When we first came to Panama, just at 3 years ago, we were attracted to Pedasi by one of the web sites we found advertising beachfront living. We live on the beach in Florida, but were looking for another adventure. My wife and I spent just 7 hours in Pedasi during that first trip, toured both beachfront developments, and concluded in that time that the beach was too isolated for us, but that the town could be a home run.
John and Mary also live on the water in Florida, but they too were taken by the openness, friendlinesss, and classic beauty of the people and architecture of Pedasi. After a few trips we decided to look for a house to buy. Three years ago, as now, there weren't many homes for sale. You can buy land, some with utilities and some with promises, but not many homes (other than a few fixer uppers) are for sale. In 8 more trips in the next 12 months, the four of us spent a lot of time searching out potential homes and homesites for sale. We looked at everything.
Eventually we got lucky and found a home, just down from the square, that had been owned and improved by a Canadian couple. Our small house, affectionately referred to as the "birdcage" is right in the heart of town (chickens, dogs, kids, roosters and all).