· Frequently Asked Questions·
|How do I reserve my lot?
Do you offer financing?
Do these lots have ocean views?
How far is the lot from the beach and town?
How big are these lots?
What will be included on the Community Lot?
What Utilities are Included?
Will I have my own TITLE to my lot?
Are pets allowed?
How much does it cost to build a small eco-house?
What? There’s bugs in Costa Rica?
Can I RENT my House?
Are any of the houses build yet?
|How do I reserve my lot?
Contact us about putting down a deposit for the lot, which is negotiable. Generally we’re very flexible. We can recommend a lawyer or you can find your own to help you with the paperwork.
Yes, if we think you fit in with the community we will do whatever we can to make you part of it, and that includes “owner financing”. We’re especially open to people who have a background in green building, to artists and performers, organic gardeners, etc.
No, the lots face roughly to the north and most have beautiful mountain views from the ridge. If these lots had ocean views they would be at least double the prices! Our goal was to make a community that was affordable and livable to people who love Montezuma.
By car it’s just under a 10 minute drive to Montezuma and its beaches. It’s about 30 minutes to the Malpais/Santa Teresa beaches, and 20 minutes to Tambor. Cobano is also around 10-12 minutes away.
Most of the lots are a little over 1000m2, which is a around 1/4 acre. Along the road, the average width is around 28 meters, which is approximately 90 feet wide. There is a 3 meter (10 foot) setback from the borders of the lot, for any wall that has a window on it, which still leaves much more than enough space to build a house. For the small houses we envision at Pura Vida Sunsets, we think there will be plenty of room for almost anything you’d like to build, plus space for a garage, workshop, guest house, organic gardens, fruit trees, etc.
Public power is already in place all along Pura Vida Sunsets eco-village. With the eco-friendly houses we anticipate at Pura Vida Sunsets, we hope that a single transformer can serve three or even four homes, and there are already several transformers there. Costa Rica’s national utility company, ICE now is paying for transformers as needed, so it won’t cost you anything to hook up except the normal cost of a power meter and cabling to your home. As for water, each lot owner will need to register his or her own water meter with the local water company, which costs around $300. Currently the public water system extends to Lot# 2 of Pura Vida Sunsets, but we expect that it will be extended down the road soon. An owner can opt to pay to have it extended on his/her own. We also have our own well that’s currently supplying water to the homes that have been built or are under construction. The water has been tested and registered as safe drinking water.
Yes, Costa Rica allows foreigners to own land outright when it is further than 200 meters from the beach. You will have title to your land, with the same ownership rights as Costa Ricans. We recommend that you put your land in a Costa Rican corporation, which makes it cheaper to sell later on, protects your land from lawsuits, and has a few other benefits, such as being able to then get a cell phone in Costa Rica through your corporation.
Yes, dogs and cats are okay, as are chickens, but not roosters (they make too much noise!) The lots are too small for horses and cows, but there are places nearby where you can board a horse. As for dogs, we expect that you will be a responsible owner and train your dog to not bark all the time or attack the wildlife.
Of course it depends on what options you want, but you can build a small two-bedroom house, made mostly from cement and local materials, for around $75,000. Your house should include plenty of outside living space, since you will probably spend most of your time outside. Large, covered decks are ideal for Costa Rican tropical houses, but it’s also important to have a secure inside space for stormy or buggy days.
Many people imagine that there must be clouds of mosquitoes in the rainforest, right? Well not here! This part of Costa Rica isn’t a true rainforest. It’s a “dry tropical forest” and for five months per year (Dec-April) there’s hardly a drop of rain and so it’s a desert climate. So during dry season you will rarely see a mosquito. The worst bug problems are in May, when the wet season starts and everything hatches from wherever they’ve been lying dormant. After a month or so, the ecosystem seems to go back into balance and there are less bugs around. Also, mosquitos around your house are usually caused by your own personal breeding pools – wrinkles in tarps, blocked gutters, hollow aluminum fence posts, old buckets, plastic bottles, etc can all breed mosquitos. Cleaning up all these stagnant pools gets rid of 90% of the mosquitoes. At my house, we have the doors wide open almost all year. You will also find that the longer you’re here, the less the bugs bother you.. apparently your system becomes immune after a while. As for scorpions and spiders, we don’t have any dangerous bugs here. The most dangerous spiders and scorpions are in the United States.
Yes, we expect that not everyone who buys and builds in Pura Vida Sunsets will live there full-time, so you are free to rent your house. Geoff is an expert at renting houses in the area and will give you all the tips you need to make sure your house rents. Also, we will use the Pura Vida Sunsets website to help find renters for you. We think that many people will love vacationing in an eco-friendly home in Montezuma.
Yes, three houses have homes. Lot #2 has Joy’s house, lot #5 has Kelsey’s “Casa Divina” vacation rental villa, and lot #9 has Tom’s unfinished house.