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Source: Gurpo Faro Luxury Housing Solutions in Alajuela, Costa Rica

Source: Gurpo Faro The latest trend in luxury real estate solutions in Costa Rica is no longer confined to the Central Pacific Coast or the western portion of the Greater San Jose Metropolitan Area (Spanish initials: GAM). The city of Alajuela and its surrounding communities are the new destinations for well-to-do Ticos and expats who are in the market for upscale homes. According to a new ...

Source: Pixabay Commons Buying a Home in Costa Rica’s Gold Coast: Conclusion

Tamarindo Beach On the final installment of Kristine Gorman's real estate adventure in Costa Rica, she runs into some issues with regard to her plans of acquiring an investment property in the Gold Coast beaches of Guanacaste. Still, the Boston accountant persevered and is now the proud owner of a condominium unit in Tamarindo Beach. Before reading this insightful account of purchasing resi...

Source: Crocodile Bay Unique Residential Marina Project Announced in Costa Rica

Source: Crocodile Bay Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica (PRWEB) January 06, 2015 - Crocodile Bay Eco-Resort located in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, has announced its partnership with Sinergo Development Group to oversee the master planning and development of the first branded residential resort and marina within Costa Rica. The first phase of the project, named The Sanctuary at Osa Peninsula, is ...

Source: Kirebe.com New, Ultra-Luxurious Development in Costa Rica

Source: Kirebe.com In keeping with the ongoing trend of upscale and luxury residential neighborhoods in Costa Rica, a renowned developer recently announced a new project that seeks to attract expats and locals who enjoy a safe and pampered, maintenance-free lifestyle. To this effect, residential development firm has acquire 33 hectares of land in a scenic area located 300 meters northwest of t...

front view of the luxury house in valle del sol costa rica Owners of Luxury Homes in Costa Rica Dodge Tax Legislation

Tax collectors in Costa Rica are ready to start looking for owners of luxury properties who lease their homes for less than 30 days at time; however, they currently lack the legislative approval to do so. This does not mean that preliminary investigations will cease until a law is passed; in fact, revenue investigators will increase their intelligence collection in the next few months.   ...

Grecia Majestic: Grecia in Costa Rica, from the Air (VIDEO)

Church in Downtown Grecia The Grecia canton of the province of Alajuela is located in the northwestern edge of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Although it is technically part of the Greater San Jose Metropolitan Area (Spanish initials: GAM), this canton is removed from the chaos that the lovable city of San Jose is often derided for. Over the past few years, a quiet expat community has been se...

Dreams Las Mareas Luxury Real Estate Development Greatly Expands in Guanacaste

The massive Santa Elena luxury resort and housing complex in Guanacaste is set to expand within its 1,000 hectares over the next 15 years with new hotels and gated communities. Such was the report filed by Cristina Fallas Villalobos of business weekly El Financiero earlier this week. Readers of The Costa Rica Star will remember that we reported on the Dreams Las Mareas beach resort earlier this...

Front of the Paradizio Condo development in Playas del Coco The Late 2014 Real Estate Market in Costa Rica

With the holiday season around the corner, real estate analysts in Costa Rica are busy preparing their forecasts for 2015. The housing market in Costa Rica has changed considerably in the last two years, and one of the most noticeable factors is the reduced participation of foreign buyers during the green (rainy) season of 2014. This does not mean that real estate agents in Costa Rica have not bee...

ventanas del mar Amazing Mountaintop, Ocean View Neighborhood in Costa Rica

Despite economic uncertainty in Costa Rica, the luxury real estate development sector has experienced a solid year. This is specially the case in the Gold Coast beaches of Guanacaste, where developers are continuing to build exuberant gated communities in the highlands so that residents can enjoy sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean. One such project breaking ground at this time is Las Ventanas de...

Costa Verde Hotel Aircraft Repurposing in Costa Rica Gets Recognition

El Avion Restaurant and Bar, 22 Manuel Antonio Road, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Two major tourism spots in Costa Rica are made from decommissioned aircraft that used to fly around the world. The Costa Rica Star has previously reported on these two unique attractions: One is a former United States military cargo plane with an interesting Cold War background that has been converted into a bar...

waves at the beach in costa rica Buying a House in Costa Rica’s Gold Coast, Part 3

Tamarindo Beach in Guanacaste Costa Rica On the third installment of Kristine Gorman's real estate adventure in Costa Rica, she runs into a snag in her plans of acquiring an investment property in the Gold Coast beaches of Guanacaste. Still, the Boston accountant persevered and is now one step closer to her goal of retiring in our country with her family. You can read Part One here and Part...

Cloudbridge For Sale in Costa Rica: A Cloud Forest Reserve (VIDEO)

In this video by U.S. journalist and videographer Elizabeth Donatelli, she visits the vast Chirripó National Forest of Costa Rica and somehow manages to hike up a cloud forest reserve in her sandals. Then she turns into real estate agent and tries to sell you the amazing Cloudbridge Nature Reserve. For $899,000, it is a bargain; however, absent landowners need not apply: A contractual ownership cl...

Punta Loros Planned Luxury Resort in Costa Rica Moves Ahead

Punta Loros, a planned luxury resort and development property that spans 800 acres in the Central Pacific coastline of Costa Rica, recently tendered its environmental impact study to the Technical and Environmental Secretariat (Spanish acronym: SETENA). The study is an important part of the compliance process required to make this ambitious project a reality. According to a news report by Spani...

Source: Pixabay Commons Buying a House in Costa Rica’s Gold Coast, Part 2

On Day Three of her Costa Rica real estate adventure, Boston accountant Kristine Gorman gets even closer to fulfilling her dream of retiring in our country. On Days One and Two of her trip to Guanacaste, Kris and her family stayed in Playa Flamingo and were very close to making a formal offer on a home on a condo in Tamarindo Beach. To learn more about Kris and her expat mission, read our previous...

Paya Flamingo Buying a House in Guanacaste, the Gold Coast of Costa Rica

Source: Flickr Kristine Gorman is a tax accountant from the New England region who is planning on becoming an expatriate in Costa Rica. She is 41 years young and is looking to one day retire here with her significant other and their 2-year old child. She was recently in Playa Flamingo, looking at properties in one of the Gold Coast beaches of Guanacaste. She has been kind enough to share her e...

Mel Gibson Once Again, Mel Gibson Lists His Costa Rica Mansion

One of the most famous properties in Costa Rica is once again up for sale. Hacienda Dorada is located in Playa Barrigona, one of the vaunted Gold Coast beaches of the province of Guanacaste, and it is owned by Hollywood star Mel Gibson. A cursory search of news reports published by The Costa Rica Star in the last three years indicates that this is not the first time Mr. Gibson is looking for buyer...

casa costa rica This is How You Register Your Property in Costa Rica

Whereas most foreign real estate buyers and would-be property investors in Costa Rica are mostly concerned with getting a good deal with regard to purchase price, what they should really be thinking about is how to properly enter and document their properties in the National Registry. Hasty or careless attempts at registering properties will only help to create a mess that will not be easy to reco...

front view of the luxury house in valle del sol costa rica A Second Real Estate Development Boom in Costa Rica?

During the first decade of the 21st century, Costa Rica went through a very active period of real estate appreciation and land development. This period coincided with a housing market bonanza in the United States, which came to a crashing halt in 2008 and is widely considered to have been one of the precipitating factors of the global financial crisis.   To a certain extent, the develop...

Container Laboratory at TEC Ecologically Friendly Construction Techniques in Costa Rica

Due to the mild and welcoming weather that can be enjoyed throughout most of the country, Costa Rica is an ideal location for eco-friendly construction techniques. This is a country that has pioneered many sustainable practices over the years, particularly with regard to residential construction materials and techniques. To this end, “eco bloques” (eco-bricks) have been attracting plenty of at...

Playas del Coco Real Estate Playas del Coco Offers Great Real Estate in Costa Rica

The housing market in Costa Rica has been picking up steam in 2014, particularly in the Central Valley and the sprawling Greater San Jose Metropolitan Area (Spanish initials: GAM). The real estate sector, both commercial and residential, enjoyed strong performance in the bottom half of 2013, and the rising middle class seems to be in a hurry to own a piece of the GAM. This urgency is leaving the d...