Altos Los Robles overlook Papagayo Bay just across from the famed Four Season Resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 11 degrees north of the Equator. The community stands between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the great plains of Guanacaste to the east, with sweeping views in both directions capturing water and ranch, ravine and foothill. The air is warm and scented with the blooms of a hundred plants. The ocean harbors whales and turtles weaving through bays and coves of white shell beaches for miles along the coast, north and south. This exclusive residential community is designed with the unique ecological realities and assets of the site firmly in mind. A deep tropical ravine of 5 acres cuts into the ridge from the east, leading into a contiguous National Park that spills out to the plains below. A series of hiking trails loops through this private reserve, filled with diverse flora and fauna (including monkeys), as well as dramatic waterfalls in the green season.
Running along the crest of Altos Los Robles are generous shared spaces and facilities - the plant and tree nursery, the seed farm, the driving range and commons - and soon the clubhouse and swimming pool, with views to the bay and resorts below. Irrigation in the dry season is confined to underground drip technology, sustaining palm trees lining the main promenade, and lush tropical garden plantings at each home site. Grasses, trees and foliage are typical of the area planted to sustain birds and wildlife, and to provide shade and beauty with sustainable water use. The homes are served by two private and capacious wells - among the few remaining water sources to be approved in the region. The Four Seasons Resort across the bay is among the most luxurious in Central America. Tucked into other coves in the bay are the Andaz (Hyatt) Resort, the Hilton Payagayo Resort, a new marina of international stature, the Grand Papagayo Resort, 2 golf courses, and public beaches and parks. Excellent restaurants spot the surrounding area.
Papagayo Bay lies on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica about 45 minutes by car west of the provincial capital of Liberia (a vibrant and cultured town.) A smart new terminal opened at the Liberia International Airport (15 minutes away), with direct connections to major American and Canadian cities. A new private clinic complex offering excellent medical services to foreigners and residents has also recently opened. The area is supported by numerous professional and service trades, first-rate retail outlets, local markets and stores. Ranching and irrigated farming at large scale are reminiscent of the American southwest, with expansive tableaus in all directions. Across the plains to the East rise the great Volcanoes of the central valley. The Inter-American Highway leads south to the mountainous Gulf of Nicoya and Puntarenas (three hours away), and on to the capital of San Jose (five hours away).
The homes of Altos Los Robles are created by American developers. The durable potential of Costa Rica - and particularly this exclusive neighborhood of Costa Rica - inspired by the developers to create 90 home sites on the ridge with access to some of the most desirable landscapes and facilities in Central America. As the North American economy begins to revive, these sites are available now for construction of custom homes in a Spanish Colonial style at prices soon likely to be eclipsed. Costa Rica is sometimes described as the Switzerland of Central America - not a perfect country, but deeply committed to the rule of law, economic development and social inclusion. There is no standing army, but there is universal education and health care with high standards of literacy and a rising national income. The people are friendly and modest, with a strong community ethic based on diversified land ownership and small business. In its Free Trade Zones, Costa Rica also hosts some of the world's leading technology and manufacturing firms. A recent UN survey described Costa Ricans as "the happiest people in the world" - a claim sustained by most visitors' experience. Altos Los Robles offers an early opportunity in unusual economic circumstances to build into a globally exclusive community at modest cost.