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World's Largest Penthouse

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.

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Kind words from the mayor & tourism board

Mayor Alvaro Jimenez of Miramar, Costa Rica discussing the positive impact of Puerta a la Vida on the local community

Alcalde de Miramar - Alvaro Jimenez 5.5.2010 mpeg4 from Puerta a la Vida on Vimeo.

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!

Camera de Turismo Montes de Oro - Gabriella Sagot 5 mpeg4 from Puerta a la Vida on Vimeo.

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Architecture Collective

Over the last year we have been forming a prestigious collective of architects and artist for the architectural park and artistic grounds.  Architect's Row features unique residential designs from this select collective. We are proud to announce that we have amassed an impressive group of some of Costa Rica’s best talent that includes: Rolando Barahona, Luis Diego Barahona, Andrés Brenes, Victor Cañas, Fausto Calderón, Franco Casalvolone, Andrés Castro, Daniel Cisneros, Felo Garcia, Guillermo Garita, Jacqueline Gillette, Aimee Joaristi & Enrique Barascout, Adrian Jiron, Katia Martén, Rene Navarro, Oscar Pamio, Luis Diego Quiros, Jaime Rouillon, Juan Robles, Javier Salinas and many other internationally renowned architects and artists. Click here to learn more about Costa Rica's first Architecture Park

Architect's Row from Puerta a la Vida on Vimeo.

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Global Medicine & Wellness Congress

Costa Rica’s First major congress, which will be focused on medicine and wellness is precisely the place for us to begin the presentation of Puerta a la Vida to the country,”               -Ion Zaydelman, founder and CEO.

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Trip to the Islands with the Art Board

Last Saturday we had the pleasure of taking a fun day trip to the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya with our Art Board. We spent the day on a remote island, enjoyed red snapper on a floating restaurant, and topped it off with a breathtaking trip through the Gulf. Not a bad "day at the office!" Pura Vida as they say... 

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Oceanside Preview

Puerta a la Vida on the ocean Some new renderings just in to give you a preview of our oceanside project. Sitting high above the trees provides for unhindered views of the Gulf of Nicoya, a cool breeze, and the ability to build this project in the most sustainable of ways. The floating resort will function as the beach club to the project. A fully sustainable base powered by solar and wind energy serves as the centerpiece of the floating resort allowing our floating villas to dock before going on exciting journeys to the white sand islands of the gulf!

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Presentation to the Orosi/Cachi Community

The local community came together for a nice day at the showroom.Ion explains the Puerta a la Vida vision... 

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Advisory Board Meets at Puerta a la Vida Showroom

We were proud to have members from our advisory board get together for a presentation at Puerta a la Vida Highlands. Distinguished guests included the project's architect Victor Cañas along with Fausto Calderón, Felo Garcia, Henning Jensen and Oscar Pamio.

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Working with the engineers

A day of problem solving with our engineers. Ion challenges us to think outside the box as par usual!

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PLV Team Surveying the Property in Miramar

The team spent beautiful day in Miramar with the engineers surveying the property. The view from the top was worth the hike. Key advisers like Henry the cow and Wilmer the goat were on board for technical consultation!

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Highlands

We were happy to have our good friend Robert Rippee from Formo with us for our monthly community get together. Also a few nice pictures from the showroom!

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Art Basel 2009: Miami

And then there was Basel.... A massive week of art in Miami. Everything one needed to catch up on what is happening in the world of art. Although the massive Art Basel normally takes the spotlight, I truthfully enjoyed PULSE, OHWOW, GGG and other shows much much more. Just walking the streets of Wynwood was a rare experience, watching each block get painted by artists like Futura, Shepard Fairey, and many more. There was something to be said about such a public process that lacks all exclusivity. There is also something to be said when one can witness art in process. Seeing my close friend David Abir put his piece together into the early hours of the morning grinding before PULSE opened doors, and then seeing the reaction on people's faces when they finally saw it was unforgettable. A girl ran up to David crying and said, "Thank You!" as she gave hive a warm hug. Everyone I've shown this piece to has been forever touched. Such moments are hard to describe but you see people connecting with art, that is the artist's most immense gratification, a true marker of their tremendous efforts.Walking through the shows some pieces stuck out more than others, others had a certain subtle yet genius quality, and as always there were pieces I couldn't connect to. But the saturation in this culture, especially when guided by friends in the industry, was an interesting experience as whole, especially learning more about the artist's purpose/background with each piece. The variety of mediums, materials, and ingenuity was mind blowing. The ability for such an immense display of expression and talent to exist and reach such a broad audience is truly a feat in and of itself. Enjoy the images I snapped while there...[gallery link="file" columns="5"]

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The Torres House by GLR Arquitectos

Gilberto Rodriguiz has incorporated so many incredible elements into this home in Mexico. From the water feature at entrance with the tree as one's entry sclupture and concrete stepping stones, to the floating roof over the glass wall, the natural brick colored minimal interior and exterior, the landscaping lighting - it just doesn't stop! Yep thats a floating chimney - wow. Well done, and an excellent example of the integration of a modern structure of concrete and glass so well with the natural surroundings.

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VIlla in Woods by Zecc Architects

To cut to the point, wow. Material used is incredible. The natural color of the stone creates a very cool exterior. Pay attention to the detail in the bottom two images. This type of thin stone slab exterior won Peter Zumthor the honor of top architect in 2009, and so this style lives on...


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