Luxury Real Estate Blog

Finding Opportunity In A Time Of Crisis

Jul 23, 2020 — Steve Hooven, 2Costa Rica Real Estate

I believe it was Winston Churchill who said “Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste”.  I never really thought about that statement that much until the Covid-19 virus started to spread across the globe.  The obvious meaning behind that very popular statement is that a crisis forces people to react and think outside the box to find solutions and opportunity. The Covid Crisis has presented many problems in Costa Rica even-though the active case numbers remain relatively low and nonexistent here in Jaco Beach and Los Sueños. 

Real Estate as an Essential Business

Apr 13, 2020 — Steve Hooven, 2Costa Rica Real Estate

The term “Essential Business” has been a popular buzz word during the Covid-19 crisis.  My curiosity got the best of me so I did a little research to find out exactly what that means as it seems a little grey in today’s world. The definition of “Essential” is something necessary, indispensable, or unavoidable.  I started thinking about the obvious essential businesses like hospitals, pharmacies, supermarkets, banks, gas stations, etc…  I was pleasantly surprised to find out “Real Estate” was also deemed to be an Essential Business during the Covid-19 pandemic.  It makes sense that Real Estate is essential as people need a place to live.  Real Estate also plays an important role in driving the economy for most countries and makes up a big part of GDP (Gross Domestic Product). 

Should I Postpone or Cancel my trip to Costa Rica due to Covid-19?

Mar 27, 2020 — Steve Hooven, 2Costa Rica Real Estate

Unless you’ve been living on a yacht in the middle of the Pacific Ocean there is a good chance you have been negatively impacted by Covid-19.  Costa Rica has been fortunate so far with a relatively low number of coronavirus cases compared to some other countries.  In times like these there is a lot of anxiety due to the virus health concerns, unemployment, stock market fears, etc. etc. so it’s very important to get your mind off all the media negativity.  An excellent way to get your mind off the crisis is by planning a relaxing family vacation after the dust settles and travel restrictions are inevitably lifted.  Planning or postponing a much-needed trip to Costa Rica will improve your own mental health by giving you something to look forward to.  I like to call it “The light at the end of a long dark tunnel’.

Punta Leona, White Sand Beaches and Clear Turquoise Water

Sep 23, 2019 — Steve Hooven, 2Costa Rica Real Estate

Punta Leona is located along the Central Pacific coastline in Costa Rica 15 minutes north of the popular tourist town of Jaco.  I’ve had the pleasure of touring numerous tourist all around the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica and consistently get the following question: “are there white sand beaches in Costa Rica?”.  What a lot of people don’t realize before they arrive to Costa Rica is that most the coast line is made up of a volcanic cinnamon colored sand. There is a beautiful exception to the cinnamon sand on the Central Pacific known as Punta Leona.  The Punta Leona beach is in a U shaped enclave that protects the beautiful white sand and clear turquoise water. There are 2 main beaches in the Punta Leona neighborhood appropriately named Playa Blanca “White Beach” and Playa Mantas.  Playa Blanca is a little more exclusive with only homeowners or guest of the homeowners allowed access into the gated community where the beach is located.  That said, there are no private beaches in Costa Rica so you can also access the amazing white sand beach by boat.

So you want to move to Costa Rica and have an Income Generating Business?

Aug 16, 2019 — Steve Hooven, 2Costa Rica Real Estate

Boutique Hotel Surf & Yoga Wellness Center High End B&B / Hostel Large Family Villa All Of The Above The correct answer is E) “All Of The Above”, & as they say, its great to have options.  This stunning 10 bedroom property is located in Esterillos on two and half private acres that offer Commanding White Water Ocean views of the Pacific Ocean.  The property offers endless opportunities and would be ideal for large group gatherings, weddings, yoga camp, surf camp, corporate retreats, recovery center, and could also easily be converted to a private estate home.

Live Your Best Life at Vista Las Palmas, Jaco Beach

Jul 09, 2018 — Steve Hooven, 2Costa Rica Real Estate

Vista Las Palmas is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year and continues to thrive as the proven #1 Luxury Oceanfront Condominium Community in Jaco, Costa Rica.  There are numerous reasons that experienced Real Estate brokers like myself consider Vista Las Palmas the top ranked community in Jaco Beach.  I should start off with the fact that the development is truly Beachfront and "Fee Simple Titled" property similar to the desired ownership method in North America.  I mention that as most of my buyers do not realize that the majority of the true beachfront property in Costa Rica & Central America falls under a term called "Concession" and are not "Fee Simple Titled" like Vista Las Palmas in Jaco Beach.  The term "Concession" means you do not actually own the land the real estate is built on. Vista Las Palmas luxury condominiums  are all unique non "cookie cutter" homes made up of 2 Bedroom, 3 Bedroom (majority), 4 Bedroom and a massive 10,000 sq ft Penthouse with 6 Bedrooms.  The key advantage Vista Las Palmas has over the comparable developments is that every residence is direct beachfront boasting stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.  The ocean views are all unobstructed and the only thing that separates the condominiums from the sand is a large designer infinity pool with a Jacuzzi.                

From the Big City, to the Big Ocean

May 30, 2018 — Steve Hooven, 2Costa Rica Real Estate

My dream became a reality years ago on a trip to Costa Rica.  After spending over ten years in the financial corporate world I decided to explore Costa Rica during a one week vacation.  I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to travel quite extensively prior to my experience in Costa Rica, and this country which is famous for its natural beauty has a more subtle quality which is just as mesmerizing.  The laid back lifestyle, focus on well being, kindness, family, and the environment permeates in all aspects of the society. The country’s "Pura Vida" mantra which means Pure Life has roots far greater than a clever tourism slogan.      

The Perfect Week in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica

Nov 10, 2017 — Steve Hooven, 2Costa Rica Real Estate

Day 1 The first item on the vacation check list is to find comfortable accommodations that meet your requirements. There are a lot of great beachfront bargains in Jaco if you’re not already a homeowner. My top pick after seeing numerous rental properties in the Jaco area is the Luxury Oceanfront Community of Vista Las Palmas. The majority of the condominiums in Vista Las Palmas are 2670 sq ft, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and every residence is direct beachfront boasting stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Vista Las Palmas is strategically located on the same block as the new Jaco Walk which is home of the best restaurants and shops in Jaco. I’ve traveled to most of the popular tourist destinations around the world and have yet to find a better value for the amount of beachfront luxury included at Vista Las Palmas.
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