What to look for when buying a retirement home


Retire in Costa Rica

What to look for when buying a retirement home and how to spend the second part of your life, you need to know “What To Look For When Buying A Retirement Home?”  Much depends on age, health, lifestyles, and visitors.

From our experience, the basic things that are a must:

  1. Value property
  2. Within 1.5 hours of an international Airport (when many visitors are likely)
  3. Good climate (for those above 65)
  4. Gated and secure (mainly if you like to travel)
  5. Proximity to malls, supermarkets, healthcare.
  6. Low HOA

BEST SCENARIO IS to rank 5 of 5 (includes all of the above)

The list can go on but, these need to be addressed for Costa Rica Retirement. In formulating what to look for when buying a retirement home, the majority of people 65 and over will mainly choose the spring-like climate of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. All major shopping of every kind is found here. Major world-class healthcare, universities for an extra course like Spanish and much more.

If your plan is to extend or, augment your education, you should add universities to what to look for when buying a retirement home. The other thing many folks like is to be within 1 hour of the beaches – add this as well.

Costa Rica Retirement Real Estate is abundant in the Central Valley due to the popularity of the area and its services. Here you may browse 100s of properties for sale in the popular towns.

” 5 RANK” PROPERTIES of what to look for when buying a retirement home

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GRECIA – Central Valley
Home $129,950
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GRIFO ALTO – Central Valley
Home $159,000

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SANTIAGO – Central Valley
Home $369,000

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ATENAS – Central Valley
Home $369,000

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San Ramon home for $189,000.. the perfect A Costa Rica Retirement Dream


Where to retire in Costa rica

When thinking about where to retire in Costa Rica, the popular central valley areas that we hear about include Atenas, Grecia, San Ramon, and Puriscal.   One place that qualifies very well is Naranjo. See Map Here.  Note first comes Naranjo, then Palmares, then, San Ramon.  San Ramon is the very popular choice of where to retire in Costa Rica.  It is only 10 to 15 minutes further out so its services facilities and, expat community can be every accessible to Naranjo residents.  More, Naranjo is closer to the International Airport and San Jose.

Find out why you should consider Naranjo as a choice of where to retire in Costa Rica.

Naranjo Home For Sale $189,000

One floor plan
2 bedrooms detached
2453 sq feet
1.25-acre lot
16-foot ceilings
Open floor plan
Nice courtyard
Gas service
Utilizes include Internet, water

Plusses – Nd electric $145 monthly, Nice climate all year.  See More

For newcomers and those just starting out, where to retire in Costa Rica a major consideration.  Costa Rica Retirement Vacation Properties has been specializing in Retirement since 2001.

We can make it very easy for you as we are countrywide with loads of historical data on clients that have already made the move.  A good start is tom LET US HELP.  Start HERE.

You may also wish to browse popular Costa Rica Retirement locations that offer the low-humidity good climate features.

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Costa Rica Retirement – 4 Perfect Low HumidityTowns


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Four popular low humidity towns for Costa Rica Retirement

Atenas GreciaSan Ramon  –   Puriscal

See the  Central Valley offering of Costa Rica Retirement Real Estate with 100s of good choices of properties for sale.

Costa Rica Retirement made easy for you.   Costa Rica always comes up on the radar when one thinks or investigates offshore retirement.  And, rightly so, as it is considered one of the best places and ranked highly by most retirement specialists and writers around the world.  More, Costa Rica Retirement is easy.

Many microclimates are found throughout the country.  For those above a certain age, the beautiful spring-like temperatures are very attractive and provoke many to

Costa Rica Retirement Vacation Properties has been relocating people since 2001.

If Costa Rica Retirement is in your crosshairs, you need to be sure you are getting the most current information.

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  • What to bring
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We have brought 100s of people to Costa Rica to retire or relocate.  This is our business.

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Costa Rica Retirement can be fun… We like to see people winding down from many years of hard work but, also consider keeping active and engaged.  If one is going to buy a home then consider a configuration that allows some rental but with privacy.

Not FOR  everyone but consider this

  • Meet people from all over the world
  • Cover your home costs and more
  • Turn it off when you want to be private
  • If you like the results, expand and add cabins

See this example as an ideal scenario
(providing it is in your budget range).  A gorgeous large 3600 sq ft home on 3 acres and impeccable with gorgeous mountains views.  Taxes less than 900 per year and HOA 55 monthly.

Gated community
Excellent Pool club area
Nice large master suite on the main floor
Two lovely bedrooms  on the second floor
Large sitting between them
Balcon with incredible mountain views
Best part – A separate entrance for complete privacy.

Even if the rooms only rent for $60 a night – do the mth.

This is an overview of four very popular towns for Costa Rica Retirement.   The B and B example is excellent advice and a good sample of how to retire in comfort.

We have 100s of opportunities like this in both low humidity areas and coastal.



Chalet on 1 acre gated in San Ramon $119K with Ocean view

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Large lot if you want to build a bigger home

•  1000 sqft , 1 bath , 2 bdrm single story – FOR SALE  USD119,000 . We can do some financing as well

Mountain Chalet with Ocean Views $119,000


Chalet on 1 acre gated  in San Ramon $119K with Ocean view
This is a nicely built 2-bedroom Chalet and comes completely furnished with incredible views from every room.
It is located in a gated, secure area on 1.2 acres of land.

The elevation is high and ensures a comfortable temperature.
The chalet was constructed in 2014 and was almost entirely constructed from green materials like wood, stone
and tiling. It is approximately 20 minutes to downtown San Ramon on good paved road all the way. You will enjoy
the cool fresh air of these amazing mountains as you sit back and marvel at some of the most amazing sunsets
on the planet.

**A good option for those wishing to build a larger ocean view home

If your dream is a larger mountain residence with Ocean views, this provides that opportunity as you can live in
the chalet during construction. Later, when your main home is completed, rent the villa.This is the perfect scenario.
Great views on a sloping mountain provides many areas to build a dramatic home while living in this one. Later it
can be a nice guest home.

Covered Parking Area
Hot Water
Municipal Water
Private Road Access
Wood Ceilings
Ocean View
Septic Tank
Utility Area
Owned in a Corporation
Washer/Dryer Hookups
Gated Entry
Mountain View

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Single Story Home For Sale in Punta Uva , Punta Uva


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Near the beautiful beaches of Punta Uva

•  190 sqm, 2 baths, 2 bdrm single story – FOR SALE USD199,000.  An excellent vacation property in Punta Uva

Enter Wood Home at the palm-thatched entrance into a spacious living room that then opens up to a larger convertible outdoor space with a comfortable “outdoor living room” – directly facing a jungle garden in the back – and offering absolute privacy. One the main floor is also a guest bathroom, large open kitchen and a maids quarters/laundry room.

A wooden staircase takes you upstairs to another spacious terrace overlooking the jungle garden. From the terrace, the 2 bedrooms are accessed. Each bedroom has it’s own bathroom, high wooden ceilings, ceiling fans and fully screened.

There is a well-manicured surrounding garden and driveway with ample space for 2 vehicles. It is located within the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and often visited by all three kinds of monkeys, sloths and lots of birds and other wildlife.

The house has been used a successful vacation rental property with an established renter base. If you’re looking for a vacation home that can create income while you are not here…here’s a golden and proven opportunity.

The property is offered with an existing corporation, a telephone line, and Internet access.

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8 acre Magnificent Lakefront & Volcano Views Plantation Style Home

This is a glorious LAKEFRONT ARENAL location. Once you read what it offers, you will expect a price of over 1 million. It is now

$395,000 and the owner is motivated.

Lakefront Arenal

B&B  –  Birding – Vacation Property Retirement – Spa – Ecotours – Rehab

Property uses:
– The perfect Retire in Costa Rica home for this budget range. It is absolutely perfect for families visiting. Activities on three property are unsurpassed.
– Vacation rental
– Spa or Eco project
– Birdwatching headquarters for Birders visiting CR
– An incredible B&B

Lakefront Arenal with fantastic views

3-volcano view
Arenal, Tenorio, Miravalles
on 8.3-acres (8.37 acres)
reforested property in
4 parcels Stream on the land
Bird and monkey watchers’ paradise

Located on the Lake Arenal with Views of 3 volcanos

Lakefront Arenal Plantation style


  • 160 m2 with atrium,
  • Spacious Living & dining areas
  • Custom kitchen
  • Master suite2 BRs with shared bath
  • Surrounded by 160 m2 veranda
  • Accessible from all rooms through French doors
  • 2 fireplaces.
  • Exquisite interior finishing, tropical hardwoods throughout.

Ground level includes
1400 square feet to add what you want
Workshop, office, unfinished bathroom
OptionThe space is suitable for converting to an apartment;
laundry with potting/animal grooming table;


  • 3 vehicles with mechanic’s pitExtras-
  • Solar-assisted hot water, deep-water well,
  • Many fruit trees
  • Indoor fire protection system
  • Central vacuum cleaner
  • security lights and cameras
  • A 75-pound capacity dumb waiter
  • Full-house surge protection
  • Remote-controlled front gate

Construction quality
Superior steel-frame construction
Double roof, insulation,
Excellent ventilation

Lakefront Arenal on 8.3 acres

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Lake Arenal 2 Storey Home – Tilaran

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•  750 sqm , 4 bath , 4 bdrm 2 storey – FOR SALE  USD1,100,000 .

Located in the mountains above the city of Tilaran, this extraordinarily large and well built home, on 2,5 acres of professionally landscaped gardens, offers 4 oversized master suites with private luxury bathrooms (tubs and shower), one powder room, large open living-dining and kitchen area, laundry area, screened in porches, ceramic tile floors, tropical wood high ceilings, furniture, cabinets, doors and trims, aluminum framed windows and sliding doors, granite counter tops, modern appliances and custom made furniture. Enjoy the outstanding views of Tilaran, the Guanacaste lowlands all the way down to the Golf of Nicoya, and the beautiful sunsets from most areas of the house and porches. The property includes a caretakers home and has plenty of space to add a pool and more buildings. Very quiet and private location, 10 Minutes from Tilaran, 90 Minutes to the Intl. Airport Liberia, 2 hours from the famous beaches at Golfo de Papagayo. This property is suitable for a large family, vacation home on a time share basis, potential B&B

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Costa Rica Mountain Chalet Ocean View $119,000

Costa Rica Mountain Chalet with Ocean View on 1.2 acres

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Why this Mountain Chalet is a such good purchase

The place is secure, good access, great climate and cheap.  If you are planning for the future and lock this one in now, you can use it as your Costa Rica Vacation Home and enjoy the income from this very low cost and low maintenance chalet.

Reduce all your living costs
mply come on over and downsize, live a beautiful mountain life in our country.  You will reduce your cost to live, enjoy mountain life, friendly people, fresh mountain air and create a whole new lifestyle and set of friends.

Build your dream Costa Rica Mountain Home
a Large lot of 1.2 acres.  This is a perfect scenario for those wishing build a dream home and Retire in Costa Rica and enjoy a nice climate Ocean view, Mountain views and a low cost of living.  Live healthier and longer.  Take your time and build it the way you want. 

A nice Costa Rica Mountain Chalet for family or as a guest rental
Imagine how nice to get a great income from this perfect location and nice chalet after you are in you main home.

The Mountain Chael on 1.2 acres 

  • Fully Furnished
  • Two bedrooms
  • Garage
  • Amazing views
  • 15 minutes to downtown San Ramon
  • \some financing is available

Price Only $119,000 and can finance some

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