Forming a Corporation and Real Estate Search

Corporations are as common as automobiles in Costa Rica. They are used to establish business and also to protect assets. Property owners form corporations to protect assets such as real estate, autos and even phone lines. This week we signed papers to establish our own corporation. Once the set up is finalized we will be ready to purchase a car and eventually real estate.

We looked at four properties this week. One of the properties had two houses, lovely landscaped gardens and man made water features. The house was attractive and gave me ideas for our future home. This was a lovely, ready to move in property but not quite what we have in mind.

Two other properties were the size we are looking for. One was 16 acres the other about 20. The larger one had an old wooden house, public water and electricity. The views were beautiful, however most of the trees had been removed and what was left was steep, terraced pasture. Some trees did remain but the nature feeling I am looking for wasn't quite there.

One nice thing about Costa Rica, and one of the main reasons why we moved here, is the climate. If we did decide to purchase an old cattle farm it would be relatively easy to reforest and landscape. Things grow quickly here, especially in the rainy season.

I was starting to really like the fourth property. It had a charming concrete road that went over a small river and wound up the hillside. The river area was a nice slice of nature. I could envision going there daily to clear the mind. Up the hill was a large flat area with an old swimming pool and concrete pad where a cabin used to be. Electricity and water, both city and from a spring, were on the property. We walked some more and then came into view of high voltage power lines that cut through a portion of the land. That is definitely something we want to avoid.

I went through my photos and realized I didn't post a few good ones of birds including a not so great photo of a Keel-billed Toucan. The bird in the first photo is a Blue-crowned Motmot. The bird with the yellow tail is the Montezuma's Oropendola and the bird next to this paragraph is a Trogon.