Prospect Park South.
Asking Price: $2.799 million.
Annual Taxes: $6,107.
Agent: Mary Mihelic, Stribling and Associates.

THATCH CAYE RESORT, BELIZE
The Facts: An eco-resort in a ten-acre marine park in Belize with casitas and cabanas.
Asking Price: $2.85 million.
Agent: Karen Kelley, the Corcoran Group.


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