Monday, May 17, 2010
The baguettes from the bakery are still warm. Always fresh and crisp. You can buy your cheese close by. It’s worth the short trip. The fridge at the delicatessen is piled high and deep with cheeses from Europe’s trophy cheese producing regions. This is also the place to match wine or champagne with your cheese selection.
The village I’m talking about isn’t in France. In fact, it’s not even in Europe. Ojochal is in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone.
Instead of the usual small local restaurants serving rice, beans, and chicken, you have a choice of cuisine—French, German, Italian, and organic, too. You can enjoy a pizza from a wood-fired oven. You can get an espresso at the coffee shop.
How did it happen that this little village offers such treats? No one I’ve asked knows. My guess is that these were random visitors who fell under the spell of Costa Rica’s Southern Zone.
This small village has a doctor’s office, a dentist’s office, gas station, hardware store, Internet café, and supermarket. It’s close to the modern Hospital de Osa, too.
Ballena Marine Park (and the four beaches within it, including Playa Uvita) is nearby. The best beach closest to Ojochal is Playa Piñuela, located in a pretty cove, and with little tourist traffic.
This is the heart of Costa Rica’s Southern Zone.
Some of the most amazing scenery in Costa Rica is here. This area runs south of Quepos to the border with Panama. Landscapes here are dramatic—panoramic ocean views…lush tropical rainforest…and sheer jungle-clad slopes, rising sharply away from pristine stretches of sandy beach.
There are more reserves and land preserved in national parks in the Southern Zone than in any other part of Costa Rica. Ballena National Marine Park is a hotspot for humpback whales. Corcovado is awesome, and is one of the largest areas of primary rainforest left in the Americas, plus home to numerous endangered plant and animal species. Beaches are mostly deserted.
This part of Costa Rica has remained undiscovered because it was difficult to get to. That’s changed. The Costanera highway was completed this year. Potholes, mud, and river crossings have been replaced by modern bridges and asphalt.
There are plans to upgrade the local airport to take international 747s. That’s why the Hospital de Osa was built. An airport like this would need to have a modern hospital nearby.
Real estate prices also stayed low here because this area was difficult to get to. I believe these prices are set to move upward.
Pacific Lots is only a few minutes from Ojochal. It’s the finest project in the area—$40,000 buys you a quarter-acre home site. (Compare this with Northern Costa Rica, where a half-acre ocean-view lot could set you back $600,000. Prices here went through the roof when the Liberia airport started to offer regular direct flights from the U.S.)
Pacific Lots is a mature development, with over 100 homes already constructed. It’s fully-serviced with roads, water, electricity, satellite TV, Internet, and a modern communications system. You don’t have to rely on the developer’s promises. You can see and touch everything that’s been built.
There is no build requirement when you buy here. You have full flexibility. When you decide to build, a skilled team of professionals will be at hand to help you out.
Pacific Lots are offering finance for a limited time over three years with a 20%-down payment. Here’s how the numbers play out on a $40,000 lot:
You make an $8,000 down payment…and then 12 quarterly payments of $3,165 over three years.
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