Your Guide to relocating, Real Estate and tourism in Costa Rica
Your Guide to relocating, Real Estate and tourism in Costa Rica
Your Guide to relocating, Real Estate and tourism in Costa Rica
Your Guide to relocating, Real Estate and tourism in Costa Rica
Your Guide to relocating, Real Estate and tourism in Costa Rica
Your Guide to relocating, Real Estate and tourism in Costa Rica
Your Guide to relocating, Real Estate and tourism in Costa Rica

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La Vita -- The Art of Living Green in Escazú, Costa Rica

Submitted by michael on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 09:46

Costa Rica long has been known as an Eco-travel destination.  Until this point, however, most of the Eco-travel and Eco-residences have been located in out-of-the-way places like the Osa Peninsula or the northern part of the country quite far from modern amenities and conveniences.  This is about to change.  La Vita Eco-Residences has put down their roots in the modern, upscale San José suburb of San Antonio de Escazú.  For those who wish to live as green as possible, but aren't quite ready for a camping lifestyle completely off the grid, La Vita presents the perfect concept in modern Eco-living.

According to the planners of La Vita: "The innovative construction will be under the concept of an environmental & sustainable architecture that . . . considers the climatic conditions, taking advantage of the natural resources (sun, vegetation, geothermal), to diminish the environmental impact and reducing water and energy consumption." 

This new green community has a superb location in the San Antonio section of Escazú:

  • 25 minutes from the international airport SJO
  • 15 minutes from Central America's best hospital, Hospital CIMA
  • 15 minutes from Multiplaza mall and the new IMAX theater
  • 10 minutes from Plaza Iskatzu, known for its fine restaurants and shopping
  • 5 minutes from Country Club Golfing

The residences themselves are the highlight of the community, designed in an elegant, tropical, and modern theme.  Each of the 73 Eco-residences have spacious balconies and green areas to enjoy the perfect climate, with underground wiring to preserve stellar views.  Amenities and services have all been well considered to make life as pleasurable and enjoyable as possible.  These features include:

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New Ameurope´s Video - Where do you want to live?

Submitted by david on Thu, 03/25/2010 - 10:17

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Costa Rica Health Care Looks Even Better Today

Submitted by michael on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 19:07

With the passage of health-care "reform" in the United States, Costa Rica's health care just became an even better option.  Even many on the left of this issue in the U.S. see this legislation for what it is: 2,700 pages submitted the day before the vote.  The only reason to drop such a mountain of unreadable material at the 11th hour is to avoid real scrutiny.  But, if one really wants to know what this is all about, just look at the price of pharmaceutical stocks today -- someone likes this legislation VERY much.  For the rest of us, I think it is a good time to review Costa Rica's health care as detailed in a concise overview by International Living.

Costa Rica Offers Good-Quality Health Care

Costa Rica has universal health care, one of the best health systems in Latin America. As always with nationalized health care, expect red tape and long waits, but the quality of Costa Rica's health care is excellent. Private health care is also available, very affordable, and high quality. Many doctors speak English and have received training in Europe, Canada, or the U.S. There are three large, private hospitals that most expatriates use: CIMA hospital in Escazú, Clinica Biblica in San José, and Clinica Católica in San José-Guadalupe.

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Permaculture Community Offers Titled Lots in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Submitted by michael on Sun, 03/21/2010 - 12:45

A new ecological community, Rancho San Roque, is being developed in the foothills of the Rincon de la Vieja volcano in Costa Rica.  The developer has engaged the services of The Project Office (TPO) to manage the project; Deppat to create the master plan; and Zurcher Architects to create the architectural detail for a private residential community in harmony with nature.  Each of the 37 fully-titled lots available for purchase has at least 1.25-acres (5000M2) and incorporates sweeping views of the Guanacaste countryside, enjoying cool mountain air and rich volcanic soil.

Residents will enjoy the tranquility of country living with the convenience of modern services.  Located in Cañas Dulces – only 30 minutes from Liberia – where modern shopping, fine dining, and premium services are abundant.  The international airport in Liberia is just 40 minutes away, and some of Costa Rica’s best white-sand beaches and fishing are also an easy drive from the community.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Turnkey Ocean-View Community -- 12 acres, 7 lots -- $350,000

Submitted by michael on Thu, 03/11/2010 - 07:58

Great Opportunity for Investors!
Ocean view residential community, ready to go!
$350,000--possibly negotiable


A new ocean-view project of 7 lots has recently become available in San Ramon.  Perfect for investors not wanting to put a lot of time and effort into real estate development. This project includes fully segregated and titled lots, water service to each lot and electricity.  Lots range in size from 2100 square meters or .5 acres, to over 16,000 square meters or over 4 acres.  Situated on an active coffee farm, residents will live in the real Costa Rica, but not isolated.  The development also features many fruit trees including oranges, limes, tangerines, bananas and plantains.  The land is largely rolling hills directly facing the ocean with home sites strategically nestled within coffee and fruit trees.

Located just five minutes from downtown San Ramon, this project is in an area being recognized as a foreign enclave, but providing much natural beauty and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Nicoya Peninsula, Puntarenas, and various islands.  The sunsets over the Nicoya Peninsula are spectacular as are the nighttime lights of Puntarenas.  During holidays, you'll be able to see numerous fireworks shows in the many towns surrounding Puntarenas.  San Ramon has a very temperate climate at about 3200 feet above sea level.  The temperature averages about 78 degrees year round and dips down to about 68 degrees at night.  Due to its location and rains, the area stays green throughout the year.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Modern Duplex in Atenas, 2 km From New Highway

Submitted by michael on Sat, 02/27/2010 - 20:55

This is a very special property for the Atenas area.  The design is similar to Escazu/Santa Ana.  Now, with the new highway connected, families, businessmen, investors seeking rental income, and expats seeking privacy and tranquility can really experience modern living in the heart of nature.

Property Highlights:

  • Safe, private, quiet location in Atenas
  • Just minutes to the new San Jose-Caldera highway
  • 2,500 sq. ft. of living space for each unit
  • 2 bed, 3 full bath each unit
  • Pool and recreation area
  • Excellent rental income potential
  • Automatic gated entry
  • Parking for 6 vehicles
  • Held in a clean corporation for easy transfer and low closing costs

Property Description:

This duplex is a rare find in Atenas.  Located just 2 km from the new San Jose-Caldera highway, this is the perfect safe country setting for those who wish to live among nature, but still be within 30 minutes of San Jose, Escazu, or Santa Ana.  This property is well designed, utilizing every square meter perfectly.  It is situated among a grove of bamboo, and was built to the highest standards.  This is a great opportunity for families, businessmen, investors seeking rental income, or expats who are looking for ample living space, security, and tranquility.

Each apartment is identical and measures over 2,500 sq. ft. of living space.  The design is open, bright, and modern.  All cabinets are Euromobilia, kitchen countertops are granite, and no expense has been spared on lighting and fixures.  Each apartment has an indoor garden and balconies to enjoy the views.  The two master bedrooms in each unit are large and bright with plenty of closet space; and the three full baths in each unit are high quality and large.

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Costa Rica Among Top Eco-friendly Countries

Submitted by michael on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 08:50

The 2010 Environmental Performance Index has been released.  Costa Rica moved up two places this year to the third most environmentally friendly country.  The index ranks 163 countries for 25 performance indicators tracked across ten policy categories covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality.  Expats, potential expats, and eco-travelers should be comforted that Costa Rica continues to perform better each year, even as infrastructure continues to improve.  With the recent election of Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rica will continue to move forward in a balanced way that respects its biodiversity and natural attractions, while ensuring that financial incentives are offered for the aspiring expat.  One might also ask, Is it safe to live there?  Costa Rica again scored well, registering at #9 on the list of the 10 Best Places to Live For Escaping World Conflict.  Again, Laura Chinchilla has voiced her mission to continue improving the country’s police force.  Costa Rica already records one of the lowest crime rates in the world, but the current and future administrations are dedicated to preserving the culture of peace that embodies Costa Rica.  There has never been a better time to retire to Costa Rica.  As much of the world is experiencing cutbacks due to

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Building Your Dream Home in Costa Rica

Submitted by michael on Sun, 02/14/2010 - 09:45

Contributed by Andrew Mastrandonas and Preston Gitlin from CRCommunities

Buying a home site and building your own home can be a daunting task anywhere in the world; it is no different in Costa Rica. However, with proper due diligence, and a realistic evaluation of budgetary concerns, the process can be the most rewarding way to express your dream of living in Costa Rica.

Tips For Finding Your Home Site

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A Significant Moment in Costa Rica’s History

Submitted by michael on Tue, 02/09/2010 - 10:31

Michael Anthony

Love her or hate her, the election of doña Laura Chinchilla as the first woman president of Costa Rica signifies the majority’s choice for both the continuation of current policies, and the change in cultural perspective that her presidency represents.  She officially takes power on May 8th with support from other women in the government who now represent 23 of 57 public posts.

Not only has Costa Rica elected its first woman president  (only the 5th in Latin America, but one of more than 50 the world over since 1960), they have done it by a landslide, as Chinchilla nearly doubled the percentage of her nearest contender, Ottón Solís.

In my local neighborhood of Atenas, there was a marked air of festivity surrounding this year’s election.  The area was draped in the green and white of Chinchilla’s PLN party; caravans and parades would follow.  Costa Ricans who I spoke to said they had never seen such voter turnout and enthusiasm.  While Americans were screaming at their TVs during the Super Bowl, the same level of emotion could be observed by Costa Ricans in front of their TVs:  arguing, debating, and speculating, but fully absorbed by the event.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Sustainable Community Lots — $50,000

Submitted by michael on Fri, 02/05/2010 - 09:25

The area around Rincon de la Vieja, Guanacaste is a richly fertile diverse location that is continuing to benefit from the growing interest in the Northwest area of Costa Rica.  The Liberia International airport has brought full connectivity to the region both nationally and internationally.  The center of Liberia is full of shops, restaurants, and all modern conveniences.  The small town of Canas Dulces is just 30 minutes from modern development, and yet is located in the foothills where the weather is substantially cooler at 1,500 feet above sea level, and commands stunning views of the surrounding countryside, as well as some of the best sunset views in the country over the Gulf of Papagayo.  The new sustainable community of Rancho San Roque has taken advantage of the wealth of natural resources, as well as the convenience offered by an international airport and proximity to a major town.  We believe that these 1.25 acre lots are a tremendous value starting at $50,000.

Property Highlights:

  • 37 titled lots
  • 1,500 foot elevation offers much cooler weather than the Guanacaste coast
  • Many nearby activities
  • 40 minutes to Liberia international airport
  • 30 minutes to Liberia city center -- many shops and restaurants
  • Permaculture design focused on self-sufficiency
  • OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE: $20,000 DOWN $608 PER MONTH FOR 5 YEARS

Property Description:

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