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The central valley is beautiful and has near perfect weather year round. It has a large expat community and access to the best medical facilities in the country. If you really desire a beach location check out playa de coco and playa flamingo in guanacaste also seems full of expats as well as great year round weather. You should be able to arrange something through this website with a real estate broker that knows these areas. The wet season does not have a real big impact in these areas.
I was told around $10,000 by a builder near Jaco,I thought that was a little high. It probaly also depends on what part of the country you are in. I think you can find an article on this site regarding pool construction?
The thing I realy did not like about there projects was the way the houses are jammed together. Even in the Hills project things are pretty tight. Although contraversal(on this site) we bought a lot in Columbus heights when they were $30k for 1.25 acres so we could have a little space, they are now about 3/4 sold out and prices have doubled. Seems that things are going along well though, I spoke with the contractor they have hired and they confirmed that a contract has been signed with coastal management and they will soon begin the roads, water and electric. Guess i’ll see what kind of progress they have made when we go back in august. No doubt this area is on fire based on all the projects going on and in planning stages. I have spoken to several builders/architects and it appears we can build for $400- $600 a M2, just have to decide on who I am most comfortable with.
I also eat some of these foods and yes in San Jose/Escazu no problem at all. There are some vegetarian restaurants and natural food stores. I believe that the Mas x Menos in Jaco has tofu, veggie dogs and burgers and some other items of this sort.That said I think most of there food products are much more “natural” than what we have here in the states. Fish fresh caught, small farms that sell there produce at farmer markets etc…I was a hardcore vegetarian for 23 years and recently have loosened up on my strict dietary rules and really enjoy eating the fresh fish available in C.R. and all the other local fruits and veggies. The casados are especialy good with fish, rice and beans, salad and sometimes an egg and at a cost of about $1.50 or $2.00.
Unfortunately I am back in NYC, so I don’t know…
There is a new condo being built on the water in playa hermosa(jaco) I just can not remember the name. One of the buildings was built and the other was about halfway done, this was in December 05. There is a large sign advertising it just as you enter hermosa.
How about there web address? I think I did stumble on there site when surfing but can not remember it…Two partners one Costa rican and one American? I think the Tico was involved with the occidental project on the papagayo gulf?
Gambutti it sounds like you have not even been to Jaco? Not only are you competing with all the other hotels in the area as well as at least 5 other condo projects, you are competing for business in your own development with 160 units! Long term this could be good but I can tell you from first hand experience as we have been traveling to this area for over 5 years and spend around six weeks there, there is no shortage of rooms and most of the times these hotels are half empty except for Christmas and Easter. Yes I agree if you want to live in Jaco or buy and hope it appreciates it all sounds pretty reasonable, but as an investment based on rental income?..by some nice “a” rated corporate bonds!
I agree that going directly to the airlines sites saves you some money and also they offer many more flights. Last year when booking through expedia the flight selection(times, lay overs etc…) was very slim, so I wnt directly to Deltas site and there were at least twice as many flights offered. I find Tuesdays to be good regarding prices, but I’ll have to try wednesdays as well.
Highly speculative as an investment based on rental income, just to much competition from the many hotels on the beach and surrounding area. Except for Christmas and Easter most of these places are half empty also this project is a 5 minute walk to the beach. I also can not imagine anyone visiting Jaco on vacation and actually wanting to come back,I love all its conviences and a handfull of decent restaurants but thats where the love affair stops. There pricing seems good for a condo but I noticed the unit size includes outdoor space so keep that in mind. If you’re looking for a little place by the ocean sounds alright but baseing a purchase on projections that may or may not happen is just rolling the dice?
We were in the central pacific(Playa Hermosa) for th first two weeks of August last year and the weather was great. A few rain showers a day and then nice warm sunshine. Guanacaste is much dryer and would be a solid bet for august as well. In November you are probaly better off up in Guanacaste, check out Nosara We were there from mid november to mid december and the weather was great and it was still lush. Around December it really starts to dry up and eventually becomes very brown and dusty!
New cars appear to be about 20%-25% more expensive than here in the states.
Yes that road into mal pais from the ferry would be very rough after any significant amount of rain. Even in the dry season I really think you should have a 4×4. I have driven down from Nosara as well and although it is a beautiful drive a 4×4 is required and it is only passable in the dry season. Not all of the coast is like this, from Jaco to Manuel Antonio there is a good paved road although there are a couple bridges as you near Manuel Antonio that are questionable if there are big rains.
I think Paragon will eventually get these projects built out, but what really amazes me is that anyone would send them $35k based on an internet ad or tv spot!!! In most cases they have never seen the land and have never set foot in the country…that is just plain crazy. I would not be surprised if in fact they are having to handle a lot of refunds after you wake up in Parrita after a 2.5 hour bone rattling ride from San Jose and realize this ain’t west Palm beach and can’t find a burger king lol…I’m sure they do want there money back.