4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom, pool,
- english, spanish
About Chimene Longwater
Hi, I'm Chimene Longwater. I was born and raised in the beautiful coastal town of Savannah, Georgia. My husband and I moved to Panama in 1989 when he became a staff scientist with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Our three children were all born in Panama and raised in Gamboa and consider themselves lucky beyond belief to have been given the opportunity to call Panama and especially Gamboa their home. I would love others to see the beauty and enjoy the uniqueness of the house that we designed with our close friends Patrick Dillon and Beth Coates. Our daughters have recently graduated college and are making spirits in San Francisco and art in Oaxaca. Our son is a junior at Colorado College. We moved to Miami where my husband was the founding Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President for Education at Frost Science, and where we still live. We travel back to Panama frequently to visit our two homes in Gamboa, our Rio Mar Beach Platforms and our coffee farm in Boquete. With have explored every part of Panama from the mountains to the jungles, both coasts and the islands of Bocas del Toro, Guna Yala, Las Perlas and Coiba.
Chimene Longwater purchased this House in 2009
Why Chimene Longwater chose Gamboa
We designed and built this property because Gamboa is a historical gem preserved in time, and located only 25 minutes from Panama City, traffic permitting. Gamboa is a unique and fantastic place to enjoy the beauty of the tropics with all of its lush and exuberant wildlife juxtaposed with the industrial history of the Panama Canal. We love the combination of the natural and cultural history of Gamboa, and it was the ideal location for the home and life we wanted to build for ourselves.
What makes this House unique
Gamboa is the last Panama Canal Zone town that remains mostly unchanged from its origins in the 1930's. It has the good fortune of being at the end of the road, situated halfway up the Panama Canal nestled within Soberania National Park. The Panama Canal borders Gamboa to the west, Soberania National Park forms the eastern and northern limits of the town, and the Chagras borders its southern edge. Gamboa is completely surrounded by forest and water. Whatever your interest in tropical nature, it is exuberant in Gamboa and in the nearby forests and waterways. Find world class birding or jungle trekking on Pipeline Road which begins 2 km from our house, or superb peacock bass and snook fishing on Gatun Lake or the Chagres River. If you look you will see 100s of species of birds, at least 3 species of monkeys, anteaters, agoutis, coatis, capybara, sloths, caiman and, with luck and persistence, the possibility of kinkajou, jaguarundi, ocelots, maybe even jaguar. Gamboa is a lovely, tranquil town for early morning or late afternoon walks or runs. One can appreciate the daily activity of the Panama Canal Dredging Division, watch big ships transit the Canal, hear the sounds of the jungle and appreciate the remarkable architecture and town planning of the old Panama Canal Zone.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
By far the best place to stay in Gamboa
A magnificent house with a pool, amazing breezes, a desperate kid or quiet sleeping area (air conditioned)- the house alone is a vacation onto itself with swimming, a pool table, ping pong and more. And then outside the rain forest, lake Gatun... Chimene had amazing recommendations and our trip was near perfect. I’m so relieved we did not stay in the resort but then it was also nice to have it there to use the trails and see their facilities. Recommend Pipeline Road with Saul, the most amazing bird guide; Playa Blanca outside portobelo; walking along the chagres through the resort jn the evening (monkeys!! The most magical forest); drinks on the porch in a Friday night with the da and baseball game below; and experiencing the sad heartbreaking beauty of the town of gamboa. We will return!
Excellent property and the owners were quite accommodating. Excellent birding! Refreshing pool!
As above. We all recommend the Birdhouse without any reservations and Gamboa has lots to offer.
Unique house and experience
This house is a truly unique experience as it is open to the environment, creatures sounds and all! We had a great time here experiencing and it is perfect for those that love nature. From the moment we arrived in the pouring rain we saw an agouti and as the sun came out so did all the birds! Chimene, who owns the property was very helpful from the off. She put us in touch with a private guide who took us on a boat onto Lake Gutan where we experienced close up the ships going up and down the canal, the local wildlife and local Indians.
We stayed out of season, but even in season there is little in the way of restaurants, so you must bring food with you or eat in the local hotel up the road. The house is equipped with everything you could possibly need to cook though, it really is home from home. Don't stay here is you don't like bugs or the odd bat flitting about, this house is about as close to nature you can get but still be inside!!
Spectacular Home in the Jungle!
Our family has traveled all over the world (50+ countries), and we've never stayed in a house quite like this one. We really wanted to get out of Panama City and be closer to the jungle, canal, etc. The home provided a perfect base for 5 nights of our trip in Panama. The architecture and design is very unique, the location is in a nice part of the quiet town of Gamboa, and the Gamboa Rainforest Resort is only a 10-15 minute walk away. We did a sunset boat cruise, the aerial tram tour, the ecological exhibits (butterfly garden, orchid center, and frog house), and the new wildlife rescue center on property. All were pretty good. We cooked most of our meals ourselves in the fantastic kitchen, but we did have a couple meals at the Resort which were actually pretty good. For a family of 6 (2 parents, 2 grandparents, and 2 young children), the house was perfect. The open air design made us feel like part of the jungle, and we enjoyed hearing and seeing birds from the house and decks. Even when it was hot outside, the house always felt very comfortable with all the air flow (and the basement level is air conditioned). The toys, board games, and books were a great hit with our kids, and there were many interesting books upstairs for the adults. We used the swimming pool daily, and we even played a little on the pool table and ping pong table. Chimene, the owner, was delightful to work with and was available before, during, and after our stay to make sure everything went smoothly. I also walked to an ATM and a little convenience store in town and had no issues finding anything. We've been raving about this place to friends and family since we returned, and I expect we will tell anyone visiting Panama it is a "must do" part of their trip. I've rated other vacation houses that were perfectly nice 5 stars....this truly perfect house deserves more like 7 stars.
Fabulous house in a great location
The house is unique and a special experience. There is plenty to do in the area for day trips but our family also enjoyed hanging at the house where we could read on the deck, watch the parrots fly across the sky, and our college age boys could play ping pong or pool. The kitchen was great and we cooked in for all but one lunch in Panama City. We highly recommend it and the owner, Chimene, was very helpful and considerate.
AMAZING NATURE UNIQUE DESIGN HOUSE
I rented this house with 10 friends for the weekend and we had an amazing time.
The house provides an amazing outdoors feeling with the open living room and kitchen design connecting to the nature outside.
The swimming pool and deck is amazing and the "kids" play room are perfect for hanging-out while playing pool.
On of the best surprises was the FULLY equipped kitchen (as a real home and not as rental house).
Even though on the top level there isn't air conditioning, the open design provides a fresh breeze during the day (complemented by fans).
If you are looking for a house with lots of contact with nature and to hang out with comfort, this is the perfect house.
Be aware: nature = bugs + mosquito
The host was very thoughtful and organized. Everything was very well coordinated.
Located halfway up the Panama Canal in the historic Panama Canal Zone town of Gamboa. Home to world class birding. World famous Pipeline and Rainforest Discovery Center 1 mile easy hike from our door step. Situated in the heart of the Smithsonian Tropical Research facility in Gamboa. Science and scientist abound as does the pick up point to visit Smithsonian's Barro Colorado Island. 20 minute walk to the public dock where you can get a guide and fish for peacock bass or go sight seeing up the Panama Canal or up the Chagras River. We are a 10 minute car drive to the Pan American Highway that crosses the Panama Canal and heads west to the best Pacific beaches. We are a 10 minute car drive to the Transisthmian Highway that travels north and takes you to the mysterious and beautiful caribbean coast. Alternatively you can drive into the heart of Panama City in 25 minutes for dinner in Casco Viejo. We have two local resorts close at hand. The Gamboa Rainforest Resort and the Radisson Summit Golf Resort. Both have nice restaurants and bars for a change of pace.