A small town with a scattering of nice homes with acreage on the outskirts. Today, the town has expanded toward the sprawl of San Jose, Alajuela and other nearby communities. The outskirts are still rural and countrified, but smaller homes have intruded between the large estates, some what filling in the openness of yesterday. The center of Heredia, like its sister city of Alajuela, features a large, friendly central park complete with weekly band concerts. This park is shaded by stands of enormous mango trees and has the usual park benches for informal meetings and gossiping. Heredia doesn't attract as many foreign retirees and residents as does Alajuela, at least not in the central part of the city. The foreign community seems to be scattered in and around the city. Heredia's famous market is quite large, with quality meats and exceptionally fresh vegetables, fruits and greens of all descriptions. Much of the market's exotic produce is grown by local residents in their back yards. Saturday is market day and selections are bountiful as well as fresh-picked. People from all over the valley come here for Saturday shopping. The market is near the Parque Central as is the old church, dating from the late 1700s.

heredia market

From Heredia's northern edge, hills and mountains rise steadily toward the Poas volcano. All along these foothills are winding roads that travel past beautifully maintained homes, alternating with evergreen forests, small farms and verdant pastures. This is one of my favorite parts of the Meseta Central (I almost bought a coffee farm here a few years ago). As the roads climb higher into the mountains, temperatures become progressively cooler, thus allowing prospective home buyers and renters precise adjustment in their environment. Some foreign residents live on small coffee farms here, with excellent views of the valley, and with orchards of citrus, avocados and tropical fruit supplementing truck gardens for home use and income. coffee prices are extremely depressed and unlikely to rise in the near future. This means that coffee-producing property should be somewhat lower in price; this is the time for serious bargaining. Incidentally, those foreigners who spend half the year in Costa Rica and the rest of their time in their home country are often anxious to rent their rural property in their absence to ensure that someone will keep an eye on their place and protect it from vandalism. Some attractive rental deals can be worked out in these instances.

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