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 A lot of work - a little bit of fun


The logs in the photo above were collected locally for the new community center after a recent storm blew the trees down.


It's really happening!!


We have been playing hard on all of our trips. This time we did a lot of work.


We returned to the finca for two weeks during March 09 and were able to see firsthand our group’s vision taking shape in the form of structures and systems within the Finca Las Brisas Community. Two and one half years after the land was initially purchased, it was a very rewarding trip for us as we oversaw the construction of the first platform guest cabina, the sourcing of materials for the community center structure, and the securing of the building permit for this construction project which began March 30th.  The first structure, a 45’ x 35’ elliptical shaped rancho is expected to be erected by eight men within the next six weeks – all with local materials from the finca and surrounding farms. 

The first elevated platform guest cabina has been built on the community lot just down from the community center.  It has ocean views that can soon be enjoyed from rocking chairs on the front porch.  An outdoor shower down by the workshop and a nearby authentic “cagador” or outhouse complete this authentic experience for visitors.  The entire structure is crafted from farm raised teak from the adjacent Gomez farm, and the inner sleeping compartment will be comprised of waterproof canvas and mosquito netting (probably not really needed as we don’t seem to have many of those on the farm due to breezes and a plentiful bat and swallow population). This cabina and two others like it in more remote locations will soon be available for visitors – please contact us for availability.

Several prospective lot buyers also toured the farm and were able to experience firsthand the new trail system that was expertly weaved through the woods high up along the banks overlooking the rivers and waterfalls. This trail now connects from the upper falls (Cataratas de Don Rapha – in memory of our neighbor who recently passed) all the way down to the entry trail to the corral and orchard area. Credit for this extensive trail system needs to be given to Antonio, Vidal, Rudolfo, and Hector, who worked many long days establishing this wonderful new feature at the finca.

Discovered along the way is an amazing Guanacaste Tree (the national tree of CR). Also located was a 500 year old Nispero tree on the hillside overlooking our 60’ falls. In addition we found a solid massive old pachote tree that has been down for several years along the trail. The wood will be milled by chainsaw in place and then hand carried up the hill. This is truly amazing wood for furniture and cabinets – similar in appearance to mahogany.

Several large fruit bats were spotted at dusk feeding on insects (apparently they’re omnivores). A large Caracara bird (similar to an eagle, but with longer legs) was also seen, as was a deer (rare these days in CR), and an armadillo (common). A large population of howler monkeys continues to frequent the finca, and many small babies were spotted on this trip, so the population appears to continue to be very healthy.  Several Mot-mots, trogans, Baltimore orioles, an indigo bunting, and of course many of the ever-present and vocal white fronted parrots were also observed.

All permanent water mains and lines are now installed to all lots, along with five strategically placed fire hydrants. Below grade from the new water tank, gravity is producing some serious water pressure to the majority of the lots, and within just a few weeks the remaining 10 lots will also have full water pressure once the solar booster pump arrives.  A massive new central water tank replaced the smaller one as the primary storage tank, and the initial tank was relocated to the community center location and will be used for water storage for the community facility.

The nearby soccer field at the school that was horribly sloped has been completely made level with a bulldozer and was paid for by FLB.  Some of the extra soil was utilized to fix areas eroded by past over-grazing on the finca and some has been stock-piled for use in earthen plasters and earth bag retaining walls.  

All internal roads and drain culverts have now been completed, and the roads have been graded and covered with lastre (gravel). Some rather steep slopes were created in a handful of locations where these roads were built, and our crews are now hard at work building bio-degradable earth bag (re-claimed chicken feed sacks) retaining walls/terraces and planting them to prevent erosion when the rains come in late April.   

Taking center stage will be the construction of the Community Center, and two lot owners are also planning the construction of homes in the coming months. Two additional cabinas will also be constructed and will be rented out to visitors. Guided hikes, yoga, horseback, and authentic Tico-style meals will also be offered to visitors once our project manager moves onto the farm in the coming months.

The other primary focus will be on gardens, landscaping, erosion control on the public road, a tree/perennial plant nursery, and the build out of a chicken/goat/sheep house. On-site food production will be ramped up to provide food for the Kellys and visitors and also for local restaurants and the planned nearby farmer’s market in Maquenco.

With the completion of our Community Center now on the horizon, and with interest level growing in the project as the community continues to take shape, we expect that our remaining ten lots will not be around much longer. We currently have strong interest from several parties in specific lots, with quite a few more visitors planning to come down in April and May to tour the property.  Our project manager is available to provide tours to visitors most any time. 
For more photos of this tour, please click here.

Feliz Primavera! 

The FLB Team


°Recent News°

March TicoTimes Article on Finca Las Brisas

NY Times Article on Costa Rica doing it right

Oprah features our Nicoya Guanacaste area on her show

See: Links to Blue Zones on our web site

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Available sites at Finca Las Brisas

We have been doing projects for the local community during development of Finca Las Brisas. 

About 1.5 kilometers away, at the entrance to our road, is a small one-room school house and of course like every school in Costa Rica there is a soccer field. The problem with this field is that is on a steep grade. Since we had the equipment on-site recently for the roads and water lines, we decided to level the field for everyone in the area. It was a lot more work than we thought, but hey, in a world ruled by soccer, it is an important contribution. 

Leveling the soccer field

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Located (near Playa Samara, Playa Carrillo, Playa Garza, Playa Buenavista, Playa Guiones, Playa Nosara, Playa Ostional, and Playa San Juanilla) on the Nicoya Peninsula overlooking  the Pacific coast of Costa Rica