For those looking to move to Costa Rica without breaking the bank, this property in the mountains south of the city of San Isidro is a great place to call home. Situated at 2,300 feet above sea level, the mountain climate is comfortably cool and the cost of living here is very affordable. There is no need to run air conditioning, property taxes for the home are approximately $275 USD per year, electricity averages $40 per month and the city water bill is around $10 per month. In 20 minutes you can be in the heart of San Isidro where you will find medical care, shopping centers, a nice array of restaurants, and the largest farmer's market in Southern Costa Rica.
If you are actually looking to live in Costa Rica full time, you can follow the same path that many experienced ex-pats have chosen: Live your daily life in a convenient location like San Isidro while saving a substantial amount of money on everyday goods and services. Their common refrain is "Let the tourists pay double for everything at the beach while I get more options and better quality near the city." When you want to get to the beach, it is an easy 40-minute drive down the mountain on a smooth, paved road. No big deal. After you have lived in Costa Rica for a while, you will really understand what things cost at the beach compared to where the true locals live.
The two-story home includes 3 bedrooms plus a master suite with private balcony, a kitchen with spacious cabinets, a comfortable living room, beautiful Teak flooring, ceiling fans throughout, on-demand hot water in the master bath and kitchen, a laundry room, a secure storage room and a carport with a concrete driveway. Recent renovations include bathroom upgrades, new paint job, new air-conditioning units, a new greenhouse, and new furnishings (included with asking price). Available amenities include high-speed internet, phone, and cable television services. If you are a pet lover, there is a large back yard that is completely fenced for your dogs.
If you wish to build an additional home or another structure, the 1-acre property has an extra building site. For those with a "green thumb", the fertile soil is excellent for growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs or planting exotic gardens. There is an array of tropical fruit trees and coffee plants already established on the land with plenty of room for more. The cool mountain climate combined with an ample water supply is perfect for hobby farming. The ambiance on the property is relaxing with mature shade trees and beautiful valley views. The people in the community are friendly and the neighborhood is quiet and safe.
Listed at a great price, this property is a very good choice for a retiree looking for a convenient, affordable, and peaceful place to settle down long term in Costa Rica.