A term that often prompts questions among our expat friends is “condominio.” Essentially, a “condominio” in Costa Rica usually refers to a gated residential community. Let’s clear up any confusion and explore what the term condominio means in the Costa Rican context.

What is a Condominio?

In Costa Rica, when we use the term “condominio,” we’re not talking about the high-rise apartment complexes you might associate with the term “condo” or “condominium” abroad. Instead, think of a “condominio” as a gated residential community. Picture an enclosed neighborhood or a community of homes with shared common areas and shared services such as security.

Legally, a condominium in Costa Rica is a type of real estate where individual units (or individual homes) within a larger property are owned privately, while common areas and facilities are shared among the unit owners.

Housing Options

One of the beauties of “condominios” in Costa Rica is the diverse range of housing options they offer. Although the term typically refers to communities with single-family homes or townhouses, vertical “condominios” have been on the rise. These are apartment buildings that include the services that are usually part of the traditional gated communities, such as shares spaces and security measures.

Amenities and Features

What sets “condominios” apart is their array of shared amenities. The following are only some amenities you can find in different residential communities like these:

  • Swimming pools
  • Parks
  • Trails
  • Cinemas
  • Rooftop lounges
  • Cowork spaces
  • Clubhouses
  • Playgrounds
  • Gyms
  • Soccer fields
  • Tennis courts
  • Golf courses

Additionally, security features like controlled access points, regular patrols, surveillance cameras, and perimeter fencing provide peace of mind for residents.

Community Living

One of the preoccupations that international buyers in Costa Rica may have is building a family away from home. Living in a “condominio” offers a unique sense of community that many expats find appealing. Some of these residential communities are even known for this, Hacienda Espinal topping the list. Whether you’re seeking social interactions, recreational activities, or simply a safe and tranquil environment to call home, this concept provides the ideal setting.

Navigating Your Home Search

Understanding the concept of “condominios” is essential for anyone embarking on a home search in Costa Rica. Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant energy of a bustling community or the serenity of a secluded enclave, our LX team is here to assist you in finding the perfect residential community that aligns with your lifestyle and preferences. Reach out to our team today, to begin your search.

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