Tico Time Chapter 1: The Contract is Signed… at last

We’ve been warned that in Costa Rica EVERYTHING takes longer than you expect it to. The native Costa Ricans affectionately refer to themselves as “Ticos” and the slower pace is commonly referred to as Tico Time.

Our purchase agreement originally listed today as the closing day. Instead, the owner just signed the purchase agreement today. We are purchasing the land from an American who lives IN the USA. We didn’t really expect Tico Time to kick in at this point. We had already worked out all the details via email and telephone so we expected the contract signing to happen immediately. It took almost two weeks for the guy to sign the contract. Now we’re free to start the work toward closing in mid March.

Where In The World Is Manuel Antonio?

If Ted could see the lot for himself I know he would not hesitate on this at all. Unfortunately, he is back in Dallas already so we have debated pros and cons on this via email and telephone calls for a few days now. I have taken pictures and drawn up maps to help him visualize the location, elevation and views and I have finally won him over.

Costa Rica is here. (In case you didn't know.)

Costa Rica is here. (In case you didn’t know.)

Manuel Antonio is on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio is on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica

The Rancho Manuel Antonio development in relation to Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Lot #12 is our lot.

The Rancho Manuel Antonio development in relation to Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Lot #12 is our lot.

Panoramic view from the top of the build site on Lot #12. Casa Pura Vista is our friends home.

Panoramic view from the top of the build site on Lot #12. Casa Pura Vista is our friends home.

Panoramic view of Valle Pura Vida, which is the name given to general neighborhood.

Panoramic view of Valle Pura Vida, which is the name given to general neighborhood.

View of Rancho Manuel Antonio from Casa Pura Vista, our friends home.

View of Rancho Manuel Antonio from Casa Pura Vista, our friends home.

Yes, we CAN see the Pacific Ocean from our lot. Ocean views, no matter how slim, equal higher rental rates.

Yes, we CAN see the Pacific Ocean from our lot. Ocean views, no matter how slim, equal higher rental rates.

The lower end of the lot is pretty dense jungle. The whole hillside was logged off more than 50 years ago so none of this is old growth forest but it is quite mature and thick.

The lower end of the lot is pretty dense jungle. The whole hillside was logged off more than 50 years ago so none of this is old growth forest but it is quite mature and thick.

Another view of the lower end of the lot.

Another view of the lower end of the lot.

Looking up toward the upper end of the lot. The undergrowth on this portion had recently been chopped.

Looking up toward the upper end of the lot. The undergrowth on this portion had recently been chopped.

Wide view of the jungle at the lower end of the lot.

Wide view of the jungle at the lower end of the lot.

This is a copy of the legal description of the property on file with the local municipality.

This is a copy of the legal description of the property on file with the local municipality.

The First Look

We walked the lot today. 1.3 acres is a lot bigger when half of it is vertical and covered in jungle. It’s virtually impossible to capture it in photographs but I tried. Here are the results: