The housing in Belmopan is actually pretty damn nice. I have a two bedroom house with a den. Throw in a huge kitchen, dining room, living room, about 17 closets, two storage rooms, a laundry room, and a screened in back porch that runs the length of the house and I have more space than I can use. The floors are all tile (I would much prefer carpet) and the walls are all white, which annoys some people. But I have ceiling fans in most rooms and great recessed overhead lighting. In terms of housing, I don't mind saying it is probably the nicest place I've ever lived.
Most of the Americans at Post live in the housing compound (as I do). Four houses are the same as mine - twelve houses are two-story, three-bedroom houses. The DCM's house is a bit bigger than the two-story houses and the CMR (Ambassador's house) is huge. There are about a half-dozen off-campus houses as well. The compound has a pool, tennis court, basketball court, walking path, and a large field. It can be a bit of a fish bowl and everyone knowing everyone's business.
The biggest issue with housing is how much the government pays for it. When the Embassy moved to Belmopan five years ago, there was not adequate housing. So they entered a "build to lease" contract. I don't have the actual numbers, but the government pays somewhere more than $10,000 per unit. That is U.S. dollars per month. This, in a country, where most people make less than that in a year. AND the government pays the owner a monthly maintenance amount. Hopefully, when the contract ends in a few years, it is renegotiated lower. But, if my experience in contracting is any indication, it won't ever get lower.
|Dining room with soccer scarves|
|Awesome back porch|
|Awesome kitchen (this is less than half my total cabinet space)|
|Party in my dining room|