First, a Little History


My name is Franz Meier, a native of Munich Germany, and a citizen of the United States. More than 20 years ago, I purchased a home here and a little farm on National Road 143 overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal, which I call Marenal. 


My decision to live full-time in Costa Rica and to develop Marenal into a sustainable community became my mission.


Please review this website carefully and if you believe that our concept could be right for you, please get in touch with us through our contact page. 

Here is to Peace and Liberty,  

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To learn more about Franz Meier  please click here


Our Vision for Marenal 


The current turmoil in the world due to the pandemic and the out-of-balance economic situation in every country makes independent and sustainable living just that much more desirable. One can find it in our Marenal Community.


Our goal and mission is for Marenal to become a contributing part of the economic and social life of Nuevo Arenal and its Barrio San Antonio. Our members will achieve these through positive and meaningful co-operation. By using sound ecological designs and practices we shall set an example of efficiency and self-sufficiency.

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What makes Marenal different is our community concept. Why is community so important?

Here are some of the reasons:

  • Our members life experiences and ideas will make positive contributions to the community.                                                                                                                                                                      

  • The members are creating friendships and connections that are enhancing the social fabric of the Community.                                                                                                                          

  • Our low community fees will assure the maintenance and beautification of all properties.                                                                                                                                                                   

  • The members shall decide all matters of policy, security, and community development through its Board of Directors when established.                                                        

  • The pooling of resources and the sharing of responsibilities has proven to be a successful model in the worldwide eco-community movement.                                                        

  • As a Community Cooperative, we can benefit from several tax and import laws.

“A good Community will always give back more to its members than it takes!”

Our community objectives are to…

  • Use renewable energy whenever possible and move towards total energy independence                                                                                                                                                   

  • Utilize green building technologies                                                                                                                    

  • Increase our biodiversity and regenerate our native ecosystem                                                                 

  • Grow our community’s food through aquaponics and organic permaculture                                     

  • Observe local traditions and history                                                                                                                 

  • Respect our differences and enhance human dignity                                                                    

  • Cultivate responsible and transparent decision making, and                                                              

  • Build a thriving and diversified community

The recent changes in the Investment and Residency Laws (CR law 9996) have several work and tax related advantages. It also made our development plan more attractive and versatile. Now one can obtain an investor residency (“green)” card with a minimum investment of only $150,000 US versus previously $200,000.

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If you are interested and would like more information, please contact us.