What is the best kept secret in Costa Rica? The San Mateo area. “Why?” you ask. Well, I’ll let you in on the secret if you promise not to tell.
The news is out about the new Orotina airport going in. Property values around the airport and along Highway 27 have skyrocketed in the anticipation. But the focus has been on the Southwest side of the highway. The best secret is on the other side, to the Northeast. The area of San Mateo has, so far, been ignored. From Desmonte to Esparza, this area is close to highway 1, just minutes to Highway 27 at the Orotina entrance and it’s on the other side of the planned airport location. It’s perfect, even now, for all of the businesses and people who will be working on the construction of the airport. And guess what?? It’s still cheap! And I mean CHEAP! Land for as low as $7 per meter squared.
This area is so close to everything and there are bargains, as well as luxury properties, to choose from. It is the little area that will explode, as soon as the secret is out.
Some of the fabulous homes and properties in this area:
San Mateo land, starting at $9.50/m2. Each have 4 hectares (more than 40,000 m2) , which can be divided. Both have electricity and water access. One has a a paved road all the way to the property which is located only 700 meters from the central church and soccer field in Labrador. Hundreds of fruit trees and both howler and white-faced monkeys make the creek area their home. The other property is located right on the road between San Mateo and Orotina. Flat land for building or dividing into lots, and a beautiful creek that runs along the base. Each of them is priced at $400,000.
Ecovilla. A Utopia in Costa Rica. Incredible and unique homes that are located in an eco-friendly and self-sustaining neighborhood. There is a great alternative school and homes of every style. A common swimming pool and yoga platform as well as a rancho for entertaining too. The community has a common garden in which the vegetables are distributed to the neighborhood. Homes for sale in this neighborhood start at $285,000.
Villa Adriana. Two fabulous homes for sale in this amazing neighborhood located just off the main road between San Mateo and Esparza. One is a great family home and the other is an estate with a mansion, a guest house, a guest dormitory with room for a large group, and two swimming pools.
Vista Mar. Just minutes from Orotina but on lots with breathtaking views. This neighborhood is on the mountain between Desmonte and Orotina so it has fresh mountain breezes and views both to the ocean and over the central valley. Two homes and a lot are up for sale. The lot is only $100,000 and the homes have fabulous pools and views to die for while being very well-priced, starting at $450,000.
Esparza. A great 4 bedroom family home in a quiet neighborhood minutes to downtown Esparza is only $320,000. There are also two large properties which are perfect for developments available starting at $7/m2. One is 4.6 hectares for $320,000 and the other is $10/m2 for 5.5 hectares. Again, really great bargains and in areas that are minutes to the beach or the new airport. Just off of Highway 1 and easy access to Highway 27.
Tina Newton was a licensed Realtor in Kansas with a master’s in International Economics and Sustainable Development and is now an agent and co-owner of Tristan & Newton Real Estate in Costa Rica. She has resided in Atenas, Costa Rica for over 18 years and has raised two children and now a grandbaby there. She is always open to answering any questions about living in Costa Rica or buying/selling /renting a home there. You can contact her by email, through the Facebook page, or through the website.