San Jose enjoys the ideal temperate climate that characterizes Costa Rica’s Central Valley. As a result, many see it as a welcome relief from the heat and humidity of the coastal areas. While not quite as popular among expats as nearby Escazu, it still possess a certain charm as the nation’s capital city and cultural hub.
San Jose boasts restaurants, parks, museums, and other entertainment offerings. However, because it was established later than most Latin American capitals it lacks most of the colonial architecture and monuments that other cities claim.
It’s a great jumping off point for visiting many of the nearby beaches and national parks. Its international airport makes it easily accessible from almost anywhere in the world.
Judging by its exterior, the capital city of Costa Rica, San José, is merely an ugly conglomerate of outdated commercial buildings and decrepit infrastructure—potholed streets and crumbling sidewalks that wind without reason through a mishmash of seemingly thrown together
corrugated metal and plaster.
But beyond this superficial analysis, Chepe, as the city is referred to by locals, is a very cosmopolitan city that can be categorized as something in between a modern North American metropolis and the standard Central American capital.
There’s a good representation of every type of property in San Jose. Here you can see how many listings we surveyed and the total inventory for each type.
The median prices for properties in San Jose is what you might expect for a bustling city with all the services and amenities you need. Due to the large inventory, it’s easy to expect that you will see options drastically more and less than this midpoint.
A one-bedroom condo might be a good compromise for someone looking for city living on a budget, as the average price per bedroom is only $99k. Also a plus is that paying the median price for single family homes should easily guarantee at least 3 bedrooms.
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Smaller lots in San Jose are still on the pricey side, though, as most areas in this crowded city are already developed and don’t represent a significant bargain.