Atenas Costa Rica Real Estate – Homes & Condos in Atenas

A Ray of Hope for Children in Need in Atenas, Costa Rica: Hogar de Vida

My recent visit to Hogar de Vida para la Niñez in Atenas, changed that mental picture 180 degrees. In 1995, Divine intervention sent Tim and Dena Stromstad, along with their twin boys, from their mission work in Guatemala to a new calling in Atenas, Costa Rica. Their new calling? To start a children’s home to care for those little ones in need and were without a voice.

Buying Costa Rica Real Estate. The Importance of knowing what you want…

As a buyer in an exotic land, that importance is ten fold. Being focused and organized with clear ideas of what your “dream property” would look like should be your goal. For the real estate professional, to efficiently and effectively serve you, the valued client, the client needs to be clear, honest, and flexible.

Abundance: Living the “Pura Vida” Lifestyle in Costa Rica.

So what is the meaning of abundance? For me it is simple. Living abundantly means living life to it’s fullest. Being grateful for everything, from the most extravagant to the simplest of pleasures. Growing up, one of the ways we lived abundantly was through food. Our family in particular loves to eat, and you better have enough food on the table for family and any guest who come around.

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In addition, Atenas has two types of tourism: retirement and traditional family tourism. Retirement tourism is different than traditional tourism based on the amount of time the vacationers spend in the area (generally 3-6 months for retirement tourism, compared to 7-14 days for traditional tourism).

Retirement Living in Grecia, Costa Rica. A true mountain gem! Free video show.

With a population of around 76,000 inhabitants, Grecia is self contained and has everything you need to live a comfortable life. Plaza Grecia, a nice new mall offers a large food court, movie theater, clothing and shoe stores as well as other “tiendas” were you can find just about everything you need.

It’s A Dog’s Life in Atenas. The Lighthouse Animal Rescue Center.

“I was destined to do this (animal rescue) because it has always come naturally. It was what I was put here to do.” Growing up on a farm in Atlanta, Georgia, she says her family was always supportive. Frances adds that she was always “draggin’ something home” that was in need of help, from a nest of rabbits, squirrels, possums to stray dogs.

Yoga in Atenas, Costa Rica. Leah MacLauchlan – A yogi in the Garden of Eden! Free video slideshow.

I am always curious as to what motivates people to make the move to Costa Rica. Leah and her husband Jim moved to Costa Rica from Canada 11 years ago and settled in the little mountain village of Atenas. I asked Leah, “Why Costa Rica?” Leah said, “My husband Jim and I liked taking exotic vacations and Costa Rica was one of those destinations.” While at the beach in Playa Ventana, Leah asked Jim, “Why don’t we create a life in a warm climate like this?” That is where it began, with a simple question.

Important People of Costa Rica. Marietta Arce is making a difference in Atenas.

Marietta is very involved in the local community and is always working on a project. I wanted to know where that need to be involved in the local community comes from. Marietta responded quickly, “From my mother. Our family was always active in community work because my mother was a social worker. My mother was very good at creating groups. She had a talent and gift and felt she must use it. I absorbed that from my mother. I feel you need to be involved. I need to be involved.”

Why Realtors in Costa Rica With Construction Experience Could Make And Save You A Small Fortune

There are many qualities that clients typically would like in their recommended Realtor in Costa Rica. Most people probably went to high school or coach Little League with their local real estate agent in North America, but coming south of the border to a foreign country brings a whole new slew of trust and quality concerns.

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For three months, Tom and Jan did a Spanish language course with home exchange in Zapote, a suburb of San Jose. They knew they did not want to live in the area because it was a colder, wetter climate. One of the professors from the school, being from Atenas, suggested that the couple check out the small mountain town, offering a personal tour.

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Atenas is a quaint small town conveniently located about halfway between San Jose and the Central Pacific beaches. It has become a very popular retirement town because of its tranquility, safety, and claims to have the best climate in the world.

We Thought We Had It All But, The Little Town of Atenas Changed Everything! How Vera Fouriau left a comfortable life in Belgium and bought a B&B in Costa Rica.

Before her trip, Vera thought she had everything. She lived a wonderful life in Belgium. She had a beautiful family, great home and prize garden, without a need or care in the world. Costa Rica and the little town of Atenas changed all that.

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Another big factor in the stability of our property values here in Costa Rica is that we do not have a mortgage crisis as in the United States. Getting financing in Costa Rica is difficult, especially for foreigners, don’t let anyone tell you different.

Our Low Cost of Living in Atenas, Costa Rica

We still have family in Florida and travel there to visit at least twice a year, so I still have my fingers on the pulse of what things cost in the States. Our last visit to Florida was in December 2011 and a quick trip to the grocery store put me into SHOCK! I needed a few quick things to put together a meal for family like hamburger, some fresh veggies, bread, tea…you know, the basics.

The 2012 Atenas Chili Cook-Off Supports Local Children’s Home. Come and have some fun with us on Sunday 12th February

Since its inception, the annual chili cook-off has grown into a full blown event. Last year there were 14 chili cooking teams, with over 600 people in attendance from all over Costa Rica and around US$3,400 was raised to support the Hogar de Vida de Ninez in Atenas. This year the event has attracted 30 chili cooking teams (including our company) and we are expecting over 1,000 attendees with hopes of exceeding the amount of last year’s donations.

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.