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The other day, a client was looking for a recreational farm. All our agents are bi-lingual; some of us are even polyglots. But sometimes, they miss the nuances of a language. The agent asked: “I would like to know what you mean by a recreational farm so I know what to look for.”
The agent doesn’t know what a recreational farm (in English) is because we call it a Quinta in Costa Rica. So I decided to write a blog about it.
A Quinta is a small farm, a rural property, used as a weekend home or getaway, usually of 5,000 – 7,000 m2 (1 ¼ – 1 ¾ acre) or a little larger. You’ll find quintas smaller than 1/4 acre only in those areas where the zoning restrictions allow it.
In the old days, residents in San José had a quinta just outside the city to get out of the city on weekends. Depending on the weather preferences or the owners, these quintas were either in warmer or cooler areas.
Therefore, Quintas, for those who wanted a swimming pool, were west of Alajuela. Many well-to-do families owned a recreational farm in la Garita or Turrucares and as far as Atenas and San Pedro Poas.
I remember listing Quintas with a simple weekend home with a pool without pumps and filters. The pool was just a big concrete hole in the ground. It was filled upon arrival on Friday night and emptied again on Sunday night. The wealthy had villas with landscaped grounds, a large pool, tennis courts, and other amenities. They’d call them all “their Quinta.”
Those preferring cooler weather had a Quinta in the Heredia mountains, Coronado, the slopes of the Irazu, or even Orosi. Of course, few have a pool, but they had a fireplace.
But times have changed tremendously. Kids don’t want to be outdoors anymore; they prefer to be on Facebook. Airbnb and hotel packages promoted by the Bureau of Tourism have changed how people spend their weekends. Life as a family has changed, and travel is so much easier now that many prefer not to stay close to home.
Condominiums and gated communities also have changed our lifestyle. Many gated communities have a pool, tennis courts, and other amenities. Now, you don’t have to be rich to access all those amenities.
Isn’t having a small farm as a weekend getaway a great idea?
Preferred areas are now Grecia, San Carlos, la Fortuna, and some areas 20 minutes away from the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica.
A Quinta is not always located in a master planned project. One choice you have is to buy into an eco-community. When master-planned, you’ll find a very simple rural development with basic amenities. In that case, water and power are usually in place, but you must do your homework.
A recreational farm
There is still a good market for recreational farms. Looking to purchase a recreational farm or a Quinta? They are still there, and they’re quite accessible price-wise if you’re willing to make the drive. You will find very nice recreational farms in the rural areas of Costa Rica. Living on such a recreational farm might even fit your lifestyle.
First, decide which kind of weather you would like to have, warmer or cooler. It’s also important to know what your budget is, of course. If you don’t know where to start, we can get you going, we are the experts.
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