The philosophy and methodology behind creating a community of cohesive and efficient architecture is an art form in an of itself. Architect Daniel Cisneros is one of the creative talents re-thinking the types of spaces we build at Puerta a la Vida. With a focus on natural materials, open spaces, modular design, passive systems, low environmental impact, functionality, and small footprints – Daniel has paved a way for residents to envision their dream home in the tropics. A home doesn’t have to be enormous to be beautiful – but it does have to be of a certain quality, a certain warmth, and sensibility. We are grateful to have architects like Daniel Cisneros and his firm PARQ, hard at work shaping the future for Puerta a la Vida.
As we begin to put together the vision board for VIDA, we wanted to give you a sneak peak – click the link below to see or download the PDF deck.
As purveyors of unique experiences grounded in Wellness, Adventure, Education, and Celebration – we seek to provide our guests with a taste of a life less ordinary. With our pop-up experience hub launching soon, stay tuned for information on events and workshops…
Growing food is an important part of the Puerta a la Vida value system. Ion & Ed Zaydelman tour the farm on their Hot Spring Property. The Tomatoes, Corn, Peppers, and other goodies are growing strong!
Hosting workshops in personal development with amazing people is a great passion and pleasure. Coach Naomi Colb offered participants a unique lens through which to examine their own lives. Education and wellbeing is at the core of what we are trying to achieve at Puerta a la Vida – and this was a great experience into the heart of it.
“The care for community is an often overlooked aspect of wellness. When people feel a part of a team, a community they are motivated in an incredible way. When they understand what part they play in that whole, when they sense their purpose or place in a community, they thrive. There’s nothing more empowering than living with a purpose, and knowing you matter. When we can share and utilize our skills towards the betterment of a greater whole, people feel at their best. And its important that they are acknowledged and appreciated for that. Creating an environment that fosters community and individual responsibility toward that community is critical. It is also the responsibility of the individual to take care of their own wellness. The simplest aspects of wellness are often overlooked… Are you getting enough sleep, water, exercise, and are you sticking to a diet that makes you feel good. Its quite simple – the goal is to feel good – when you feel good you do good. Live in surroundings that support you in this endeavor – on site organic food, wellness, art, education, nature, celebration. This is the culture we look to cultivate and the purpose our residents foster.” – Edward Zaydelman
We had a great time presenting Puerta a la Vida to members of the local Miramar community including the Mayor of Miramar. We spoke about the vision of the project as well as local opportunities for those interested in living and/or working at Puerta a la Vida. We also discussed our vision for social programs and where impact can be made on a local level. It was an amazing day of sharing and receiving feedback. It is a great feeling to be welcomed as an organization that will provide a positive boost to the local economy!
That such a relatively poor and developing country ranks third in the EPI is testament to the natural endowments of Costa Rica, with dense forests, plentiful water and abundant wildlife. With smart development, Costa Rica can avoid the standard path that growing nations take of polluting their environment, only to clean it up again once they become wealthy. Costa Rica touts its EPI ranking in ads for its tourism sector….
We were grateful to have Dr. Doug Lehrer, Marcelo Mansour, Naomi Colb, & Chiara Guzzardi sharing their gifts with us this past weekend. We had a blast! Between the vibrational healing of Marcelo, the energy medicine of Dr. Doug, Naomi’s coaching exercises, and Chiara’s amazing cooking – all the bases were covered. People left feeling great and the group as a whole went through something quite remarkable. What a way to launch the events program at Puerta a la Vida! Special thanks to the Feria Verde for providing the best quality organic food for every single item we ate! Stay tuned for the next event…
Construction has commenced! It’s been a while since we have updated you on our progress and a lot has been happening on the ground. We’ve started building the roads, a beautiful entrance designed by Andrés Cañas, getting the Restaurant & Clubhouse ready for immediate use, and bringing the site to life. Meanwhile, we have already welcomed the first residents to the community and Homesites are beginning to find their owners quite quickly! The month of August will be filled with construction, planting our gardens, and presentations to potential members of the community. We invite anyone who has been looking for a community to call home to come visit us!
PS You can also see two new members to the Puerta a la Vida family – Carmelo the Calf & Billy the Goat enjoying themselves!
The education center at Puerta a la Vida, has its second major planting with members of the local community. Volunteers planted over 400 native trees in an effort to begin reforesting Costa Rica, an effort that ICE has spearheaded. Thank you to ICE for this wonderful reforestation program, thank you to RAE for their ACTIVE role in inspiring youth, thank you to the Red Cross of Paraiso and everyone else who showed up to change the world on October 2nd, 2011. Lets keep it going!
Puerta a la Vida is proud to announce the creation of their Medical Advisory Board & Affiliated Network of Doctors for it’s Costa Rican Wellness Resort & Longevity Center.
This will be a new segment in medical tourism for Costa Rica: Preventive Medicine & Longevity. This is a unique opportunity to present a true preventive/integrative medical center to the local Costa Rican market as well as the high influx of tourists coming from abroad. It also serves to support the existing medical tourism market with comprehensive healing and recovery amenities.
We have gathered a team of experienced physicians and wellness practitioners from around the world. Together they are forming a new kind of group practice where conventional physicians, many of them trained in complementary therapies, and seasoned holistic practitioners work together in collaboration. For all practitioners the chance to offer quality, integrative care in this healing setting is the realization of a long term goal, actualized through many years of hard work and dedication to this shared vision.
“Our goal was to gather some of the greatest minds in this field to help shape a place that can serve as a platform for education, inspiration, wellness & healing.”
-Ion Zaydelman | Founder & CEO
In Paraiso, Cartago, Costa Rica an organic farm and medicinal plant arch was born with help of an incredible group of students under the leadership of permaculture expert and educator Stephen Brooks from the Punta Mona Center. It was an extraordinary experience to be able to create such a beautiful medicinal plant arch, vegetable garden and fruit orchard that will serve such an important purpose! Over 200 varieties of medicinal plants were planted and 300 fruit trees that will create the foundation to educate the youth as to the importance of having clean organic food free of pesticides and create an abundant organic food supply for the Puerta a la Vida Wellness Resort & Longevity Center! Food independence is of utmost importance, and the youth of our world have a chance to reconnect with their roots, and how things were done long before. There’s a reason why this Costa Rican town is called Paradise, and now we can add to that lineage!
Stephen Brooks & Edward Zaydelman speaking to the first group at Puerta a la Vida’s Organic farm in Costa Rica. Sharing some vision for the future, a passion for living in a more intelligent way, and a lot of gratitude to those who helped make this dream a reality. The foundation for using Puerta a la Vida as an educational platform was laid, and now there’s a lot of good to be done. Thank you Stephen for sharing your time, knowledge, and passion with us and laying the groundwork for something quite beautiful.
World renowned architect, Victor Cañas finishes a stunning cliffside Villa design for Puerta a la Vida. This latest villa functions in incredible harmony with the site and its topography. The dialogue between interior and exterior space is executed masterfully, allowing the home owner to truly be immersed in the incredible surroundings. The stunning geometry, careful choice of materials, warm lighting, all function to integrate the space seamlessly and provide a unique space that one can truly call a home.
Esteemed Doctor Zina Kroner, provides Puerta a la Vida with quality health information, adding years to our lives! We enjoy following her informative blog entries!
Nuts are considered to be good fats. It has been shown that regular consumption of nuts may decrease the likelihood of heart disease. It is believed that nuts’ omega 3 fatty acid content is at least in part responsible for the beneficial effect on one’s cholesterol profile, thereby heart health. Prior studies have shown that nuts lower lipoprotein(a) levels, an advanced marker for cardiovascular disease.
A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine analyzed 25 trials with 583 participants in seven countries, and found that when people ate a mean of 2.4 ounces of nuts (most commonly, walnuts and almonds), the result was an estimated reduction of total cholesterol by 10.9 mg/dL, LDL reduction of 10.2 mg/dL, and a triglyceride decline of 20.6 mg/dL. This was observed regardless of the type of nut one had on a regular basis.
So enjoy your delicious high protein snacks as they are heart healthy and may lower your cholesterol as well.
Source: Sabaté J et al. Nut consumption and blood lipid levels: A pooled analysis of 25 intervention trials. Arch Intern Med 2010 May 10; 170:821.
The Central Valley’s outlying towns boast temperate, dry days, natural beauty—and so much more.
Costa Rica is where you go to live the lush life. It is lush with nature—misty rain forests, extraordinary wildlife, active volcanoes, and fabulous beaches—as well as such comforting amenities as malls, supermarkets, restaurants, museums, and social clubs. U.S. retirees have flocked here for years, drawn by its mild climate, its prosperity (relative to other Central American republics), its literacy rate, its health care, and, significantly, its stable government—with no army. Another plus: Costa Rica’s commitment to a thriving natural park system that is second to none in Latin America. This is as biodiverse a country as you’ll find anywhere.
Whereas many beach-loving expats have settled in the resort towns and villages along the Guanacaste “Gold Coast” on the Pacific, the majority opt for the Central Valley, which is home to the capital, San Jose, and 70 percent of the Costa Rican (or”Tico”) population. The outlying towns and villages of the Central Valley offer temperate, dry days and natural beauty, as well as the culture, hospitals, and shopping of nearby San Jose. (Regarding the weather, expats here like to brag that they can fine-tune their micro-climates by moving up and down the hills.) Read more at AARP website…
Costa Rica’s recovery continues gaining ground. Costa Rican’s are taking advantage of low price points.
Surveyed realtors in Costa Rica the market continues 2010 improvement trend.
A representative from Day Group Services, one of Costa Rica’s top real estate investment consultant companies, told TCRN that they have definitely seen a rise in investor interest, stating that Costa Rica has always been a haven for land banking. Continuing, that now is real buyers market, and people with some investment dollars have real opportunity now, in Costa Rica, to ride the growth curve back up. Continue reading at The Costa Rica News…
THE SPECIFIC CARBOHYDRATE DIET, by Dr. Zina Kroner
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) suffer from diarrhea and abdominal pain; this is often accompanied by difficulty in absorbing nutrients which results in weight loss. With ulcerative colitis, the large bowel (colon) is involved; Crohn’s disease can affect everything from the mouth to the anus, although usually small and/or large bowel disease usually predominates. Medical treatment of IBD is aimed at reducing the intestinal inflammation.
Medications including sulfasalazine and related drugs and corticosteroids, taken orally or topically may be able to cause improvement in many patients. Stronger medication are frequently needed, with more side effects, including azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine, methotrexate, and injectable anti-tumor necrosis antibody preparations.
Puerta a la Vida chose Costa Rica to build this unique residential development due to the values the country presented. Not just as a location for another real estate development, rather a place one could call home. A place that improved one’s health, happiness, comfort, and extended the quality of the life we live.
1. Costa Ricans Voted Happiest People on Planet & One of Longest Life Expectancies - NY Times
The World Database of Happiness rated 148 countries and Costa Rica came out in the top spot. Do you think it is a coincidence that the country that abolished its army became the happiest country on the planet. This also includes the longevity of life which Costa Rica apparently is happy about being old. Costa Rica has some of the highest longevity rates in the world! The positive acceptance of the value of life is just a stat that is hard to ignore.
2. Prosperity Costa Rica ranks number 4 in all of The Americas
With Canada and the USA holding the first two positions it is just Uruguay and Chile that out edged Costa Rica in a regional analysis of the America’s. The interesting part about how the prosperity is measured is that they quote on the site that “prosperity is not just about money it is about the quality of life”. They base the rankings on seven different aspects of countries Economy, governance, education, health, personal freedom, safety & security, social capital, and Entrepreneurship & Opportunity (E&O).
3. EPI ranking of Protecting Natural Environment
The Environmental Performing Index (EPI) done by Yale University rates 163 countries on 25 different categories with regards on how each country protects the planet. Costa Rica this year was ranked number 3 only behind Iceland and Switzerland. Costa Rica protects it’s land up to 25% this would be equivalent to all of man-kind considering all of the America’s protected land. Also (EPI) measures renewable energy which means lower energy bills and brighter future, literally. Costa Rica is hoping to be carbon free by its 200th anniversary in 2021. With all this clean energy Costa Rica for every 10 light bulbs lit, 9 are considered lit with clean energy.
4. Stable Democratic Government
This has been one of the most recognized attributes of Costa Rica. The 2008 World Bank Study for Global Governance Indicators ranks Costa Rica in First Place within Latin America for Political Stability. The government of Costa Rica is run by a President and two Vice Presidents. The most attractive part of the government is that it has been stable for over 50 years allowing for the people and investors to have confidence in dealing with the country.
5. Only Good things to Come…
Costa Rica’s educational system is ranked 32nd in the world. This ranks them the highest in Latin America according to World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009. This can only be sign of good things to come as the people of Costa Rica not only have a high literacy rate but are becoming known by companies throughout the world as a place of opportunity and a culture of educated people.
Puerta a la Vida’s new neighbors are getting some great press!
Need a lot of room? The Wall Street Journal’s Developments blog reports on a new penthouse that would satisfy even the most square-footage-hungry buyer. The penthouse unit of the 14-story Genesis Puntarenas in Costa Rica is a 68,459-square-foot oceanfront spread. The developers are calling it the world’s largest penthouse and want to sell the not-yet-built unit for $50 million. Read more on Luxist…
Investing in Costa Rican Real Estate
According to NBC, Costa Rica is one of the Top 5 hottest real estate markets in the world! Even in tough market conditions, the Costa Rica real estate market is still on the rise.
Costa Rica is now rapidly being transformed into an international destination for travelers and retirees from around the world. The costs of ownership and living in Costa Rica are extremely attractive to international buyers. This factor coupled with the unique experience one can have in a country with such awe-inspiring natural beauty and biodiversity, high quality of life, and easy accessibility make it an attractive option for both owning and investing.
Costa Rica offers a stable currency, considerable infrastructure, as well easy accessibility from the United States, only a 2 -3 hour flight from Florida and Texas. With a 1,290-kilometer coastline full of sandy beaches, over 100 volcanic cones, and a vast variety of flora, fauna and ecosystems, Costa Rica offers experiences that are one-of-a-kind. It is becoming a much sought after haven for retirees who value the relaxed atmosphere and distinct life experience of living abroad.
Ideally situated among the best beaches along the Pacific coast and within close proximity to Costa Rica’s tropical rain forests and national parks, Puntarenas offers both a place to unwind and to seek adventure. The best of Costa Rica’s natural beauty, from mountain ranges and waterfalls, to rushing rivers, wildlife preserves, and diverse fauna, can be found close within its reach.
Puntarenas is also easily accessible. A newly created toll way provides direct access to and from San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport, putting visitors within 25 minutes of the country’s capital and international airport.
Rumors have been circulating in the real estate circles for months now that a new development showcasing one of the world’s only residential architectural parks featuring today’s top designers, unique residences built above the treetops on elevated stilts, and a floating beach club anchored in the waters of the Gulf of Nicoya is coming to the Central Valley and Central Pacific coast. Years in the making and now set to break ground, the two projects promise to literally raise the bar on residential lifestyle to new heights. Read More at EFAM
Costa Rica ranked second most peaceful nation in Latin America
The results from the latest Global Peace Index have arrived and Costa Rica is placed number two in Latin America, only behind Uruguay in the Latin American Ranking and behind Spain in the overall results, ranking nº 26 worldwide. Despite the fact of being considered a nation with limited resources, Costa Rica´s Peace Index is better than most of the developed countries, such as: France (32), Netherlands (27), United Knigdom (31), Italy (40), United States (85).
This is great news as Costa Rica in not only the happiest nation worldwide, but is the 26th safest nation in the world and the second safest nation in Latin America.
Below you will find the Latin American Ranking for 2010:
The below articles details why the people of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula are among the longest lived in the world. After scouring the earth, they found the places people lived the longest and the reasons why. These findings are a compelling case as to how we can live longer better lives. It was interesting to learn their longevity had little to do with a genetic predisposition but rather as to the how and where these individuals lived their lives. These lifestyle decisions are a great lesson to learn from, and a model for how anyone can live longer. Enjoy the read and stay healthy!
Puerta a la Vida was recently given a mention in one of Costa Rica’s premiere magazines: Casa Galeria. Rumors have been circulating in the real estate circles for months now that a new development showcasing one of the world’s only residential architectural parks featuring today’s top designers, unique residences built above the treetops on elevated stilts, and a floating beach club anchored in the waters of the Gulf of Nicoya is coming to the Central Valley and Central Pacific coast. The developers of this unique community, are embarking on an awareness campaign to let the public know that a new type of real estate offering is available… Years in the making and now set to break ground, the two projects promise to literally raise the bar on residential lifestyle to new heights! Learn more at: PuertaVida.com
Gabriella Sagot of the tourism board of the Montes de Oro is looking forward to having Puerta a la Vida in the community. This sustainable development will not only help the local labor force but become a platform for local artists to create and exhibit their work!