Response from Ross:
Thanks Peter for your kind words. I must correct one thing, the local buses service run directly beside the apartment and it has a stop 50 yards from the building. I am on a mountain side so the walk down to Lleras Park (one popular spot) would take 15 minutes, but the walk up would be a challenge unless your an athlete. By taxi it's 5 minutes away and 5 million pesos ($2.60). Other popular spots that ARE within walking distance is Tesoro Mall (the nicest mall in Medellin) , Exito (huge grocery store), and Forma Gym Superior (where the most beautiful people I've seen in Colombia work out), these are 5 minutes walk from my building.