About Us @ South Pacific Costa Rica Real Estate
We’re a small, family-owned firm of two people – a Costa Rican national and a North American expat with 10 years experience living in Central America. Our boutique real estate firm here in South Pacific Costa Rica in Costa Ballena (or the Ballena Coast) opened in April 2017. Our unique Tico-Gringa blend delivers you an extensive portfolio of real estate expertise and economic development experience over a 25-year period, during which we worked in Costa Rica, the United States and Panama.
Why did we choose to get into real estate in South Pacific Costa Rica at this point in time?
Good question. The easy answer is that we love Costa Rica’s South Pacific. Each of us relocated to this region in 2015 – for work opportunities – and became enamored with this slice of heaven where the mountains meet the Pacific Ocean and the call of the wild cannot be ignored. After we’d fallen in love with the area, we met and fell in love with each other, and we’ve called the Ballena Coast home ever since.
It didn’t take long (based on our own experience in conducting real estate searches, renting homes,
buying property and dealing with a number of local real estate agents) to see that a gap exists in the marketplace here. And thus the South Pacific Costa Rica Real Estate opportunity – ours – was born. The gap? There are few legal, licensed, professional brokers in the South Pacific Costa Rica region here in Costa Ballena who practice real estate in an ethical manner. For more on our Approach to Selling Real Estate in Costa Rica, click here.
JuliAnne and Yor to the rescue!
How do our collective backgrounds provide YOU with the service and quality you’re seeking, when you’re looking for real estate in Costa Rica? We’re so glad you asked…
South Pacific Costa Rica Know-How & Connections via the native Costa Rican (a.k.a. the Tico)
Yor (pronounced like ‘York’ but without the K) has worked along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica for more than 25 years. He returned to real estate sales (in this region a year ago with another firm) after having owned his own brokerage along Costa Rica’s Central Coast where he single-handedly sold more than $8 million in the late 2000’s. His years in the tourism industry working with English-speaking visitors to Costa Rica include 15-years of operating and managing small and medium-sized luxury hotels, in addition to extensive experience in private property management. (He also spent five years in New York City in the high-end food and beverage industry, so you can believe that he knows about good customer service and a great slice of NY pie!)
Yor holds a Master’s in Hospitality from the ULACIT and grew up near San Jose, Costa Rica. He is proud to be one of the few remaining members of the Maleku tribe, indigenous to Costa Rica. Yor speaks fluent Spanish and English.
International Real Estate Development & Marketing Experience via the North American (a.k.a. La Gringa)
JuliAnne moved abroad in 2008 when she was recruited to form part of the senior leadership team that launched the redevelopment of the former U.S. Air Force base into a new city: Panama Pacifico. In that stead, she took the new master-planned community and Special Economic Area to worldwide recognition over a six-year period via her expertise in international marketing and communications. At the conclusion of her time at Panama Pacifico with private developer London & Regional Panama, the project was awarded Gold in two categories at The Nationals by The National Association of Home Builders in the U.S.: Best Community Branding & Best International Marketing Campaign. JuliAnne spoke on behalf of Panama Pacifico at the 2013 annual Fall meeting of the Urban Land Institute – the development industry’s worldwide best practices organization – regarding sustainable best practices on the multi-billion dollar development.
When she semi-retired from corporate life in late 2013, JuliAnne authored two books about moving to Panama entitled The Gringo Guides to Panama – both of which are bestsellers on Amazon. She then worked for two years as a luxury real estate development and communications consultant. The project which brought her to Costa Rica was a consulting gig with the largest luxury development company in the region, during which she launched their sales and marketing endeavors on three new projects.
In 2016, JuliAnne completed her third book – a memoir about her eight years in Panama as a female executive – which is currently being marketed to publishing houses in the U.S. Prior to moving abroad in 2008, JuliAnne worked on some of the largest real estate and economic development projects in the United States: the construction of the Denver Broncos stadium, Sports Authority Field at Mile High; T-REX, the largest multimodal build-out of highway and light rail improvements in the United States; and Stapleton, the 4,700 acre redevelopment of the former international airport in Denver, Colorado.
JuliAnne grew up in small-town, conservative Arkansas, where she graduated from the University of Arkansas. She speaks fluent English and Spanish. She and husband Yor are proud to call the Ballena Coast home, and look forward to introducing it in all its beauty to you.
Get in touch! We can help!
Contact Us to schedule a chat or come see us when you’re having lunch at the award-winning Ballena Bistro in the Goathouse (where we’re located). We’re happy to hear about your interest in living, working, retiring or investing in Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific region.
Let us help YOU find your Costa Rica life and realize your Pura Vida dream!