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Best Places to Retire Abroad

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...

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Real Estate Continues Upward Trend

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...

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Top Reasons to live in Costa Rica

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.

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The Sexiest Tree House Project in the World

Escape Artist publishes a piece on premier Costa Rican residential development Puerta a la Vida , in Escape from America Magazine's October Issue. 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

Visit Puerta a la Vida's Squeeze page on Escape Artist.com

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Global Peace Index

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:

Latin America Overall Rank Regional Rank
Uruguay 24 1
Costa Rica 26 2
Chile 28 3
Panama 61 4
Nicaragua 64 5

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Looking for Longevity with Oprah and Dr. Oz

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!

Long-Lived Costa Ricans Offer Secrets to Reaching 100 via National Geographic News.com

Looking for Longevity with Oprah and Dr. Oz via BlueZones.com

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Some photos from the property

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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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Diseño Responsable @ Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo

When Costa Rica's brightest young architects, designers, and creatives get together, the results speak for themselves. Such a wide array of talent was exhibited at the show. The variety of installations, mediums, and expression was mind blowing. The beauty of this show was the interaction. The ability to touch, use, enjoy all of this art was amazing. This interactive experience allows one to form a greater bond and truly grasp things we see. Shows like this one need to go on, as the collaboration and the exhibition of young talent is priceless. Its a rare glimpse into the minds of the future, to see what envelopes are being pushed, what crazy ideas are popping up, and what norms are being shattered. Unless people take risks and step out onto the limb, it is hard to get good results. This show was about risks, it was about the cutting edge, and it was about creativity. The ideators, dreamers, and open minds behind this show succeed beyond their imagination, and not just because of the turn-out but rather the reaction their pieces evoked. Fore this is the true award - the look on the faces of those who have been moved and enlightened by these installations. I look forward to seeing further collaborations of this kind![gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2"]

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Costa Rican Architect Ricardo Ramirez

Dear friends, in search for original design, sometimes it is best to rely on the young architects of our time. Ricardo Ramirez has an imagination, a passion, and a drive to create better ways to live. I've known him for about a year now, and have always been impressed by his ideas. Part artist, part architect, part young visionary, he has an amazing discipline to build structures that challenge convention yet provide a real living space. There is a tough balance to strike between one's ideas and what people would like to live in, and Ricardo does this with a graceful ease. His latest design below is being built in Costa Rica as we speak! Well done my friend and thanks for sharing it with the world.

Notice the beautiful angles allowing natural sunlight through the large windows. I love skylights but this is the ultimate sky light. I believe sun is essential for people in their everyday lives. The juxtaposition of wood and concrete, all warm up the living environment - modern yet comfortable and livable. This will be a key direction in modern design, as modernism often suffers the reality of creating a comfortable home. As an artists you want to create beauty but you also want people to live in this beauty so a balance has to be struck. Ricardo achieves this flawlessly and I am excited to see his future design!

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Wooster x Costa Rica

I like the interaction between graffiti and urban architecture! Like the zipper on the side of the building posted last month. There is so much room for creativity and so many interesting examples I've seen in Costa Rica. This one brought to us by the Wooster collective.

Via Wooster Collective

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Jotabequ x Gold's Gym Costa Rica

I met with JBQ not to long ago - they have some real talent. A division of Grey Group (brilliant marketing, branding, PR Agency that Google and many others employ). This campaign for Gold's Gym Costa Rica is hilarious.


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World's Largest Penthouse! And its in Costa Rica!

This will be built in Puntarenas, a great area opened up by the new highway being built. It will take me 45 minutes to get from my house in San Jose to the beach (and into my new penthouse!) This is an up and coming area to watch as new luxury developments are beginning to pop up (most recent additions: beautiful new Yacht Club and the extraordinary Puerta a la Vida development above the trees).

Straight from the wire:
PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica--(Business Wire)--
The real estate development firm Caspi International Inc. has begun pre-sales for a new 14-story oceanfront condominium tower in Costa Rica that sets a new standard for high-end real estate in Latin America. The $120 million Genesis Puntarenas, as it will be known, is Costa Rica`s first all-glass multifamily residential building. It will also be home to the world`s largest penthouse, a sprawling 68,459-square-foot, 10-bedroom masterpiece with three stories of living space, a private helipad, swimming pool and tennis court.

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