Atenas Costa Rica Real Estate – Homes & Condos in Atenas

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.

Real Estate Rentals in Atenas. What’s the market like in the place that the AARP ranks as one of “The Best Places to Retire Abroad?”

In recent years Atenas has become a major destination within Costa Rica, not only for those looking to buy a retirement or vacation home but those looking to rent as well.

Rental Accommodations in Atenas. The little town that AARP likes in Costa Rica …

Because Atenas is a small town, traditional accommodations can be limited but we have some great options for clients to choose from.

Raising Money For The Old People’s Home In Atenas, Costa Rica.

Since childhood there has been a special place in my heart for the elderly. I was fortunate in that my great-grandmother became my babysitter when my mother was working. Grandma Murphy, as we lovingly called her, lived in an old, typical, Florida Cracker house that she and my great-grandfather had built by hand in the early 1920’s.

Small Town Eats: A culinary guide for those considering life in Atenas, Costa Rica.

Growing up in a large southern family, food has always been the center of all our family gatherings. All you need to do is take one look at me and you realize I am a “healthy and growing boy” with a strong appetite.

How A 91 Year Old Japanese Lady Ended Up Living in Atenas, Costa Rica? She was dressed to the nines in a traditional Japanese kimono.

I remember it as if it were yesterday, the first time I saw Yoshii Sasaki in Atenas. I was having lunch with my mother at Antano’s restaurant in downtown and a group of ladies walked in, one of which stood out in the crowd. She was dressed to the nines in a traditional Japanese kimono…

What Living in Costa Rica Means To Me… A glance back at the last ten years of my life in Costa Rica.

If you were to ask 10 expats from around the world what are the reason(s) that they have chosen to live in Costa Rica, you are very likely to get 10 different answers. However, I can almost guarantee that many of the responses will be similar and overlapping. In the title of this article, “What Living in Costa Rica Means to Me…”

Home Sweet Home: How your home in Costa Rica can rise up to meet you!

After almost 20 years in the real estate business, 7 of which have been in Costa Rica, there is no doubt in my mind that your home, no matter how humble or grand, should rise up to meet you.

Retirement In Costa Rica. Atenas gets a makeover.

When we first considered moving to a foreign country, giving up the rat race, safety and tranquility were among the most important factors for us when choosing a location. Next came convenience to services, and a great climate. We found it all in the little mountain town of Atenas, Costa Rica.

Living in Grecia, Costa Rica. A history lesson.

Grecia was officially founded on April 27, 1838 and declared a city on August 6, 1903, but what more do we know about Grecia?

Where To Retire in Costa Rica? Grecia is CRAP! (Costa Rica’s Affordable Paradise) Free video.

With lush rolling hills of sugar cane, mountain top coffee plantations, stunning valley views, an iconic red metal church and easy access to world class amenities, it is no wonder that Grecia has attracted expats from around the world and is quickly becoming Costa Rica’s affordable paradise.

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.