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A home in La Guacima Single-Family Homes Still Rule the Market in Costa Rica A home in La Guacima Despite a growing interest in high-rise condominium towers and apartments among home buyers in Costa Rica, detached single-family residences are still preferred by 66 percent of house hunters. Such was one of the main findings of a research survey conducted by consulting firm Gutierrez and Gallardo and reported by Juan Pablo Arias of business weekly El Financiero.  ...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Calle Matapalo: Valuable Land That Cannot be Sold Source: Wikimedia Commons The upscale Guachipelín district in Escazú is home to the most exorbitant real estate markets in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. The rule of thumb in this neighborhood seems to be: The closer you are to the Multiplaza shopping mall, the more expensive the land will be. It is here that we find Calle Matapalo, a narrow neighborhood of just six homes and a pulpería (co...
Source: Chamber of Construction Residential Construction in Costa Rica Hopes for Better Days Source: Chamber of Construction The first half of 2014 has not been very auspicious for construction firms in Costa Rica, at least compared to previous years. According to forecasts by the national Chamber of Construction, economic activity in this sector has been marred by a loss of 10 percent in terms of square meters built. A major issue has been the United States dollar strengthening to ap...
Source: Revista Paquidermo Creative Commons Pretentious Much? Naming Real Estate Projects in Costa Rica Source: Revista Paquidermo Creative Commons The widespread development of high-rise condominium towers and gated communities in Costa Rica is creating new trends. We are seeing an influx of Mediterranean-style residential architecture and amenities such as playgrounds, picnic areas and car-washing spaces. We are also seeing kitschy and highfalutin naming schemes that evoke certain aspirations ...
Source: Wikimedia Commons High-Rise Condos in Costa Rica Are Here to Stay   Source: Wikimedia Commons If you have traveled through Paseo Colon and its surrounding neighborhoods in San Jose over the last few years,it can be safely assumed that you've seen the proliferation of condominium towers. Along with gated communities and planned developments, high-rise residential solutions are essentially the future of housing in Costa Rica. Like them or not, demand a...
Source: Bing commerical reuse Buying Real Estate in Costa Rica? Make Sure There’s a Survey Source: Bing commercial reuse For all its bad reputation as a sensationalist newspaper dedicated to yellow journalism and pictorials of scantily-clad and seductive Ticas, Diario Extra features columns by legal experts on an almost daily basis. Many of the topics covered by these columns originate from questions posed by readers. Here's a recent topic that will resonate with readers of The Cost...
tree house HomeAway.com Highlights Unusual Costa Rica Rentals Houses that used to be airplanes and tree dwellings that seem to have come straight from an Ewok village of the Star Wars universe are among the top offbeat Costa Rica rentals featured by HomeAway.com andVRBO.com (Vacation Rentals by Owner). Both HomeAway and VRBO are website marketplaces similar to Airbnb, whereby travelers can evaluate and review potential residences for short-time rentals in li...
Source: Pixabay Creative Commons You Can Now Buy a Home in Costa Rica Directly From Chicago Source: Pixabay Creative Commons Imagine riding a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train during one of those harshly cold and glacial days that descend upon the communities surrounding Lake Michigan just in time for the holidays. You think about making Costa Rica a winter home for you and your family, so you pull up the website of your local real estate broker on your smartphone and browse avai...
Expocasa Behold the 40-Year Mortgage in Costa Rica Mortgage applicants line up in Costa Rica. Source: Expocasa Just in time for Expocasa 2014, Costa Rica's most prominent housing trade show, the top two state-sponsored banks in terms of deposits announced that they will be promoting a new financial product aimed at middle-class house hunters: A 40-year mortgage that would allow qualified Tico borrowers to borrow up to 100 percent of the proper...
Gonzalo Pizarro Barrantes Cowboy A Santa Cruz Cowboy Who Hasn’t Lost His Style Gonzalo Pizarro Barrantes is one of the few Santa Cruz cowboys who still lives in the fields. Although he doesn’t work on a ranch, he is used to riding a horse at 84 years old. On a daily basis, it’s common to see him riding his horse in the middle of the city, shopping or having a drink at one of the popular bars in the area. For many years, before the folkloric city was full of cement, when t...