When I graduated college, my grandpa made the unfortunate mistake of taking my uncle and I to Belize for some much needed R&R as an opportunity for him to look at some potential land to purchase. We found 17 gorgeous acres nestled up next to a river, lush with natural mango and avocado trees, a massive natural cave, near one of the few nicely paved highways, minutes from a major town and tourist stop. All for a price 1/10th of what it would cost in the United States. He built a huge house on it that runs completely on solar power and water from the spring. It’s a life I’ve always dreamed of and despite the insane number of bug-bites I received, I’ve been hooked on living the relaxed tropical life ever since…
This article is intended to tell the story of how I made a discovery that has changed the lives of my wife and I. How that life I had always dreamed of has become a reality. We are young (27 & 30), educated, with middle-class incomes in the middle of the rat-race of corporate America. It’s a life that constantly leaves you asking, “Honestly, is this the best it’s going to get?” Then, one day I happened to be in the right place at the right time . . . . . but more on that later!
Thanks to Grandpa and his “I just want my grandkids to be happy,” speech, months later I found myself waking up every morning headed to my dead-end job dreaming I was somewhere else. It was the same routine every day. And always that fear that one day I will wake up and I’m Grandpa’s age looking back at my life thinking of what could have been. Those days all ended with one question before I closed my eyes to sleep at night . . . . How can I live a life of adventure, fun, and luxury, yet still look at myself 30 years from now and be proud that I’ve taken care of my family as a good husband and father? If I had my choice, I’d want to go live in some lush tropical land but not feel like I abandoned all my “adult” responsibilities at the same time. Certainly not an easy thing to do.
I’ll admit it . . . I watch the CBS show “Survivor.” And yes, I think I could win. Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast, but for me it was more like Outdream since that was as close as I would ever get. Let’s see . . . wake up in the morning to the Toucan’s perched on the tree next to you, enjoy a breakfast smoothie of fresh picked pineapple, take a waterfall hike and then an afternoon fishing outing, watch the sunset go down while I enjoy my fresh catch and an ice-cold Pina Colada. Yeah, I could get used to that.
So that was the dream. The dream that was a lingering question. The seemingly impossible question of “How?” The more time I spent trying to find a way, the more depressed I became realizing it was probably time to accept my fate. That fate of a piña colada and vibrant red sunset would always have to be a 5 hour plane trip, 40 hours of paid-time-off, and $4000+ on my 12.24%APR credit card away. Ugh. The more research I did, the more the reality set in . . . I would need to be a millionaire to be able to even come close to my dream. Maybe my 401K would explode to the point that at the ripe young age of seventy I could spend the last good years off my life wasting away on a sandy beach watching young paragliders from afar wishing I was still young enough to do that. That was the reality. But “was” is why I’m writing this today. Because “was” no longer “is.”
Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time, see what you have been searching for and are smart enough to take advantage of it when you get the chance (that’s how I met my wife after-all). And now, what I had been searching for “is” my reality.
My wife and I own a photography business called Shutterfire Photography and in an effort to “expand our horizons,” I decided to send out a few emails to some newer resorts where I might be able to get the exclusive on destination wedding photography. One search on Craigslist led me to a new adventure resort community and the rest, as they say, is history. . . . .
What I discovered is a new phenomenon that is a new wave development. It’s not just construction of a home or a business, but of a community. This concept is so simple it’s ridiculous and it’s slowly becoming what might be the only sure thing in real estate investing. It’s a tourist’s dream and an investor’s dream-come-true. It’s a retiree’s oasis and dreamer’s paradise. It’s what home and business should look like and an escape from the rat-race that has become our daily lives. No stress, just fun. Its adventure, meets luxury, meets income, meets the most gorgeous sunsets, stunning wildlife, and equally wonderful people that were looking for something special just like me.
And the best part about it; it’s affordable even for a young middle-class struggling Coloradoan such as myself.
Remember the days when communities used to be small, food was grown in the yard, the windmills charged the lights at the house, you locked the kids outside not in their rooms, doors could be left unlocked, the town festival was a weekend event everyone attended, the steak juiced like it was just cut off the cow, a stranger invited you over for dinner because they had a little extra, and you could just sit down and read a good book because you didn’t have anything better to do?
No? Me neither.
But in a way, this is the 21st Century version of that. This is the past meets the future, in the present. At least that is what it is for me. It’s a concept that takes the best of all things and ideas. Then it makes them attainable by someone such as myself. Because of the astounding return on investment, it’s a model that could probably be sold to some filthy rich venture capitalist who could take it and become filthier rich . . . but that’s not their style, and certainly not the “Osa Mountain Village Way.” They would rather wake up one morning and hear on the news that communities such as theirs are popping up all over the globe. Communities developed by common people who aren’t looking to climb Mt. Money-pile, but just want to make enough to live that perfect life they have always dreamed of and will appreciate every second of it.
It really is the best of all worlds.
If you want to just invest in the core of the business to make a great return. You can do that.
If you want to own a gorgeous luxury villa to live and grow old in. You can do that too.
If you want to have a vacation rental where you visit a few weeks out of the year and then rent out the rest of the time, that’s a possibility here.
Or, how about owning just 4 weeks of the year so you can take a nice long family vacation each year and collect a little income to pay you back for your investment? Yep, that’s possible too. It’s a heck of a lot better than a timeshare. Cheaper too!
House-swap it and go to Fiji next year. Start a business on-site and live off of another tourist’s dime. It’s a millionaire’s life at pennies on the dollar. Why should only the super-rich afford to be happy and have fun?
My wife and I were looking for a change, but it had to be the right situation, and this made sense to us.
So, what is it, you are probably asking?
Imagine a 160 home community on 750+ acres that produces its own organic veggies and fruits, fish, chicken, milk and cheese, its own alcohol, coffee… ALL OF THAT… and the high quality food is FREE.
Now imagine a community where you have incredible things to do, including water slides, animal rehab shelters, canopy tours (zip-lines), horseback riding, kayaking, ocean and inland fishing, mountain biking and easy to walk trails through primary forest, a 325 foot ocean view waterfall to rappel, stunning sunset ocean views, and a beautiful solar heated pool with swim-up bar to sit at and have a drink.
And then consider that your villa comes standard with the luxuries of granite countertops, custom doors, trim, and cabinets made on-site, full kitchen, deck, etc. All made from the highest quality by an American builder formerly nominated as the best builder in all of Latin American
A community surrounded by incredible wildlife, where you feel like you are in the middle of the Amazon, yet you’re only 20 minutes from banking, shopping, new hospital…etc.
A community of diverse people from all over the world who love life… Regular pool parties, art shows, music, poker parties, and many other events….
A community designed around sustainable technologies to maximize efficiencies and minimize costs and environmental impacts.
Overall, it is everything you need to live the luxury, adventure lifestyle of your dreams at under $500/month in living expenses
AND all that for a buy-in price that is less then what you are likely to buy your house in the States for.
It is a market proof investment… if the economy stays flat or improves then Osa Mountain Village will be the world’s premiere eco-adventure-resort. If the economy fails, Osa Mountain Village will be a GREAT place to live where your food is essentially free, you have all the water and resources you could eve want and while others are living a stressed out struggling life-style, the most difficult question you have to ask yourself is, “Would I like to go fishing today, or relax on the beach?” On top of all that, Osa Mountain Village has been created with zero debt and no marketing budget. All of their sales have come from word-of-mouth advertising and free ads, like Craigslist. Their model is completely transparent so people feel their purchase is secure and so other developers copy them to create similar amazing adventure resort communities.
That is what we found . . . that is Osa Mountain Village. And today I am so proud to announce that construction on our villa is complete. My wife and I are young motivated people, no-where near retirement age, but we own a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath villa in this tropical paradise of Costa Rica (and yes, the bugs are a fraction in Costa Rica of what they were in Belize). We have gorgeous green granite countertops, an extended deck, and 100% kiln-dried Costa Rican made Guanacaste furniture. We are making plans to build a business as part of the community so that we can live there 6 months out of the year and then return to the U.S. for 6 months, running a small business here as well. We are also working with some of the other residents and builders at Osa Mountain Village to create a fully sustainable orphanage that will redefine what an orphanage should be like in the world. It is the ultimate Pura Vida for a guy like me. And it is the best decision we have ever made in our lives. A decision that had we not said yes, we would be looking back 10 years from now saying, “We should have bought while we had the chance.”
All that being said, being a buyer myself who was looking for something different and understands how difficult that can be for many people . . . I just thought this might be that simple something special that you, the reader, may be looking for. If you feel this is right up your alley, feel free to contact me and I can help get you some more info and I am happy to answer any questions you may have.