By Isabelle Jones
I have been living in Atenas since before the boom and I can assure you my family and I still have a blast. While many retirees moved here since 2004, which is when I started selling real estate in Atenas seriously, there was only one real estate agent in Atenas and surrounding areas. Most have moved away again after the boom was over and we’re back to an easy going life as it was before.
The biggest advantage Atenas has received thanks to the boom is the much better choice for grocery shopping, restaurants and all kinds of services, while the opening of the new highway has made our visit to Escazu and San Jose a lot easier. This also gives us the necessary access to medical services, religious services and going to the movies for example. We do have a great farmer’s market here.
If you are amongst those looking to move to Costa Rica, and buying Costa Rica real estate, you should for sure have a closer look at Atenas. We have many real estate opportunities and today I want to tell you all about one of them.
This 2 bedroom - 2 bath, fully furnished ranch home for sale is located in San Isidro of Atenas. This 1400 sq. ft. home is perfect for a single or a couple, it is an open and bright design that makes the rooms appear larger. This Atenas home for sale is in a country setting only 15 minutes to the center of Atenas, in a neighborhood with Costa Ricans, Canadians and U.S. ex-pats where everyone knows each other and is warm and friendly.
Another benefit of this great home is if you are a yoga enthusiast, you are walking distance to Leah McLaughlin’s yoga outdoor platform where she teaches 3 mornings a week from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for only 2,500 Colones per session. This Atenas home is priced to sell at $165,000 turn-key and of course it would also make an excellent rental investment.
Also, if you are a real estate investor or have money sitting in your 401K, IRA or even Canadian RRSP, and you are not even reading to retire yourself yet, you can make your retirement fund a lot fatter with the income a rental home in Atenas can produce and you can roll it back again into your retirement fund when you are ready to move into it yourself, so you won’t have any tax problems.
Atenas is known for its rural appeal and friendly small town atmosphere that hundreds of ex-pats from the U.S., Canada and Europe have chosen to call home. Climate, natural beauty and location are just a few of those reasons. Daily, you see both Costa Ricans and foreigners walking, jogging and biking throughout Atenas.
There is plenty to do such as a bridge club, book club, women’s clubs, a couple of gyms, yoga classes, zumba classes and so much more. The new highway has made Escazu, Santa Ana and San Jose just a 30 minute drive away, where there are shopping malls, theatres, restaurants, nightclubs, golf courses, museums and if you’re looking for more excitement, nightlife and culture. In the other direction, the beautiful Central Pacific Beaches such as Herradura, Punta Leon and Jaco are within an hour drive if you want to take off for a day at the beach or for a weekend.
Isabelle Jones has been the GoDutch Realty agent for Atenas when Atenas was still a very small town in the Costarican mountains on the way to the Central Pacific with hardly any foreigners around. It was due to the easy going nature of the locals in Atenas that more and more expats were attracted to Atenas as a beautiful place to retire to.
Isabelle, known by friends and clients alike as Isa, knows Atenas inside out and can not only sell you the Atenas home for sale or an Atenas lot for sale or even an Atenas mansion or a home in a gated community that you are looking for, but she can also get you going with your shopping, your doctor and everything else you need when moving to a new community. Isa is knowledgeable, easy going and you Atenas real estate agent you want to contact now for a showing of any of her real estate listings.