Master planning actually isn’t a strong enough term. It’s more like masterful planning.
In the beginning, Costa Rica Land Capital Partners had gone through the extensive plan submission, review and approval phases to begin developing 190 or more free-standing villa homes on the property. Then they did the unthinkable—they went back to the drawing board.
Because of their shared passion for this country and this special piece of property, they decided to sharpen their pencils and come up with a community plan that was more sensitive to the environment, the needs of its residents, and its on-going sustainability.
They cut the number of homes originally planned by nearly a third, bringing the total in Phase 1 to 149 homes on 500,000 m2, or approximately 200 acres. They then designed homes with a relatively small footprint for a structure of the quality found at Arenal Hills. They built in sustainable building components like marble countertops and washbasins, as well as extensive use of native hardwood, eliminating the need to import exotic materials from aboard.
The site plan was oriented so every home would frame a view of the Arenal Volcano. They also buried all power lines as well as pathways for sewer and other services, giving residents and unobstructed look at this dominating feature in the Arenal landscape.
The community plan features some of the most sought-after community amenities from the finest resorts around the world—private resort clubhouses, lakeside restaurant, mini golf, an equestrian center, and more.
Even with all these amenities, the environment is always top of mind in this community’s master plan. No cars are allowed past the manned entrance’s parking lot. This makes it possible to utilize narrower pathways made of natural materials rather than two-laned roads paved with asphalt.
With Phase 1 now underway, Arenal Hills will be built in four phases, with amenities coming online as early as 2018. Build out of all four phases is anticipated by 2025.