Escazú, Costa Rica

by Geoff McCabe

Multiplaza EscazuThere are many beautiful suburbs of San Jose in which you can choose to live. Among the most popular are Escazu, Santa Ana, Ciudad Colon, and Belen. These are all located on the West side of the city, just 10–15 minutes away from the center of San Jose, and just 20 minutes from the Juan Santamaria Internationl Airport. With the new highway connecting the city to the beach, you can now make it to Jaco or Puntarenas in one hour!

Escazu is also referred to as the Hollywood of Costa Rica. You can find properties as low as $100,00 and up into the multi-million dollars. Its beautiful rolling green hills, spectacular views, comfortable weather, and commodities of life are a few of the reasons that make this area so desirable. Due to its increasing growth and development, you can now find Costa Rica’s best state of the art hospital (Cima), the most renown international school (Country Day School), the largest mall in the country (Multiplaza), and the nicest country club in Central America (Costa Rica Country Club). You will also find many restaurants, shopping, banks, and commercial and office centers. There’s even a new 3D Imax theater! On the residential side, you can find many condominiums whether it be in tower or side by side. There are many beautiful individual private residences as well. The diversity of real estate offers something for everyone here.

Santa Ana is just 7 minutes away from Escazu on the highway. It is much more spread out, is situated in the valley, and known for its flat land. At a lower elevation, Santa Ana is a bit warmer than Escazu. Here you will find a business Mecca with enormous commercial and office parks and centers. You can also find some of the most desired residential communities like Bosques de Lindora, Valle del Sol (with its private golf course), and the prestigious Villa Real where homes start at $500,000 and up.

Church in EscazuCiudad Colon and Belen are each about 10 minutes in different directions from Santa Ana. These areas are farther from the hustle and bustle, and you can find better deals in real estate. Ciudad Colon is a small community with an old town charm. A landmark of this area is the University of Peace which provides education to some of the most international students in the world. Belen connects Santa Ana to Alajuela and Heredia. There are parts that are more residential, but you will also find sectors dedicated to industrial real estate.

There are many real estate opportunities in the central valley of Costa Rica. If you are looking for an investment opportunity, there is a great rental market in residential or commercial property. If you are seeking a safe residence close to the comforts, amenities, social and commercial aspects of life, this might be the right area for you.

Escazu, known as a refuge to expats of all ages and a stronghold of old world culture and charm, nestled neatly in the warm heart of lush Costa Rica. Thanks to Escazu’s Natural beauty, high quality of life, low cost of living and closeness to the city, the real estate market is exploding.

This piece of Eden can be your new home away from home. A Central American stew seasoned with all the familiar flavors of your life back in the states; luxurious condominiums to humble tropical villas to open plots to build on.

A dream come to life for the newly retired or a creative launching point for the artist or writer seeking creative inspiration. Spend lazy days on the beach lost in waves of reverie or sit in a French Cafe mingling with other expats or fill up your diary with recent insights or longings of all the things Escazu promises to reveal to you.

When it comes to options, Escazu doesn’t let one down, complete villas, your dream house or fresh land to build upon. Property here is put on the market with all the buyers whims, eccentricities and proclivities in mind.

All your daily, weekly and yearly needs are met here. Anything one living abroad could need or want is available in one convenient location, thanks to the demand and influence of previous arrivals from the United States. Escazu has a reputation for being a true safe haven to anyone desiring to live long or short term in Costa Rica with peace of mind as a necessity.

Property up on the market at present time offers the prospective buyer majestic outlooks, private waterfalls and tropical woodland. And the location of Escazu’s luxury condos seems to have been chosen by divine intervention, as if an offer to Mr and Mrs Adam and Eve as a second chance at a life in paradise. The popularity and buzz Escazu is now receiving is partly do to current high profile members of the community. At this moment both the United States of America and England house their ambassadors here.

Escazu is the capital city of the canton of Escazu in the province of San Jose in Costa Rica. San Miguel de Escazu covers an area of 4.38km and boasts a population of 13,426. It has been dubbed the “Beverly Hills” of the Central Americas, fittingly so judging by what this town has to offer and the service one has come to expect from it. Radio Shack, Apple, Nike and the new IMAX theater (the 1st in Central America) can all be found under one roof in the mall downtown, and many more unfamiliar high end stores of European origin are located nearby.

If you are looking to live and do business here in Costa Rica, Escazu comes highly reccomended by current members of the flourishing business community located in the commercial center. Here you will find a collectin of major shopping complexes, world acclaimed colleges and universities and world class private hospitals. If you are in the market to buy, build or whatever sways your fancy then “come on down”, for Escazu is your only time tested and proven choice.

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Escazu, Costa Rica, History

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by Geoff McCabe

Geoff McCabe is CEO and co-owner of Tropisphere. He has been working in real estate in Costa Rica since 2003. Currently he lives on his organic farm, Rancho Delicioso. Geoff enjoys surfing, fire dancing, photography, and spending time with his friends here on the Southern Nicoya Peninsula.