lots: Discovering Costa Rica…Part 4: How I Made a Million Dollars in Two Years - 08/31/07 06:19 AM
I left off Part 3 right after the purchase of a $550,000 1 ¼ acre lot outside San Jose, Costa Rica. I was on my way, beginning the laughably easy permitting process. Here is a photo of the mountain on which my lot is located, taken from Escazu, where I currently live on the weekends, when I can sometimes take a break from my condo project, The Oaks Tamarindo http://www.theoakstamarindo.com/.  
But first, I had to get my architect to prepare the "anteproyecto".  This is a preliminary plan that shows planned construction, including everything except actual construction plans. For example, the "footprint" … (4 comments)

lots: Discovering Costa Rica, the start of an adventure…Part 3 - 08/18/07 07:37 AM
I left off Part 2 on the verge of buying my "dream lot" in the Central Valley town of Santa Ana, west of San Jose and next door to Escazu, over an acre and a quarter of  land looking west, in a platted subdivision near the top of a small mountain. But, I couldn't get to the rest of my tale without some unconscionable delays.
 Life intervenes. Construction on my project, The Oaks, http://www.theoakstamarindo.com/, has advanced to the point of finishing the model unit. This is good news, as the first buyers will start moving in within 90 days. This is fun, … (5 comments)

lots: Discovering Costa Rica, the start of an adventure.... Part 2 - 08/02/07 02:37 PM
I left off Part 1 with a hint of what was to come, a slow descent into Costa Rica real estate.  It might be genetic. My Mom was an agent for over 20 years, and at her peak owned 19 rental houses. Luckily, she's also a psychologist. My background was in real estate law, then the savings and loan business. Maybe I felt withdrawal pains, as I sold my condo in Coconut Grove in 2005 at $500 a square foot, or about $5,400 a square meter, insanely above even the most overpriced gringo offerings in Costa Rica. I was a little … (2 comments)

Robert Irvin (The Oaks Tamarindo)

Robert Irvin

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Address: 4 km south of Huacas, 4 km north of Villa Real, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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