Become a Luxury Rancher or Organic Farmer

Ever dream of becoming a farmer or rancher, but could not give up the amenities of a luxury home and being close to a city.  Well, now it is possible live this dream in a 6,000 square foot mansion on a 30 acre horse farm within 45 minutes to the city of San Isidro, Costa Rica.  Located in a rural area surrounded by coffee farms and cattle ranches this property offers private tranquility with tons of usable land, horse stables, caretaker house, pastures, creek with two cascades, and borders the river “Rio General”.  Here is a detailed video of the home and property for your viewing pleasure….

This estate home spared no expense in its solid concrete block construction and offers the finest finishes available.  Downstairs the home features a large office/study, great room with 30 foot high windows bringing in the views and natural light, and guestroom with an en suite bathroom.

There is also a huge open professional kitchen, living room and breakfast table, formal dining room, and an outdoor terrace and dining area.

You walk up Cristobal hardwood (a rare native hardwood) stairs to the two master bedrooms and baths.

The main master bedroom is very spacious and has bamboo wood floors, walk-in closet, and access to a wrap around balcony that enjoys the views and sounds of the cascade next to the house.

The en suite bathroom is literally the largest I have ever seen; and has a Jacuzzi tub for two, his and hers showers, his and hers vanities with granite counters, and even his and hers toilets!  The other master bedroom is just as spacious with bamboo floors and balcony access as well.  Across the hallway is another large walk-in closet and oversized master bathroom with its own Jacuzzi tub.

This property has potential for a retired couple or family that wants to live off the land and enjoy a country lifestyle.

The structures are in place to raise horses with a 6 stall stable, a coral, and plenty of pasture land to graze.

There is also Tilapia pond already built for a constant fresh fish supply.  You could raise free range chickens for laying eggs and for a food source.  Due to the extremely fertile soil near the river you could also transform this property in to an organic fruit farm and at the very least produce sufficient fruit and vegetables for your family or small community.   Could even get a couple dairy cows to produce your own milk and cheeses.  In just in case you cannot produce everything you need there are small markets close by and large supermarkets in San Isidro 40-45 minutes away.

There is an extraordinary amount of flat and usable land multiple additional homes could be built for a family compound or mini gated community.  Even numerous rental cabins and a Bed & Breakfast operation could be possible.  For more information click this link about this amazing Luxury Home on 30 Acres or visit www.DominicalProperty.com for more residential homes and farm listings.

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How to Move to Costa Rica with Only $50,000 USD

Most people dream about moving to a tropical paradise and enjoying the beach and beautiful scenery while living a laid back lifestyle.  Then reality strikes and they think it is an impossible dream only for the wealthy and they go back to plugging away at the ‘rat race’.  Well, this dream can become a reality and for less than one would imagine.  In this blog we will discuss on how to leave it all behind and move to Costa Rica on a budget of $50,000 USD.

First you will need to find the right land for an affordable price.  This is surely the most important aspect because this will be your largest investment in the process and the more you can save here, the better for building and living expenses down the road.  We have affordable lot listings starting at $25,000 USD and keeping it under $30,000 USD will be essential to making the numbers work.  Properties in this price range are tough to find and are usually undeveloped or with bad access, so finding one that is ready or close to ready to build will be an important factor

This titled property is only $25,000 USD for 2.14 acres with jungle views and bordering a small mountain creek at the bottom.  Actually a good amount of land and plenty of it usable as well.  The property has decent access, a finished building site, and plenty of its own forest which you could have a hiking trail down to the stream.   Wildlife and nature all around, plus only 15 minutes to Dominical and the beaches.

Now you got the property you need a home, so build yourself a YurtWhat is a Yurt?  It is an octagonal home that is easily constructed in days, not months.  The basic ‘Enduro’ is base priced at only $15,000 for delivery and construction including windows and door.

Let’s say $20,000 to $22,000 USD once you build a platform for it, buy light fixtures, water faucets, toilet, furniture, and maybe add a few upgrades like wood paneled ceiling pictured above.

So far we are invested $45,000 to $47,000 USD and have titled property and a finished roof over our heads.  Now it’s time to plant your organic veggies and fruits and raise some free range chickens that also lay eggs and possibly dig a Tilapia pond (which could be done on the property above using the creek as the water source).   Corn, papaya, bananas, platanos, yucca, tomatoes, squash, cucumber, lettuce, and more all grow fairly quickly.  Tilapia and chickens both grow large enough to eat in just 3 months!

Here comes the frugality part, live modestly one whatever savings you have left while your fruits, veggies, chickens, and Tilapia grow enough to sustain your life in paradise!

*Price of vehicle for transportation not included in $50,000 USD.  A cheap car, decent ATV 4-wheeler, or good motorcycle could be purchased for around $5,000 USD; otherwise it’s walking and catching the bus to get around.

Mamones Farm – Field of Dreams

About 40 minutes South of Dominical in San Buenas, Cortes there is a huge Mamones farm we like to visit to pick fresh Mamones.  It is lots of fun to bring the whole family and get as much as you can eat to last a week, not to mention filling up while you are picking them right off the tree.

The Mamone is a golf ball sized fruit with red peal and soft spikes also called Lechies in Asia.  Inside is a grape like substance that is clearish-white in color around a small pit.

We have been going to this particular farm for a few years and they sell us the best Mamones in the entire Southern Zone of Costa Rica, in my opinion.  Most all their trees are grafted (which we discussed in an earlier blog on Planting Fruit Trees) so they fruit while they are still young and low to the ground.

First the local farmer cuts down the fruit for us to gather.

We fill our sacks and bags, all the while stuffing ourselves with all you can eat smorgasbord.

Then we haul our “cosecha” or harvest to where the farmer weighs how much we gathered.  We used to go to a farm that was hilly terrain years ago, but this one is all flat and much better fruit.

He weighs the sacks and bags full of Mamones and we pay by weight.

Then we load up our goody bags and go home to eat Mamones for a week or in our case a weekend!  One of the many perks of living in paradise; fresh exotic fruits year round due to varying seasons for each kind!!

Green Thumb Made Easy

Having a green thumb has never been so easy if you live in Costa Rica.  Basically during the rainy season just cut and plant or buy your favorite flower from the nursery and plant it anywhere.  I recently wrote a blog about planting fruit trees, in this entry we will discuss exotic flowers and plants that are available and great for landscaping in our area of Costa Rica.

We have recently been planting at a couple of homes we manage and after numerous trips to the nursery we have become fond of a number of species.  We have been there so much they recommended we go to the mother farm where they actually raise the seedlings and supply the various nurseries, which was a great experience and even better prices too!!

The Vivero la Bonita Mother Farm Nursery

Going to the main farm of Vivero la Bonita was a lot of fun and they have basically everything you can imagine from palms, to flowers, to shrubs, to fruit trees, to even cactuses.

Tons of Options at the Main Nursery

Some of my favorites are the Heliconias and you can find them wild in the jungle, dig them up, and plant them at your house or property.

This Heliconia is Commonly Called the “Lobster Claw” (Can’t Imagine Why)

There are tons of different kinds of Heliconias; which are the same family of Birds of Paradise and there are tons of varieties.

This One is Called the “Sexy Pink”, an Easy Name to Remember

Some of the not so common or rare species you will have to buy from the nursery or trade cuttings or seeds with friends.

This Rare Heliconia has What Appears to be Fur (No Idea What this one is Called)

Another favorite are the Plumerias from Hawaii, which are beautiful flowers and fragrant as well.

Plumerias at the Nursery

The flower comes in pink, yellow, or white and here is an example of a pink flower below.

Plumeria Flower in Pink

Another local favorite are “Veraneros”, translated literally as “Summers” are Bugambilia flowers and they bloom vibrant colors all summer (dry season) long, and sometimes even a good amount into the rainy season.

Bugambilias or “Veraneros” as They are Called Here

The Bugambilias come in pinks, reddish-pink, and purples.

These are just a few of our personal favorites and there are countless more species of flowering plants and shrubs with bright leaf colors.  And if I got into the all the species of amazing palm trees available…

…well, we will leave that for a later blog on just palms.  Come pick your favorite flowers and start landscaping your Costa Rica property today!!

Planting Fruit Trees

Now you have a home and property or even a lot ready to build, and want to plant some flowers and fruit trees.  This is one of the best aspects of living in such a tropical environment, you can usually literally cut off a branch and stick it in the ground and it will grow.  You will notice driving down the road though out the country, some of the fence posts have started growing branches and become trees again!  It really is amazing how easy it is to have a green thumb here and fun to watch your plantings grow.  Everyone wants their own garden and most of all their own fruit trees.

It is a good idea to plant your fruit trees as soon as possible, as they can take years to fruit.  Planting a seed or cutting it can take over 2 years for a pineapple, 5 years for a mango tree, and 6 years or more for an avocado tree.  However, there are grafted trees of almost everything you can buy for $3 to $10 depending on type and size and they can fruit in 3 years and sometimes less.  I have even seen mini orange and lemon trees with fruit already on them!  Also have seen a mango tree with 3 different types of mangos grafted on the same tree!!  This is the way to go to guarantee the quality of fruit and shorter time period for your first harvest or “cosecha”.

Grafted Orange Tree with Fruit Already!!

The best time to plant in the Southern Zone is May through August.  May is when the rains start and you want plenty of water for the trees to grow string healthy roots.  August is not too late, but still best to plant earlier in the rainy season.  If you can easily water the trees, then you can even plant in the dry season.  Make sure you pick a spot with plenty of sunshine and space for them to grow.  It is recommended at least 5 meters or 15 feet apart so they can grow unobstructed and do not fight for the sun light.  Sometimes the grafted trees do not grow as tall or wide as trees from seed, but if you have enough land it is best to give each tree its proper space.

There is basically every kind of tropical fruit here available and even some exotic fruits not so common in the States, Canada, or Europe.  The common fruits of mangos, avocados, oranges, lemons, bananas, platanos, papaya, pineapple, watermelon, and cantaloupe are everywhere and readily available.

Mango Trees are Common Everywhere

Some more exotic fruits you can find at “viveros” or nurseries are:

Guanabana – Big green fruit with little soft spikes and white fleshy fruit inside that is really sweet and great for smoothies.

Guava – What they call guava here grows in a pod on a tree and has a hard husk, inside are black seeds covered in a white fruit that tastes like a cotton ball dipped in sugar water.

Guayaba – This is what we call guava in the States and is the fruit they make jellies and jams out of and here locals eat it like an apple straight off the tree.

Mangostien – This is th slowest growing tree of all and can take 15 years to fruit for the first time.  The fruit turns dark purple when ripe and is a white snotty looking fruit inside, but is actually sweet and tasty.

Mature Mangostein Tree

Momones – Red and yellow golf ball size fruits with soft spiked peel and inside is a white/clearish fruit with the consistency of a grape around a small pit.  These are some of my favorites and they sell them in bags along the road when in season from July to October.

Grafted Momone Tree 3 years old and Fruiting

Zapote – This one I have not tried, but it is an orange fruit inside and some people really like it.  Will have to try it next time it is in season.

Cashews – I had never seen a cashew on a tree until moving here and they grow on top of an apple looking fruit and you have to roast the seed and then crack it and get out the part out you eat.  The seed shell secretes oil that can chemically burn your skin.  It is very hard to get even a bag full and now I know why this nut is so expensive around the World!

If you do not have a place to plant, we can help you find the right home or property to plant your fruit orchard.  If you already have a home or land, we can even recommend where to purchase the best grafted fruit trees and help you get them planted as one of our property management services.  Get started planting your favorite trees and enjoy the satisfying feeling of eating your own freshly picked fruit!!