Atenas Costa Rica Real Estate – Homes & Condos in Atenas

Living in Costa Rica With The French Connection…

Since an early age, I have been a self-proclaimed Francophile. I have always had an affinity to and love for everything French. In high school, when everyone was choosing Spanish as their second language, I chose French.

Costa Rica Ranked 4th In Annual Global Retirement Index.

|image1|About 10 years ago I realized I wanted to embark on a new adventure. I hit the internet and began my search to find a safe, beautiful and affordable destination to call home.

Cooking in Costa Rica – How to prepare those strange vegetables you find at the feria!

One of my favorite things about living in Costa Rica is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that are available year round. Everything seems to grow to Jurassic proportions.

The True Meaning of the Holiday Season in Costa Rica!

Every year near the end of October the Christmas season starts picking up steam in Costa Rica. All over the country people start to decorate their homes. Shops roll out the red carpet with all the glitz and glitter they can muster to attract shoppers into spending their hard earned colones.

Living in Atenas, Costa Rica. A new, charmed life with free video interview with Dennis Easters.

However, to me one of the most amazing things about Atenas is its people! Their friendliness really contributes to the excellent lifestyle that exists in this beautiful little spot in paradise. I can tell you from first hand experience that the wonderful people in Atenas, both the native Ticos and the ex-pats, are at the top of the list when it comes to the reasons why AARP Magazine named Atenas as one of it’s top 10 retirement destinations in 2010. This place has everything!

Spanish in Costa Rica. Mae, I can speak pachuco too!

No matter where you are from or where you go in the world, every culture has their own slang. Wether you use it or not, slang has it’s place and in some instances it can be quite humorous.

Taking A Year Off To Live in Costa Rica and The Lies We Tell Ourselves!

In reality we all lie to ourselves about many things. Most people wait for the perfect time in life to make changes that could make all the difference in how they live their lives now.

Cost of Living in Costa Rica Compared to Europe…

Those who are closets to me know that my biggest passion in life is to travel. It’s a passion that started at the age of 13 when a family friend invited me to travel with her to England and Scotland to visit her daughter who was studying abroad.

The Pioneer Spirit is Alive and Well Living in Atenas, Costa Rica…

When most Americans hear the word pioneer, the first image that usually comes to mind is that of a horse drawn wagon heading into the wild west in pursuit of the American dream of open land and gold.

Are You Thinking About Retiring in Atenas, Costa Rica? The little town with a strong sense of community.

Over the years much has been written about Atenas. From its “perfect” climate, having an ideal location and popularity as a retirement destination for expats from around the globe.

Dry Season vs. Rainy Season – What’s your favorite time of year?

A large percentage of people who choose to relocate to Costa Rica do so for the countries wonderful climate. Having spent years helping clients find their own piece of paradise, one of the first and most basic questions about living in Costa Rica is the weather.

Real Estate Investor’s Market Update For Atenas. July 2013. The little town that AARP ranks as one of “The Best Places to Retire Abroad.”

By the end of 2012 our inventory was depleted to almost pre-crisis levels (I am referring to the economic crisis that had a huge impact on the United States and Europe), a time when properties were seemingly being sold by the dozen.

Jan Yatsko. A multi-talented artist living in Atenas, Costa Rica.

For many, art is something that creates an escape from the mundane world. Picasso once said “the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” I have tremendous respect and gratitude for those who can express themselves in a creative way.

Wall Street Journal’s ‘Market Watch’ Spotlight Shines on Atenas: ‘Retire Here, Not There: Costa Rica – U.S. expats flock to one of Latin America’s safest places.’

As seen in the Wall Street Journal’s ‘Market Watch’: Retire Here, Not There: Costa Rica – U.S. expats flock to one of Latin America’s safest places.

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Did I?

For centuries, the human race has been fascinated, almost bewitched by the rose. Artists like Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Redoute and Henri Fantin-Latour have romantically painted them into our imaginations.

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.