Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Monterra's 'Valle de Luz' Entrance Starts to Take Shape!

Well into the rainy season the work continues on the impressive, grand front entrance of Monterra's largest project named 'Valle De Luz'. This year the rains continue to be lighter then usual allowing construction to continue into October.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Monterra Developer's Home Builders.

Time to start thinking about building.
Listed below are our recommended builders and their contact information. There are many builders available in Costa Rica but just like anywhere else you have to make certain who you are hiring. These individuals have worked with us in the past and we trust their knowledge and expertise. Their pricing is fair and their quality is exceptional. Feel free to contact them at your convenience.

Name: Jon Armstrong
Business Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Nationality: Canadian
Language: English & Spanish
Phone Number: (506) 8320-5282
Years in Costa Rica: 20

Description: Jon is a very accomplished builder who has built most of his homes in the San Jose and Santa Ana areas. His homes are traditional and very beautiful. Jon has lived in Costa Rica for more then 20 years and he brings his living experiences to his home designs and interiors.

Name: Mike Quinn
Business Location: Tambor, Costa Rica
Nationality: Canadian
Language: English
Phone Number: (506) 8856-3847
Years in Costa Rica: 2

Description: Mike is new on the scene for home building (He is also employed by Monterra) but his partners have more then 20 years in the industry. Mike is interested in bringing new ideas and technologies to our developments and we like they way he thinks. He has shown us that he can successfully manage building projects like our RE/MAX building and The Costa Coral Hotel. Mike is also preparing to start building model homes in Valle de Luz.

Name: German Tautiva
Business Location: Tambor, Costa Rica
Nationality: Columbian
Language: Spanish
Phone Number: (506) 8856-2381
Years in Costa Rica: 15

Description: Large, spacious and considered Spanish modern, German's homes are considered some of the best in Costa Rica. He has built many homes in the Central Valley and some are available for viewing. His workmanship is exemplary and his finishes precise.
German is currently building our entrance for Valle de Luz.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Progress as Monterra Continues Roads in Rios del Sol.

Now most of the planned areas of road work in Phase 1 have been cut. We are now in the process of widening the roads and installing concrete water drainage pipes.

Mitigation (protection of soil from erosion) has started. By using these green, perforated blanket-type cloths and by planting grass seed, the soil beneath has very little chance (in the near future) of eroding and will not once the grass really takes hold. The roads are looking great and we can drive our vehicles over most of the Phase.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Work Continues in Monterra's 'Valle de Luz'.

As work continues in Valle de Luz we can see the main entrance starting to take shape. Mike Quinn of Monterra says: "Since we have come out of the ground people from all over have stopped to look at the site and inquire about opportunities, property sales and jobs. It feels great to be at this stage and booming! when the global economy has clearly affected others. It's demonstrates that Monterra has the resources and experience to fully operate in times like these."

We've been a bit lucky too as the rains here have not been at their normal levels. This time last year it would not be possible to work at our current speed, as of this posting, the sun is shining and the temperature is 28 degrees. Our area is one of the sunniest in Costa Rica but we do expect heavy rainfall in October as usual.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Progress Continues! Monterra's Rios del Sol Phase One.

As the roads continue being developed in Phase 1 it's now time to start advancing with the water management. The rainy season will be underway soon with October having the most rain.
For the last few days trucks have been arriving on our site with our 'alcantarillas' (basically big pipes). The alcantarillas are now being installed to maintain water flows in selected areas of the rivers.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Monterra's Rios del Sol - Phase One Bridges.

There are 2 bridges needed for phase 1 RDS. The first bridge is at the entrance and will expand 12 meters. The second is 500 meters in the property and will expand 6 meters. The engineering and design plans for these bridges have been completed and approved. Bridge construction will begin as our roads advance and when the weather permits. In the meantime the property is still drivable without the bridges.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It's Easy to Do Your Own Title Search In Costa Rica! Here's How.

It's fortunate that the government of Costa Rica has made information concerning properties easily accessible to property owners over the Internet. A purchaser can rest assured that their financial interests can be authenticated.

You will first need the 6 digit number that identifies the property called the “Folio Real.” Then go to the National Registry's website

  1. Click on “Bienes Inmuebles” (immovable property, real estate).

  2. Click on the word “Consultas” (inquiry) on the menu bar at the top.
  3. Click on “Por Número de Finca o Concesión” (by number of the property concession).

  4. You then select the name of the Province. 1 - San Jose, 2 - Cartago 3 - Heridia 4 - Guanacaste 5 - Puntarenas 6 - Limon
  5. Then type the 'Folio' number in the area called “Finca” and click on “Consultar” (get advice).
You now have the owners information (“Proprietario”) and you just verified that it's indeed a titled property.
Also, at the bottom of the screen is the word “Gravemenes” meaning encumbrances. If there are none, then "NO HAY" will show. If otherwise you should then consult an attorney who can perform a more extensive search and explain the facts surrounding the nature of the encumbrance.
Also, by clicking “Historia,” you can learn of the history of property transfers.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Monterra Developer's Own/Operate a Boutique Hotel in Tambor.

In 2007 Monterra Developers purchased a Boutique Hotel in Tambor. Our intention was to provide room availability and quality restaurant and bar services to our clients and guests who come the area to visit. During the High Season - (December to April) the Peninsula is very busy and rooms can be tough to find especially on weekends - so to insure our clients have a comfortable place to stay we purchased "The Hotel Costa Coral'
After 2 years of renovations and a recent kitchen expansion "The Costa Coral' is 100% owned and operated by Monterra Developers and is quickly becoming famous for it's food and social settings. It also serves as an end-of-the-day meeting place for clients and staff to go over questions about their property tours with Monterra and a private location to discuss business. The hotel employs more then 20 people, year round, and we've heard that it's the best place to work in the area. Our Costa Rica staff enjoy the opportunity to speak English with our clients/friends and many of them keep in touch through email and groups like 'facebook'. We are very happy with this hotel purchase not only from a business point of view but also how it brings together many people from around the World. All property owners and staff of Monterra Developers and OwnCostaRica receive a 30% discount on all room rates - year round!.