Calgary Herald New Condos - - Re­cre­ation & In­vest­ment Prop­er­ties -

To date, he has sold four con­dos, two of which were picked up by Cana­di­ans.

Blimke bought his condo af­ter hav­ing known Moi­sey for sev­eral years, as both are mem­bers of the same Ro­tary Club.

“They’re built to qual­ity,” says Moi­sey. “We brought Cana­dian crafts­men down to train our peo­ple here.”

The prop­erty will even­tu­ally in­clude five phases to­talling 250 con­dos.

“The con­do­mini­ums are not cookie-cut­ter,” says Moi­sey. “There’s a whole range for what peo­ple like.”

The units range from 840 to 3,600 square feet. A typ­i­cal one-bed­room­plus-den unit starts at $204,000.

They fea­ture dou­ble french doors on the bed­rooms, hard­wood, slid­ing glass floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows, five ap­pli­ances and a fire­place.

The units also in­clude a pri­vate en­trance and park­ing stall.

The con­dos’ bal­conies over­look 48-kilo­me­tre Lake Are­nal — the sec­ond largest lake in Cen­tral Amer­ica.

The lake is bor­dered with a large Cana­dian, Amer­i­can and Euro­pean pop­u­la­tion, says Moi­sey, adding that Costa Rica’s large num­ber of Cana­dian res­i­dents has in­flu­enced the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment.

In ad­di­tion to the lake, part of the view from the de­vel­op­ment

C MVisit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Prop­er­ties,’ for more sto­ries and photo gal­leries. is the Are­nal vol­cano, which Moi­sey says is known as one of the most pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions in Cen­tral Amer­ica.

“Peo­ple are drawn to that,” says Moi­sey.

They are also drawn to the var­i­ous re­cre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties in the area, he says. Th­ese in­clude tours of but­ter­fly farms, as well as fish­ing, sail­ing, raft­ing and zip-lin­ing.

At the prop­erty, res­i­dents have ac­cess to a three-tiered cas­cad­ing swim­ming pool, a re­cre­ation cen­tre, games room, sauna and gym­na­sium.

There are also path­ways on the prop­erty for walk­ers or jog­gers.

Are­nal Maleku also has a com­mer­cial lot with a pre-columbian In­dian vil­lage fea­tur­ing craft stands and cul­tural cer­e­monies.

But it’s the area’s nat­u­ral qual­i­ties that make the re­sort such an invit­ing get­away, says Moi­sey.

“It’s all about the cli­mate here — that’s the bot­tom line,” he says. Year-round av­er­ages for the area range be­tween 20 C and 35 C, but “it’s not un­com­fort­able where you have your air con­di­tioner run­ning night and day,” he says.

Blimke com­pares the land­scape to the Okana­gan Val­ley, but notes a few dis­tinct dif­fer­ences.

“Add for­est and mon­keys and or­chids and the most un­be­liev­able plant life that you can imag­ine,” he says.

The call of area wildlife adds to the at­mos­phere at Are­nal Maleku, says Blimke — es­pe­cially the howler mon­keys.

“They’re our rooster in the morn­ing,” he says, laugh­ing, adding the mon­keys don’t en­ter the prop­erty.

An­other qual­ity that makes the prop­erty an ideal get­away is the pace of life, says Moi­sey. “It’s like a foun­tain of youth.”

About 12 kilo­me­tres south of the de­vel­op­ment is the town of Ti­la­ran, which of­fers a num­ber of ameni­ties — such as mod­ern gro­cery stores, shop­ping and a med­i­cal clinic.

An air­port is lo­cated 20 kilo­me­tres west of the prop­erty in the town of Canas.

In terms of buyer de­mo­graph­ics, Moi­sey says it’s a mix, but adds that the ma­jor­ity have been peo­ple who are still work­ing and a few years away from re­tire­ment.

Con­struc­tion on the sec­ond phase of the de­vel­op­ment is ex­pected to start once 60 per cent of the con­dos are sold in the first phase. John is the CEO for an Al­berta ve­hi­cle rental com­pany. Patti is re­tired and en­joys spend­ing time vol­un­teer­ing as an aquacise in­struc­tor at the YWCA. The cou­ple bought a one-bed­room­plus-den unit at Are­nal Maleku in Costa Rica in Jan­uary. The cou­ple plans to turn the den into an ad­di­tional bed­room as a place to stay for friends and fam­ily who visit their condo. Pace of life and fac­tors such as the area’s ex­otic veg­e­ta­tion and wildlife are among the rea­sons the Blimkes se­lected the de­vel­op­ment as their re­treat.

Cour­tesy, Are­nal Maleku

A tiered swim­ming pool over­look­ing Are­nal Lake is a fea­ture of the Are­nal Maleku de­vel­op­ment.

Pho­tos, Cal­gary Her­ald Ar­chive

Above, Costa Rica of­fers dozens of surf­ing beaches along its coasts. Right, a zip-line is one of the ways peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence the lush nat­u­ral ar­eas in the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try, which has a trop­i­cal cli­mate. Be­low right, dol­phins play in the ocean...

Cour­tesy, Are­nal Maleku

The 21 -foot-high glass stair­case in the pent­house.

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