Friday, November 11, 2011

Resort Community Flourishing Despite Dismal Global Economy

A resort community in the southern zone of Costa Rica is flourishing despite a dismal global economy. The community is called Osa Mountain Village and is not what one might think of when conjuring up an image of typical resort communities. Osa Mountain Village Resort is breaking all the molds and usual ideologies surrounding the term “resort community”. Despite the economy globally being in a downturn Osa Mountain Village Resort is flourishing and may be the best selling development in all of Costa Rica. At least that’s what local real estate agents have been saying when they visit the sustainable development that is being called by residents “the most amazing community on the planet”.

Other local projects have been stagnant in these tough times but the unique model of a food producing, sustainable resort community combined with all the basic luxuries one might be used to living in a big city has set this development apart from the rest of the herd. It seems to be attracting people from all walks of life that are interested in living a simpler lifestyle where keeping up with the Joneses is not the priority. And people are visiting and buying faster than the builder, Gary Morris, can build. Eventually the unique development will have approximately 170 residences with many of the buyers planning on living at Osa Mountain Village full time in the near future.

From an investment standpoint Osa Mountain Village looks like a market proof place to put ones money. If the economy improves or stays flat OMV is quickly becoming known as a premier adventure resort in the southern zone around the Osa Peninsula area. If the global economy continues its dismal decline further, buyers at Osa Mountain Village Resort Community will be living in an amazing place safe from the chaos that a poor global economy always brings with it. Buyers not planning on living in their villa can put their investment to work placing it in the rental pool and earn a nice income while keeping it as a safe place to go to should things get really bad. Many buyers have been using their 401K’s and IRA accounts to purchase at the resort community without penalty by transferring their accounts to companies offering self directed retirement plans. This has surely been an added bonus for the developers as well as the buyers and has helped the flourishing resort community continue its fast paced growth.

Osa Mountain Village has released only phase 1 and phase 3 for sale at this time. Phase 1 consists of beautiful 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas and phase 3 consists of custom home sites. Phase 1 is approximately 50% sold out and phase 3 is about 80% sold out with less than 10 custom home lots remaining. Phase 2 and phase 4 will consist of condos and villas with some of the most amazing ocean views anyone could ever hope for and are expected to be released later this year or early next year. High end finishes and a low buy in price make purchase options very attractive. Residents of the resort community pay only $150 per month in HOA dues which includes access to free organic food grown on the 770 acres which make up the development. It just goes to show that a flourishing resort community is absolutely possible despite a dismal global economy if you think outside the box.

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Where To Go In Costa Rica

Are you planning a trip and wondering where to go in Costa Rica? With so many beautiful places in the country to visit you could spend a lot of time choosing and modifying your plans and unless you plan to spend a month or two there traveling around you would have a hard time taking in the whole country and getting the real feel of pura vida living. One could say the term “pura vida” refers to a life philosophy and directly translated means “pure life”. It is a customary saying to hear when greeting or saying goodbye to someone. Culturally there are some differences between the east coast and west coast of the country with the east coast having a bit more of a Jamaican influence and the west coast having a bit more of a gringo influence. Both areas of the country offer abundant wildlife to see and some great beaches on which to spend a day lounging around. There is an abundance of activities to keep you occupied on either shore.

I personally love the mysteriousness of the cloud forest areas of the country a lot although I would not want to live there. I prefer to have more sun like they get on the southern pacific coast of the country. The southern coast has a lot to offer in terms of attractions for both tourists and people looking at a Costa Rica retirement. It is a great are with a new golf course in the town of San Buena Ventura. The San Buenas Golf Resort spans several hundred acres and is bound to be a great place to live in the southern zone.

Another amazing project that is turning heads is the 770 acre development known as Osa Mountain Village Sustainable Resort Community. This incredible project is a food producing community that has great things going for it no matter what happens in the world economy. If the world economy gets worse there will be no better place to live than a safe place like Osa Mountain Village with healthy organic food, shelter and great friends with which to ride things out. On the other hand, if the economy takes a turn and gets better, owning at Osa Mountain Village will be a fantastic investment I believe. The incredible views from the 2,000 foot perch where phase two and phase 3 have panoramic views of the ocean and Sierpe Valley are jaw dropping to say the least. Many people have commented that it’s the best view they have ever seen in their life. One could retire and live on a very small amount of money at a place like Osa Mountain Village. Between $500 and $1,000 a month would be ample for living a simple, abundant lifestyle given all the amenities that come with ownership such as free food, community center and pool and rancho as well as exterior villa maintenance if you purchase in phase one.

Hopefully, you’ll find your own slice of paradise as you decide where to go in Costa Rica. There really isn’t a bad place in the whole country so relax and think pura vida thoughts. If you are already considering a Costa Rica retirement I think you will be happy here. It is not the same as Los Angeles where I moved from and now that I live here I like the differences and I bet you will too.

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Cost To Live In Costa Rica Is Relative

The cost to live in Costa Rica is not set in stone. Depending on ones habits it would be easy to spend many thousands a month in this beautiful country eating out every night and buying all the expensive amenities that one might be used to if they moved from a big city in the US for example. Everything is relative. Perhaps you are thinking of a Costa Rica retirement plan and want to live on a certain budget. The great news is you can live here for less than you can virtually anywhere in the US. But don’t take that to mean that everything costs less here. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some things cost quite a bit more here than they would back in the United States.

To give you a basic overview of how most prices on things here compare to the US I’ve compiled the following guidelines based solely on my own experiences. I have found the cost to live in Costa Rica and eat out is equivalent to the cost of eating out in Los Angeles where I moved from. I don’t think it costs more or less to eat out in Costa Rica so in that category you’ll break about even. I have found that beer costs quite a bit more here on average. In fact, the beer that I enjoy here costs more than Newcastle does (Newcastle is my preferred beer of choice)… Bavaria Negra is the only beer that comes remotely close to Newcastle but it costs more than $10 per 6 pack in some places and that’s in cans for crying out loud. I have found it for as low as $8.40 in a couple of places so that’s where I buy it now.

Buying your basic fruits and vegetables here is extremely cheap however, a few things like mushrooms, a more gourmet item, will cost you more here. Buying processed food is more expensive. Snack foods like potato chips are very expensive. By eating healthy food you can get the most savings. Wow, it’s exactly like it should be! Prepare your own food healthy food and you can save a bundle. What a concept. Grow your own food and you can save even more.

Gasoline costs more here. It is presently $5.60 a gallon as I write this article. I recommend buying a diesel 4 x 4 if you are going to buy a car and live outside the city. The diesel cars and trucks get great mileage and the fuel costs less than gasoline. Public transportation I am told is very good and very cheap so if you can get around by bus you’ll save a bundle there as well. Entertainment is relatively cheap here. You probably won’t spend as much in that area if you decide to go through with your Costa Rica retirement plan.

Farmers markets are cropping up all over the southern area near the sustainable community called Osa Mountain Village. The quality of the foods from them is very good. Residents of Osa Mountain Village will have their own farmers market right on the property and the food will be freely distributed to all residents. It’s a benefit included in the $150 per month HOA fees one pays if they own a villa in phase one of the community.

All in all, the cost to live in Costa Rica is only less if you adopt a more Tico way of living. By doing so you can live pretty cheaply like many citizens of Costa Rica already do. By doing so in the right place you can have your money go even further than you ever thought possible.

If you are looking for a way to utilize money you have in a retirement plan or bank account to relocate to Costa Rica consider purchasing a villa at Osa Mountain Village Phase one. It is a great opportunity because no matter what happens with the economy you win. If the economy continues downhill in the world Osa Mountain Village will be a great place to live an abundant life outside of the chaos engulfing much of the world. The sustainable, food producing community model offers a safe haven amidst it all. And if by good grace the economy improves, Osa Mountain Village Resort is becoming the premier eco resort of the southern zone of Costa Rica. With a good economy comes tourists which will bring income to owners through businesses and the lucrative rental pool program for those that want to use their villa as an income property. Find out more by filling in the form below and a representative will contact you shortly.

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Costa Rica Homes With Two Bedroom Loft Design

Take a video tour of one of the Costa Rica homes in Osa Mountain Villages phase one community. These two bedroom, two story villas are finished with high-end solid wood cabinetry and granite counter tops. There are many nice areas to find houses in Costa Rica but few locations can compare to the beauty of the Osa Pennisula region or boast the kind of success that Osa Mountain Village has been experiencing over the last 18 months. With numerous homes already finished and many more in differing stages of construction the place is beginning to take on the shape of real community.

There is quite a bit of construction happening in common areas as well. At the moment crews are working on the completion of a pool, rancho and community center that will be serving up tasty food to guests and residents. The pool itself is a modern marvel using a state-of-the-art system that does not require any chemicals. It is not a salt water pool either. The system is designed by EcoSmarte and uses electricity to discharge copper and titanium particles into the fresh water along with CO2 injections to keep the pool sanitized. It is the latest and greatest technology available in managing a chemical free pool. It might even be safe to say Osa Mountain Village has the first pool in Costa Rica built with this new technology.

There has also been some recent upgrading of the internet on the property too. A new tower was installed that is getting wireless internet to most of the existing homes too. Very soon we are expecting an increase of up to 16 times the bandwidth we are receiving now which should bring our internet up to US standards. We will keep you posted as these things happen. In the mean time, enjoy the video below as Jim Gale takes you on a personal tour of one of the loft unit two bedroom Costa Rica homes located within the Osa Mountain Village sustainable community.

If you are considering ways to invest your money in Costa Rica consider a villa at Osa Mountain Village. It is a great opportunity because no matter what happens with the economy because you win regardless. If the economy continues downhill in the world Osa Mountain Village will be a great place to live abundantly outside of the rat race engulfing much of the world. The sustainable, food producing community model offers a safe haven amidst it all. And if we get lucky and the economy improves, Osa Mountain Village Resort is becoming the premier eco resort in the southern zone of Costa Rica. Real Estate property values will most likely go up in the southern zone of Costa Rica with a new airport slated for the area. Tourists will bring income to owners through business and the lucrative rental pool program for those that want to use their villa as an income property. Find out more by filling in the form below and someone will contact you shortly.

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A Rooty-Tooty Fruit Tree Forest At Osa Mountain Resort

June 10, 2011 by  
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At Osa Mountain Resort they are concerned with food production. And with the potential of approximately 175 families possibly living there in the future they should be. This sustainable resort community has it’s sights set on producing at least 80 percent of the communities food on the 770 acre property that over looks the pacific ocean from its 2,000 foot elevation vantage point. With a lofty goal like that they are taking food production very seriously and have planted close to 3,000 fruit trees in the past few years. [caption id="attachment_2659" align="alignright" width="225" caption="The Pitanga fruit is a shrub that can grow up to 25 feet high"]Food Forest with Pitanga Fruit[/caption]

They already have a massive pineapple patch and are harvesting some of the tastiest organic pineapples you’ll ever taste having been ripened on the plant. Also being harvested regularly are bananas, plantains and a variety of other fruits.

Recently a new shipment of large trees that are already fruiting was received and among the newly planted are a variety of Citrus Trees including North Washington, Mandarin (Tandarin) and Naranja (Oranges) as well as Limon Acido (Lime), Limon Dulce (Sweet Lemon) and Naranja Agria (Bitter Orange).

Also included in that shipment was Papaya, Mango, Avocado, Palmito (Heart of Palm), Ice Cream Fruit, Guava, Fruit de Pan (Breadfruit), Manzana Rosa (Rose Apple), Zapote- Red & Black, Manzana De Agua (Water Apple), Cacao, Passion Fruit, Almond, Candlenut, Mangosteen, Langsat, Mamochino, Pitanga (Surinam Cherry), Sour Sop from the Graviola Tree, Coconut, and Jackfruit to name just a few.

They have also planted some Brazilian fruits including Acerola, Guayaba Araza (Brazilian Guava) and an unusual fruit called Jabuticaba.

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They are even taking great care of their local feathered friends by planting a large variety of fruits that bring in birds including Guayabita, Grumichama, Tuquico and Abiut.

Want to learn how the other half lives? Find out more by filling in the form below and someone will contact you shortly to answer your questions about Osa Mountain Village.

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Blossoming Community Is Growing Entirely By Word Of Mouth

Osa Mountain Village has a blossoming community that is growing entirely from word of mouth. So many people are finding Osa Mountain Village to be the place they have been dreaming that sales have been among the best of any development in the entire country of Costa Rica. Not a single dime of advertising is being spent to promote the community and to top it off the 770 acre development is completely debt free. There is not a single loan on the property nor will there ever be says Jim Gale, the primary share holder and developer.

Two of those people that will be calling Osa Mountain Village home are Arlene & Garo Paroonagian, a retiring couple from southern California. Like most people who hear about Osa Mountain Village they thought it sounded “too good to be true”. It is a common thing for those people already living at OMV to hear statements like that. But all it takes is one visit to the property and spending some time with the residents that are already living at Osa Mountain Village to make one realize that nothing could be further from the truth. If you believe that the best community in the world is one that starts with friends and other like minded people coming together to create something special then Osa Mountain Village might be right for you. Below is a letter that Arlene and Garo wrote to introduce people they know and love to Osa Mountain Village. It speaks from the heart and captures how virtually everyone feels when they visit Osa Mountain Village for themselves and spend a few days. With their permission I have published their letter below…

To all our Friends and Family:

After 33 years at Jacuzzi, I have decided to retire. My last day will be July 5th, and can not wait to start the next phase of our lives.

We have been researching this phase for about a year now, and found a Community in Costa Rica (OSA Mountain Village Resort), that fit the bill. At 1st, we were very skeptical, as it was way too good to be true, but after spending time there, are totally and without doubt convinced, that it is truly paradise.

We spent time with the creator of this Community, Jim Gale and all the people he has brought in from all around the world, to make this Community totally Self-Sustainable.

I have given you the link to this Community, so you can get peak and if you go to the “Meet your Neighbors” you will see some of our future Neighbors, including a photo of Arlene and I with Lolita and our Parrots Sabra and Charlie.

Arlene and I are still in “awe” at the scenery, the people, the weather, the sheer beauty of it all, that we decided to savor the simple life and will be moving to OSA Mountain Village Resort in Costa Rica.

Yes, we bought a Villa there. Construction will be starting in a couple of months and due for completion by December/January.

We will be here in Southern California for another year Plus and then off to our Paradise.

When scheduling vacation, we would love to have you think of visiting us at OSA.

We will be in touch via E-Mail and Cell.

If you are considering ways to retire or live in Costa Rica consider Osa Mountain Village. Find out more like Garo & Arlene did by filling in the form below and swe will contact you shortly.

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Permaculture Food Forest Being Planted At Osa Mountain Village

Jarret Wald had no idea he would be living permanently in Costa Rica when he came to visit Osa Mountain Village with his sister Leigha and her soon to be husband Robin Nordling. Robin & Leigha were buying a home site on the 770 acre property and so was Leigha’s father Jerry Wald, but Jarret was simply coming down to visit and see what all the fuss was about. That visit turned into a permanent position as the man in charge of setting up the permaculture inspired food forest that is currently being planted.

Jarret’s interest in the property grew as he saw all the amazing things taking place and captured the fever that seems to infect people as they get a glimpse of the vision that Jim Gale has for the community. Soon Jarret was taking courses in permaculture design and principles to implement at Osa Mountain Village to feed the growing community. Eventually there will be in the neighborhood of around 170 residences on the property, many of which will be full time residents with the rest being used part time by their owner and in the rental pool for the years duration. Residents will pay a small monthly fee of $150 for all the food they can eat that is grown on site. Already there are thousands of fruit trees.

Greenhouses will be reconstructed on the property soon after being dismantled at their previous location on the coast at sea level which proved to be a little too hot for ideal growing conditions. The property is at 2,000 feet elevation and offers cooler temperatures to the tune of about 10 to 15 degrees on average throughout the day. This makes Osa Mountain Village the perfect climate for both living and growing amazing food. Jarret is also in charge of getting the Tilapia ponds filled and producing fish for the community. Jarret has found a new home at Osa Mountain Village and is known as the guy that always has a smile on his face. If you have a chance to visit Osa Mountain Village be sure to take the permaculture tour which is known as the People, Community & Planet Eco Tour. It highlights the food production and sustainable living practices being used at Osa Mountain Village to create an environmentally and eco-friendly community in a place that is truly a paradise. Catch the interview with Jarret in the video below to discover a taste of what is making Osa Mountain Village one of the best selling developments in all of Costa Rica…

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Three Bedroom Villas With Beautiful Finishes

Check out the video below for a tour of one of the three bedroom villa floor plans at Osa Mountain Village. There are two other floor plans available as well to suit your design preferences. This unit features a raised ceiling with extra high walls and a spacious kitchen with island. Other designs available may have larger patios, vaulted ceilings or extra closet space for someone using their villa as a permanent residence. The average square footage of the 3 bedroom villa is about 1,600 square feet of indoor and covered patio space.

The jungle views from all the phase one villas are up close and personal. The area is teaming with wildlife and an abundance of things to do with 770 acres of rainforest to call your playground. Try the ziplines or a trek through the jungle canyoning and rappelling down several of the waterfall on the property. If you are really adventuresome you can rappel down the “big one” which is 100 meters tall. You can also take a tour of the permaculture area and natural food forest that Jarret is creating on the property to keep the residents well fed on healthy organic fruits and vegetables. There is also a chicken coop where fresh eggs are collected every day and fresh chickens and Tilapia will be available for residents in the near future.

Speaking of food, the local area boasts some of the best restaurants in Costa Rica. Exotica and Citrus are two restaurants that will please even the most discerning restaurant critic with their menu selection, ambiance, service, presentation, value and tasty cuisine. Also worth mentioning is a place called Tilapias Del Pavon where you can catch your dinner in one of their ponds and the chef will cook it for you on the spot. It’s a great place to bring the kids. The river that runs adjacent to their property has some incredible swimming holes too. I also must make a recommendation to visit Villas Gaia for breakfast and dinner. In the morning they offer egg crepe pancakes that are out of this world and on their dinner menu I have an addiction to their eggplant enchiladas. I just can’t get enough of them. The service is fantastic and the value is too.

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One Bedroom Villas In Phase One Of Osa Mountain Village

Phase one villas at Osa Mountain Village come in 4 designs. Below you can catch a video tour of the one bedroom model. These beautiful homes are value priced well below market value. Sales have been among the highest in the country for the last 18 months making Osa Mountain Village one of the most successful developments in Central America. Jim Gale, the developer, and his team are confident that phase one will be completely sold out in just a few more months. These villas are spacious and have exquisite finishes such as granite counter tops and solid hardwood cabinetry. There are several upgrades available to choose from as well. Tile is standard in the villas but you can choose to upgrade to Brazilian Cherry wood floors if you want to splurge for a nominal up charge.

Villas in phase one are sold in 4 week fractional shares. To purchase the entire villa at an enormous discount off the 4 week share price you simple buy 13 fractional shares and the villa is yours. One of the great advantages of the fractional model is that you have the ability to put it into the rental pool and collect an income stream from your unit. You also have the ability to use any size unit in the rental pool by trading the rental credits you receive for putting your unit into the rental pool towards any size unit in the pool. As an example a one bedroom villa receives one rental credit for each day it is in the rental pool. So if you have your one bedroom villa in the rental pool for 28 days you have 28 credits to use towards any size unit if you want to visit. A 3 bedroom villa costs 2 credits a day in the program so you can use your 28 credits to stay for 14 days in the three bedroom villa if that size villa suits your needs better on a particular visit. The rental credit system also enables all of the profits to be shared equally among all rental units in the rental pool.

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