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Las Catalinas Phase I Arriving in December
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[caption id="attachment_92" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Las Catalinas"]Las Catalinas Costa Rica[/caption]

On Friday I had the pleasure of meeting with Charles Brewer, principal of Las Catalinas, a development underway on the north end of Potrero Bay.  Charles formerly founded and sold Mindspring, an early internet service provider, and later developed a new urbanism project in Atlanta called Glenwood Park.  These days his attention is devoted fully to Las Catalinas, where he plans to create the most attractive and friendly beach community in the world.

I met with Charles on site and got to pick his brain about the project as we drove through the vast piece of land and walked the construction now underway.  The project spans Danta and Dantita beaches, and we spent most of our time at Phase I, located at Playa Danta.  The land lends itself to development perfectly as the hills rise up in a sort of bowl, directly overlooking the beach.
Phase I encompasses seven luxury homes just steps off the beach.  Staying true to their goal of community, the homes are essentially zero lot line and open to a beach front promenade.  The idea is that Las Catalinas will be a self contained and fully pedestrian friendly town, and the developers will be living right there in the heart.  As we talked Charles emphasized how it important it is to him that this place be safe for children, and for that reason, parking will be in zoned areas only and all roads through the heart of town will be pedestrian.  Additionally, new urbanism lends itself to compact spaces, so securing the area will be quite simple.  Charles envisions his three children being able to walk wherever they please at Las Catalinas without the fear of them being endangered by traffic.
Another aspect of the project that he emphasized was the need to make sure that Las Catalinas is a fun place to live.  To this end, Phase I contains two commercial establishments that will be open the public.  The first will be Lola's Norte, a beachfront restaurant run by the same geniuses that created Lola's at Playa Avellanas, a local favorite for a relaxing day at the beach for many years now.  Lola's will be serving up great food and cocktails in the heart of Las Catalinas.  Additionally, there will be an outdoor outfitter located at Playa Danta.  Here you will be able to rent whatever toys you might interested in for the day including kayaks, paddle boards, snorkel gear, etc.  Charles wanted to emphasize that the goal is community, and he would be working hard in all phases of Las Catalinas to make it an interesting place to live, instead of simply a high end resort with little to do.

[caption id="attachment_94" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Las Catalinas Construction"]Las Catalinas Construction[/caption]

As of Friday the first seven houses at Las Catalinas (owned mostly by the principal investors in the project) were in the gray work reaching the roofs with scheduled completion before the end of 2010.  Additionally, there are seven homes available for purchase through Hidden Coast Realty.  Please contact us for more information.  Hidden Coast will be happy to give you a personalized tour of Las Catalinas.
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