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Costa Rica - Retirement
You can buy a home on the beach or in the mountains for much lower prices than a comparable home in Florida or California, or most urban areas in the U.S. and Europe. Land too is inexpensive in many areas. Some developing areas have condos on or near the beach for as little as $40,000. More established areas commonly offer ocean view or beach front condos for $150,000. Prices for homes and condos in beach areas commonly run to as much as $450,000, depending on their fixtures, living area, lot size and other extras.
In other areas of the country a home's price will depend on the location and amenities. Costa Ricans have very different priorities and values than expatriates, so not all homes you see advertised will be suitable for you. A good quality home, close to an area favored by expats, with many amenities you expect, will run from $80,000 to $120,000. Better homes in better locations will run from $140,000 to $250,000. Homes over $250,000 are commonly available, but these are real luxury homes in prime locations.
Many retirees prefer living in the new gated communities that are being developed in most areas of the country. These offer common areas such as pools, play areas and tennis courts. Access is limited and the building codes are commonly more restrictive than in areas outside these communities, which can lead to increased property values.
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