VIDEO: Our Sweet Little Tico Rental Only Costs Us $490 a Month

After 45 years of marriage and home-ownership in Colorado, my husband Wes and I found ourselves as renters in Costa Rica. As retirees, we decided not to buy and maintain a house because we are more interested in adventures and exploring the country. We had lived here for 18 months when we decided to shop for a new home to find a microclimate that suits us.

Since first relocating here, we have rented three places in three different areas near San Isidro de General in southern Costa Rica. Sadly, none quite suited us. But in February, we felt like we finally found the right house in the right location.

Our property search “must have” list included: waking up to a view of the mountains; being in touch with nature; close proximity to grocery stores; a beach close by; and most importantly, moderate daily temperatures near 78 F. We found them all in a little unfurnished, two-bedroom, two-bathroom tico (local Costa Rican) house named Casa Bella Rosa, located in Villa Nueva, Perez Zeledon.

Watch this video to see an aerial view of Casa Bella.

My favorite features are the awesome patio and a nearby rancho (similar to a gazebo) where we can entertain guests, even in the rainy season.

Our rent is $490 a month, which includes trash disposal, internet, and a landline telephone. It sits on 2.7 acres with coconut palm trees, banana plants, mango, and other tropical fruit trees. I don’t know anywhere back in Colorado where we could find a rental including utilities at this price.

We have neighbors, but cannot see them, and have a beautiful view of the Santa Rosa valley and surrounding mountains. We enjoy this view while listening to the howler monkeys and watching the toucans and other tropical birds. Our sweet little tico house is just right for our retirement years.

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