Atenas real estate

Rural developments in Costa Rica should form aqueduct to secure water supply

by Ivo Henfling

Hacienda Atenas takes the first step to create a formal rural acueductCosta Rica is trying to secure the water supply for the next generations, a commendable task and a great initiative. Unfortunately, this has everyone running around trying to find out what is going on and what to do. 

The unofficial association of Hacienda Atenas, a beautiful community in the Atenas hills, organized a meeting for their members, inviting attorneys Henry Viquez and Mr. Manuel Arrieta as head of AyA (Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados or Water Company),  Department of Rural Aqueducts. The Atenas head of the AyA, Mr César Augusto Ortiz was also invited to the meeting, but he didn’t show. I applaud the members present on trying to find a way to formalize an asada on such short notice, necessary to protect their water supply. 

In the past, we have published a blog about the need for a water certification to receive building permits from the engineering department in the municipality and guest blogger Pablo R. wrote about the Costa Rica water saga that explain the problem. 

Why does having AC in Atenas homes not make ANY sense?

by guest blogger Ivo Henfling

Why does having AC in Atenas homes not make ANY sense?You will see very few AC units in Atenas homes, so when you are in the market to look at Atenas homes for sale, you will know what to look for. After the Costa Rica real estate boom, many investors mistakenly stopped building spec homes in Atenas, so the inventory of good homes on the market is small. Atenas homes still sell as well as ever because Atenas is such a prominent retirement location in Costa Rica.

You don’t want to make the mistake of purchasing the wrong Atenas home for sale and having to invest thousands of dollars in air-conditioning units in every room of the home. So what is it you should be looking for before you start living in Atenas?

What is so special about Atenas real estate?

by guest blogger Ivo Henfling

A standard question I get from future retirees and expats is “what is so special about Atenas real estate”? I know Costa Rica very well, because of my job, my background and the time I have lived in Costa Rica: 34 years. I think I can make a quite honest comparison with real estate elsewhere in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

When I started the American European Real Estate Group in 1996 with two other partners, Kjersten Van Horn and Barry Ashworth, Atenas was no more than a little village on the way from San Jose to Jaco Beach. There was only one traffic light in Atenas and there is now one more, at the top of the exit ramp of highway 27, which shows how small the town still is.

In those days, we were only a few real estate agents in Costa Rica and we would list properties throughout the whole country, as traffic was a lot easier on us. Kjersten was our listing agent in Atenas in those days, an hour plus drive to get there from Escazu, and I remember how she was promoting a new subdivision called Vista Atenas. There were no real estate offices in Atenas and the internet didn’t exist. Promoting Costa Rica real estate was entirely through mouth to mouth and advertising in the Tico Times, the only printed newspaper then.