August 18, 2016
Affordable lot in gated beachfront community… more info
by: Federico Fernandez, Real Estate Consultant
The completely redone tract of the Inter-American highway consisting of 50.5 km (31.6 miles) is now ready and open. This is the road between the cities of Liberia and Cañas. Costa Rica’s national route N°1 is part of the Pan-american Highway, a route with about 19,000 miles, that basically crosses the continent from north to south.
Liberia is the main city in the province of Guanacaste. In it, the closest international airport is located. Within an hour drive, for us here at Tamarindo, the city of Liberia is on the way to the main northern border crossing with the neighboring country of Nicaragua (Peñas Blancas). Now that this new road down south of Liberia is open, it makes it an attractive alternative for us to drive to the central valley and other sites of interest along the route.
This is said to be the most modern road in the country at this point. USD$135 million where invested in building the road including 36 bridges (26 brand new and 10 redone). Completely built in concrete, with four lanes, it has eighteen four lane bridges along the original trail that used to be a two lane asphalt road with bridges that in some cases were over 50 years old. Elevated bridges pass along the exits to the three main urban areas of Liberia, Bagaces and Cañas. For safety there is a barrier in the middle all along the route, twelve pedestrian bridges where built, there are also twelve turnarounds, bicycle lanes in populated areas, sidewalks, and bus stops with bays. It is very pleasant to ride along it.
Underground and aerial passages for wildlife were included in specific areas where animals are known to be present and tend to cross the road. Considering environmental impact, it is planned to plant twenty-four thousand trees in sites within nearby national parks of Santa Rosa and Guanacaste and along the road. This is more than twice the trees that were removed to build the road.
It is planned to continue the improvement of National Route N°1 with these characteristics down south. The sections between Cañas and Limonal and Limonal and Barranca that total 70 km (43,75 miles) will be next. These projects are under the process of design and contract. The funds required area already secured and come from an international loan.
August 9, 2016
Immaculate home with dramatic ocean views and great rental income… more info
July 29, 2016
Largest floorplan in ocean front condominium complex at the exclusive… more info
July 13, 2016
by: Karen Fabre, Real Estate Consultant
About 25 years ago, Tamarindo was still a quiet coastal village, barely any foreign residents around.
Steadily, North Americans, Europeans and others alike started discovering Costa Rica’s beauty and the positive aspects of its way of life. And so, partly thanks to the steady and reliable waves and the opening of Costa Rica’s second international airport at Liberia, Tamarindo started booming. Retirees and investors, but increasingly also families with young children in search of a better quality of live, have found their way to the Tamarindo region and purchased property.
Naturally, many of these new home owners, not only want to take in the sunshine, palm trees, hours of fun in the ocean or the natural wonders. They also long for their new houses to feel like home again, looking for ways to not only furnish them, with furniture that withstands the tropical climate, but also decorate them in style, preferably the style that fits their taste. Of course Tamarindo did not offer the luxury of a furniture store, warehouse or design studio on every corner.
With a very limited furniture selection in the area in those early years, and Tamarindo being further away from the capital city, companies offering help with the purchase of furniture and appliances, and decoration services, started to rise. Pacific Home Furnishings, located in Liberia, offers “Home furnishing packages” based on a selection of furnishings available in Costa Rica or custom made furniture manufactured locally.
Other companies, such as Tropical House Interiors, with showroom in Cañafistula, focus on import of furniture from South East Asia, offering home furnishing packages with a style ranging from Natural Contemporary to Tropical Colonial.
As the demand is still growing, more recently, Tamarindo residents have also shown to be very tasteful and artistic. More contemporary and European design studios are popping up, and creative minds come up with elegant solutions for specific items not yet readily available in the area.
Wood from the Guanacaste tree is stylishly being given a new use by MuDesign, offering stools, tables and unique decorative wood pieces, that will give any home a sophisticated, contemporary reference to Costa Rica.
At GirlFish you can find fashionable LEPOUF bean bags in bright colors to add style and comfort to your pool side lounge experience.
Designs by Sven, lead by fashionista Sven Geniets, the current interior designer for boutique hotel Cala Luna, offers contemporary and chic total concept design of any interior and trendy make-overs. “City at the beach” is his trademark style!
So, before moving to Costa Rica, one question to answer is whether one would take the opportunity to declutter, sell all belongings, and set for a fresh home styling experience from scratch, or pack the complete household, ship it to Costa Rica and deal with local custom taxes and regulations (which is a separate story by itself). That is a question that only each person can answer for himself.
But knowing that several options for furnishing services in several styles and tastes, and for fashionable and trendy decoration and interior design have risen over the years and keep on rising, even in Tamarindo itself, may help one to make this decision and to fulfill that dream of a tropical, yet elegant and homey getaway.