Atenas Costa Rica Real Estate – Homes & Condos in Atenas

7 Important Things To Consider When Building Your Home In Costa Rica

Over the past few months I have heard many people complaining about their construction projects coming in over budget.

To Inspect Or Not To Inspect Your New Home, That Is The Question.

When Gerardo and I first came to live and run our real estate business in Costa Rica, there was a lot to learn. My previous 10 years of training and experience in residential real estate came in handy but there were many practices selling real estate in Costa Rica that were not common back in Florida.

5 Reasons NOT To Sign An Exclusive Listing Agreement When Selling Your Home In Costa Rica!

In many ways the system for buying and selling real estate in Costa Rica is similar to those in the United States and Canada. However, there are some vital differences that can determine the success or failure of your real estate experience here in this tropical paradise.

Why Selling Your Home FSBO (For Sale By Owner) Could Cost You Thousands of Dollars.

Selling your home FSBO, or for sale by owner, is one of the most misunderstood concepts in real estate. The number one reason most sellers give for wanting to sell their home without professional help is the perceived savings of the real estate commission.

Using Your Investments To Buy Your Dream House In Costa Rica – IRA’s, 401K’s and Securities Backed Lending

A topic of conversation we have time and time again with our clients is how they want to purchase their dream home in Costa Rica but due to limitations with their current investments or retirement funds, they feel that their hands are tied.

Costa Rica Real Estate Market Update For Atenas – August 2014

What sort of decline/increase have you seen in the number of potential buyers who have contacted you in the last six months in comparison to the previous year?

Why Use A Realtor To Buy Your Home in Costa Rica

The purchase of a home is typically the largest purchase the average person will make in their lifetime. Buying a property can be as much of a challenge as selling one, especially if you are going it alone.

Tee Time in Atenas… Plus other golf courses in Costa Rica.

Growing up in Central Florida, I was no stranger to the sport of golf. Actually, I grew up less than 20 minutes away from Del Webb’s Sun City Center, one of the largest golf and retirement communities in the world.

Costa Rica’s Vacation Rental Boom!

Over the past ten years, the way in which people travel has changed significantly. One of the most significant changes can been seen in the area of where people choose to lay their heads at night.

Bagels in Atenas: It’s All About Life’s Simple Pleasures.

As locals and expats alike will tell you, Crema y Nata is a much welcomed and needed addition to our baked good choices in Atenas.

The ‘Royal Road’ in Atenas, Costa Rica

The ‘Royal Road’ in Atenas, Costa Rica – The Camino de Carretas Traveling through Atenas on Highway 3 near downtown, on the right hand side of the road you will see a small park with a large sculpture of an ox cart and its driver (boyero).

Going Crazy In Paradise! My top five pet peeves about living in Costa Rica.

If you do an online search for Costa Rica, you will find all the information you desire about the country, from A to Z. There are literally thousands of articles from people singing the praises of the ‘Switzerland’ of Central America.

The Travel Channel Declares Costa Rica the Happiest Country on Earth!

Just a few years ago, the Happy Planet Index was introduced by the New Economics Foundation. They used specific criteria to rate the happiness of countries around the world. Costa Rica has taken top honors more than once.

How One Gringa Learned Spanish in Costa Rica without Losing Her Mind!

Recently, my good friend Laurie came down to Costa Rica for 3 months to learn Spanish. In this interview, she shares with me a very special thing that she did to maximize her language learning experience and have a lot of fun in the process.

Mountain Angel or Crazy Woman? You can’t judge a book by the cover.

Have you ever encountered someone just in passing or with whom you have had a brief encounter, that left an indelible impression on your soul? For me, the question would not be so strange if I were asking about a family member, friend, or mentor.

Atenas Costa Rica Real Estate

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Atenas, Costa Rica is one of the best places to purchase property. Living here gives you a small town-like lifestyle and a sense of real community. There are many reasons to purchase one of the homes or condos for sale in Atenas.

Why Live in Atenas Costa Rica?

Atenas may be a small town, but it’s rich with life, different cultures, beautiful weather, and even more beautiful homes. There is so much to do and discover in Atenas.

World Winning Weather

Interestingly enough, Atenas has been rated to have the best weather in the world. Locals claim that they have the perfect climate, which ranges to approximately 86-degrees F on a regular, sunny day. Temperatures drop to a comfortable 60-degrees F during the night, with around 7 hours of sunshine per average day.

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Atenas has a comfortable climate throughout the year, especially during the night. Gone are the days where you’re tossing and turning from the heat. Locals here boast about their weather and say that they can actually sleep at night with a blanket without having to crank the air conditioning.

The Many Local Food Spots

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Though Atenas is a small town, they have a large number of restaurants that have quite the range where food is concerned. Ice cream shops, bars, cafes and even German cuisine can be found here. Cantina, Italian, traditional Costa Rican, and Mexican-style restaurants can also be found throughout this small, bountiful town.

The Antanos Restaurant is a great place to visit for traditional, local Costa Rican cuisine. It’s a stone’s throw away from Central Park and is actually running out of one of Atena’s oldest homes in the downtown arena, which gives it an extra bit of charm. Here you can get breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all in traditional-style cruising.

Kay’s Gringo Postres is a great place for foreigners. It serves as the spot for internationals currently in Atenas, which serves home-style American cuisine. You can find this location right next to the Red Cross and the Central Health Clinic. They serve a special Sunday brunch every week that you’re bound to love.

Gelly’s Jardin has both a beautiful atmosphere and great food. Here you can get a number of desserts, such as ice cream and gelato, and enjoy coffee and general fast foods within an open-air garden setting. You’ll find this place on Central Park’s west side, which is open for both lunch and dinner.

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Guanacaste is one of the best restaurants in Atenas, for both locals and foreigners alike. They serve traditional Costa Rican cuisine here, but they specialize in grilled fish, ceviche, shrimp, and ribs the most. The open-air setting is beautiful here, as well. It’s located just 5 minutes from Atenas’ downtown area and is open for lunch and dinner.

Things to See and Do in Atenas Costa Rica

Atenas is best known for their many coffee fields, but there is more than just plantation tours to do here. For example, the town market is a great place for general shopping. You can get lunch for around $3 here while shopping at butchers, jewelry vendors, shoe stores, and other smaller shops.

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Zoo Ave is one of the most popular places to visit in Atenas. It’s a wildlife rescue and breeding center, which houses up to 250 different species of animals who have come from both Costa Rica and other places around the world. Entry prices are very cheap, with around $15 for one adult and $4 for one child.

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For a relaxing day in the sun, Central Park comes highly recommended. It has relaxing shade under the palm trees, which is a great spot to rest, sit and go people watching, and catch up on some reading. Locals gather here for the restaurants, shops, and the Catholic Church, which was built during 1908 and is kept in marvelous shape over the years since the initial construction.

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The Botanical Orchid Garden is another great place to spend the day. Here you can observe and discover hundreds of different species of orchids, walk the extensive garden trails, and take a rest in the coffee shop they have there. There is also a small souvenir shop, as well. Ticket prices are also very cheap, costing around $12 for one adult and $6 for one child.

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Real Estate in Atenas Costa Rica

The real estate market in Atenas Costa Rica is booming right now. Here you can purchase estates, homes, condos, villas and empty pieces of land to build on. Prices range from as little as $135,000 and go all the way up to higher prices of $1,250,000.

Atenas has some beautiful villas for sale, for one. You can purchase a very spacious 3 bedroom villa in Atenas with a swimming pool for only $580,000, for example. There is also currently a 2 bedroom home on 4.5 acres of land with a view of the Great Valley for only $350,000.

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Condos for Sale in Atenas Costa Rica

The condos in Atenas are absolutely gorgeous. Condos are very popular in all of Costa Rica, not just in Atenas, mainly because they are more laid-back when compared to a home. While they have less square footage and may cost more, they are definitely worth it in the long run where convenience and beauty are concerned. Condos for sale in Atenas tend to have better locations, as well.

Condos are great for rentals, as well. If you are someone who travels a lot, you can make some extra income through renting your condo out for the duration of your trip. They don’t have as much maintenance as homes do, they have a better community aspect, and they have more bang for their buck in the long run.

We have multiple condos in Atenas up for sale that are sure to suit every lifestyle imaginable.

Homes for Sale in Atenas

Atenas has tons of homes for sale right now, and they come at very reasonable prices. Those moving to Atenas to start a new life through retirement, which is very popular, have found that it’s easier than buying a condo where multiple factors are concerned. For example, you won’t have to pay any condo ownership fees, it will be yours the minute you pay it off, and you can still rent it out while you are away like you would be able to do with a condo.

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While buying a home in Atenas can seem risky, in Atenas it’s anything but. Homes in Atenas require minimal maintenance each year, which makes it the perfect destination if you are looking to buy a home for whatever reason.

They may cost a pretty penny in certain areas, but they are definitely worth it. We have an amazing, large selection of homes for sale in Atenas currently.

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Atenas Real Estate FAQ

Making a big move to any country is a big deal, so you probably have a couple of questions about the process, the area you’re moving to, etc. If you do not find an answer to your question below, feel free to contact any of our agents and they will happily answer any and all questions you have!

Are there any empty lots for sale in Atenas?

Yes! In fact, we have a couple of them listed on our website right now. We currently have two building lots available that have a stunning view of the Valley for only $135,000. There are plenty of empty real estate lots for sale in Atenas, which are great for those looking to make the move and build a home, restaurant, store, you name it.

Are there zoning laws in Atenas?

Yes, there are zoning laws within Atenas that you must follow. However, due to new changes, it’s best to speak with one of our agents, who will be able to give you all of the information that you will need.

I want to be closer to everything, should I buy a house or a condo?

If you want to be closer to stores and everyday shopping, buying a home rather than a condo is your best bet. They are generally closer to everything that you will need on a daily basis. The homes that we currently have up for sale will give you more insight into which exact property will suit this specific need better.

Should I buy or build my home?

Atenas has a lot of gorgeous homes and condos available, but the lots to build on are just as great. However, if you are looking to build your dream home and have yet to find a home you like, building one may be best for you. We can help you get in touch with builders if that is the case.

Are there capital gains tax in Atenas?

No, the government of Costa Rica does not collect on capital gains tax anywhere in the country, so you do not have to worry about it.

Are there property taxes in Atenas?

Yes, there are property taxes in Atenas. However, they are insanely low compared to the prices of property tax within the United States. You will typically only need to pay up to 0.1% of your property’s value, which is a great price now matter how much you’ve paid for your property.

Homes for Sale in Atenas

Atenas is truly one of the best gems that Costa Rica has to offer. Bountiful homes and condos for sale, world winning weather, and a small town sense of community brings everyone in.

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We post the most current real estate listings in not only Atenas, but all of Costa Rica. Get in touch with one of our agents to discuss your options today.