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  1. I understand having the independence of your own solar installation. But in Costa Rica, that has little to do with "ecology and sustainability" since electricity is generated by "renewables." Depending on the area where you live, a solar installation may not be that effective. I used to live in a rainforest area where a solar installation would not be the thing. I now live in Guanacaste where using solar is more realistic. I'd get your property first and then figure out what would be the best way to generate your own electricity. Who knows, it might be wind or hydro or a combination of all three! Location would also be important in deciding whether you need a pool heater or not. And.... of course..... just how warm you want that water to be! Probably cheaper than a pool heater would be a cover that you could put on at night in order to retain some of the day's heat overnight.
  2. Sooo.... you have no problem with howler monkeys waking you up at 4 am?
  3. A pool? You'd probably be better off to ax that from the list, get the house you want in the area you want and put in your own pool. Houses with pools are not that common. Also -- with only 1/2 an acre, I doubt you will be out of earshot of neighbors. I once lived 3 km from the highway through town but could sometimes hear the tractor trailers as they slowed down for the speed bumps. For neighbors, one of the best ways is just to ask the other neighbors what it's like. They can tell you if people stay out late and come home in a loud car at 1 am or if there are teenagers playing loud music or if the have big BBQs with lots of people and cars. For better isolation from neighbor problems, I think you'd be looking at a larger property - more like 2 or 3 hectares. (And start thinking in terms of hectares because that's how land is described here.) If you find a place you like, visit it during various times of the day. Walk around the neighborhood and you can learn a lot. Be sure to visit after dark. Hey, good luck! Hope you find the place you want. The area around San Ramon is gorgeous.
  4. Hi, Newman. Hope things are going well for you. I have to say, when I first read the title of this post, I imagined property with 10,000 electric meters. Haha. Good luck and hope you get a quick sale!
  5. Thanks, Paul. I'm tempted to say "Aw, shucks" and dig my toe in the floor, but because I am all grown up, I will refrain. Glad you are enjoying the reading. I figured an old Florida hand like you would like reading about "old" Florida! 😊
  6. Letting everyone know that my book "Clam Queen to Bijagua Gringa" is now available as a Kindle book on Amazon. It's the story of life in a tiny fishing village on the west coast of Florida and my move to Costa Rica and my early life here. I arrived in Cedar Key, Florida in 1985 and found it to be a place I wanted to live. Full of eccentric characters, artists and fishermen, it was an isolated village, 4 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. But over time, it became "gentrified" and lost most of what made it so attractive to me. Spending a vacation in Costa Rica got me thinking about a "new life" and after several trips, I bought a 3-hectare "parcela" and thus began my life in Costa Rica where I have lived ever since 2002. Lots of Costa Rican adventures but no "gory details" of legalities or anything like that. Just all of my wonderful (and a few awful) experiences. Pura Vida!
  7. Maybe.... "that link does not work for me." Because in the post just prior to yours, I clearly indicated that it, indeed, does work.
  8. That's amazing, drareg! So much information! Thanks for putting that up.
  9. Hi, Ya'll. I'm not sure this is the correct forum for this - but - here goes. I am in the process of finishing up the manuscript for a new book: From Clam Queen to Bijagua Gringa: A journey of small town life on Florida's Gulf Coast to living with the volcanoes of Costa Rica" I'm looking for someone who is an experienced copy editor to proofread and do some editing - mostly for structure and grammar and not for content. I have a background in writing and editing and have self-published several books so the book is in pretty good shape. It's about 13,000 words. Let me know if any of you are copy editors and would be willing to tackle this project or if you know someone in Costa Rica that you could recommend. You can send me a private message, if you like. Thanks!
  10. What kind of rental are you looking for? Do you have a price range? How long would you want it for? What other resources have you used? Are you thinking of the Uvita area or?
  11. The cars I've bought were from private parties and I never paid any sales tax. 🙄 I expect you would need to contact some dealers to find out if the advertised price includes sales tax. Almost all items sold in Costa Rica have the sales tax included in the advertised price. I think this might be a law and you must state that the advertised price does not include the tax.... but I'm not sure about that. As for "other fees" - you will have to pay a lawyer to do the title transfer at the registry and pay the fee to do the transfer. A dealer will have someone they work with or even someone on site possibly. The new title is then mailed to you - or - if you are close by, you can just pick it up from the lawyer. (From the Registry, the new title will go to the lawyer, not you.) I bought a used car from a private party about a year ago and the lawyer fee was 70,000 colones and the Registry fee was 80,000 colones. That's all the fees that I know of - assuming the car has the RTV and Marchamo up to date (which it should). As for importing from the US: I'd much rather buy a car I can drive, see, feel, hear and I have no problem taking it to a good Costa Rican mechanic to ensure it's in good shape and hasn't been flooded or wrecked. But yes, it can't hurt to check CarFax to see if it was imported from the US and what the history was.
  12. Well, I wrote a long and erudite answer (haha) to your reply but then decided "Why the hell am I bothering." and didn't post it. I've learned a lot of things from this forum over the years but if there is so little interest in discussions about "all things Costa Rican" or how things elsewhere in the world affect us in Costa Rica, then I'm out. I can take only so many, as you say, repetitive questions about how to acquire residency and where to live and how much does it cost to live. And where's a good place to eat in San Jose. 🙋‍♀️
  13. Well, with the lack of interest in this forum in all things Costa Rican, I have to wonder just why I check here every day. No one has any interest in any of the 10 topics concerning Costa Rica that I posted? That's just unfortunate.
  14. Paul, if you are "anxious to make a post" then why not start a discussion about some of the things swirling around Costa Rica and inside Costa Rica? 1. World Cup 2. Keylor Navas - Costa Rica team and Real Madrid 3. Situation in Nicaragua and how it affects Costa Rica 4. Is there more tourism this June? 5. Hurricane forecasts for 2018 and effect on Costa Rica 6. Costa Rica relationship with US 7. Costa Rican boy found alone in the Arizona desert 8. Will prices go up in Costa Rica now that so many trucks are stuck in Nicaragua? 9. What will happen with my gasoline-powered car now that Costa Rica is heading towards not using fossil fuels? 10. What do our forum members think is the biggest headline about Costa Rica in the past week? Come on, people. There's more to life than acquiring or renewing residency and questions about the Caja. 😁 Bonus question: Any good wildlife sightings this past week? (Yes, including snakes....)
  15. I totally agree. You could get some answers here or some guesses or some experiences but a lawyer is the only one who can really answer your question.
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