Monthly Archives: August 2010

Spa Night in Casco

Part of the lifestyle we enjoy in Casco Antiguo has to do with services that don’t break the bank.  When the owner of Chateau de Klippers returned to the USA, many of felt a void because it meant driving into the city instead of walking to Calle 9.  I finally  located three of the people from Klippers and decided to invite a few Casqueños over for a Spa Night. It was such fun. Mario cut our hair while Olga worked non-stop on five sets of fingers and toes.  Meanwhile, Isaac was upstairs giving massages.  So, when it’s time for a bit … Continue reading

Plaza front restaurant space for sale – $550,000

In Casco Antiguo, it is very rare when a plaza front commercial space  is for sale.  If you are an investor looking for prime income property, this could be it. P.H. Montefiori was the first building on Plaza Herrera to be restored (2008), followed by P.H. Casa de la Merced in 2010.  Construction on two hotels is scheduled to start this year.  The current tenant is a popular restaurant.  Designed to be an intimate space, the 172m2 consists of a main dining/bar area, an interior patio and mezzanine where the kitchen is currently located. For more information, contact Patrizia or … Continue reading

Casco Antiguo New Sushi Restaurant Opens on Calle Primera

What’s in a name?  When you hear the word “Beluga,” do you think of a whale?  Or maybe caviar comes to mind?   Well, the next time you hear “Beluga,” think “restaurant.”  More than a few Casqueños were invited to sample the sushi rolls which are the specialty of owner Roderick’s newest restaurant, you guessed  it, BELUGA.  Formerly Sibaritas on the corner of Avenida A and Calle Primera, the space has taken on an intimate atmosphere with soft lighting, banquet seating. Beluga is open for dinner, maybe we can convince the owner to eventually open for lunch. See you there! Clara

Casco MTV

Leaving the office late one night last week I was surprised to find myself stepping out into the middle of a music video.  Some of our neighbors from Calle 4ta were shooting the video for Shadow’s new song, Dejalo Correr.  The song talks about violence and its consequences, a pertinent theme for the young men of Calle 4ta who, as former gang members, have the experience-based wisdom to speak about violence and its negative impact on the community with some authority. Among the locals in the cast and crew were Titi, Nico, G. Ducret, Alvin, Sombra, Pichuli and Javier.  The … Continue reading

Casco stars in a new book by Ken Milburn

Is it a photo or a painting?  That’s the question you’ll ask yourself as you turn the pages slowly in photographer Ken Milburn’s newest book, Panama City’s Casco Viejo, Fast Rising Bohemian Community. For fun, try guessing the actual location of the photos, some are easy, others will take awhile, and there will be one that will take an expert to figure out.  The majority of the photos were taken with a technique called HDR processing which expands the visible tonal range in a photographic image so it more closely resembles all the shades of brightness and color we are … Continue reading

Casco Viejo in Numbers according to AVACA

Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Real Estate Investment at Panama City´s Historic District The Casco Antiguo Neighborhood and Friends Association (AVACA, for Asociación de Vecinos y Amigos del Casco Antiguo) is a neighborhood ngo that this month celebrates its first year.  For the first time, the community joined hands to work towards issues that development brings to upcoming barrios and to start gathering statistics of its growth. Recently, El Casqueño published part of this information on a study made about the pace of development. Today, we´ll post some preliminary numbers on the growth of its internal economy.  Not a perfect count, … Continue reading

Fundacion San Felipe´s annual Art Auction: August 17th

Panama Casco Viejo Casco Antiguo Panama Real Estate Investment for sale for rent At Panama´s Historic District Fundación San Felipe is one of the oldest ngo`s working in Casco. Although you might not be aware of them, they are located at the San Felipe church and convent, corner of B Avenue and 4th Street, next to Hotel Colombia. Their major responsibility has been to restore and maintain the San Felipe Neri church (which is beautiful inside!) and run programs for children such as theater and even photography courses. Every year, they hold an important art auction with Latin American painters, … Continue reading