Buying a Property in Costa Rica – How Long Does It Take to Complete?

The process for finding and purchasing a property in Costa Rica can be a little longer than you may be accustomed to— especially when beginning your search from outside of the country. These days that search usually begins by searching the internet to see what is available and the price points for the different types […]

What are the steps to building a house in Costa Rica?

What are the steps to building a house in Costa Rica?

    To build a house in Costa Rica can be quite a process. We, the team at Ballena Homes are committed to making the process of your new home construction as smooth as we can. So, before you make any mistakes, let me walk you through the 8 basic steps to building a house in […]

​How to Save on Your Electric Bill

​How to Save on Your Electric Bill

​Our electricity bill has been as low as $110 and as high as $180    One thing I want to be sure to mention is that we use cooking gas for cooking, we have on demand hot water heater, rarely use our dryer or dishwasher. That’s a big reason our electricity bill is lower than […]

How big is the house??

How big is the house??

    A comment we frequently get is:  The square footage of that house is huge!  Or.. That is too much house for us!  Or.. That is a really big house! And on, and on!  You get the idea… Why is that?? Because, in North America, when you talk about home size, you are talking […]

9 Reasons to NOT move to the Ballena Coast!

9 Reasons to NOT move to the Ballena Coast!

    A “locals’ beach – one of many in our area! Why would you want to come and hang out here??  This article was written by a local, Ron Snell, and I loved it so much I wanted to share it with all of you… ​ I could easily have thought of 10, but why […]

Design a bar and outdoor kitchen for your house in Costa Rica.

Design a bar and outdoor kitchen for your house in Costa Rica.

  Design a bar and outdoor kitchen for your house in Costa Rica Now, I’m not trying to turn you into an alcoholic, actually quite the opposite. If you have a cool bar in your backyard, you’ll want to invite some friends to come over once in a while and have a good time together, […]