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psyberpete
8/18/2016 11:45 EST

Anyone else in Envigado or Sabaneta? I'd love to make some connections.

Andresen
8/18/2016 14:24 EST

I'm in Envigado and would be happy to meet. All I recall is that you are newly arrived here.

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Andresen
8/19/2016 17:21 EST

CyberPete, would you like to meet in Envigado this weekend? My apt is close to Parque Envigado so it would be easy for me to meet there.

Phillipjamesrogers
8/20/2016 19:57 EST

Hola my name is Phillip and I live in Sabaneta, I would like to meet you. Here is my email address: I hope to hear from you.

Andresen
8/20/2016 21:04 EST

Phillip, I couldn't get your email address to work for me. I could meet you tomorrow in Envigado. How about Parque Envigado? Just give me a time.

Phillipjamesrogers
8/20/2016 21:10 EST

I don't know where that is, so you need to give me the correct address and the correct name of the park. My email should have worked, please try again.

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Phillipjamesrogers
8/20/2016 22:53 EST

We can meet at the new mall in Envigado just tell me what time, tuesday or Wednesday would be better for me

Phillipjamesrogers
8/20/2016 22:54 EST

We can meet at the new mall in Envigado just tell me what time, tuesday or Wednesday would be better for me

bigjailerman
8/20/2016 22:57 EST

Two different email addresses Philip.. 1050 vs 1950

Andresen
8/20/2016 22:59 EST

Is that the new mall under construction by the highway? Btw, Wednesday doesn't work for me.

Phillipjamesrogers
8/20/2016 23:00 EST

Only one and it is the one I gave you, I don't know how that got there I never use that, that is a mistake

Phillipjamesrogers
8/20/2016 23:01 EST

It is in your city and the mall is on both sides of the street. Any time after Wednesday will be good for me my friend.

Andresen
8/20/2016 23:09 EST

I think you're referring to Mayorca which I believe is officially in Itagui. And since you asked me to use your private email, and I did, why are we still using Expat Exchange?

Phillipjamesrogers
8/21/2016 00:58 EST

I don't have your email address

livinginmedellin
8/21/2016 14:36 EST

Mayorca mall is in north Sabaneta but it's a short walk on a pedestrian bridge from the Itagüí metro station. The address is: Calle 51 Sur #4857, Sabaneta, Antioquia,

Itagüí is on the other side of the river from where Mayorca mall is located.

psyberpete
8/21/2016 14:58 EST

It's called Mayorca. It's huge. Nice Italian restaurant in the upper floor with Decent food.

livinginmedellin
8/21/2016 15:22 EST

Technically it's called Mayorca Mega Plaza.

The Italian restaurant is Parmessano, which has decent Italian food. It's a chain with several other locations in Medellín in other malls like Santafé, La Strada and El Tesoro in El Poblado and Los Molinos in Belén.

Andresen
8/21/2016 16:25 EST

I agree with everything everyone's said about Mayorca. It's what I always thought but it's nice to hear others confirm. I even wrote a Trip Advisor review on the Italian restaurant and after you showed me the name is Parmessano I now realize I wrote a review on it for the SantaFe mall. Lol.

psyberpete
8/23/2016 11:03 EST

Andresen --

Sorry I didn't reply in time for the weekend but I had family stuff going on. Contact me at my email address and we can talk.:

Andresen
8/23/2016 11:06 EST

I'm confused. This isn't the same Phillip James from Sabaneta I've been emailing? I certainly don't mind meeting more than one expat.

Phillipjamesrogers
8/23/2016 11:10 EST

Yes

SkyMan
8/29/2016 19:59 EST

PJR, I could not get your email address to work for me, either=?

rickhawk27
12/19/2016 12:13 EST

I'm moving to Sabaneta from Poblado. I'd like to learn more about my new home town.

Phillipjamesrogers
12/19/2016 12:59 EST

Sabaneta is very beautiful and very cheap. I live in a 3 bedroom 3 bathroom all new for 500.00 a month. True i live alone but i like the space and the open kitchen. I have 2 patios and a great view of parts of the city. Sabaneta is very safe and american friendly, i walk just about every where. You can email me and i can ?ive you my phone number so we can connect. Phillip James Rogers. My email is gmail.com it would be good to hear from you

Phillipjamesrogers
12/19/2016 12:59 EST

Sabaneta is very beautiful and very cheap. I live in a 3 bedroom 3 bathroom all new for 500.00 a month. True i live alone but i like the space and the open kitchen. I have 2 patios and a great view of parts of the city. Sabaneta is very safe and american friendly, i walk just about every where. You can email me and i can ?ive you my phone number so we can connect. Phillip James Rogers. My email is gmail.com it would be good to hear from you

SunsetSteve
12/19/2016 17:49 EST

(Hijack alert) Maybe I should take advantage and jump in here - I will be in Medellin Feb 7-11 and back again in 2 weeks after exploring Cafetero Zone. I had not heard of the Sabaneta area until now. I hope I can get the chance to explore there and that I can see if you Sabaneteros can meet up with me then. It seems like a place I might like.

livinginmedellin
12/19/2016 22:00 EST

I agree with @Phillipjamesrogers, Sabaneta is very safe and american friendly, I also walk just about every where - except for the huge Mayorca mall at the northern edge of Sabaneta, which is a short bus ride for 1,800 pesos.

Andresen
12/19/2016 22:03 EST

I feel the same about Envigado.

jhutch621
12/20/2016 10:16 EST

This is the most friendly thread that I have seen in my month or two of constant searching.. This seems like it would be a nice group of companions. ?Si? I am in Atlanta now but will be there NLT March 1. I am a great cook and am interested in rooming with someone else so we can have a full kitchen. I have $1600SSA.
JJ

SunsetSteve
12/22/2016 19:13 EST

OK, thanks to this thread I've been looking into Sabaneta a little bit and so far I am very very impressed. Not a ton of info on the web but I dislike big cities and even those in Eje Cafetero are too big for my liking. The 38K population of Sabaneta is more to my liking. So I am thinking of altering my itinerary a bit. I have Feb 7-11 in a bnb in Medellina nd then 2 days in Guatape. Instead of then heading out by bus to Pereira, now I am thinking of booking time in Sabaneta. I will have already checked it out during my stay in Med, so I have to decide whether to pre-book something or wait until I am there.

Phillipjamesrogers
12/22/2016 19:24 EST

Call me when you come to Sababeta. Phillip 323 3455408

SunsetSteve
12/22/2016 20:21 EST

Will do, Philip!

livinginmedellin
12/23/2016 08:07 EST

@SunsetSteve, the population of Sabanata is higher than 38K. It's now about 55,000 and expected to grow to about 58,000 next year.

SunsetSteve
12/23/2016 08:15 EST

I do notice that some youtube vids about Sabaneta show quite a few high-rise buildings and 4-lane thoroughfares. I guess I am hoping there is a strong sense of a centre of town that preserves the small-town feel.

livinginmedellin
12/23/2016 20:22 EST

Yes Parque Sabaneta in the center still preserves the small-town feel. Also you'll sometimes see horses on some of the roads in Sabaneta - I see them almost every week. This is something you almost never see in El Poblado or other parts of Medellín.

mrmarko48
12/25/2016 15:33 EST

Flying into Medellin from Miami
In 2 days wheres the Right Spot to Rent without alot of Noise ?
American first time and wheres a hang out for the know it alls?

Andresen
12/25/2016 15:54 EST

I'm assuming your caption indicates where you want to stay.

Important question, are you staying here for days, weeks, months or years?

mghinton
1/2/2017 07:33 EST

i have a good friend in sabanetas i stay with when in colombia . i love that area would live there if i could . we could meet up my next trip down as i go there on a regular basis as my health care insurance is there

jhutch621
1/2/2017 10:38 EST

What keeps you from living in Sabaneta?

joemindwarp
1/2/2017 18:06 EST

I like both Envigado and Sabaneta, only draw back is the metro accessibility.
there is a bus or taxi from each metro to the center of each, kind of ,a hassle.
It is about 15 minutes from Laureles to each of these districts, I prefer to visit instead of living there. Been in Laureles 180 days a year for 3 years
A todos mis amigos 'Happy New Year'

Marie819
1/3/2017 06:59 EST

Greetings! I will throw this question out and am excited to hear responses. I am looking to move to Colombia near the end on 2017. Bringing my 74 yo mother, myself, and at least 2 of my 3 children (16 & 28). Working on the 21 yo. What area or areas would you suggest we investigate to live in?
I appreciate your responses.
Marie

Phillipjamesrogers
1/3/2017 07:30 EST

Sabaneta is very cheap, beautiful and safe to live in, email me for more information.

Andresen
1/3/2017 09:33 EST

Envigado is just North of Sabaneta so it's a little closer to Medellin. I would recommend checking out the area just east of the Exito/Home Center and west of Parque Envigado. Then you would be close to the metro, buses to Medellin, downtown Envigado and the new mall due to be completed end of 2017.

Marie819
1/9/2017 14:48 EST

Thank you for the response. My mother and I are looking forward to visiting Colombia in February- she and I are flying down to check out the area.

JasonWriter
1/9/2017 15:34 EST

It seems people who gravitate toward Envigado and Sabaneta tend to be stable and friendly. Or maybe those areas make people that way. At aby rate, this is an unusually friendly thread, kudos. I would move to one of these areas, but I still have a lot of online warring to do, and so I'll stay in the ol pit for now :P

SunsetSteve
1/9/2017 17:21 EST

Why, I oughta . . .

SunsetSteve
1/9/2017 17:23 EST

Marie - maybe I'll run into you and your crew in Feb! I am exploring Colombia Feb 7-21. :)

Marie819
1/10/2017 19:42 EST

That would be awesome SunsetSteve!

stevesawyer1895
1/11/2017 19:06 EST

Steve, we are liking Salento and Gataupe from Google Street view or something like them. We don't need all those big city services.
Let us know what you think.

SunsetSteve
1/11/2017 19:16 EST

I currently live in the country, on a lake, close *10 kms to a village and 50 to a city. I drw from the lake and have an onsite septic system. So to me, Guatape and Salento represent a step up in infrastructure. But I am concerned as to whether those places have appropriate rental accommodation at reasonable cost in view of the high tourism factor. To investigate that I have booked accoms in Guatape for Feb 11-13.

SunsetSteve
1/11/2017 19:19 EST

After that I will return to Medellin and grab a bus to Armenia and/or Periera to see whether city life can work for me (doubtful, but I will be alone after all).While there I plan to check out those smaller towns we discussed.

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