Building Land We Own and Sell
Development of parcels and real estate projects in Nicoya Costa Rica.
We are very often asked why we are in Guanacaste and why specifically in the small town of Hojancha. The answer is very simple: Hojancha is located in one of the only five blue zones worldwide.
But we are not limited to Hojancha, and can also provide you with beach parcels or properties with ocean views. We know the peninsula of Nicoya, where our parcels are located, like the backs of our hands, so it is no problem for us to provide you with the right properties.
Let’s get back to Hojancha. Because of the many questions we receive about this town and its surroundings, we would like to explain the most important points for local and foreign investors regarding this rare area.
The big advantage is that from November to April, it is summer. This is exactly the time of the year where it is coldest in North America and Europe, so and many people are looking to spend this time in a more pleasant climate.
Here in Hojancha, during the summer period, temperatures range between 22 and 32 degrees (71°-89,6°F).
What makes these temperatures even more comfortable is a steady and refreshing breeze, so you don’t sweat.
During the “winter” or rainy season, temperatures range between 20-28 degrees Celsius (68°-82,4° F). The first rain usually arrives in May. Until mid July, it rains a couple of times during the week.
Then, until the end of August, it is something like an “in-between summer” with only a few rainfalls.
This is a very beautiful time, since the nature gets greener and blossoms.
From September to mid-November, the rainfalls increase again, but not in way you might know from parts of Asia, where you can’t leave your house anymore.
To sum it up in one sentence: the climate is absolutely pleasant here the whole year. The humidity, which can be the main problem for North Americans and Europeans, is very low.
So one of the main reasons that the area of Hojancha was certified as a “blue zone” was and is the climate.
The Landscape and the nature
Green hills, and gentle valleys – these characterize the landscape of Hojancha.
Very few know that here you can find the highest waterfall in Central America.
Also, there is one of the most fascinating projects in Latin America, called project “Monte Alto.”
While in other countries, such as Brazil, the rainforest is cleared, in Hojancha, it was reforested.
Because of the clearing until the 80s, the drinking water supply in the area was endangered. But with the help of international donors, hundreds of hectares were reforested with rainforest.
While doing that, it was found that nature can repair damage caused by humans.
Today, you can visit this evidence here in Hojancha. A small guesthouse with a display board remains as a little monument. It reminds us what to do to restore nature and to create a basis for life for future generations.
According to the “Global Peace Index” (Link), Costa Rica ranks 34th, between countries such as Croatia and Italy.
In comparison, France ranks 51st, the United States 114th (the higher the number, the lower the safety).
Besides, the Canton Hojancha is considered the safest. The last violent crime was 14 years ago.
So you can move completely freely and safely here, without having to watch your back all the time. Also, burglaries are basically unknown.
The country Costa Rica has been considered for a long time as a model country and is appreciatively called “Switzerland of Central America.”
The country has a long democratic tradition (since the year 1889) and in 1949, the military was abolished. The money saved from the military could be invested in education, so that the population has a relatively higher education level.
The legal system in Costa Rica is comparable with the European one. Legislation allowsunlimited right of property and possession. Local and foreign investors are treated equally before the law.
The land registry and the commercial register are transparent, so that you can check property owners, liabilities and mortgages via the internet. Thus, in a legal context, the investment safety is basically on the same level as in Europe or North America.
Tranquility But No Loneliness
If you prefer, you can live completely isolated, but this is something only a few people can manage to do. We have the perfect combination: tranquility without road, flight or train traffic, but only three minutes to the center of Hojancha.
There, you can find supermarkets, doctors, butchers, small restaurants, the Banco Nacional (largest bank of Costa Rica), a post office, a small clinic, an ice cream parlor, a large church, notaries, lawyers, a little town park with events and much more. And people are happy when they see a foreigner.
About 20 minutes from Hojancha is the province capital, Nicoya, which has further shopping facilities, such as construction markets, a Walmart and several other stores.
It is really difficult to describe the nature of the Ticos (Costa Ricans call themselves that).
They are cosmopolitan, tolerant, down-to-earth, helpful but also traditional.
As a European, Thomas can say: “Nowhere else in the world I have been received as well as in Costa Rica. My best friend in life (Javier), who is like my brother, is a Tico. He never let me down, he was always there for me, and vice-versa. The rest you have to experience yourself.”
Where is the beach?
I don’t know, but somehow for Europeans and North Americans, the beach is the main attraction. This is completely understandable.
Most think they know about the advantages of owning a piece of land close to the beach. The disadvantages are usually only known to those who have lived at the beach for some time:
- Many things are more expensive (properties and costs of living).
- The climate at the beach in tropical countries is a bit more taxing (higher humidity)
We are of the opinion that it is better to live in a perfect climate and to drive to the beach! From our parcels, you can reach the beaches, such as Playa Samara and Playa Carillo within 30 minutes.
These beaches fulfill your tropical dream: white sand, coconut palms, cyan colored water, small restaurants and only small crowds.
By the way, Costa Rica has one of the most beautiful surfing beaches of the world! Generally, these beaches are located on the Nicoya peninsula on the Pacific side.
All these beaches can be reached from Hojancha, where there are also different national parks are close by. There, you can watch dolphins, whales, alligators, howler monkeys, all kinds of birds and butterflies.
The area is like a large animal and plant park, just without fences and limits.
Imagine that five percent of all worldwide species have a home in Costa Rica! You won’t have to any longer!
Nicoya Costa Rica Real Estate – Can you consider a parcel as an investment, without living there yourself?
In order to understand this, you might have to go back a bit in history.
The Nicoya peninsula was considered the “wild west of Costa Rica” in the past. This area of the country was mainly cut-off from transport. Only in the northern part was there a road which lead to the main part of Costa Rica. In the southern area, only ferries were available to cross the Tempisque river.
With the construction of the Amity Bridge of Taiwan in 2003, the touristic development of the south of the Nicoya Peninsula could start.
This touristic development is still in progress today. The complete road network was renewed and massively improved, gravel roads became mainly paved roads.
At present, Costa Rica has 4.5 million inhabitants. More than 50 percent live in the Central Valley in cities such as Heredia, Alajuela, Santa Ana and several smaller towns.
The Central Valley is therefore densely populated and is at the brink of a traffic collapse. Many inhabitants of this area are therefore looking for vacations, a weekend stay or to retire to parcels in our area (where the world is still perfect).
This is the reason why our area also has a very good reputation with locals. Like in other countries, many people are longing for more peace and relaxation, and they can find it in our area.
Nicoya Costa Rica Real Estate
Now, let’s get to the price of parcels. We ask for between $15 and $35 per square meter for our parcels, depending on size and location.
These prices were determined by an independent appraiser, and at these prices, locals can also buy a parcel here.
In the Central Valley, prices in a good location range between $200 and $800 per square meter. This alone shows the appreciation potential. Right now, we observe a healthy appreciation of between 5% and 10% per year, which makes an investment quite attractive. Because of the already mentioned special factors (price development in the Central Valley and in Nicoya), even stronger increases during the next years are likely.
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