Costa Rica Message from Management Oct 2009

October 14, 2009 at 1:15 pm 6 comments

nick2 The last couple of months have been very busy in Costa Rica, Sol Property Group and The Village of San Buenas. I’ll highlight a few events that were very memorable.

Back in August I spent a day with Rodrigo Arias (Costa Rican Secretary of State), Jorge Eduardo Sanchez (Deputado or “Senator”), Rosibel Madrigal (Mayor of San Isidro) and Hanz Cruz (Deputy Mayor of San Isidro). I spent the day taking photos, attending a private lunch with 50 business owners and executives from some of the country’s largest banks and largest companies. The event was to announce government loans for farmers of mora, coffee and sugar cane in the area.

Rodrigo Arias, Dept. Jorge Eduardo Sanchez, Nick Halverson

Rodrigo Arias, Dept. Jorge Eduardo Sanchez, Nick Halverson

Ribbon cutting event at new bridge outside San Isidro

Ribbon cutting event at new bridge outside San Isidro

Later a group of us jumped into a handful of cars, including the security detail, and drove to several new bridges for “ribbon-cutting” events. At each bridge Secretary of State Arias and Rosibel each made a small speech. Click here to see photos of this event. It was a great day and culminated in a BBQ at Tres Jotas new meat processing plant in San Isidro. It was the best ‘carne’ (meat) I’ve had in Costa Rica. 

We had a honeymooning couple from the United States spend a week in/around The Village of San Buenas. They had never left the United States before so I was

 hoping they would enjoy Costa Rica as much as I did. I needn’t worry. They had a blast! They enjoyed whale watching (they saw three), eating at various

A beautiful day in September 2009, San Isidro del General, Costa Rica

A beautiful September day in San Isidro del General, Costa Rica

restaurants and watching (and hearing the howler monkeys!) all of the beauty the zone has to offer. They are already planning their next visit in 2011.

I drove on the highway from Dominical to Quepos—wow! What a difference! They are close to finishing the entire stretch with approximately 2 miles to finish paving and the installation of two bridges. I believe they will easily hit their December 31, 2009 target date. What used to take up to two hours is now an enjoyable, easy 45 minute drive. When completed it will be around 35 minutes.

I still believe that Costa Rica’s rainy season (September – October) is one of the most overrated ‘non-event’ in Costa Rica. Generally speaking the mornings are very beautiful with 5:30 am sunrises and the afternoon showers start around 2:30 pm. It is the coolest time of year to visit and the number of tourists is very low as well. Don’t overlook visiting next October. I think you will be pleastantly surprised.

Village of San Buenas
Demand for the Village of San Buenas continues to increase. The last 90 days have been very busy with numerous lot sales and with water and electricity now available in certain areas of the project we have seen an increase in demand. We are planning on raising prices December 1, 2009. If you have every thought about visiting The Village of San Buenas, in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica, or if you have every thought of owning Costa Rica real estate now is a great time to act.

  • We have updated our masterplan to give a better representation of the beautiful development. Check it out here.
  • We have added a link to over 300 photos in Flickr. Check out the photos here – don’t forget to click on the Flickr logo to see them all.
  • 3749387103_25a3c5cc7dWe have installed the first set of electrical poles and 1,000 meters of electricity lines on “main street”. Now in the evening you can see the development lit up by the street lights. Given all of the new laws and regulations regarding developments, this is a great feeling to get accomplished. Click here for more photos
  • We have planted over 300 new plants, flowers and shrubs.
  • We have a professional agronomist making weekly visits to oversee the planting and re-seeding of the development.

Costa Rica
Costa Rica continues to make tremendous progress in terms of infrastructure improvements.

  • There is continued dialog regarding the new international airport in the Southern zone. I believe it is still five years away from becoming a reality, but I will send an update immediately if anything changes.
  • The government will begin construction on a large hydro-electric project starting in the next twelve months that will generate 608 Megawatts of electricity – enough to power over 480,000 homes. In a country of 4.3 million people (not homes) this is a huge project and is projected to become operational in 2016. This project is located approximately 10 miles from your project.
  • The road from Dominical to Quepos is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009. I drove on it on September 20th and it was amazing. What used to take between 90 – 120 minutes only took 45 minutes. When the final four miles are completed and the last two bridges are replaced it should take approximately 35 minutes. This will completely open up the Southern zone of Costa Rica. I feel that it will increase demand of this region of the country. Up to this point most visitors rarely made it south of Quepos.
  • The highway between San Jose and Jaco is scheduled for completion in fall 2010.
  • The airport in Liberia (Guanacaste) is getting a $35 million facelift.
  • San Jose International Airport (SJO) is now being managed by an investment group out of Houston. It is currently under an expansion plan.

Sol Property Group
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If you ever thought about visiting Costa Rica or buying real estate in Costa Rica now is a great time. We have lots starting at $19,900, condos starting at $75,000 and houses starting at $89,900. Now is the time to act. Also, The Village of San Buenas is going to be raising prices December 1 – lock in your savings today!

Nick Halverson

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Judy Aldrich  |  October 28, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    My husband and I are arriving Nov. 11/09 in Costa Rica. Could you give us directions or send maps to us. We are staying the 12th-17th around Dominical. Thanks………Robert & Judy Aldrich
    96 Ash St. Eden Mills, On. N0B1P0 519 856 9672

  • 2. Judy Aldrich  |  October 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Buenas tardes: There are a few things we would like to discuss with you.
    The first is, we have a car voucher for the week from Intair.

    We are very interested in taking the short flight from(I presume) the San Jose Airport?
    Where would we book this flight, and where do we land?

    Are we going to be able to use our car voucher(Intair) at the landed location.
    Do you know what the baggage restrictions, weightwise, as it is important to know in advance.

    I have not yet confirmed our overnight stay in San Jose, our first and last nights, at the Hotel Colonial. Do you know, is this a good chose, location wise. The hotel is located on Calle 11, between 4th & 6th.

    John Newton, whom you have been in contact with, is helping us, since he and yourself have been in touch with one another.

    My phone number here if needed is 519 856-9672.

    We won’t have a cell phone with us, since I really don’t think it would work in Costa Rica.

    On the 12th of November we are booked into Hotel villas Gaia.

    The remaining nights we will be at Villas Rio Mar.

    I hope I have made the right choices, since it is really hard to know……Both these locations seem reasonable.

    Hope to hear from you soon, in regard to the issues that have not been finalized.

    Thanking you in advance, I remain, Yours truly, Judy Aldrich

  • 3. Mary Jartcky  |  November 6, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I plan on visiting again next January. How much is your package to come down and view the property in December?
    Sounds great.

  • 4. priscilla  |  November 7, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Hi Nick

    The are these real homes or modules can you clear this up for homes.


  • 5. Bonnie Nessanbaum  |  February 20, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Hi Nick,
    I’m planning on being in the area March 4-8+, I would love to see what you have to offer, cheep, beautiful, 1 floor, fairly flat land with a view if possible.
    I think you may have called the other day…? please try again, I’l in Boston Ma. USA EST 617-629-2828 best catch me in the morning
    thanks Bonnie please leave me a contact # for when I get there!!!

  • 6. Bonnie Nessanbaum  |  February 20, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    woops did I leave my # 617-629-2828


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