Costa Rica you can build your retirement dream house, if you
so desire, since land, labor and materials are inexpensive. Costs depend on location, materials
and the size of the home you want to build. A general rule
of thumb in the Lake Arenal region is that building costs
run from around $60 per square foot to around $80 per square
foot, depending on the materials that you decide to use.
you do decide to build a home on your land, there are several
steps required. First, conduct a preliminary study, which
should be completed before you buy the land. Also, be sure
to see if your lot has access to water, drainage, electricity
and telephone services. Arenal Lake Partners will assist you
in this, making sure that you are not buying a piece of land
which is non-buildable.
a newcomer can buy an existing American-style home, others
have evolved several strategies after buying a property that
is often several acres with a typical Tico home. Though there
are quite nice Tico homes that immediately provide the comfortable
living spaces that North Americans are used to, the Tico home
usually is quite small overall with small rooms inside. Even
on view properties, they are usually oriented to the road
while the view side of the house may have a small-windowed
kitchen, a laundry room, and/or storage room. The inhabitants
relax by sitting in rocking chairs on the front veranda facing
the road. The veranda often functions as a carport on one
side of the house.
buyers live in the existing house while building a new house
on the large property. Others rent while the Tico house they've
bought is extensively remodeled or even rebuilt. A third method
several buyers are currently using is to continue to live
at home in the US or other country while a property manager
or contractor oversees construction or reconstruction for
them. Of course, one can also rent at Arenal while new house
is built on previously vacant land. There are many lots for
sale as well as many properties of a few to many acres.
are a few homes currently for sale in gated communities as
well as lots where you may have a home built, either to your
own design or to the developer's design.
Whatever you choose to do, we can also help you with the process of building legally with awareness of the environmental impact of your plans. Such awareness would apply not only to your decision as to what property to buy but also to actual construction. New construction requires more governmental oversight than does reconstruction of existing buildings. We can inform you about the several governmental entities who are tasked with protecting the Arenal environment.