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Why Atenas real estate is so attractive for Costa Rica retirement

Why Atenas real estate?When Isabelle Jones started selling Atenas real estate in 2004, there was only one real estate office in Atenas. Suddenly, Atenas real estate became popular for Costa Rica retirement. Why Atenas real estate became to attractive? Let’s find out.

Isabelle now retired, but she had the advantage of starting out without hardly any competition and with the necessary Costa Rica real estate knowledge.

Isabelle’s disadvantage was that the small town of Atenas was still some kind of a backwater. It reminded me a bit of Escazu back in the 80’s with the difference of the location, which is why Atenas real estate became so interesting for people looking for Costa Rica retirement.

At the time, Atenas was a small town with a central market next to the bus station and around it some local stores like a grocery store, some butchers, an appliance store and some doctors, dentists and attorneys here and there.

Why Atenas real estate

The last Costa Rica real estate boom 2005 – 2008 put Atenas on the map.  There are 9 reasons why Atenas real estate became so attractive for Costa Rica retirement:

1.    Atenas offers the best climate in the world.

That’s what NASA said some time in the past, but the fact is that Atenas indeed has a near perfect climate. With an 80ºF average temperature during the daytime and a 70ºF average at night.

2.    Atenas has this laid back lifestyle

This laid back lifestyle, you will not find it easily elsewhere in the country. By laid back, I mean small town, easy going, nice locals who will take time to help you if you need anything. This is the perfect lifestyle for Costa Rica retirement.

3.    Atenas has several gated communities

Check out the like Roca Verde, Hacienda Atenas, and also Lomas del Paraiso and with lots of nice homes built to North American standards, good quality internal roads and beautiful views.

Why Atenas real estate

4.    Most homes in Atenas offer incredible valley views

There are even some areas in Atenas with ocean views. You find these views  only from a few high-rise condos in other locations in the Greater Metropolitan area .

5.    There are lots of other expats to socialize with

There are many expats who also enjoy Costa Rica retirement in Atenas, though there are plenty of locals to make friends with too. You’ll enjoy going native if you would like to. English is widely understood but trying to speak Spanish will be appreciated at all times.

6.    Most of Atenas has a low density zoning

This zoning means only one house per lot can be built. Most subdivisions and gated communities in and around Atenas are subdivided in 7,000 m2 lots which is 1 ¾ acres. This regulation will stop Atenas from becoming an overpopulated area and interesting for those looking to invest in Atenas real estate.

7.    The low density allows for big part of the nature to be intact

This allows for lots of bird life, monkeys and other wildlife to be enjoyed from the terrace of your home and makes living in Atenas nearly perfect.

8.    Access is better than most small towns in the Central Valley.

The highway San José – Caldera, also called Route 27, was inaugurated in January 2008. This highway connects Atenas with major shopping and hospitals in Escazu and Santa Ana in a 30 minute drive. Now many locals who work in San Jose are also looking to purchase one of the homes in Atenas so their drive to work will be shorter than ever.

Why Atenas real estate

9.    Atenas is almost mid-way between San Jose and the Central Pacific beaches.

That places Atenas in a perfect location. Atenas is also very close to city amenities and the great beaches of Jaco and Manuel Antonio. It is the perfect place in Costa Rica to purchase Atenas real estate for your retirement.

Now you know why Atenas real estate is so attractive. If you plan your Costa Rica retirement, you can contact our agent Marian Veltman. She took over from Isabelle Jones who now retired.

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Contact Marian Veltman at your convenience for any information on living in Atenas, Costa Rica retirement or Atenas real estate.


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Ivo Henfling

Your West-side of San Jose real estate agent, covering Escazu and Santa Ana, Rohrmoser and Ciudad Colon.If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the Central Valley or looking for any property for sale in Escazu or Santa Ana, you need to contact Costa Rica real estate agent Ivo Henfling. Ivo has been selling Costa Rica real estate on the westside of San Jose, in the locations of Rohrmoser, Sabana, Escazu, Santa Ana and Ciudad Colon for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and those other areas. For Ivo, a deal is not a good one unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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