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Hermosa Highland Ocean Views!

Hermosa Highlands, Cerro Fresco, Central Pacific Coastline, Costa Rica

By Brooke Goranson

There I was bumping along on a winding dirt road up into the highlands of Hermosa Beach. My friend and Re-Max Agent, Hannah Fletcher, was off to view a new listing. She grabbed my interest when she said the ocean views were beyond stunning. I grew up in a home overlooking the Santa Monica bay so not only do I love ocean views but I was sure my childhood ocean views would easily rival these. So I jumped in her truck and off we went, down the coastline and up the mountain. Up, up we went passing through a lush, green rain forest setting. If I listened closely enough, I could hear and then see monkeys swinging from tree to tree and brilliant Macaws playfully sailing along the blue skyline above.

I must confess I wondered how we could ever be traveling to a place where someone actually lived but then the road flattened out and there it stood; a beautifully designed home that would rival anything seen in the States. As I exited the truck and turned in a circle I was in awe of what I was seeing. The ocean views were at nearly every side of me. And the distant I could see up and down the coastline went for miles.

Luxury Hermosa Hills Ocean View Home

849,000 USD


For Sale/Rent: For Sale
Property Type: House
Listing Status: Active
Total SqM 250
Lot Size (m2) 1,000.00
Year Built 2009

The builder of this lovely tutor style home, took full advantage of these magnificent views. As we entered the main level of the home all walls were glass. From the modern kitchen to the tile deck that surrounded the living and dining area, all you could see was ocean, ocean, ocean. Complimenting this was a swimming pool also looking out over the ocean and a lower level bedroom area where all 3 bedrooms maintained a stunning ocean view. The home occupied a double lot covered with many colorful flowers, tropical plants, fruit trees as well as trails and even a picnic area.

I must admit, I started this adventure a bit skeptical but the Hermosa Highlands and their incredible ocean views have made a believer out of me. I believe I have just experienced the most incredible ocean views ever seen in my life time and I found them at the top of a bumpy dirt road in the Highlands of Hermosa Beach, Costa Rica.

Contact Hannah Fletcher at the REMAX Oceanside Realty Jaco Beach office in Costa Rica for your luxury real estate needs.

Other luxury properties for sale in Hermosa Hills, Costa Rica:



170,000 USD


For Sale/Rent: For Sale
Property Type: House
Listing Status: Active
Total SqM 196
Lot Size (m2) 0.00
Year Built 2008

Ocean view highland luxury home

439,000 USD


For Sale/Rent: For Sale
Property Type: Country Home
Listing Status: Active
Total SqM 221
Lot Size (m2) 1,000.20
Year Built 2009

Hermosa Sunset

695,000 USD


For Sale/Rent: For Sale
Property Type: House
Listing Status: Active
Total SqM 320
Lot Size (m2) 4.00
Built Area (m²) 320

Beachfront Bargain Hunt Costa Rica

Beachfront Bargain Hunt featuring Shawn Fletcher with RE/MAX in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica.

Beachfront Bargain Hunt Costa Rica Real Estate Jaco (1)

Early in  2016 I had the pleasure of filming an episode of Beachfront Bargain Hunt by HGTV as the buyer’s agent for Richard and Kim Clarke here in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica.

Richard and Kim were visiting Costa Rica for the first time with no real intent to purchase property although they had a desire to own a beach property outside of the United States. They came to me with their wish list looking for a house or condo with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, ocean view, close to town and ability to rent while they aren’t occupying the property. Kim also wanted to be close to a work out facility and they had a budget of $300,000.

In the Beachfront Bargain Hunt show, we toured 4 properties starting with an oceanfront condo complex called The Palms.

Beachfrotn Bargain Hunt Costa Rica (3)Within the last week I had obtained an amazing deal on a 7th floor condo with stunning ocean views featuring 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms among 1,485 square feet and fully furnished at a list price of $269,000. Adjacent to The Palms is a hotel and casino called Croc’s that features 3 restaurants, a coffee shop, a night club, a Las Vegas style casino, convenience store, day spa, salon and a gym that Kim could use. I thought that this property ticked off all the categories that they were looking for including great rental potential.

From The Palms we went to an oceanfront community of townhomes called La Flor. Here we toured a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath house with a garage that comes fully furnished at a price of $249,000. The house is 2 floors and the largest property we viewed at 2,100 square feet. Richard really liked the extra square footage and bedroom but Kim didn’t like that she couldn’t see the ocean even though the house was just a few steps to the sand.

Beachfrotn Bargain Hunt Costa Rica (5)From La Flor we headed to Acqua Condominiums that is an upscale 8 story tower located closer to town where we viewed a 7th floor 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit with huge views of the Pacific Ocean and tropical backdrop of Jaco Beach. The condo and the building itself is first class with the finest of materials and craftsmanship. The list price was at the top of their budget at $299,000 but it had everything they were looking for including an onsite gym and picturesque infinity pool.

For the final property I wanted to show them something different and a little out of the box so I brought them 20 minutes south to an ocean view lot in a development called Costa Esterillos. The lot listed at $94,000, is 3,500 square meters in size (a little shy of an acre) and has panoramic views of the ocean and has water and power connected to the property to where Richard and Kim could build a custom home in about 6 moths. They were excited about the possibility of designing their dream house that could be done within their total budget but they were concerned about being away from town and Kim wasn’t thrilled about waiting 6 months.

Beachfront Bargain Hunt Costa Rica Real Estate Jaco (2)The Clarke’s did end of purchasing but I don’t want to spoil the show so you’ll have to tune it to see what they selected.  See Beachfront Bargain Hunt on HGTV.

Contact Shawn Fletcher for more information on these Beachfront bargains or for any of your Costa Rica real estate needs.

See past HGTV shows featuring REMAX Jaco Beach Costa Rica’s Agents Tim and Kim Giannone:  Watch our International House Hunters episode as we transitioned to CR

Home near Los Suenos for sale

This home near Los Suenos for sale may be the end of your Costa Rica real estate search. herradura las lomas townhome

Located walking distance to the world renowned Los Suenos marina and golf resort with all the luxury amenities you would hope for  including the 18-hole championship La Iguana Golf Course which offers a par-72, Ted Robinson-designed layout and is situated alongside an exotic rain forest with breathtaking ocean views

This three bedroom, 3.5 bath home’s construction was completed in October 2014 and comes fully furnished. All appliances are under warranty, including the central air. Seller offers financing: $150,000 loan at 8% for 20 years. The development offers 24 hour gated security, a pool, playground and basketball court. With only a 5 minute drive to the beachfront of Jaco, you can have the best of both worlds.

Home near Los suenos for sale, Las Lomas gated community, Jaco beach real estate, REMAX oceanside realty Jaco beach, Tim and Kim GiannoneThe town of Jaco Beach offers excellent restaurants, bars and shops. Jaco is home to great beaches for surfing, swimming, SUP-ing and relaxing. Herradura Bay is located 1.5 hours from the Juan Santamaria (SJO) airport. While driving from the airport, you will pass by the famous Tarcoles crocodile river, where you can take in the sights. Approximately one hour south from this home, you will find the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park near Quepos (home of Marina Paz Vela), which is home to numerous species of Costa Rica’s famous creatures: sloths, monkeys, several different types of birds, anteaters, and many many more).

If you are looking for a home near Los Suenos for sale as a permanent residence or for a vacation rental this is a good place to start.  This beautiful and new 3 bedroom home close to all amenities may be just what you have been looking for.  To set up a showing or for more details  contact me.

 Let’s get you your own piece of paradise.

Offered by your Pura Vida Ambassadors, Tim and Kim Giannone

REMAX Oceanside Jaco Beach Real Estate Specialist

Home near Los Suenos for sale| listing 900131020-1



Happy Holidays from your Pura Vida Ambassador

Holiday wishes from your Pura Vida Ambassador, Tim Giannone with REMAX Jaco

Pura Vida Ambassador REMAX Jaco Christmas2015 is coming to a close and I wanted to take a few moments to share my Holiday wishes with you all! It has been such a wonderful year filled with sun, surf, sales and family.

Moving to Costa Rica has truly been a blessing filled with new friends, great opportunities and lots of family bonding time (in the water on a board)

 I have some great opportunities I want to share with you. Whether you are looking to make “the move” like I did, if you want to make a great investment in a country which is starting to boom, or if you are looking for the perfect vacation home (that I can help you rent out and manage while you are not here) I’ve got what you are looking for.Pura Vida Ambassador Jaco Rental REMAX

From $67,000 perfect condo in Jaco with great rental opportunity


Pura Vida Ambassador REMAX Jacoto a Gorgeous beachfront La Flor 3 bedroom house with granite counter tops, high end furnishings, stainless steel appliances, listed at $265,000
Pura Vida Ambassador Hermosa home and this mountain – top, ocean view – with a pool – 3 bedroom – 5 min from the beach – newly updated beauty in Playa Hermosa listed at $290,000!

REMAX Jaco Tim GiannoneTim Giannone, your Pura Vida Ambassador


Comprar una propiedad en Jaco

Consejos útiles al comprar una propiedad en Jaco | Useful tips when buying a property in Jaco

remax jaco beach costa rica real estate agents

Hola lectores! Saludos desde la tierra del Pura Vida, Costa Rica!  El día de hoy queremos compartirles algunos consejos para cuando decida comprar la casa de sus sueños! Es nuestra responsabilidad en REMAX Oceanside Jaco, asesorarle en todo el proceso a la hora de comprar una propiedad en Jaco, sea este lote, casa o condominio.

Hello readers! Greetings from the land of Pura Vida, Costa Rica!
Today we want to share some tips for when you decide to buy the house of your dreams! It is our responsibility at REMAX Oceanside Jaco, advise throughout the process when buying a property in Jaco including lots, houses or condominiums.

Nuestro primero consejo es definir sus preferencias a esto nos referimos a tus necesidades y presupuesto. Pregúntese ¿Cuántos cuartos? ¿Piscina? ¿Cuánto tengo disponible? ¿Qué es lo que busco?  Tome papel y lápiz y escriba sus gustos y preferencias junto con su presupuesto.

Our first tip is to set your preference to this we mean to your needs and budget. Ask yourself How many rooms? Pool? What do I have available? What do I want?
Take paper and pencil and write their tastes and preferences along with your budget.

Segundo consejo… Saber en qué lugar quieres comprar y hacer esta inversión. Algo muy importante de la ubicación es tomar en cuenta la distancia a los colegios, supermercados, parques, hospitales y todos los servicios que tiene esta comunidad por ofrecer.

Second advice … Carefully consider where you want to buy and make this investment.  Take into account the driving points of each neighborhoods such as the distance to schools, supermarkets, parks, hospitals and all the services that this community has to offer.

Tercer consejo: Asesórate! Nadie debería comprar una propiedad en jaco sin un agente de bienes raíces educada y honesta ANDA buen abogado.  Reúnete con un agente de bienes y raíces que sea confiable y que tenga credenciales esto con el fin de que te pueda asistir de la mejor manera. Es su responsabilidad llevarte a un tour de propiedades para que puedas analizar que hay disponible en el mercado y cuáles son las mejores ofertas disponibles acorde a tu presupuesto y preferencias.

Third tip:  Seek advice! No one should buy property in jaco without a educated and honest real estate agent  anda good attorney. Meet a licensed real estate agent that is reliable and has credentials this in order that you may assist in the best way.  It is your responsibility to take a tour of properties so you can analyze what is available in the market and what are the best deals available according to your budget and preferences.

Cuarto consejo: Investiga! Todo con respecto a la propiedad (paredes, techos, años de construcción, si hay que hacer arreglos, revisa paredes y el estado en general de la propiedad. Analiza las reglas de los complejos y obtén toda información de los gastos de mantenimiento mensuales, impuestos municipales y de lujo y cualquier otros gasto extra que vaya a tener la propiedad.

Fourth tip: Research! Everything about the property (walls, ceilings, years of construction, whether to make arrangements, check walls and the general condition of the property. Analyzes complex rules and get all information monthly maintenance fees, taxes municipal and luxury and any other extra expenses that you will have the property.

Quinto consejo! No te apresures….. Compra inteligentemente! Compara precios junto con tu agente inmobiliario y oferta!

Fifth advice! Do not rush … .. Buy smart! Compare prices with your realtor and make your offer accordingly!

De parte de REMAX deseamos que esta búsqueda sea placentera!  Te invitamos a que visites nuestra página web, estamos seguro que encontraras opciones sensacionales de propiedades en Jaco, Los Sueños, Hermosa, Esterillos, Punta Leona y más!

From REMAX we hope that this search will be pleasant!  We invite you to visit our website, we are sure you’ll find sensational property options in Jaco, Dreams, Hermosa, Esterillos, Punta Leona and more!

Saludos,  Cheers,

Stephanie Gazo

Su especialista en bienes y raíces!  Your specialists in real estate!

En REMAX Oceanside Realty, ofrecemos una guía completa de bienes raíces para la compra y venta de propiedades en Jacó, Herradura y el Pacífico Central de Costa Rica. Busca en cientos de listados de apartamentos, casas, lotes y bienes raíces comerciales. Vea nuestra guía de información completa a compra y venta de su próxima casa o propiedad en Costa Rica.

At REMAX Oceanside Realty, we offer a complete real estate guide to buying and selling properties in Jaco, Herradura and the Central Pacific of Costa Rica. Search hundreds of listings for condos, houses, lots and commercial real estate. See our complete information guide to buying and selling your next home or property in Costa Rica.


Costa Rica Real Estate Ownership Rights

Costa Rica Real Estate Ownership RightsCosta Rica real estate can be freely bought and sold by both foreigners and nationals.  The Costa Rican constitution fully protects both with equal ownership rights making it a safe emerging market for international real estate investors. Purchasers of property can also obtain a title guarantee from internationally recognized title insurance companies.

Real estate can be held in a personal name but it is advisable for people to hold the title of property in Costa Rica through a local corporation.  Although these entities can be useful for many other things, in this case they serve merely as a vehicle to hold and manage the ownership of the house, lot, condo, etc. involved.  A common practice has been to transfer the shares of an existing company that owns the land to be purchased, instead of transferring the actual property to a third party.

When you acquire the shares of a corporation in Costa Rica along with the company’s assets, in this case the property, you will also acquire its liabilities.  For this reason, it is essential to perform a deep corporate and title search during the due diligence period. This step will verify that the entity being transferred with the property is in appropriate legal standing in the national registry and court system.  if the corporation can not be transferred for any reason or if there is any question, the buyer can easily create a new holding company.

These legal entities also help create a layer of protection for the owner of Costa Rica real estate.  Registering assets under a corporation shields the owner from personal liabilities.  By Costa Rica law, the assets of a company are considered completely separate from the personal assets of each shareholders.

This process can be navigated with the assistance and advice of a professional real estate agent and attorney. Those who purchase Costa Rica real estate should never take the advice from an unlicensed realtor or unqualified real estate attorney. This is the best assurance of a smart decision and a safe investment.