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We have decided on north Bali in the village of Kayuputih, across the mountain from Denpasar, Kuta, Sunor and Ubud. It's hard to get here, hence, the development has come in a trickle instead of a torrent. Yet, all is to be found there. There is even a superb five star lodge (The Damai) only 5 minutes from where we will build. However, around our neighborhood is a village of mostly Balinese and a few foreigners. Bananas, papayas and pigs are all thriving next door! The beach resort area known as Lovina is less than 20 minutes away.
As in most of Asia, owning land outright is not permitted. Instead one works through Indonesia citizens who buy the desired property and then provide a very long term lease and other legal instruments to make it possible to have some akin to "home ownership". It is a bit complicated, but it seems to work. We were accustomed to this in Thailand and it worked quite well for us there.
We "bought" a plot located "click here". Our plot measures 43 are or 4300 square meters. Another way to look at this is that it is about an acre. Much of it goes down at a 45 degree angle, so the first step is to bring in heavy machines and remove the old houses and make a 2000 square meter flat area to build a house, pool and gardens.
The last photo shows the old house that will come down. Subsequently, the bit of hill will be leveled out to the toward the right to make a nice flat area for building. The plot has the big house and two smaller ones, each on a different level.