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BUYING PROPERTY IN COSTA RICA

Graphic Design Irania Salazar S. Photographer Irving Dávila

Grecia - A Great Place to Live

Administrative Assistant Gabriel Alejandro Abarca L. Luisa Maria Madrigal Cedeño Sales Ana Marcela Dávila Madrigal

Obtaining Residency in Costa Rica

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ID8818 Brand New Apartment in Santa Ana, 3B, 2B, 177m2 in Gated Community, Santa Ana / For Sale $195.000

ID9800 New, Large Contemporary House, 4B, 3.5B, 395m2 with Garden and Common Areas in Santa Ana / For Sale $595.000

ID9680 One Story, 3B, 3.5B, 330m2 Colonial Style House in Cerro Real, Escazu /For Sale $560.000 / For Rent $3.300

ID 10662 Distrito 4 Apartment, 2B, 2.5B, 103m2 living area, 27m2 Parking and lots of Amenities. Es- cazú For Sale $230,000

Santa Ana Real Estate

ID10079 Flat Land 1,017m2 in the Famous Gat- ed Community La Hacienda in Santa Ana / For Sale $385.000

ID10334 Apartment 3B, 2.5B, 2P, Maids, Storage and Amenities in Escazu / For Sale $225.000

ID9500 Spacious Exclusive Apartment 3B, 3.5B, 459m2, in Jaboncillos, Escazu / For Sale $620.000 / Rent $2,500

ID7203 Opportunity! Contemporary House 3B, 3B, 410m2 in Harmony with Nature, Santa Ana / For Sale $395.000

ID10399 Fully Furnished Apartment, All Included, Torre Paseo Colon / For Sale $175,000 / For Rent $1,150

ID10855 Corner Remodeled House in Gated Com- munity, 3B, 2.5B with Security and Social Areas. For Sale $215,000.

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ID10089 Contemporary Apartment with Beautiful Forest Views, 2B, 2B, 130m2 in Santa Ana / For Sale $180.000

ID10034 Recently Remodeled Townhouse, 3B, 2.5B, 232m2, Gated Community in Guachipelin, Loma Real, Escazu / For Sale $225.000

Our expert team will provide you with the personal service and attention that you deserve. We take great pride in our com- pany; as well as, serving our clients and neighbors. Ask around, and you will find that Coldwell Banker Santa Ana Real Estate team is highly respected. We have earned our clients’ re- spect through hard work and dedication. No question or re- quest is too demanding, as we constantly research the latest market conditions and finance options. As your real estate pro- fessional, you can be confident that we will always put forth the extra effort to assist you with the purchase, sale or rental of residential or commercial prop- erties. With the resources of one of the most respected and well recognized franchises in Real Estate - Coldwell Banker; we can make your dreams a reality. English, Spanish and French spoken Visit our web site at www.cbrealestatecr.com or contact us at US & Canada: 1-786-999-8676 CR: (506) 4034-4000 / (506) 7108-1041

ID8095 Brand New Contemporary 4B, 3.5B, 535m2 House With Views in Exclusive Gated Community / For Sale $780,000

ID10661 ONE LEVEL, Contemporary, 3B, 3.5B, 233m2 const., 340m2 lot. Gated Community in Santa Ana. For Sale $425,000

ID7572 PRICE REDUCED! Beautiful 4B, 5B, 340m2, Country Home in the City, Santa Ana / For Sale $460,000

ID10655 Stunning, private, single family home, 757m2 const., 3,850m2 lot, 6b, 7.5b, pool. Santa Ana. REDUCED PRICE: $795,000

ID9770 Remodeled Penthouse in Avalon Country Club 3B, 2B, 133m2, in Santa Ana / For Sale $199,000 / For Rent $1.400

ID9664 Story Spacious Home, 3B, 2.5B, Studio, 380m2 Los Reyes Gated Community, Golf, Polo, More / For Sale $480.000

ID9783 Elegant Mediterranean Style Home, 5B, 5.5B, 590m2 in San Antonio de Escazu / For Sale $660.000

ID6888 Spanish Style, 6B, 6B, 500m2 Single Family Home, Ample Lot, Golf Community, La Guacima / For Sale $549.000

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ID3350 High End 4B, 5B, 600m2 Contemporary House in Escazu / For Sale $1.100.000

ID10913 Condo in Escazu, Remodeled, Great lo- cation. 3B, 2.5 B, 251m2 Constr., For Sale $255,000 Neg. Pool, 24/7 Security & Clubhouse.

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Buying Property in Costa Rica 101-A Primer You have visited Costa Rica, possibly several trips and you love it and you are ready to buy your own place in Paradise, great, you are making a wonderful decision!

10 COSTA RICA REAL ESTATE MAGAZINE as you do your homework properly! Do it right and you will be very happy but if you don´t do your due diligence and work with expert real estate and legal help to guide you, then you are basically rolling the dice and hoping to win. A big plus is that the foreign owner of property in Costa Rica has the same constitutional rights as Costa Rican citizens. One key piece of advice not usually given is that you should choose a good lawyer who will be the key person in getting things done correctly and safely in Costa Rica. Even before picking a Real Estate pro- fessional, find a good lawyer, preferably one who works daily with the area you are interested in buying your property in, although some San José lawyers are also excellent real estate specialists. A good lawyer will advice you on any pit- falls you might not have seen or even know about, and also knows who the reputable real estate firms or individuals in the chosen area are and can also help you to begin your residency application. In Costa Rica, mostly all land is titled, and those titles are registered and kept at the offices of the Public Registry in San José (the Capital city) in the Property Section (Registro de la Propiedad). Most titles are currently organized by means of a computerized system called the ¨Folio Real¨. A property ownership transfer re- quires that both the buyer and the seller sign a deed before a Costa Rican Notary Public (whose concept is different from the ones in many other countries such as Canada and the United States and is re- quired to formalize all transactions deal- ing with real estate transfers) and that the deed is then recorded at the Public F ew places have all the pluses that Costa Rica can offer for retirement, relocation and investment, so long

Registry. Nearly all purchases require a due diligence period of 30 to 60 days so an Option to Buy-Sell is signed (Opción de Compra-Venta) where the key items are specified such as the property reg- istry information, the price, the option term, broker commissions and the key due diligence points that must be met in order for the down payment (given with signing of option) to be released to the seller by the Escrow company. Do not give the option money (which is usu- ally 10% unless agreed otherwise mu- tually), to the seller or his lawyer. Your lawyer should have a reputable escrow company he or she works with that will act as the independent third party in the transaction and that will abide by the op- tion to buy contract stipulations. For your protection always use your own trusted lawyer to look out for your interests and do not agree to use the seller´s lawyer as that opens you up to big potential trouble. All titled land in Costa Rica, whether it is registered following the newer ¨Folio Real¨ system or the older book/page/en- try system, can be accurately and safely title-searched in order to determine all relevant aspects on the specific proper- ty, such as ownership, mortgages, liens, annotations or other issues, that may af- fect ownership rights or the possibility of transferring said property to a third party. Title searches on ¨Folio Real¨ proper- ties may be initiated in the computer system, which is accessible online but will then possibly require a follow-up in the book/page/entry system, particularly when the computer search shows liens, encumbrances or other property charac- teristics that were ¨inherited¨ from older transactions on that land before it was transferred to the ¨Folio Real¨ system. Additionally, although the computer sys-

tem will indicate a list of liens and en- cumbrances, in most cases a thorough and complete title search will require the review of microfilmed or scanned documents indicating the details of such finds, which are not accessible online and can only be obtained at the offices of the Public Registry. Although, as indicated, the ¨Folio Real¨ is accessible online, generally private parties do not have the legal training to be able to accurately interpret the in- formation acquired, as well as to know how best to follow-up any required fur- ther steps. This is why it is highly rec- ommended that a knowledgeable legal professional be used to perform and re- port on the title search. In addition to the title search, if the property is owned by a corporation, it is essential to undertake a corporate search at the Commercial Section of the Public Registry. Only by doing so, can you verify that this corpo- rate entity transferring the property is in good standing and also that the pro- posed signatory of the transfer deed ac- tually does have the legal power to do this transfer. Another important item to keep in mind when buying a property is the USO DE SUELO (what you are allowed to build or do on that property). For example, if you are buying a lot or built property for com- mercial purposes but the land is desig- nated for residential use only then you need to know this. Or you want to buy a lot and put several units on it but are only allowed a single residence or you want to have a Bed & Breakfast, but the municipality does not allow it, etc., etc. All of these pitfalls can easily be avoided with the use of a good lawyer and proper due diligence and the additional help of a good real estate professional.

ID10395 New Home 3B, 4B, in Gated Community with Amenities, in Santa Ana / For Sale $735,000

ID4750 Spectacular, Award Winning, Contempo- rary, Single Family Home, 5B, 5B, 850m2 in Villa Real / For Sale $1.995.000

ID6352 Private, 3B, 2.5B, 350m2, 1543m2 lot, Single Family House with Pool, Santa Ana. For Sale $375,000

ID10437 Villa Big Rock, Elegant Private Estate on 3.3 Acres, in Santa Ana / For Sale $690,000

ID10660 Exclusive Single Family Home with Pool, Santa Ana, 2 Story, 4B, 7B, 1,078m2 construction, 1,368m2 lot. Gated Community. For Sale $1,725,000

ID8565 Brand New, One Level, Contemporary Home, 3B, 3.5B, 232m2 in Santa Ana / For Sale $365.000 / For Rent $2.350

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ID7980 Amazing 0.63 acres Commercial Lot in Alto de las Palomas, Escazu / For Sale $475,000

ID10474 Lake View condo in Avalon Country Club, 3b, 2B, Mezzanine, 133m2 total. Santa Ana. For Sale $199,000 / For Rent $1,300

ID8513 Office Space 585m2, Exclusive Corporate Center, Rohrmoser, San Jose / For Rent $11.700

ID9691 Single Family Home in Gat- ed Community, 3B, 2,5B plus maid’s. 255m2 const., 361m2 Lot. Tennis, pool, soccer…Santa Ana. For Sale: $490,000

ID10630 3B, 2.5B, Condo in Escazú. For Sale $200,000

ID8072 Ready to Build, Wonderful 0.44 Acre Lot, Incredible Views, Ciudad Colon / For Sale $225.000

ID10404 Build To Your Taste! Lot in Gat- ed Community in Belen, 2153 sqf / For Sale $71.500

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T he rural city of Grecia, with a population of around 18,000, is located just 25 minutes from Alajuela and from major shopping options including Walmart, Price Club and very large malls as well as the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) could well be the best place to live in due to a year/round spring-like weather and the friendly local residents. The sunny climate, the fertile land and the abundance of clean water are perfect for growing organic coffee in the hills above Grecia and for the cultivation of sugar cane and pineapples. Home gardens can grow just about anything and the local Farmers Market Fair on Fridays and Saturdays is one of the best and largest in Cos- ta Rica. The city has its own Caja Social Security Hospital and many medical and dental practitioners are available locally. If window shopping is to your liking, then you will be delighted as there are easily two hundred small shops in the downtown area giving it that small town feeling of yesteryear. There is also a modern mall with shops, restaurants and movie theaters plus many modern supermarkets as well as small neighborhood pul- perias and sodas. The Central Park is one of the most popular in Costa Rica and usually a great place to people watch and next door is the metallic church, brought over in its entirety at the end of the 19th century from Belgium. Grecia is the cleanest city in Costa Rica and on August 1989 was declared the cleanest city in Latin America at a meeting of the International Union of Municipalities in Ecuador. If you are looking for a great place to live in other than the beaches, then Grecia is a must see on your list of places to check out. GRECIA A Hidden Gem just 25 minutes north of the International Airport!

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Price: 1,398,000. USD Reduced: 1,250,000. USD

Unique Warehouse For Sale Located on the edge of Downtown San Jose Lot size: 3,570 m2 / 38,427 sq. ft. | Construction: 2,390 m2 / 25,725 sq. ft. | Office | Parking | Truck Loading area

One of a Kind Deal 600+ Acre Farm and House Tilaran, Guanacaste Located on Lake Arenal near Tilaran | Spectacular Lake and Volcano views | 1 mile of Road frontage along the Lake | Large US Country Style home

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We firmly believe that there is no better, healthier, nicer place to live in than Grecia. at less than 30 minutes from the sJo international airport it is close to all services and amenities but it feels a World aWay! We invite you to discover this so, so very special corner of paradise. you may not Want to leave!

Nearly New Home in Montezuma Residential Community with Pools, Gym, Racketball, Sports Courts, Picnic Areas and 24-7 Security. Includes Appliances & Water Softener Purifying Equip- ment, Fans & More.3 Bdrm., 2 Bath, 2 Parking: US$179,000 Full Details and Photos, at our website.

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BRAND NEW, Spacious 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home, 2 Car Garage, Great Neighborhood. Priced right at US$137,000.

Gorgeous, 2-story home with 3 Bedrooms and 2 bathrooms is an Entertainer´s Delight with a large 500m2 lot and plenty of green space as well as relaxation space under roof. Add to this the awesome Montezuma Common Areas and top end Kitchen Appliances included and you have a winner at just US$369,000.

Various LOTS from $37,500 with great views, ready to build, Water, Electric and Fiber Optic Internet and Cable, own water in the residential and many common areas with pools, gym, game area, sports fields, tennis and more. Only $58 per month HOA fee and extremely low property taxes.

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GDG 04 Property size: 1600 m2 Construction: 250 m2 Bedrooms: 5, Bathrooms: 3 Garage: Carport

GDG 06 Property size: 2.5 acres Construction: 120 m2 Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 2 Garage: 1 car

GDG 17 Property size: 900 m2 Construction: 160 m2 Bedrooms: 3 + office Bathrooms: 2, Garage: Garage

GDG 19 Property size: 3471 m2 Construction: 195 m2 Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3

Carport + Garage Residential Homes Price: $360,000

Residential Homes Price: $489,900

Residential Homes Price: $260,000

Residential Homes Price: $157,000

GDG 20 Atenas Property size: 7000 m2 Construction: 413 m2 Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 4.5 Garage: Carport

GDG 22 Property size: 335 m2. Construction: 185 m2. Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 2 Garage: Carport

GDG 23 Property size: 1 acre Construction: 220 m2. Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 2.5 Garage: 2 cars

GDG 24 Property size: 2.1 acres Construction: 140 m2 Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2.5 Garage: Carport

Condominium 24/7 Price: $650,000

Residential Homes Price: $110,000

Residential Home Price: $320,000

Residential Homes Price: $ 269,000

GDG 45 Property size: 5000 m2 Construction: 200 m2 Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3 Garage: Carport

GDG 49 Property size: 2000 m2 Construction: 250 m2 Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 2.5 Garage: Carport

GDG 53 Property size: 1000 m2 Construction: 180 m2 Bedrooms: 3, Bathrooms: 3.5 Garage: Carport Condominium Price: $299,000

GDG 56 Property size: 292 m2 Construction: 180 m2 Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms: 2 Garage: 1

Residential Homes Price: $ 225,000

Residential Homes Price: $ 360,000

Residential Homes Price: $ 145,000

GDG 57 Orotina Property size: 1000 m2 Construction: 160 m2 Bedrooms: 2, Bathrooms; 2 Garage: Carport

GDG 59 Property size: 3000 m2 Construction: 200 m2 Bedrooms: 2/3, Bathrooms: 1 1/2 Garage; Carport

GDG 67 Income Property Property size: 251 m2 Construction: 200 m2 Bedrooms: 2 each-apartment Bathrooms: 1 each-apartment Garage: Garage 2 cars

GDG 114 Property size: 1600 m2 Construction: 160 m2 Bedrooms: 4, Bathrooms: 5 Garage: Carport

Residential Homes Price: $ 175,000

Residential Homes Price: $ 235,000

Residential Homes Price: $ 155,000

Residential Homes Price: $ 159,000

Exora Luxury Villa, Turrucares

Unique Design with Modern Style and luxury nishes, with multiple ambiances for sharing and surrounded by many gardens; a perfect location with plenty of privacy and tranquility. Price: US$1,950,000

Lot: 14,346.30 m², Construction: 1,841.80 m², Bedrooms: 4, 4 full baths and two ½ baths, Guest and employee house. Parking: 4 int / 16 ext, pool, jacuzzi, sauna, BBQ.

4 full / 2 half bath

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Price: US$5,000,000

Price: US$1,349,000

Price: US$1,100,000

Villa La Artística San Antonio Escazú Lot: 13,834.18m², Construction: 2,076m², 5Bedrooms, 3 full baths and two½baths, Parking: 2 int / 20 ext, 3 Studies, oce, TVroom, Pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi

Air Dwellings Luxury Home Lot: 1,011m, Construction: 580m Parking: 2 int / 2 ext

Villa Montero La Caraña, Santa Ana Lot: 4,671m, Const: 676m, 4Bedrooms, 3 full baths and two½baths, oce, Parking: 4 int / 16 ext

3 full / 2 half bath

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3 full / 2 half bath

4 full / 1 half bath

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Price: US$995,000

Price: US$900,000

Price: US$487,000

ROCAGUA House Cerro Colon Lot: 2,583m, Construction: 752m, Oce + Home eater, Parking: 4 int / 8 ext

Quinta la Joya San Rafael Heredia Lot: 9,000m, Construction: 600m, Oce + Guest House (2-Bdrm), Parking: 2 int / 18 ext

Trejos Montealegre Luxury Home Lot: 620m, Construction: 480m, 2 Apart- ments, Parking: 2 int / 4 ext

4 full / 1 half bath

3

4 full / 2 half bath

5

4 full / 1 half bath

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Price: US$3,000,000

Price: US$1,300,000

Playa Flamingo Luxury Home Lot: 4,000m, Construction: 1,100m Oce + 2 Apartments, Parking: 4 int / 6 ext

Brand New INEDITA Luxury Home Lot: 930m, Construction: 485m, Oce + Pool, Parking: 2 int / 2 ext

4 full / 1 half bath

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14 full / 2 half bath

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Price: US$10,897,460

Price: US$9,240,000

Price: US$6,000,000

Royal Palm San Mateo Alajuela Lot: 64.1ha, Construction: 350m Mixed Use Development - Royal Palm of San Mateo

Hermosa Resort Playa Esterillos Lot: 66ha Mixed Use Development - Playa Hermosa Resort Esterillos

Cattle and Bualo Ranch Bagaces Guanacaste Lot: 177ha Construction: 450m

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www.jjrealestatecr.net • info@jjrealestatecr.net We have extensive knowledge of the market, investments and the product or service that our customers are looking for. We go beyond the objectives of a traditional real estate agency, obtaining and evaluating the value that each of our clients need. Contact us today so we can advise you on your next investment: +506 7043-4298 Jorge Isaack Urbina Navarro; President/Partner

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COSTA RICA RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

By Licda. Marcela Gurdián Immigration Experts

There are several ways a foreign citizen can obtain residency in Costa Rica.

O btaining residency is the way to go if you are serious about staying in Costa Rica, although some ex-pats who live in Costa Rica have become ¨perpetual tourists¨ and do a visa run to the border, mainly to Nicaragua every 90 days, this is a risky proposition because visas are renewed for ¨up to¨ 90 days but this is done at the discretion of the immigration person at the border who can give you less time on that visa renewal or even deny it and then you are in a bad position. There is of course a bureaucratic procedure to obtain your residency and of course there are the related expenses. How- ever; the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. For example, only with a legal residency can a foreigner get a driver´s license, or be allowed to work legally, or get a post pay cell phone, or not need to carry around a passport, or get local prices at many places versus tourist prices, etc., etc., so it all begins to add up. Let´s see some of the various ways you can obtain residency: TEMPORARY RESIDENCY: PENSIONADO: Requires a monthly income of US$1000 per month. This

would be from a permanent fixed in- come like a pension like private sector, government or social security benefits. RENTISTA: Requires a monthly in- come of US$2500 per month and in- cludes spouse and children under 25 years of age. This category requires a permanent and stable source of in- come equal to or above US$2500 for two years which equals US$60,000 and is renewable. An international and recognized bank or financial institution must issue you a letter that states this or you can deposit the US$60,000 in a local bank and can take out $2500 per month. SPOUSE: Granted to the Spouse of a Costa Rican citizen under article 73 of the Immigration Law. WORK RELATED: Technical workers, Managers, Executives, Specialized workers, etc. of a company established in Costa Rica. INVESTORS: Foreigners who pur- chase Property for $200,000 or more can apply for the status of Investor by

presenting the proper documentation to Immigration. SPECIALIZED: Professional, Scientif- ic, and other such specialized individu- als deemed of value to the country. RELIGIOUS: Persons who are part of duly accredited religious orders and are so recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Relations and Culture. PRESS & SPORTS: International Press Correspondents & Recognized Sportsmen PERMANENT RESIDENCY: Permanent residency is a migratory condition that allows the person who obtains it, to remain indefinitely in the country and with the freedom to work. Persons eligible to apply for this type of residency are those whose parents or children are Costa Rican citizens. The other persons eligible are those who have had a Temporary Residency for 3 consecutive years. PLEASE VISIT OUR website for more details: www.costaricarealestatemagazine.com

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MONTAÑA DEL SOL

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA $5,900,000 5 BEDROOMS, 7+ BATHROOMS 12,665 SQUARE FEET ON 8.9 ACRES

Casa Montana del Sol, a modern luxury estate in the hills of Santa Ana, is one of Costa Rica’s “Top 10 Luxury Homes” with unrivaled modern architecture you will not find elsewhere in the country. Combine the stunning avant-garde design, with absolutely breathtaking views, an ultra-convenient location, and the complete privacy and security of being at the top of a private community surrounded by a 20,000 acre nature reserve, and you have San Jose’s most desirable and private residence. Casa Montaña del Sol, was originally designed by the German Swiss Architect J. Van Wilpe circa 1967, and then completely renovated by renown American Architect Mark A. Tarmey of 4m Design Group out of Florida in 2011, with additions including a dramatically cantilevered upper two stories, which takes advantage of commanding views to the San Jose valley from a nearly 5,000 foot elevation. The casa is approximately 8,307± square feet and sits on approximately .68 acres. More land is available if desired. This beautifully decorated home has four levels boasting 5+ beautiful bedrooms, 7 full baths, and 2 half baths. There are large gathering spaces which are connected by two glass-enclosed stairwells, one of which wraps around a new elevator. With high ceilings, and floor to ceiling glass walls, natural lighting fills the home, and remarkable design features, such as a glass floor for the suspended dining area in the cantilevered section of the house, and a Jacuzzi off the side of the large master add to the allure. The lowest floor hosts the pool cabana bath and a small entertainment kitchen, and is well suited for indoor and outdoor engagements. The pool area includes a private sun deck for sunbathing. Additionally, the lower level provides a small apartment for the resident Housekeeper and Caretaker, both separated from the family spaces. The casa is designed for a larger pool with sun orientations for privacy and full and partial sun exposures. The existing outdoor areas currently contains a large hot-tub in a secluded garden setting. The casa is located in Parque Montaña del Sol, one of the oldest private communities in San Jose with an unbeatable location. From the home, you are literally within just minutes of the best amenities of Santa Ana, Escazu, and with convenient access to the international airport as well. Parque Montana Del Sol also offers the utmost in privacy and security for the owners, and this distinctive home is located near the top of the community where there is complete privacy. From the home you will see no other neighbors, and you hear only the sounds of nature. We invite you experience peerless modern luxury in harmony with nature at Casa Montana del Sol. www.hiddenbayrealty.cr/listings/montana-del-sol-modern-luxury-home

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J aco Beach is located just over an hour away when you take High- way 27 from San José. Excellent roads and a variety of scenery along the way, along with being the nearest major beach town to the capital city, make this an extremely popular getaway for both Costa Ricans and visiting foreigners from North America and from Europe. After the 2008 crisis Jaco faded some- what but in the last couple of years it has rebounded with great strength and this of course makes it an ideal place to vacation in as well as to invest in by purchasing a vacation rental or a win- ter getaway home as well as being a great retirement spot due to the many available attractions, both in Playa Jacó as well as in the nearby towns such as Playa Hermosa, Esterillos and Herra- dura. Since its beginnings as the first developed beach resort area it has at- tracted a variety of people due to the many choices for entertainment and sports and recreation that the area of- fers. Several canopy tours such as

to all price ranges so there is something for everyone. All that fun tired you out, no problem, as there are several Spas to choose from to rejuvenate your body and get you looking good. A new devel- opment is Jaco Walk which combines a variety of shops including souvenirs with a Food area that has some great eating options. All these attractions as well as the proximity to San José are making the Jaco Beach area a grow- ing community and a great place to buy property in.

Vista Los Sueños can offer a variety of adventure tours, ATV rides, rappel and waterfall visits. Surfing is another ma- jor attraction here with many shops for rentals and purchases as well as les- sons and several excellent beaches to choose from. Horseback riding, bird watching, nature walks, kayaking and of course an ample variety of Sports-Fish- ing operators to choose from will keep your days very busy and fun. When nighttime comes you can find a very extensive list of restaurants to choose from including Mono Verde right on the main drag which is one of our favorites for good food and people watching. Walking up and down the main street (which is only 2 blocks from the beach) you will be delighted by the variety of shops you can find from one end to the other. Feel like dancing or listening to music? Great, we have you covered with many places to choose from right on the main street as well as a couple of Hotel Casinos to enjoy. The area offers an ample supply of hotels which cater

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CENTRAL PACIFIC

PLAYA HERRADURA

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B efore the late 1990´s Playa Herradura was a quiet rural beach used mainly by local fishermen and local tourists and campers, however with the arrival of The Los Sueños Marina and Golf Course and the Marriott Hotel this sleepy beach was thrown into the spotlight.  Now it is like two separate Herradura beaches that have sprung up as you come in on the one single road.  To the North of the road you have a World Class Resort with a marina teeming with rows of luxury yachts and sportfishing boats.  On shore you have a major hotel, tons of luxury condos and homes and an awesome golf course where golf buggy carts are the norm but to the South of the road you find a mostly local crowd and some quaint bars and restaurants and near the shore lots of small local fishing boats.  A major development is in the works on this south-end and could change that significantly in the near future.

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Sweet Home Costa Rica provides all the services you need: -Vacation Rentals: Condominiums and Luxury Homes, in-house massages, chefs, stock groceries, transfers, concierge services, golf, sportshing, tours, elec- tric cart and car rentals - Buying/Selling a Property: Real Estate agency, Legal Advisory, Property Management, Cleaning and Maintenance crew, Interior Designer, Architecture and Builders, Rental program. We pride ourselves on providing our customers and clients with the utmost professionalism, knowledge, and support. - We look forward to welcoming you to our family.

SWEET HOME COSTA RICA, oers Real Estate, Vacation Rentals, and Property Management services not only in Los Suenos Resort & Marina, but also in nearby areas Herradura, Jaco and Hermosa Beach. Getting to the Central Pacic of Costa Rica from Juan San- tamaria airport takes around one hour and twenty minutes in a van and to Los Suenos about 30 minutes by helicopter. Los Sueños Resort and Marina is a 1,100-acre master planned desti- nation resort community with a private 600-acre rainforest reserve; a ve star Marriott hotel; 18 hole Iguana golf course; over 600 luxury residences, including homes, lots, condominiums and villas; a full service 200-slip international marina with storage and dry dock; an exclusive Beach Club for residents and their guests; a Marina Village with several stores, Restaurants, bar, Bank with ATM service and much more.

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CENTRAL PACIFIC

PLAYA MANUEL ANTONIO & QUEPOS

38 COSTA RICA REAL ESTATE MAGAZINE tions you will reach the town of Quepos, a small but lively town offering Hotels and Restaurants plus a large Marina with many excellent restaurants and other services like scuba diving and boat charters and boasting some of the best Sportfishing in the World. Just past Quepos you start to head uphill toward H eading South from Playa Jacó and passing Parrita and miles and miles of African Palm planta-

Manuel Antonio Beach which is only a short distance away. Here you will find truly superb views, awesome beaches and World Class Dining and Accommo- dations. It is also the home to many im- pressive Oceanview developments and homes. Developments like the upcom- ing Islas are the perfect choice, either as a vacation rental income property or as your personal retirement or reloca- tion dream residence. What more can

you ask for than Palm-fringed beaches as far as you can see and behind you rain forest covered mountains. Manuel Antonio boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the World. It was declared a National Park in 1972 and is a must see on any Costa Rica travelers list of places to visit and enjoy! With a narrow penin- sula and protected coves this National Park encompasses nearly 700 hectares chuck full of flora and fauna.

the South Pacific Coast

T he Osa Peninsula´s Corcovado National Park for example, has been called by National Geographic ¨the most biologically intense place on Earth¨, with endless stretches of deserted beaches and immense uninhabited rain-soaked forests teeming with fauna and flora which make for magnificent viewings and encounters, making this truly an unforgettable place to visit. As a visitor you have many places to choose from for your stay and from which to organize your visits of discovery. Marenco Biological Reserve, Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, and Corcovado National Park as well as Piedras Blancas National Park and Golfito National Wildlife Refuge are just some of the places offering plenty to see. Corcovado for example can get over 25 feet of annual rainfall! At higher elevations, and where there is lots of water, you will find a plethora of wildlife including Central America´s largest population of scarlet macaws and over 155 reptile species and more than 400 species of birds, definitely a nature lover´s paradise. Sportfishing, diving, surfing, whale and dolphin watching tours, bird watching, sailing and other water sports, canopies, nature treks on foot and on horseback and much more are all here just waiting for your very own voyage of discovery. The South Pacific Coast is an area that ex- tends from Dominical in the North, past Uvita and Ojochal all the way to the Osa Peninsula and Golfito in the South. This long stretch of beautiful coastline is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas of Costa Rica as it concen- trates much of Costa Rica´s natural beauty.

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Ballena Homes is a company that specializes in “Custom Home Construction” . Included in our competitive pricing are the services of specialists in home design, architectural adaptation of the chosen design, non-compromising engineering to current code and a team of dedicated construction managers. The Key to our success is quite simply, our Team . When you build with Ballena Homes you gain the benefit of years of Costa Rican construction experience.

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NORTH PACIFIC

Guanacaste, Costa Rica Investment Origins and Update

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to include retirees, families seeking a new experience, individuals trying a new life path, businesses serving the needs of the residential investors, global cor- porations expanding operations, hotels accommodating rising visitor volumes, healthcare providers, and Costa Rican businesses extending themselves from San Jose. Among the new businesses investing in Guanacaste are Coca-Cola, Pricemart (Costa Rica’s Costco), and international hotel and air cargo compa- nies. Even with the significant blow tak- en by international investors in the Global Financial Crisis (2007-2008), and the related damage to worldwide real estate values, Guanacaste has sta- bilized and resumed its upward devel- opment trajectory to such a point that currently available inventories of homes, condominiums, and hotels, in certain popular areas has dwindled to almost nothing, and real estate prices have re- sumed a slow, steady upward trend. The real estate and development en- vironments in Guanacaste have also benefitted from a combination of sev- eral factors, and the long-term expecta- tions are for sustainable growth and sta- ble or increasing values.

By Allen Lungo President, Costa Rica Global Association of Realtors B y now, real estate investors around the world have heard of the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica , as a diverse and growing opportunity. Since its emergence as an international destination with the arrival of the first US-based commercial airline flights to its own international airport at Liberia in December, 2002, Guanacaste has grown into the second most impor- tant economic engine in Costa Rica (af- ter San Jose, the capital), and the most important tourist destination in the coun- try, welcoming 52% of all tourists com- ing to Costa Rica on vacation, in recent surveys. In the years after 2002, Guanacaste attracted much attention as a vaca- tion destination for its natural beauty, biodiversity, stunning beaches, world- class surfing, tropical climate, sense of freedom, and welcoming attitude of its people. From a base of tourists wanting vacation home investments, the profile of Guanacaste investors has expanded COSTA RICA GLOBAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

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