Q. Where is Alazan exactly?
A. Alazan overlooks the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, about midway between the popular tourist destinations of Jaco and Manuel Antonio. We are just 4.3 miles inland from the Coastal Highway.
Q. How long does it take / how much does it cost to fly to Costa Rica?
A.Smart shoppers can find flights from the United States ranging from $350 to $600, depending upon time of year and point of origin.
Approximate flight times for direct flights from the U.S. to San Jose, Costa Rica
Southern California: 6 hours
Texas: 4 hours
Florida: 3 hours
Note that you also have the option of flying into the Liberia International Airport. Airlines that fly to Costa Rica include United, Delta, American, Copa, Taca, Avianca, and Frontier.
Q. How do I get to Alazan once I’m in Costa Rica? / How long does it take?
A. By car, it’s a 2-2.5 hour drive from the San Jose Int’l Airport on new, improved highways. There are also two in-country airlines that fly into Quepos, which is a short 30-minute drive from Alazan. Contact us for detailed directions.
Q. How big are the lots?
A. Lots for sale range from 1.5-3.5 Acres in size. Keep in mind that all lots offer a variety of building sites and that, being a jungle environment, there are plenty of opportunities for privacy almost anywhere you decide to build!
Q. How much do lots cost?
A. Prices currently range from $75,000 to $120,000. Contact us for a price list.
Q. Are these for retirement or vacation or …?
A. YES! Alazan is perfect for extended vacations, retirement, or even as a rental property. Because we place a high emphasis on community, we hope that owners will choose to spend time at Alazan and become involved in our Homeowners Association and community activities.
The Alazan Project Managers are working hard to develop a full suite of concierge services that will support home rentals, and the Alazan HOA is developing a website that can be used for reservations. In the future, Alazan would like to be able to host group retreats. Each homeowner can make their own decision as to whether they would like their home to become a part of the rental pool.
Q. Does anyone live at Alazan full time?
A. Yes! At this time, a number of people live full time at Alazan, including our project managers and their children, our construction project manager, and two local families that do work on the project. Some of our homeowners plan to retire in Alazan, and we expect to have several new full time residents in the coming years.
Q. Can I actually OWN LAND in Costa Rica?
A. Yes! You purchase land using a corporation known as a Society Anonima (S.A.) or a Limited Liability Corporation. An attorney can easily set you up with one of these corporations, which is the entity that holds the land.
Q. How much does it cost to build there?
A. Construction costs can range from $75-$200 per square foot, depending upon finishing materials and the complexity of the design. It is quite possible to build a simple but elegant 1 bedroom casita for as little as $50,000
Q. Do you have community fees?
A. Yes, these fund infrastructure maintenance, repairs, project manager and maintenance staff salaries, and special improvement projects.
Q. What do you mean by “Intentional Community”?
A. An intentional community is a planned residential community designed from the start to have a high degree of social cohesion and teamwork. Alazan is designed to be such a place. We are working together to create a sustainable community that embraces nature, collaboration, and friendship. We are actively seeking new members who want to contribution to this vision.
Q. You mention on your website that you’re building a permaculture farm. What is this?
A. Permaculture, from PERManent agriCULTURE, is a system of farming that mimics natural systems in order to maximize productivity while minimizing the need for labor and other inputs. By mimicking patterns found in nature, you can design & build profitable, sustainable, productive ecosystems that offer the diversity, stability & resilience of natural ecosystems. Permaculture is one of the most productive methods of organic farming.
Q. How did we decide where and why to do this?
A. We were all looking to form a small close-knit community in Costa Rica. Our community grew as people learned what we were doing and wanted to jump on board.
Q. How is social life around Alazan?
A. Folks often coordinate their visits to Alazan and share cocktail and dinner parties onsite (dinner parties generally last about a week at Alazan). Alazanians often bring guests, so there are always familiar and new faces at any Alazan gathering. It’s relatively inexpensive to have a couple local señoras prepare dinner for 8 or 12 at an Alazan home, compared to schlepping to a restaurant (and a lot more fun)! However, Alazanians are easily convinced to head out and enjoy some of the great nearby restaurants.
Q. How would you describe diversity within Alazan?
A. Alazan welcomes people from all backgrounds and interests. The common bond is a respect for the environment, and a desire to actively participate in the community. Alazan is largely LGBT+A – primarily gay with a couple of straight couples (hence the “A” for “Allied”). Alazanians are from all walks of life, and different regional areas.
Q. For those who want it, what is gay life like near Alazan?
A. Those wishing a gay setting will be very comfortable socializing within Alazan. Occasionally, Alazanians and guests will form a carpool or two to Manuel Antonio (gay beach town) for the beach, happy hour, dinner, or after-dinner drinks / dancing.