Lifestyle Choices Affect Bottom Line – What you Want and What you Need in Costa Rica

Now that you have decided that you want to make the move and settle in Costa Rica, keep in mind that finding that dream home will often be driven by lifestyle desires rather than needs.  In your search to find the perfect residence you may begin to look at homes that are much larger than what you really need, just because they fall within your budget.

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

– More bedrooms, means more areas to clean and maintain. Furthermore, the bigger the house and the bigger the lot the larger the budget you will need to invest in the upkeep of these areas.
– We have all dreamed of having a home surrounded by acres of land but remember how much it will cost to upkeep. The majority of large property owners in Costa Rica hire a caretaker to look after their grounds.
– If you are looking for a retreat that is far removed from civilization bear in mind how much extra gas you are going to spend going back and forth to the nearest convenience store.  You may pay a little more for properties that are located closer to the amenities but this make your life so much easier in the long run – especially if you decide to sell in the future.
– If you are a young family planning to expand on your brood then keep in mind that more space means more expense in terms of painting, flooring and accessories as well as higher utility bills.
– If you are looking for a larger home also think about how much additional furniture you will need to invest in for those additional rooms from beds to bedding, light fixtures and much more.
– If you want a property with swimming pool make sure that you consider how much it will cost to maintain and secure if you have children.

James Drews

James Drews

Vice President, Sales. Age 43 Prior to co-founding VESTA GROUP, James moved to Costa Rica in 1996 and began his real estate career here by co-founding Dominical Realty. In 2001, the company obtained a Coldwell Banker independent franchise, and three years later partnered with another Coldwell Banker franchise in Costa Rica to become Vesta Group, the Master-Franchise-holder for the entire country. As a member of the Global Association of Realtors and the U.S.-based National Association of Realtors, the Master Franchise has already grown to ten (10) offices throughout the country, with several more currently in process. James is married to a Costa Rican, and proud father of 3 daughters ages 7,10, and 20. James, is well respected among the local and foreign community, and carries high ethical standards, and a hard working family man that seeks to provide his customers with the best level of service possible. James goes out of his way to seek out new frontiers that are ahead of the wave, and specializes in rural and remote farmland, developing land and collecting legacy type of properties. Surfing big waves, fishing, hiking, and travel are favorite pastimes. Daily goal is a new discovery. Approaching 20 years of living in Costa Rica, James knows his territory well, and has much love for his new country and it's people, and will guide you well, and share his resources and local knowle​d​ge with you to make your new venture successful.​ ​