Jardin La Torre (Tower Garden), A mid-Pacific Highlands 55+ Retirement Community near San Ramon de Alajuela

(Part I)


 Picture year-round springlike temperatures (60-85 degrees Fahrenheit), spectacular sunsets and an expansive view of the Gulf of Nicoya and the Nicoya Peninsula. Picture your new home, perched at 4,000 feet above sea level on the western-most ridge of the mid-Pacific Highlands, just west of Costa Rica’s Central Valley.

Jardin La Torre (JLT) is a 25-residence community of active adults 55+ that has attracted retirees from across North America. In addition to the climate and views, it features modern American-style single-level and two-story homes; residential lots read-to-build; and recreational amenities. It’s close proximity to restaurants, convenience stores, the nearby town of San Ramón, Juan Santamaría International Airport (45 minutes), the capital city and cultural hub of San José (one hour), and the beach (one hour), ideally position JLT.

In a word, Jardin La Torre is a base from which you can explore all the adventures this incredible country has to offer.

Jardin La Torre is located 11 minutes west of San Ramon and overlooks the Gulf of Nicoya

El Empalme and Jardin La Torre offer 50 to 100-mile views

Of the Gulf of Nicoya, Nicoya Peninsula, and Pacific Ocean.

Jardin La Torre consists of three interrelated enterprises:

  • The Jardin La Torre Residential Campus of individual homes
  • Vientos Bajos Activity Center and Apartments
  • Residential lots of Vista Alta


The Jardin La Torre Residential Campus

 The JLT gated campus offers seven residences with a variety of unique floor plans designed for an active adult lifestyle. Homebuyers can choose from a variety of already-existing, fully furnished, maintenance-free, single-family residences or a duplex that range in size from 900 square feet to over 2,000 square feet. All homes feature concrete block, steel stud, and stucco construction, and employ innovative building techniques to save on energy costs. All homes have magnificent ocean views and are “rent to own.”

Loro House

This cute two-bedroom, one-bath home provides 1,150 square feet of living space. It is sale priced at $150,000. As a rental unit, Loro includes utilities, flat screen TV, DVD player, washer/ dryer, and Internet. Loro rents for $950 per month for six or more months.

Mariposa House

The most spacious and premier home on campus is Mariposa House. It features two bedrooms and three baths with lock-out apartment in 1,800 square feet of living space. The unit is sale-priced at $180,000. As a fully furnished rental unit with utilities, flat screen TV, DVD player, washer/dryer, Internet, and assigned parking, Mariposa rents for $1,200 per month.

Pisote House

Our smallest unit, this one bedroom/one bath plus bonus room features 1,100 square feet of living space and an additional 700 square feet of detached, enclosed storage space. Pisote is sale-priced at $121,000. Fully furnished, with utilities, flat screen TV, DVD player, washer/dryer, Internet, and assigned parking, it rents for $850 per month.

Colibri/Rana Duplex

Each unit offers two bedrooms and one bath in 1,200 square feet of living space. The duplex is sale-priced at $180,000. Fully furnished, with paid utilities, flat screen TV, DVD player, washer/dryer, Internet, and assigned parking, each unit rents for $750 per month.

Danta House

Our second largest residence, Danta House provides over 1,600 square feet of living space with two bedrooms and two baths, and offers a large front yard. Danta is sale-priced at $170,000.00 and rents for $1,100/month


Vientos Bajos Activity Center and Apartments

Jardin La Torre caters to the interests of every resident. In addition to acres of garden paths, it is across the street from Vientos Bajos (Low Winds) Activity Center, which provides myriad amenities such as a fitness center, golf simulator, library, hobby and activities room, and pickleball court—all open to residents and members. Vientos Bajos is the only indoor venue dedicated to the use by expats in the San Ramón area.

Vientos Bajos brings local and regional entertainment to the San Ramon area, featuring community and professional events and performances every year. With seating for over 120 guests, theater-style, residents experience incredible concerts and community theater in this unique, intimate setting. This forum hosts theatrical productions, dances, conventions, expos, fundraising events, hobbies, activities, and more. The Atardecer (Sunset) Activity Room is the entertainment and social hub for residents and local expats.

Activities Center

First (Ground) Floor

Courts, Entertainment Area, Catering Kitchen: The 600 square meter ground floor holds a sports court which doubles as a concert and major entertain-ment venue. This area is served by a large catering kitchen which can provide for up to 100 guests.

 Second Floor: Gym & Golf Simulator

 On the second floor of VB, you will find our small gym on the west end. On the east end, we have what may be the only golf simulator in Costa Rica. Clubs are available for play.

 Third Floor: Atardecer Activities Room. Organized clubs and interest groups keep residents busy and socially active all year long. Clubs and activities include bridge, poker, theatre, table tennis, and various music groups to include chorus, ukulele group, band, recorder ensemble, and a bluegrass group. If you don’t find your driving interest already here, you’re welcome to begin a group. With so many activities and clubs to participate in, residents never have a dull moment living in this community. Most activities are free to residents or require a nominal fee to participate.


Fourth Floor: Apartments

Orquidia, Bromelia, Heliconia, and Amapola

 All apartments are upscale—granite countertops, double-door refrigerator, etc. Street-level entrance; secure, covered parking; all utilities including internet. Fully-furnished including microwave, washer, dryer, stove. Six-month contract minimum.           Small pet friendly, non-smokers, please.

Amapola: 2 Bed, 2 Bath, $1,200/month

Orquidia: 1 Bed, 1 bath, $1,100/month

Heliconia: 2 Bed, 1 Bath, $1,000/month

Bromelia: 2 Bed, 1 Bath, $1,000.month


 The Residential Lots of Vista Alta

 50 to 100-Mile Panoramas of the Pacific Coast, Gulf of Nicoya, and Pacific Ocean

 Adjacent to and contiguous with Jardin La Torre, Vista Alta is the expansion of the Jardin La Torre community—allowing you to choose the house you want on the lot you want to build. All lots provide a 50-mile or greater view of the Pacific coastline, the Gulf of Nicoya, and the Nicoya Peninsula. Sixteen residential lots are priced from $50,000. Includes curb and gutter, asphalt streets, electric and potable water to each lot, septic and gray water systems, streetlights, security fencing.


Vista Alta

Lot Lay-out



San Ramon Area

Cathedral, City Center, San Ramon

With everything Jardin La Torre has to offer, residents might never feel the need to leave. But the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. San Ramon, within a ten-minute drive, is a small city supporting a population of 90,000, offering several clinics, a hospital, doctors and dentists, many grocery stores, restaurants, retail shops, banks, hardware stores, continuing education at the local university, a national museum, theaters, and a mall. San Ramon is known for its well-organized and extremely active expat organizations. San Ramon also offers bus service from and to El Empalme—as well as to San Jose and the Juan Santamaria Airport. The Juan Santamaria International Airport is only a 45-minute drive, and downtown, San Jose, the nation’s capital, is only an hour away. The closest beach is also only an hour’s drive from Jardin La Torre.

Looking to move to Costa Rica when you retire? Contact us!

Give us a call! We’ll work with you to find just the right property where you can enjoy your retirement. From apartments to houses to pristine properties, we aim to meet your needs and budget.

Contact us to get started. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and connect with us on Facebook. We look forward to meeting you!

Jardin La Torre

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