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What makes Escazu so Unique in Costa Rica?

What makes Escazu unique?You know what makes Escazu unique? Living in Escazu is different than it is elsewhere in Costa Rica, anywhere really. 

Don’t try driving around in Escazu during Christmas time just for the fun of it; you’re going to go crazy. I know all the shortcuts, but they’re all gone, shortcuts don’t exist anymore. Traffic is hell, don’t try to go to Multiplaza Escazu to do your Christmas shopping, unless it’s October.

So why the HECK do I live in Escazu?

I’m sorry, but the best answer I can come up with is that Escazu can give you that awesome lifestyle. Living in Escazu is worth writing about is location, location, location and the lifestyle Escazu has to offer. I’m saying I’m sorry because many expats that move to Costa Rica don’t know what Escazu has to offer, hence this blog. I know Costa Rica from border to border and there is no city in Costa Rica that has so much to offer as Escazu has.

Have a good look at the first photo in this blog and some others throughout this article, I took all those photos right here in Escazu. That’s what is so great about living in Escazu and owning Escazu real estate, you can have the best of both worlds here, the main reason I have owned Escazu real estate myself for years. Check out the photo below, I just took that from my office. That is the view I enjoy every day from my desk (when I’m not looking at my computer screen) and I live in the middle of those traffic jams on Christmas day.

The view I enjoy from my Escazu office

The view I enjoy from my Escazu office

I love living in Escazu, this was the small town I came to first, fresh from the airport, when we arrived from Holland in February 1980. I didn’t speak a word of Spanish and nobody spoke a word of English. And crazy enough, no Dutch either…

Mom & dad had rented a house on a coffee farm in Salitral de Santa Ana and our new landlord picked us up and stopped on the way at the Mas X Menos grocery store in Escazu to buy some food (the store is still there).

We got out of the car and I thought, what the hell is this place here, I felt like being in the movie “Once upon a time in the west”, arriving at the train station.

 

Escazu was the middle of nowehere 35 years ago.

Of course I didn’t know what was waiting for me in Salitral de Santa Ana yet. THAT was really the middle of nowhere. That’s when I decided that Escazu would suit me perfectly for my needs.

In 35 years, Escazu has changed from a small township with cows in the streets, three catholic churches, 2 soccer fields and 4 cantinas into a real city. A city with traffic, but also with rural views, mountain views, city views, all the shopping you might want, great restaurants, cool bars to hang out, go to the movies, everything a normal person needs to have an enjoyable lifestyle without having to drive for hours to get there.

Let me make it easy for you and sum up 13 unique reasons why living in Escazu is such a unique choice, all of them will give you access to that lifestyle you have been looking for. Maybe even a few of you guys in Atenas might decide to move to Escazu.

San Antonio de Escazu villa for sale

San Antonio de Escazu villa for sale

1. The best private hospital in Costa Rica

Not feeling well or needing a check-up? The CIMA hospital is only minutes away.

Find all the medical specialists you might care for in CIMA hospital, while other 1st class hospitals like the Clinica Biblica and Clinica Católica as well as the public hospital San Juan de Dios are less than 30 minutes away. Living in Escazu puts you only minutes away from the CIMA hospital.

The CIMA hospital offers bi-ligual staff

The CIMA hospital offers bi-ligual staff

2. The best shopping in Costa Rica

Multiplaza Escazu and Avenida Escazu the finest shopping malls in Costa Rica, offer hundreds of stores. Department stores and boutiques, GAP, Zara, Carolina Herrera, Salvatore Ferregamo, Adolfo Dominquez and even stores like Lego and Barbie. I know, it’s not necesary to go shopping every day, but living in Escazu gives you that exceptional lifestyle and the option to shop without having to drive much.

MultiPlaza Mall Escazu, one of the finest shopping malls in Central America    Avenida Escazu is the trendiest shopping and entertainment center in Costa Rica

The best shopping in Central America: MultiPlaza and Avenida Escazu

3. Central location

Escazu is the perfect location for any sightseeing, day trips and international travel.  Hit highway 27 and in just over an hour you’re at the beach, 20 minutes to the International Airport and only 10 to San Jose. Planning to do any daytrips? Volcanoes Poas and Irazu, Orosi Valley, Valle de los Santos, Puriscal, it’s all within an hour drive from Escazu.

Visit the volcanoes

Visit the volcanoes

4. Golf

You play golf or you want to be a member of the Costa Rica country club with tennis courts, a bowling alley, a huge gym and swimming pool? Living in Escazu is your best choice to enjoy the lifestyle that includes playing golf. You can also play golf at Parque Valle del Sol and play tennis at the Costa Rica Tennis Club, both less than 15 minutes from Escazu. Cariari Country club and Los Reyes are only 25 minutes away for even more golf. 

We have condos for sale with a view of the Costa Rica Country Club

We have condos for sale with a view of the Costa Rica Country Club

5. Movie Theaters

Catch a movie at Cinemark Theater complex with multiple screens, all-stadium seating & self-service ticketing kiosks in Multiplaza mall Escazu or 2D & 3D Nova Cinema in Avenida Escazu  

CineMark movie theater at MultiPlaza

CineMark movie theater at MultiPlaza

6. Major grocery stores

Escazu offers an incredible choice of supermarkets and grocery stores like 2 Automercados, 2 Mas X Menos, Walmart, Perimercado, Pali, and many 7/11 type stores like AM/PM, Vindi and Fresh market all over. Escazu also offers membership shopping at PriceSmart. Many carry all the traditional food products or prime materials that we, as good expats, are always looking for.

This is the same Mas X Menos grocery store as it was 35 years ago

This is the same Mas X Menos grocery store as it was 35 years ago

7. Hotels & Bed and Breakfast

If you don’t want your guests to stay in your own home or when you’re up for a fancy dinner or a couple of drinks, Escazu has the best hotels in Costa Rica on just a short couple of miles: Intercontinental, Sheraton, Marriot’s Courtyard, Marriot’s Residence Inn, Wyndham Garden, Holiday Inn and the town of Santa Ana, only 10 minutes away, offers several other great hotels.

There are several B & B’s but my favorites are Casa de las Tías (owners Xavier and Pilar) or Casa Laurin (owner Ginette), I love ‘em both.

Casa de las Tías Bed & Breakfast Escazu

Casa de las Tías Bed & Breakfast Escazu

8. Gym – Fitness Center, Pilates and Yoga

Dany and I prefer working out in Arena Trek, but there is also the World Gym or Multispa and a few smaller ones, depending on your budget and your lifestyle.

Pilates & yoga are also available at Arena Trek, Balance Center or Equilibria.

World Gym fitness center in Escazu

World Gym fitness center in Escazu

9. Dancing

Learn how to dance Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap and Break Dance at Warehouse Dance Center, Dance 4 Real, Danz Studio or Expressions Dance Center. Or learn Bolero, Salsa, Bachata, Chachacha, or Merengue at DuoDance or Merecumbé.

10. Cultural attractions nearby

You can enjoy the philharmonic orchestra, the opera, the English Theater, lots of museums and other cultural events in San José, only 10 minutes away.

11. Incredible dining opportunities in Escazu

If you like just finger food or fancy dining, Escazu has all the restaurants you might be looking for. From the best hotdogs at Perro Loco or Nathan’s, burgers at Chubbs or Hamburguesia, ribs at Tony Roma’s, Chicken at Rosti Pollos or Malé,  Aussi style barbecue at Outback, Oriental & sushi at Banzai Oriental at P.F. Changs, sushi at Nau or at Kiraku, steak at La Cascada, Saga, Factory, Terruño, Tintos y Blancos, Chinese at Villa Rey, Lotus or Mil Sabores, Indian at the Taj Majal and taste of India 506, seafood at Product ‘C’ or Solo Cameron, Mediterranean tapas and seafood  at Maradentro, Spanish at Plaza España, Peruvian at Pescatore, la Divina Comida, Inka Grill,  Italian at Di Bartolo, D’Amalfi, Bell’ Italia, Sale e Pepe,  or Lorenzo’s, French at L’ile de France, Le Monastére, Le Taché, French bakery & Bistro, Nouvelle cuisine at La Luz, a Taste of Jerusalem at Sisso, tacos at Tacobar and everything sooo different at Cocina Eclectica . Escazu has your favorite restaurant for sure, check it out.

La Cascada restaurants' meats are the best in town    Tony Roma's ribs are also available in Escazu

For steaks to La Cascada and for ribs to Tony Roma’s, both in Escazu

12. The best bars

For live music, try the Jazz Café just off 27, Henry’s beach Café and Grill, La Piola – a cozy Italian style lounge bar, Chichi’s sports bar, Praha for great ambience and even for a fantastic executive lunch, Zambra Bar in the Intercontinental

A good combination for food or just a cocktail is 8ctavo Rooftop Bar at Sheraton.

Contact GoDutch Realty when you're looking for a condo in Escazu

Contact GoDutch Realty when you’re looking for a condo in Escazu

13. Other quite different things to do

Fencing in Athos and Martial Arts Bushikai. For Sexx Toys, Escazu is also the place to go

Escazu for all your Sexx Toys

Escazu for all your Sexx Toys

I could come up with a few more than those 13 reasons that make Escazu unique, but that will make this article too long to read. If you agree with me and you would like to invest in Escazu real estate, contact me now.


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Ivo Henfling

If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the central Valley, or looking for any property for sale in Escazu, you need to call me. I have been selling real estate in Escazu for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and other areas. To me, a deal is not a good deal unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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