Costa Ri­can dream homes come with built-in hap­pi­ness

Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties - ALEX FRAZER-HAR­RI­SON

It’s not too of­ten you find a coun­try where hap­pi­ness is a sell­ing fea­ture. But that’s Costa Rica, which is why Costa Ri­can-based and Cana­dian-owned Mon­terra De­vel­op­ers has found suc­cess over the last 12 years help­ing Cana­di­ans build their dream homes in the Playa Tam­bor re­gion.

“Costa Rica is the safest coun­try in Cen­tral Amer­ica, and it’s known as the Switzer­land of Cen­tral Amer­ica,” says Amanda Turner, of­fice man­ager for Mon­terra’s mar­ket­ing di­vi­sion, OwnCostar­ica.com. “It’s a very happy na­tion (with) high qual­ity of life and very low cost of liv­ing.”

These in­gre­di­ents add up to a re­cre­ation and re­tire­ment es­cape like no other.

Mon­terra’s con­struc­tion team “will build cus­tom homes ready for peo­ple to pick up and move to,” says Turner. “We have about a dozen home designs clients can choose from that can be cus­tom­ized to suit their needs.”

This is a great time to in­vest in Costa Ri­can real es­tate, as val­ues are ex­pected to rise as more tourists and de­vel­op­ers dis­cover the coun­try, she says, adding Mon­terra is able to build homes for $300,000-$500,000 — lot in­cluded — in a neigh­bour­hood sur­rounded by mil­lion­dol­lar homes.

“These are gor­geous four-be­d­room, cus­tom-built bun­ga­lows, with a swim­ming pool — all fur­nished,” says Turner. “And we have fin­ishes like gran­ite counter tops and cus­tom hard­wood kitchen cab­i­nets … we walk our clients through the process step by step.”

Buy­ers also have ac­cess to a rental man­age­ment team that takes the stress out of own­ing in­ter­na­tional prop­erty, she says.

For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing how you can sam­ple a Mon­terra prop­erty for free, visit owncostar­ica.com or call 1-877-313-3336.

Cour­tesy Owncostar­ica.com

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