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My name is Marian Veltman, I have lived in Atenas, Costa Rica since January 2008. When vacationing in Costa Rica in 2007, my husband and I fell in love with the small town of Atenas. That’s when we decided to quit our jobs and move to Atenas. We have been living here ever since and there is not a single day that I don’t praise myself lucky to be living in this piece of Paradise.

I was born in Suriname (a former colony of the Netherlands) but basically grew up in the Netherlands. I speak Dutch, English, German, and Spanish.

After a few years, Isa Jones, real estate agent in Atenas, told me she wanted to retire. She asked me to take over her job as a real estate agent in Atenas for GoDutch Realty, a well-known real estate office that covers the west side of the Central Valley. GoDutch Realty is a member the American-European Real Estate Group, with agencies from coast to coast.

Being the real estate agent in Atenas for GoDutch Realty is a great pleasure, and I am proud to be a member of such a wonderful and professional team. I specialize in the Atenas and surrounding areas stretching to San Mateo, Orotina, and LaGarita.

Atenas is a small mountain town located in the famous Central Valley. We have the most breathtaking Central Valley and Mountain Views, and the climate is simply known to be the best in Costa Rica. There is a large expat community that mixes perfectly with the local citizens, great interaction, creating a peaceful, friendly, and welcoming community.

Several facts have made Atenas real estate a prominent option for those who choose to retire or live in this fine location.

  • Location, location, location. Atenas is located almost exactly halfway between San Jose and the beaches of the Central Pacific, about 40 minutes each way. Highway 27 and highway 1 are only minutes from Atenas. The International Airport is only a short 30-minute drive away.
  • The best climate in Costa Rica, or maybe even in the world, who knows. Come and find out for yourself. A popular town for those who want to retire, invest, and live the Pura Vida life style.
  • Easy access to major shopping areas and International hospitals in Alajuela, Escazu and San Jose. An easy-going lifestyle. No need to bring more than shorts, a t-shirt and flip-flops. I promise you’ll feel comfortable in Atenas in no time.
  • Almost all Atenas real estate offers the most incredible valley and mountain views you can find anywhere in the Central Valley and some locations even offer ocean views!
  • Great schools for your children, if you have any.
  • Good size and well stocked grocery stores, many delicious bakeries (local, German, French), a great variety of restaurants, and a weekly farmer’s market.
  • For those who are interested, in Atenas you can practice Yoga, Thai Chi, Karate, Pilates, Zumba, and there are several Gym’s. Charges are very reasonable, and you can join when ever you feel like it.

I have a vast knowledge of Atenas and Atenas real estate, and would love to help you find your dream home as your real estate agent in Atenas. There is no bigger reward then finding my clients that exact house or property that they are looking for.

I am known to go the extra mile, as you can see in the testimonials that I have received from both buyers and sellers.

Contact me now for a meeting or a showing appointment. Hope to see you soon in Atenas.

For a sample of Atenas real estate testimonials, read on:

Diane Farquhar from California

Isabelle Jones’s services as an Atenas real estate expert realtor were absolutely an important benefit to assist with our decision to move to Costa Rica. Isa met us at our hotel, and patiently drove us all over Atenas, as we tried to figure out what we wanted in a home; she never pushed us; she just gathered as much information as we could give her, based on the fact that this was our first trip to Costa Rica, and, had it not been for the fact that I had spent the last year on-line–with all the various Atenas real estate offerings, we really would have had no clue! But Isa was true to her website, and made everything so much easier, and less intimidating, had we ventured out on our own!

It was obvious Isa knew Atenas, and had lived there for a number of years, because she had a great network of people to make the purchase process so much easier: She introduced us to Pablo Arias, now our attorney, who handled everything quickly and efficiently, patiently explaining the whole real estate process to us, and taking time to make sure we understood all that was taking place! As I mentioned earlier, Isa never pushed or pressured us: her main focus was to understand what we were looking for, and then give her unbiased opinion of the Atenas real estate she showed us, always giving the pros and cons of each!

We were informed of everything, from start to finish, between Isa, and Pablo; once we arrived back home in California, Isa was always updating us on the final construction of our home, and in addition, emailing us pictures of the project, so we could follow the process to it’s completion! Isa made the closing and all our questions (and there were many!) very easy, and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome! Isa knew exactly what needed to happen, and had the resources available to ensure the processes! My husband and I wouldn’t use anyone else!

Ron H., Vancouver, Canada

Isabelle Jones, the affiliate member for Atenas of the American European Real Estate Group was the listing agent when we purchased our property in Atenas. During the purchase process she was the consummate professional dealing with our agent but for us, subsequent to closing, her advice and support were invaluable. Since we were in an area that was not familiar to us, we sought her advice on many aspects of establishing our new home and we now count her as a good friend.
Should we ever decide to engage in any real estate activity, we would not consider going to anyone else. Exceptional service and support!

Marlene Henderson from California

Isabelle Jones didn’t help us make our decision to move to Costa Rica but having decided to move here we called a number of Real Estate Agents who ranged for TERRIBLE to Great – with the only one I would say “GREAT” being the Atenas affiliate agent for the American European Real Estate Group and our newly found friend Isabelle. We found our real estate agent extremely knowledgeable and made a huge effort to show us Atenas real estate even if we did buy the FIRST one she showed us after all her effort!
The Escazu real estate office even provided one of their top agents to translate because the bank refused to finalize our loan without a translator. The final purchase went smoothly and everything went according to what they had promised. We are very happy with the services of Isabelle Jones and her staff and continue to call from time to time as friends as this is the type of people they are. I can’t think of anything my new found friends could have done for us that they didn’t already do unless it was to pay for the property!!

Peter and Edie Boyer

Ivo, I guess you may know that we are back now living in Costa Rica as we moved early October 2012 into our home near Desmonte in Vista Mar estates between Atenas and Orotina. Isa was showing us homes in this area shortly after we met with you last June. We fell in love with this resale property which was reduced from a motivated seller and brought to our attention by Isa. Together we were able to negotiate a sell along with the owners vehicle to allow us to move to Costa Rica and have a house and car available to us. She continues to help us with all things after moving here and we consider her a friend. I have written previously about Isabelle and her excellent work ethic as a realtor.
I will be recommending her to all people I know for her professional approach and great personality as a real estate agent in the Atenas area. Isabelle Jones is an outstanding agent and a credit to your organization, you are fortunate to have her on your team.

Karen Grayzck in Atenas

Dear Isa, We have some people that are coming to look at our place on Friday, Oct. 22nd, from the U.S. They contacted us directly off of our Vivian.com ad and are not going through another realtor. Anyway, this couple also wanted to look at some other places, possibly some B&B’s for sale…? They had originally worked with ******-Realty? but are having some second thoughts and asked us to refer them to a good realtor. We suggested you and told them to go to your website and give you a jingle. So, you should be getting a contact email from Bob Pascarella and his wife Amanda regarding some showings during that time. We were not sure of your schedule, etc., but figured you could work that out with them. Of course we are showing them our place personally, and of course, we want to sell them our place!
However, if our house is not what they want, then we want them in capable hands while they are here, and that means YOU. They are special people and we hope they are treated well.
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