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looking for housing in San Jose area, August 2006

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looking for housing in San Jose area, August 2006

Post Posted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:53 am

1) We are relocating to Costa Rica in August to take up a school-year teaching position in Santa Ana. Neither of us have been to CR, and we're looking for a place to live in the San Jose area. We have no particular desire to be in an expat community, and are happy with just the basic amenities (nothing fancy necessary), however we would prefer to be in a less-congested area with easy access to green space and walking. Would anyone have advice on neighborhoods that might at once suit our 'nature-loving' temperaments and be within striking distance of Santa Ana (bus route, or cycle-able, we won't likely have a car).

2) On a further note, does anyone have advice on the feasibility of keeping two places (one for K in the city, near the school, and one for M on the coast, for retreat and writing...). We don't know enough about the road/public transport situation to determine whether this is a possibility. Thoughts? Thanks, K and M  

Re: looking for housing in San Jose area, August 2006

Post Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:08 am

You should look around Ciudad Colon, maybe Puriscal. This is west of Santa Ana on the highway and is more rural. You will have an easier time finding local flavor there.

You might not rule out Santa Ana itself, you would want to look for something in the center since most of the communities surrounding Santa Ana itself seem to be dominated by expats.

I wouldn't jump into getting two places, especially if you are talking about not having a car. You should be able to find one place that is quiet enough with good transportation for commuting.

Public Transportation is plentiful and cheap. Especially along any axis going towards San Jose. In this case you will have an easy time getting to and from any place along the highway that runs Santa Ana - San José. This is because buses from Puriscal, Brasil de Mora, Ciudad Colon Where people sometimes run into trouble is getting between outlying areas, you end up needing to transfer 2 or 3 times.


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Re: looking for housing in San Jose area, August 2006

Post Posted: Tue May 02, 2006 12:28 pm

Just out of interest will you be teaching at UWC? My wife will start there in August.


Re: looking for housing in San Jose area, August 2006

Post Posted: Thu May 04, 2006 9:55 pm

To give an idea of prices and availability in the area

$800 Town House in compound 3 bed 2 1/2 wc pls. maid , 24 guard
Jaboncillo Escazu,
$800 Home 1 level, large garden 2 bedroom plus maid great
location $800, near Plaza Colonial, Escazu
$850 Town house large living, terrace, small garden, 3 bedroom 2
1/2 wc, garage for 2 car, secure in Bello Horizonte, Escazu
$850 Character home with view, 2 Bedroom, chimney, in Bello
Horizonte, Escazu
$900 Apartment with 24 hour security, common area bbq plus pool, 2
bedroom, 2 wc, large social, terrace, garden. Trejos Montealegre
$980 Town House, 3 bedroom, 2 1/2wc, plus maid and office,terraze,
newish, near Costa Rica Country Club
$1000 Apartment with 24 hour security, common area bbq plus pool, 2
bedroom plus office, 2 wc, large social, view Trejos Montealegre
$1200 older home with large garden, 3 bedroom with large socia area,
Santa Ana
$1300 Compound town house, 3 bedroom, common area pool and bbq,
great location near Lindora, Santa Ana
$1600 Home with large garden, 1 level 1 level, 3 bedroom, 2 1/2
wc, maid quarters, beautiful. Jaboncillos, Escazu
$1700 Home with view and pool, 3 bedroom plus office, plus guest
room, 3 1/2 wc, maids, good social area, terrace, in Guachipelin de
$2500 Home in secure area with guards, 5 bedroom, 41/2 wc,
office, large social area, large garden, great view of central
valley. (perfect for European Family since is equip with 220 and 110
all the house)
$2500 Country home, large garden, pool, 3 bedroom plus office,
latrge social area, great view in Guachipenlin
$2500 Mansion in great location near Multiplaza, with pool, large
social area, 6 bedrooms, plus office, 1 level home garden in Escazu
$2800 House in private street with pool, Santa Fe style 3 bedroom,
large social, in Santa Ana
$2900 St Fe style home with pool, 3 bedroom, large social area, 1
level, Santa Ana
$3000 High rise,with great view, ac, 3 bedroom, large social area,
24 hour security Santa Ana
$3600 Quinta with large social area, great garden, view view view
to a canon, pool, terraces, 5 bedroom with 5 1/2 wc, great location
Brasil de Mora, Santa Ana
$3800 Luxury town house in priva compound with pool, 24 h guard ,
4 bedroom, 5 wc, office, large social area, view , great location
by Paco in Escazu

**only with appliances
$1200 Condo new, the best high rise in Escazu, 1 bedroom with
all new appliances $1200, Escazu
$1500 Condo with view, 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 wc, plus maids room, 24 h
guard, only with appliances, Jaboncillo Escazu

*Furnished Homes or Condos
$350 1 bedroom furnished in Santa Ana
$650 3 bedroom furnished 2 level townhouse in San Pedro, near Mas
x Menos.
$850 modern 1 bedroom ,1 /12wc, furnished, guard 24, near
Multiplaza, Escazu
$1100 modern furnished 3 bedroom, 2 wc, garden, condo Trejos
Montealegre, Escazu
$1300 Town house , 3 bedroom, plus 2 1/2 wc, plus maid, 24 hour
guard, near Plaza Mayor, Rohrmoser
$1300 Townhouse, furnished 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 wc, condo, garden Escazu
$1300 modern furnished 2 bedroom , 2 wc, new condo pool area
secure, Escazu
$1500 Older high rise, 3 bedroom, plus 2 wc, plus maid, common
area pool, 24 guards Bello Horizonte Escazu furnished
$1800 High rise building, news, furnished, 2 bedroom with 21/2
wc, maid quarters, modern, pool and bbq area in common area,
view of central valley, 24
security, in Escazu
*$2000 Home 1 level, furnished, 2 bedroom, office, luxury
furnichure, great location 1 block from Restaurante, Supermarkets,

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Re: looking for housing in San Jose area, August 2006

Post Posted: Wed May 10, 2006 6:49 pm

Draft of Rental contract Spanish / English

for those who are planing to rent here a sample of a rental
go to

This is draft of a rental contract or lease is in spanish and english
Hope this sample is usefull for those looking for a rental

Zucaes Escazu Realty
ph 22899321
zucaes @


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