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  • Open concept modern luxury Mension

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    Open concept modern luxury Mension, infinity pool, stunning ocean and sunset views, what more could you want or need?

  • Elegant Tropical Mansion Overlooking the Pacific Ocean

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    From the second you enter this residence you are surrounded by Mediterranean elegance ...

  • Large farm with income

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    Income Producing Secluded 124 acres property with two houses located in a haven of peace surrounded by jungle with its flora and fauna.

  • Golf Resort and Spa

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    Condos, Home Sites & More on a Golf Resort in the South Pacific

  • Large 3 bedroom house with pool in the south pacific

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    this elegant three bedroom home has all of the amenities anyone could ask for.

  • OCEAN VIEW VILLAS

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    2 beds, 2 baths with private Balcony and Patio

  • Costa Rica 5 bedroom house

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    This 5 bedroom 3.5 bathroom house located in a secure gated community

  • Spanish Modern Hacienda architecture

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    Best Ocean, mountain/jungle Views of the entire area

  • Comfortable 4 bedrooms Home with Ocean View

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    Panoramic Ocean View House

South Pacific News

Knowing when an area is going to move from low demand to high demand is key to smart real estate investing. One of the best investment indicators is new infrastructure, especially new airports which open international access to underdeveloped regions of exceptional value. 

Now Palmar Sur, in Costa Rica's southern zone, is receiving international status with a $42 million expansion to the national airport, Palmar Sur Airport. The same scenario is starting to play out as it did in the northern region. Although the project is currently out for tender there are whispers of closed door deals already circulating and tell tale signs in the real estate market that something big is on the horizon for the southern zone.
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According to Costa Rica´s Civil Aviation Authority (Aviación Civil) development in underway between the towns of Sierpe and Palmar Sur, with the target opening date set for 2014. 

Other support infrastructure has ramped up including the new Caldera highway (Pista del Sol) and expansion of the Costarena Sur highway. This is driving more tourists to visit the south zone, as travel time from the Central Valley to the region is reduced to approximately 3.5 hours. A new hospital -- a requirement for an international airport -- is now fully functional, including emergency helicopter service. Highway access onto the OSA Peninsula from Palma Sur was also greatly improved.

The entire southern zone is expected to mirror the growth witnessed in the northern region with the arrival of the new international airport. Interest in Dominical real estate, just 60 mile north of Palmar Sur, has already seen an uptick in focus and sales. Dominical, although far less developed than other regions, is well known locally as one of Costa Rica's gems. However, the recent infrastructure improvements and the expansion of the airport has brought it to the attention of investors and developers. 

Southern Costa Rica is the home of the famous Corcovado National Park on the OSA Peninsula, a place National Geographic called "the most biologically intense place on earth." Opening this unique tropical eco region to international access has many experts in the Costa Rica real estate market excited about the prospect of a second growth boom.


from World Property Channel, Nov 2013

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A group of residents in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone, along with officials from the Civil Aviation Administration, on Friday presented environmental impact studies for the construction of a new international airport in that area, known as the Brunca International Airport.

The Environment Ministry’s National Technical Secretariat now must analyze the studies and hold public hearings before giving the green light to move forward on the project.

According to the report, one of the most importants steps to launch the airport project is the expropriation of two former banana plantations in Palmar Sur, which currently belong to two government agencies, the Agrarian Development Institute and the National Institute for Cooperative Development.

Both properties are occupied by some 100 families who would have to be relocated, the report states.  The idea of building a major airport in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone was first proposed during the administration of President Abel Pacheco (2002-2006).

Publish by Tico Time.net
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013 - By L. Arias

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Written by Anna Fishel for International Living Magazine, who bought a house in Ojochal from Marcia Oro, Osa Tropical Properties Sales Associate.

The Southern Zone is a region on the southern Pacific coastline of tree-covered mountains which drop dramatically down to the ocean.

Anna Fishel, 63, was living and working in Colorado in early 2012, and retirement was still years away…or so she thought.Ojochal - Boca Coronado

“There was a change in management at my job that made it absolutely miserable for me to go to work. I had bought my house in Costa Rica with plans to move in a few years. I decided that my mental and physical health should be top priority, so I made the decision to give retirement a whirl,” says Anna, who had been visiting the country for eight years prior to her move. “It’s been just over a year. I do believe it is the best glass of lemonade ever made from life’s lemons!”

“The cost of living in Costa Rica was a factor too. But the feel-good factor was major. You can spend your entire life checking a place out or you can just do what feels right. For me it seemed like the right moment in time,” she adds.

Anna is in the Southern Zone, a region on the southern Pacific coast known for its dramatic coastline of tree-covered mountains dropping suddenly to the ocean, empty beaches, and lush rainforest full of wildlife like toucans, howler monkeys, sloths, and dozens of other species.
Though development has picked up in recent years due to the completion of the coastal highway, it remains a quiet refuge for retirees and other expats looking to truly get away from it all in a beautiful setting.

“My home is on just under an acre of land in Ojochal, which is a small village in the jungle. There is a small view of the ocean, but the real attraction for me was that the house is set among beautifully landscaped gardens,” says Anna. “I like to say that I bought a lovely tropical garden that happened to have a house tucked in amongst the beauty.”

After years of stressed out work, Anna’s schedule in retirement is still full—but with things she loves to do.  She enjoys “puttering” around her garden. She practices Spanish with a tutor two hours a week. And she goes on long walks with a group of fellow expats, as well as on empty beaches with her adopted German shorthaired pointer mix, Lily. (Her cat, Kiska, who “came with” the house, stays home.) She’s also active in a community library for local kids.
“And I’m finally reading books that have been on my to-read list for 20 years,” says Anna, laughing. “I have no idea how long I spend having coffee, watching the birds have their breakfast, looking up birds in my guide, pulling those ever present weeds, or hanging laundry on the line. I am really enjoying ending a day and feeling like it was full in a simplistic way and that no one, in particular not me, needs a detailed account of the day’s activities.”

She’s also discovered a simpler life.
“Realizing that so few Ticos in this area have cars has inspired me to choose walking over driving when possible. There’s a local grocery, butcher, and bakery well within walking distance,” explains Anna. “And when you walk to the grocery store you buy what is needed versus loading up ‘Costco’-like with what turns out for me to be months of ‘stuff’ that often goes to waste. It is a good feeling to buy what I need…and use what I buy.”

 From International Living Magazine

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Costa Rica is a gorgeous, safe and affordable destination for a retirement or second home… if you know where to go.
Southern Zone Costa Rica Beach

The Southern Zone of Costa Rica, located approximately 3 hours south of San Jose’s International airport, just happens to be one of those places. Exotic wildlife, thundering waterfalls and spectacular, forest blanketed mountains descending towards the sparkling Pacific where pristine beaches extend as far the eye can see are all a part of the Southern Zone’s charm. But this is only part of what this area of Costa Rica has to offer…

Personal Wellbeing

Costa Rica isn’t at the top of the Happiness Index for nothing. Costa Ricans enjoy a slower, laid-back pace of life. The Happiness Index is based on environmental imprint, life expectancy and wellbeing, and although most of Costa Rica can attest to following these models, there’s no question in the Southern Zone. Warm weather, local, organic fruit and vegetables, fresh seafood and plenty to keep busy at outside, this area of Costa Rica encourages healthy living without even trying. Expats living in this area of the country enjoy the fresh air - air pollution being non-existent - with some even claiming that their previous breathing issues (asthma, etc.) are gone altogether!

Natural Beauty

It’s easy to find beach towns where skyscrapers line the coast, well-known fast-food chains dot the main street and hoards of tourists file in and out of souvenir shops. Although this is possible to find in Costa Rica, you’re a good few hours away in the Southern Zone, one of the few untouched corners of this country. Here, you’ll be greeted with secluded beaches, towering mountains, small, personable villages and an abundance of wildlife that outnumbers people.

No Shortage of Amenities

Now, don’t get us wrong. Just because the Southern Zone is tucked in a secluded corner of Costa Rica certainly doesn’t mean you’ll go without! The difference is that the shops and services are small and personable as opposed to large and sprawling. Small gourmet restaurants, a hair salon, family-run markets, a French deli, coffee shop and boutique hotels are all available and accessible without marring the real amenities… Mother Nature’s playground. National parks to explore, private beaches to discover and multitudes of trails to hike, horseback ride or bird watch on.

We talk about how secluded and private the Southern Zone is; making for affordable real estate and quaint living. These days, more people are travelling to the Southern Zone; those looking to escape the common touristy areas of Costa Rica, and those looking for affordable property. As we’ve told you, the latter is still available… but the more developed this area becomes, the higher the prices of property will go. It’s definitely in your best interest to try and get in early…
 
 Article from Where International Magazine - Affordable International Living.  July 2013

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