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This beautiful turnkey contemporary Bed and Breakfast with 2 Professional Tennis Courts and 6 units can be yours for business or pleasure or both! Located in the stunning area of Tamarindo, on the Northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Province of Guanacaste, where the main attractions are surfing and eco-tourism.
There is a total of 7 bedrooms so you can use one for yourself & the rest for your family, friends, or guests. It is short walk to Tamarindo’s main surfing beach and the business center. Playa Tamarindo is a long, rocky beach with excellent waves and two main breaks for advanced surfers.
Some eco-friendly activities in the area include watching turtles nest during their season, diving, snorkeling, body surfing, zip-lining, estuary trips, sailing, horseback riding and fishing.
Guest suites include a 2 bedroom apartment, 2 – 1 bedroom suites, and 3 guest rooms. Also included is a restaurant and a gorgeous pool which creates a great spot for entertaining. Imagine sitting out by this pool in the morning sipping some fresh Costa Rican coffee from the nearby mountains. The property is 1600 Square Meters with 300 Square Meters of structures. This property offers the owner several means of income & attracting a variety of guests. All of these wonders can be yours for $1,195,000.00.
Tamarindo is easily accessed from Liberia Airport (approx. an hour or so away) with airlines from many major cities arriving daily. Commercial airlines include: Air Berlin, Air Canada, American Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Jetblue, US Airways and several others.
As well as 3-4 supermarkets, a farmer’s market is held every Saturday morning. With such fresh food & so many outdoor activities available, it is easy to see why so many are moving to Costa Rica for La Pura Vida!!
Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about this wonderful property. Thank you so much.
Here are International Living’s picks for the top five places to escape to if politics is getting you down.
Mexico is the only place in the world where U.S. citizens can enjoy an affordable overseas retirement, live right on the beach at affordable prices, yet remain within minutes of the U.S. by car.
Plus, right now with the current exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the deflated peso, Mexico is a huge bargain.
With its moon-lit fiestas, languid white-sand beaches, ancient colonial towns set in the rugged Sierras, and Mayan pyramids rising from the misty Yucatan jungle, it’s no wonder so many people are starting new lives in Mexico.
With rapidly rising fuel, healthcare, food, and travel costs back home, it’s nice to know that there are still places where it’s possible to live well without burning through retirement savings. Mexico is one such place.
Tropical beaches, First-World infrastructure, high-quality healthcare, welcoming people…there are many things to love about Panama.
Retirees are drawn here by the Pensionado program, one of the best retiree benefits programs in the world. Younger adults…some with children in tow…are moving here in increasing numbers to take advantage of the ease of doing business and the hip, international vibe.
For many, the low cost of living is a major factor in choosing Panama, as is the fact that Panama uses the U.S. dollar. Expats living here have seen their costs drop substantially.
3. Costa Rica
Costa Rica…the name alone conjures up visions of lush tropical rain forests and crashing surf on long stretches of white-sand beaches.
Costa Rica inspires these visions for two reasons. Number one, they’re true. Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse and beautiful spots on earth, with Pacific and Atlantic coastlines that are the stuff of legend.
The second reason that the idea of Costa Rica can instantly create pictures of tropical splendor is that it has been one of the most popular destinations for expats and second-home owners for decades.
One place that has been very popular over the years is Costa Rica’s Central Valley…a spot that cradles the country’s thriving capital of San José yet also offers rustic and rural pleasure in abundance, as well as a mild, spring-like climate year-round. The Arenal region, with its centerpiece 33-square-mile lake, is also increasingly popular. It is three hours northwest of San José…a region of farmland, pasture, virgin forest, and unspoiled lake views.
Ecuador really does have everything…from the Galapagos Islands to the Amazon basin and the Andes Mountains, from big, modern cities to small, quaint villages. And up until now, one particular area of Ecuador has been overlooked–and that’s its 937 miles of Pacific coastline and its beautiful mainland beaches.
Ecuador draws a wide range of foreigners: entrepreneurs, travelers, humanitarian workers, foreign officials, diplomats, business people of all stripes, and retirees looking to stretch their budget and experience a different way of life. Many expats are attracted by the country’s less-intrusive government and the tranquility of being removed from the terrorist and antiterrorist campaigns that make headlines in other parts of the world.
Generally speaking, the expats who have settled in Ecuador are those who tend to blend into society rather than live together in expat-oriented communities. Nonetheless, a bit of time in any town of significant size in Ecuador is all it takes to find the gringo haunts and watering holes.
Colombia is no longer just a place for adventurers, speculators and risk-takers. It’s a country that’s hitting its full stride as an expat destination this year as the numbers of expat couples, younger people with portable careers, and single men and women who’ve found the ideal place to live or retire increase. And many of the preconceptions about Colombia being dangerous are at least a decade out of date.
Located at the northern tip of South America, Colombia is where the Pacific and the Caribbean collide with the Andes and the Amazon. It’s a country that is more beautiful, dramatic, and diverse than nearly any other. It offers sparkling colonial cities and world-famous resorts along the Caribbean.
Just three hours from Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Colombia welcomes nonstop flights into Bogotá, Medellin, Armenia, Barranquilla, and Cali.
In cities and towns in Colombia, expats find a perfect climate that’s neither too hot nor too cool (60 F to 80 F all year); amazing natural surroundings; plenty of cultural events; history-filled cities; superb healthcare; friendly people; and a welcoming country…all with a fantastically low cost of living–figure $1,500 a month for a couple, all in.
And yet another reason to move to Costa Rica!
Since moving here I haven’t had arthritis in years,” says Robbie Felix of her healthy new life in Manuel Antonio, on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. “The clean air in the rainforest, the ocean…it’s like breathing medicine. I’m very healthy for someone with a chronic illness. I surf. I walk on the beach. I exercise.”
Robbie, in her early 60s, has the chronic illness lupus. But she found relief from her symptoms (including arthritis and skin allergies) after arriving in Costa Rica. And she’s not alone. Robbie is just one of the many expats who no longer needs a raft of medications since moving down here.
“My high blood pressure has come down almost completely.” says Nel Cameron, 68, who lives in Escazú, a suburb of Costa Rica’s capital, San José.
So what is it about Costa Rica that causes your blood pressure to plummet and your dependence on meds to go fade away?
There’s a phrase in Costa Rica, sort of the unofficial national motto: Pura Vida. It literally translates to “Pure Life,” but it’s more accurate to say “Life Is Good.”
It’s an attitude shared by most Ticos, as Costa Ricans call themselves. They value time with family and friends. They work hard, but you won’t find them sacrificing playing soccer with their kids at the park by staying late at the office. They know that a well-balanced life, where you spend time in your community or doing things you enjoy, is key to good health and wellness.
It makes for a low-stress lifestyle. And most expats find that, soon after arriving in Costa Rica, they adopt the Pura Vida way of life, too. They slow down. They get out of the habits they had for years when they were part of the daily grind. They enjoy coffee on their back porch, enjoying the scenic vistas of the Central Valley or Lake Arenal. Or breakfast with their toes in the sand with friends, after a long walk on the beach.
Reducing stress and learning to enjoy life is only one way expats find themselves improving their mental and physical health. Just about every Costa Rican town of any size has a feria, or outdoor farmers’ market, at least once a week. Most expats adopt the local habit of doing the majority of their shopping there. The price is right. With pineapples for $1, heads of lettuce for 75 cents, tomatoes for 50 cents a pound, and other bargains, you can load up on a week’s fresh fruits and vegetables for about $35. You also have fresh fish like snapper, tuna, or dorado (mahi-mahi), straight off the boat, for $5 to $6 a pound.
With these prices—and the abundance of fresh, whole foods—you can’t help but have a healthier diet. It’s common for expats to eliminate the need for some prescriptions. And lose significant weight—20…30…40 pounds or more—in the process.
Harry and Barbara Jones, a 60-something couple, live in Grecia, in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. They’ve found that living like the locals—shopping at the local farmers’ market for fresh fruits and vegetables, for example—allows them to cut their monthly budget to well under $2,000. Another benefit of their newfound healthy eating habits: “I’ve lost 30 pounds since moving down,” says Harry.
Diet is just one part of the equation. You have no shortage of options for exercise in Costa Rica, thanks to the warm, tropical weather year-round. On land, you can take long walks on the beach, trek through jungle, or hike vigorous trails to mountaintops with panoramic vistas. Watersports like surfing, standup paddle boarding, and kayaking are hugely popular on the coasts, with plenty of schools and instructors to help beginners of any age.
“One of the things we like is that it is quiet and peaceful. Its country living at its finest,” says Ian Douglass, 46, from Manhattan Beach, California, of his life on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. “Clean air, unprocessed food, good waves, natural beauty, and the beach. I think these are things we should be allowed to enjoy every day.”
In the beach areas, it can be hot and humid—too much for some, just right for others. But head to the Central Valley and you’ll enjoy cool mornings where you need a sweatshirt and afternoon highs in the mid-80s F, with little humidity.
Jeff and Allison Spencer, 60 and 58, respectively, were educators in Arizona before retiring early and moving to the Lake Arenal region, which features a consistent, spring-like climate.
“In general, I really enjoy the weather. The breeze keeps things cool and keeps the bugs away. Even on rainy days, it’s nice and cool. March to April it’s dry. But we do have a lot of rain during rainy season, usually a sunny morning and rainy afternoon—that’s typical. But I wouldn’t trade that for the heat and dust in Arizona,” says Jeff, who adds, “The great temperatures year-round allow us to enjoy kayaking, biking, and hiking whenever we want.”
Of course, just walking out your front door can provide a lot of exercise. Many communities in Costa Rica are also very walkable. If you live in a town in the Central Valley or in one of the many laidback beach towns, you can get around mainly on foot for trips to the grocery store, local restaurants, and the like. If you’re in more outlying areas, there is excellent bus service and cheap taxis, so there’s no need to depend on a car.
With all these factors, it’s no wonder that one of Costa Rica’s regions, the Nicoya Peninsula, was named one of the world’s Blue Zones by researchers. They discovered that locals live longer on average, thanks to a combination of diet, climate, and lifestyle. I can’t say you’ll live longer as an expat in Costa Rica. But you’ll certainly be healthier.
It was a High of 77 degrees Fahrenheit Low of 65 today in the capital of San Jose, Costa Rica. Compared to Tampa Bay today, the high and low was the same. However, my friend Diana moved to Chicago last month and she shared there is a foot of snow on the ground today. Our featured Costa Rica property is Casa Jacobson which has BREATHTAKING 180 degree views of the mountains of Grecia. You’ll feel welcomed and relaxed as soon you open the front door to your permanent oasis or vacation home. Move-in ready, fully furnished, 2015 new construction! Located on a main road, yet the gated entrance to the estate is private and blacktop all the way! The main house is a 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 baths, with a 2 car garage, and a 1 bedroom, 1 bath mother-in-law or caretaker/apartment. Call today to learn more or visit http://Coastal.506.nu to see more properties for your permanent oasis or second home.
Plus a 20×26 out garage for lawn equipment etc., which can be changed into another small cottage, all services are already installed. The home has a tile roof, top of the line windows with high-end, upgraded security glass. Full underground watering system for the entire property, with a 2500 gal. storage tank and pump, for domestic and irrigation.
Full alarm, and camera system! Complete solar electrical system! The kitchen is all custom made cabinets, with granite counter tops, top of the line stainless steel GE appliances. The property is completely enclosed, with auto gates, & remarkably landscaped.
On 3662 square meters of land, or .946 acres, this home is less than 6 months old and has real cable TV, Internet up to 20mbps available, and phone. 10 minutes from Grecia, 1 hour to SJO airport.
Costa Rica mountain top, ocean view estate is a 2008 custom built pool home by one of San Ramon’s premier engineers. Enjoy the panoramic 270 degree view of the Gulf of Nicoya, 35 miles of coastline, as well as, most of the Nicoya Peninsula.
The gated, private and secure property is 4,850 ft. above sea level and is situated on 4.5 mountaintop acres, just five miles from the conveniences of downtown San Ramon. The property maintains Costa Rica’s eco, sustainable philosophy with solar-powered electricity. There are 15 grid tied solar panels. The power company gives the current owners credit for any power that is generated in excess of what they use. Featuring a 50’ solar heated lap pool, the main house (casa) is approximately 2,500 sq.ft. and the furnished guest cottage (casita) is approximately 595 sq. ft.
There is a level, cleared building site close by (on the property) which could accommodate another house, for a possible family compound, business retreat, or B&B.
Equipped with a spacious Gourmet kitchen with a refrigerator and freezer purchased in 2014, that are two separate energy star units, 27 cu feet each. The home’s modern amenities include a front loading washer and gas dryer. Enjoy the jetted bathtub after walking the surrounding nature trails featuring rain of gold orchids.
San Ramon is in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range, the temperatures tend to be very mild year-round: 20-27 C (66-80 F) offering a very livable environment. June through October is considered the rainy or “green” season with November to May considered the “dry season.”
The beautiful tropical wood ceilings, imported Spanish tile floors throughout and the saltwater, solar heated lap pool will make this an enjoyable vacation home or permanent oasis.
Located one hour from downtown San Jose, 45 min from SJO airport and 45 min from the beach.
Property is located in Costa Rica Southern Nicoya Peninsula about 5.8 miles northwest of the airport of Tambor, and is 83.376 hectares in size, made up of 60 hectares of improved pasture, 8 hectares of approximately 19 year old teak and 15 hectares of native forest. The southern Nicoya Peninsula has long been one of Costa Rica’s most secluded gems. From the hilly interior, the mountains sweep down to the Pacific Ocean, creating some of the most pristine and remote beaches in Costa Rica.
Property is currently used as a working ranch with Braford beef cattle, and ideal for developers, with ease of segregated lots, to build a mountain hotel or cabins, or for people who just want to enjoy the tranquility, the temperature and the amazing views. Property has two natural springs that flow into rivers, one forming a 15 meter (50 foot) waterfall.
Property is serviced with 25,000 liter capacity private water supply, 110/220 single phase electrical service and broadband internet. The two houses are located at the higher end of the property at about 700 meters or 2300 feet Above Sea Level, and are made using cement filled block, with coffered ceilings and almond wood paneling Both house have hot water showers.
Estate Ranch – Both Houses plus garage on entire 83.376 hectares (206 acres) – including several natural points to build more houses, and almost all with stunning views of Ballena Bay and the coast to Cabo Blanco Reserve, ALL for the price of $1,300,000.
Bare Land – 80 hectares (200 acres) of fertile Farm / Ranch land with services nearby but no finished improvements on site except access roadway system – with stunning views of Ballena Bay and the coast to Cabo Blanco Reserve, as above – Price for raw land only = $620,000.
Call or go to our website http://Coastal.506.nu/ to learn more about this ranch estate and others today.
This beautiful Grecia, Costa Rica mansion estate sits on a mountaintop of 4.5 acres (18,210 square meters) with 360 degrees views. This gorgeous estate is located at 3050 feet or 1000 meters elevation.
The main home which is approximately 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) has a gourmet kitchen with granite counters and a breakfast area, a living room with soaring ceilings and oversized sliding glass doors to take full advantage of the views, a separate dining area, a spacious office, a wood lined loft library that overlooks the family room and its fireplace, 5 bedrooms and 4 ½ baths.
There is a separate fitness room and an oversized 2 car garage with workshop, which is currently being used as a very spacious & organized artists’ studio. Everything about this estate is meticulously maintained.
The master bathroom has a Jacuzzi. Walk in closet. The pool with its stunning mountaintop views has 2 waterfalls and an underwater terrace.
There is generator/pump/solar house where the 2 hot water Solar systems with 83 & 52 gallon insulated tanks are located. Covered poolside terrace with living room area and barbecue. The caretaker’s home is approximately 645 square feet (60 square meters) and has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, living & kitchen area and its own terrace.
Call or go to our website http://Coastal.506.nu/ to learn more about this mountain top estate and others today.
Summary: This incredibly unique and chic mansion is built on 4.5 acres and has 360 degrees view – the main house is 10,000 ft2 and is 5 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath large living areas, bar, gourmet-kitchen with breakfast-area, dining-room, TV room with fireplace, study and a library – $2,500,000
StarGate Mansion or Estate.
|This incredibly unique chic mansion on 4.5 acres has a 360 degrees view. The main house (10,000 sqft) has 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, large living-areas, bar, gourmet-kitchen with breakfast-area, dining-room, TV room with fireplace, study and a library.
One of the many gorgeous homes, I toured while in Costa Rica this month. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this fantastic home in the Grecia area of Costa Rica.
Details for Spectacular Mountain View Home
- Bedrooms: 5 Full Baths: 5
- Interior: 5,675 Sq Ft.
- Exterior: 1.9 Acres
- Magical, tranquil and spacious hideaway estate with a spectacular view! This estate distills both the spirit of Costa Rica mountains and the essence of its singular landscape. Architect /Designer, Joe Beatty thoughtfully studied the sunrise and sunset of this site and designed this home to compliment both. Fantastic 1.9 acre lot with unobstructed spectacular views of the Poas mountains during the day and San Jose city lights at night. . The main home 3 bedroom and 3 bath is totally furnished and includes a extra 1/2 acre lot. A separate 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom fully furnished guest house accompanies this estate.
The 4000 sq ft main house has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. With an open grand floor plan, the kitchen and living room are spacious perfect for entertaining or just relaxing.
Soaring Windows, Upper skylights, 2 Coral Fireplaces & Custom Cabinetry abound. Natural Bamboo Wood and Tile Floors. Great Room, Gourmet Kitchen, Granite/Marble in the 3 Bedrooms & 3 Baths. The floor-plan is open and inviting with vaulted, beamed, light stain wood ceiling in the living room out to the grand open patio with an outdoor kitchen. Amenities include a pond, an outdoor kitchen, a 2 1/2 car garage and security system with cameras.
The main house comes with an extra ½ acre lot already with electric, water, cut in driveway and ¾ landscaped. Add a pool, tennis court, barn or another house for income or family.
- Guest House
- Security System
- Outdoor Kitchen
- 2 1/2 Car Garage
- City / Mountain Views
- Sprinkler system
Address: Grecia, Alajuela Property ID: CVLH2014E2 Type: Single Home Collection: Mountain Living
Category: Sale Property ID: 1404101947318576 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Stories: 1 Home Size: 371.61 m² – 3,999.98 Sq Ft Lot Size: 7,689.02 m² – 82,763.92 Sq Ft. For Sale: $ 1,350,000.00