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Sounds good I almost bought there but then went with Columbus Heights.
I hate to give “medical” advice but I really don’t think malaria is of any concern and in the 5 or so years we have been going there and at times we have stayed for 6 weeks I have not ran into anyone who even brought this up. I think the data will back this up check how many malaria cases were reported last year. More of a concern is dengue which has begun to be a bit of a problem, I have met at least one person who had contracted this and the reports of infection are significant enough to consider this disease. It seems the beach areas have more of a risk, seems it is much less of a problem in the higher elevations, although dengue is spread when a asedes mosquito bites someone who is infected and then bites someone else, so densely populated areas can have larger out breaks. I don’t seem to get bitten much but my girl friend attracts them like crazy! A little prevention goes a long way bring a mosquito net, off deep woods and cover up a little when possible.
I guess i just really like some of there designs, the modern house styles rather than a mediterranean or Spanish style home. I will be meeting with them in a few months to discuss what they offer in more detail and hopefully speak to some of there clients. I have had other builders in the area quote prices of from $400-$600 per M2. We know a hotel owner(tica) who is paying about $400 M2 and it’s a beautiful mediterranean home. Also we are starting out with a small house 600-700 interior sqft.which will eventually become a guest house, neo has a very cool plan for one that sits up on tall piers.Anyway good luck there seem to be plenty of good architects and builders available.
I only spoke with them on the phone as well as a couple of e mails. I will be building near the beach just south of jaco and they told me about $60 a sqft. which is about right for high quality construction in our area. There was an article on this site also where they were mentioned and I believe used. Obviously 900M2 is high but I don’t know your particulars or maybe there was a mistake made? The prices on there site don’t reflect what you are reporting here.
FYI: it’s the Bluejay lodge not Bluebird….sorry!
I love Mal Pais and the surf is quite good, not as intense as playa hermosa gets…but a lot of fun. We stayed at the bluebird lodge it’s owned by a very nice tico family. It’s a compound of cabins with screen walls for the most part. I looked at some property there just for fun and it is a little pricey(for my budget) most houses were $200k+++ and not a lot of land available. It’s a pretty small place but the road is so bad it can take 20 minutes to cover a kilometer.We purchased in playa hermosa(jaco) wanted to be close to the airport and other amenities when needed. I was hurt while in Nosara, it was late at night and we could not reach the doctor and it was a bit of an emergency. My girlfriend had to drive me too nicoya at 1am in a suzuki alto to the hospital, if you know nosara that is one hellish ride!. Eventualy we made our way to CIMA in S.J. which has some of the best facilities I’ve seen(and i’m from NYC). I can’t stress enough to consider the medical facilities in the area you purchase in.
I know you were looking around the Playa Hermosa area, just wondering what you wound up buying? If you don’t mind?
I have have spent quite a bit of time near jaco over the last 4 years, although generaly try to avoid it. Just not what I came to costa rica to enjoy. I don’t doubt at all that this project is ‘legit’ although there are still some extra risks involved with buying pre construction, however if all goes well you may be rewarded for assumeing the extra risk. But my goal in owning in C.R. has always been enjoyment first and if I get some monetary return all the better. This central pacific area in and around Jaco is steeped in hotels, rental houses, condos etc..I would not want to buy something based on rental income in such a competitive and seasonal market. Also most people in the know stay away from jaco and simply make trips into town when needed. The prices seem very good though if one is buying as a vacation home, i’m not looking to rain on anyones parade but this is my opinion.
I saw these architects up on this site and have spoken with them. There projects look great http://www.neostudioweb.com . Also if you are in thr area or can call speak with Johanna at Ola Bonita a hotel in Playa Hermosa, she just built a beautiful house and had given me her architects number but I can’t find it. She is a a tica and knows everyone in the area and is a lovely woman.
make sure to get up to Nosara and if you have the time and a 4×4 head south to mal pais,theres a great tico owned hotel made up of individual kinda of cabin/tree houses with screen walls. they also have a solid restaurant about $50 a night or upscale flora blanca or milarepa $160-$300 night. in the dry season the drive is easily done but this is back country driveing.
Make sure you get to Nosara for a few days, lots of ex pats running some very nice restaurants and inns. Eat at chez olivier at sunset great views and french food. also the beach is great for surfing but not too rough, samara has calm waters, no waves.
dkt2u, we have spent quite a bit of time in your area based out of playa hermosa and have bought a lot in the columbus hts. project we considered bobs but went with the bigger lot after discovering C.H.s. just wondering what you think/know of this project as well as the big projects underway such as delpacifica,monterey, there are so many others as well. I love this area and its accessabilty to quite beaches, a great market and other services in jaco etc…
Have you seen the new xandari hotel being built, I believe its in esterillo centro? They have another in aluela on a working coffee plantation, not cheap but great owners and beautiful accomadations.
http://www.xandari.com not sure if it’s on there web sit yet, but we checked it out in december while in Playa Hermosa, boy do I miss Tipico Beto!!
the new york times feb.3 has a two page article on the costa rican real estate market. It primarily deals with guanacaste and these prices will make some of your heads spin!