The Natural Evolution of Tropical Building

The spirals in flowers and seashells have inspired many to create manmade masterpieces along more natural lines for centuries. By paying attention to the spiral paths that air and water prefer, for example, we are better able to manage such elements. In the tropics, many times inspiration, as well as solutions, come from Nature. Continue reading

Ballena Homes

BP ballena homesWe, at “Ballena Homes”, decided to use our expertise that comes from living here in the jungle of Costa Rica, and having built our own homes; to help others build their homes at a better price point!
The Team at Ballena Homes has researched suppliers and alternative ways of building…and found some great resources….
We use local suppliers of innovative construction technologies, high quality products, to give you a high quality finished product.
We build quality, reliable, consistent, solid, affordable value homes.
We help you build a lower maintenance home, reducing your ongoing maintenance costs.
We assist you with your design, picking out your finishing’s, guide you through the process, so that you have a good experience and the quality of home you desire. Taking your idea to design, permits, lot prep, pre-construction, water management and landscape construction, including pools.
The Ballena Homes Team works in partnership with architects, designers, engineers, home construction specialists and infrastructure providers to deliver a complete range of professional services to our customers.


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Valle de Vida properties

BP valle vida propertiesWith a combined history of over 50 years in the Pacific Southern Zone, our local agets will show you what the valley and surrounding areas have to offer and will help you enjoy the true Costa Rican experience. Our knowledge or local customs, construction and everything else Costa Rica A-Z will provide you with the things you need to know about visiting and living here in this wonderful country we call home. We have in house crews who can help get your newly acquired property in tip top shape as well as help those trying to sell their property.


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Century 21, Ballena Properties

BP century 21Ballena Homes offers a complete range of proffesional services to assist in building the home of your dreams, from concept to completion; we can handle each step of the process. Our team can assist you in the architectural design, the selection of the construction method, assistance with the technical aspects such as engineering and infrastructure. The company has chosen to expand the product line to include innovative technologies that offer our clientele unique options when choosing house construction systems. In addition these innovative systems we also offer traditional custom built home packages using standard block and concrete pour scenarios. The needs of our client base are our first concern; being able to offer viable options for each circumstance is what makes us unique.


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Escrow and Trust Solution S.R.L.

BP Escrow and trustE & T Escrow and Trust Solutions S.R.L represents a neutral location at the time of making investments in Costa Rica, purchase of property, constructions projects, payment management of payroll and payment of public services in general.

Our company was born by the need to provide our clients a neutral location at the time of making investments in Costa Rica (purchase of property, construction projects, payment management of payroll and payments of public services in general). Currently, this company is registered in SUGEF (General Supervision of Financial Entities).

We have offices in San Isidro down town, Perez Zeledon and Uvita and we provide our services in Costa Rica southeast, especially in the areas of Dominical, Uvita, San Isidro, Perez Zeledon, Jaco, Manuel Antonio, Quepos, among others.


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Costa Rica Running on Renewable Energies

Wind turbines in Costa Rica
Wind turbines in Costa Rica

Costa Rica announced that it was able to run 100% on renewable energies for the first 75 days of 2015. By 2021, the country’s goal is to be totally carbon neutral. Although the goal may seem lofty, there are some environmental characteristics that are uniquely specific to Costa Rica that would enable the country to reach its goal. Continue reading

The Value of a View

Photo by Ruben Roman
Photo by Ruben Roman

A sense of freedom, luxury and achievement are felt when one sets eyes on a wide expansive ocean view. For some investors, price is not an issue and the view that takes their breath away is the one that is a must have. But the question begs, is it worth the investment? Here is a breakdown of what constitutes an increase in a property’s value: Continue reading