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Costa Rica property for sale - timeline of events 
 Timeline of events



January, 2006 – Wayne McDonald and we, lifetime friends, take a trip to Costa Rica in search of property and visit friend Jay in the Nosara area.


March, 2006 – Jay’s neighbor, Greg Smith, had generously extended the invitation to them to stay at his guest villa to continue to look at properties, and they take him up on his offer, bringing one of Deena’s closest friend’s – Darlene Coker’s husband, Ray along to see the area. 


April - July, 2006 -  The sustained push.  At this juncture there were seven friends (Deena, Victoria, Keith and Darlene included) and a very large piece of property with endless possibilities.  But the dream was far from being realized. 


June, 2006 - The deal almost doesn’t happen. Keith, we, Wayne, Ray and his son Benjamin travel to Costa Rica in anticipation of signing the documents that would give them clear title to the 70 acres of forest, pasture, and rivers that make up the finca. Problem:  the additional section of land that had been added to the property to provide access to the nearby dirt road was much narrower than anticipated and did not get around a gulch that would have required a 100’ bridge to span it – something completely out of the question. At this juncture, the acquisition was literally disintegrating before everyone's eyes. It was at this point in time that eight year Benjamin suggests a road across Rafa's land. No one really listens of course, but what made the deal work in the end was a purchase of an easement road across Rafa's land.


August, 2006   Property is purchased by seven friends (Keith, Wayne, Victoria, we, Deena, Ray & Darlene).


September – December, 2006  - The new owners travel to the site twice during this period and secure a contractor and plan for construction for their 1.2 kilometer access road that takes them past Rapha’s farmhouse, through a forested area and then back up to high ground and into the Finca. 


January, 2007  -    A trip was coordinated that brought close to twenty people to the finca for a two day tour and fiesta fundraiser we organized for the one-room school house at the adjacent schoolhouse. 


March, 2007 -  San Jose engineering firm, Deppat  www.Deppat.com  is retained by the partners to conduct all site plans, surveying, lot divisions, and engineering studies. 


Rainy Season 2007 - The summer has been busy working on the road, putting in our living fences and planting over 500 fruit trees and 250 coffee bushes. We have had a crew on-site everyday building trails, working on the water system and improving area of the finca impacted during the rainy season so that we can be prepared to make progress during the dry season.


Fiesta 2008 - During the last part of 2007 and first part of 2008 we conducted five Adventure Tours with prospective lot owners (December, January, March, April and July).


July 2008 - With the final approval of all of our community lots from the National Registry we are ready to move ahead with our vision for the property. Sally Richards, the Cunningham family, Dave Modny, and Rich Quarantello purchased lots right away. The recently hired architects and project manager / site managers are also offered ownership in the community.


March 2009: Guest Cabina completed on community lot. Construction begins on 45’ x 35’ elliptical shaped rancho and caretaker/guest quarters/laundry/storage facility on community lot.

April 2009: Community center constructed from all local materials, the rancho has the final palm thatch added to the peak of the roof three hours before the rainy season begins with two days straight of torrential rains. 


May 2009: Water lines go under pressure to all lots via a 100% solar powered system. AC power is hooked up from solar banks for workshop and community center area. (photos of John hooking up water from my May update and photo of water shooting out from line on Sally’s lot). A fiesta with close to 50 people attending is held at the main rancho to celebrate its’ construction.


March 2010: Construction starts on Quarantello home.


May 2010: Construction on Phase 1 of the community center is completed.  





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Located (near Playa Samara, Playa Carrillo, Playa Garza, Playa Buenavista, Playa Guiones, Playa Nosara, Playa Ostional, and Playa San Juanilla) on the Nicoya Peninsula overlooking  the Pacific coast of Costa Rica