Location: Golfito, Costa Rica
Are you searching for a luxurious home in Costa Rica that offers every modern amenity, while still retaining the charm and elegance of the past? Become mesmerized by the exceptional beauty and tranquility that Golfito has to offer. This charming community has it all - from an abundance of eco-adventures to luxurious dining and entertainment options, not to forget the close proximity to a Duty-Free Zone. This stunning home in Golfito is the perfect opportunity to experience the lush greenery and peacefulness of Costa Rica and bask in the glory of United Fruit Company's golden era.
In the 1930s, Golfito was established by the United Fruit Company as a pivotal shipping hub in Costa Rica. To accommodate the influx of workers, the company constructed a classic "company town" reminiscent of those in the United States during that era. The distinctive yellow color scheme and tropical designs of this residence in Golfito indicate its location in the Yellow Zone, designated for upper-level corporate management. Strictly regulated by guardhouses and security, the Yellow Zone was reserved exclusively for the company's executives.
Today, the property preserves its original charm while providing all the modern amenities. A complete renovation was carried out in 2008, incorporating new wiring, plumbing, fixtures, and other enhancements. The original hardwood floors, decks, beams, and cabinetry have been meticulously restored, as they are crafted from rare exotic trees that are no longer legally harvestable.
The residence showcases covered balconies, a spacious living area, three comfortable bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, ample covered parking, and a versatile lower level that offers various possibilities. Similar properties have repurposed this area into entertainment hubs, secure storage spaces, or guest studios for rental purposes or caretaking. The expansive backyard is adorned with fruit trees and offers ample room for a pool addition, should you desire. The home is tastefully furnished and being sold turnkey, inclusive of all furnishings and appliances.
This Golfito home is ideal for boating enthusiasts and fishing aficionados. Golfito boasts a vibrant fishing culture, picturesque tropical scenery, and a lifestyle of leisurely afternoons mingling with friends at waterfront restaurants. The town's buildings are adorned with pastel shades of yellow, blue, and green, reminiscent of the heyday of the United Fruit Company in the 1950s. That's why visitors often refer to Golfito as the kind of place that Jimmy Buffett sings about. Golfito still embodies the charm of small-town living combined with a traditional Costa Rican "tranquillo" ambiance.
This home offers an ideal location for boating enthusiasts, situated just 1 km from the tranquil waters of the Golfo Dulce, known as the "Sweet Gulf". Anglers seeking big-game saltwater fishing will be delighted by the opportunity to experience the best Marlin fishing in Costa Rica. The abundant species of fish in these waters include Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Wahoo, Roosterfish, Amberjack, Pargo, as well as Red and Cubera Snapper.
In addition to the existing docks in Golfito, a new marina is set to open in 2017. The marina will feature 130 slips, including those suitable for yachts and a dedicated section for private super yachts. Furthermore, plans are in place for major cruise lines to have access to the new marina. Notably, the project also encompasses infrastructure improvements for the town of Golfito itself. These plans include renovating the main street connecting Golfito to the regional airport, establishing a new central city plaza, and introducing artisan and craft boutiques, a museum, and other tourist-friendly services and businesses.
For enthusiasts of eco-adventures, the Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula is conveniently accessible via a short ferry ride from Golfito's docks. This remarkable habitat boasts the largest expanse of primary forest along the Pacific coastline, making Corcovado one of the few remaining significant pockets of lowland tropical rainforest on the planet. Quoted by National Geographic magazine as "the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity," Corcovado truly stands out. Furthermore, to the north of the town lies the Piedras Blancas National Park, another invaluable protected area that ensures the preservation of the region's wild and tropical allure.
This home is situated in the most desirable neighborhood in Golfito. It is conveniently located within a short walking distance to bars, oceanfront restaurants, boat docks, the new marina, and the regional airport. Just a block away from the property, you will find the finest hotel in the area, the Casa Rolando Golfito Resort. Here, you can indulge in a luxurious pool area, bars, restaurants, tennis courts, gym facilities, and a spa.
For individuals seeking an affordable lifestyle in Costa Rica, the nearby Deposito Libre Comercial de Golfito (Duty-Free Zone) presents a compelling option. Established by the Costa Rican government following the cessation of operations by the United Fruit Company in the early 1980s, this commercial center aims to bolster the local economy by attracting shoppers and visitors from all corners of the country. The Duty-Free Zone boasts a wide array of stores offering electronics, appliances, and housewares at significantly lower prices compared to elsewhere in Costa Rica. It comes as no surprise that a majority of homeowners residing in Costa Rica's southern zone have made a trip to Golfito for a rewarding shopping experience.
The property's location near the regional airport offers an added convenience. Golfito is positioned close to the southern border of Costa Rica, approximately 400 km from the International Airport in the capital city of San Jose. If you were to fly into the country and drive to Golfito, the journey would take around 7 hours. An alternative option is to take a regional flight from the International Airport to the Golfito Airport. This would save you over 6 hours of travel time, and you would reach your new home in approximately 50 minutes! Additionally, there would be no need for a car, and a cab ride from the Golfito Airport would only cost one dollar. Furthermore, the cost of the flight would be significantly less compared to renting a car and driving all the way down the coast.
Own one of the finest homes in Golfito before the word gets out about this remarkable area. Golfito boasts an unparalleled history, setting it apart from the rest of the country, and we are highly optimistic about the town's future. This exceptional home, paired with its prime location, offers one of the most desirable housing options available in Golfito. As the substantial investments in the area take root, we anticipate a commensurate increase in the value of this remarkable property. We would be delighted to arrange a property showing, provide a preview of the new marina, and acquaint you with the myriad unique charms that Golfito has to offer.
Golfito's stunning home with top-notch amenities and exceptional attention to detail presents a unique opportunity to experience the best of Costa Rica. Be it exploring the beautiful Corcovado National Park, indulging in retail therapy, dining at world-class restaurants, or basking in the charm of United Fruit Company's golden era, Golfito offers experiences that white sand beaches in other tropical paradises simply can't replicate. Don't miss out on this opportunity to own a piece of paradise in Costa Rica.