First, a little History


My name is Franz Meier. More than 20 years ago, I left  Charleston, South Carolina to visit Costa Rica. I traveled to many parts of the country, but when I saw Lake Arenal, I knew I had arrived at the place where I eventually wanted to live. In the year 2000, I purchased a home here and the farm on National Road 143 in Nuevo Arenal, I call Finca Marenal. 


I know my decision to live in Costa Rica and to develop Marenal into a sustainable community was the right one. However, when the years passed and circumstances beyond my control delayed my progress, I realized that the time has now come to share the ownership of this beautiful property and all its exciting potential with like-minded people.


Review this website carefully and if you believe that my concept could be right for you, please get in touch with me through our contact page for more information.


Here is to Peace and Liberty,  

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Our Vision for Marenal 



Many years ago, I began to plan an ecologically sensitive, interactive and profitable “Sustainable Community" for people with a love for liberty and personal responsibility. 


I wanted to create a Community that can build life-enhancing and enduring relationships between its people and the land, which will benefit both the community and the local economy. 


Marenal would provide its own sources of energy, nourishment, recreation, education and economic opportunities as much as possible. 


Since then, my concept has matured. As a matter of fact, now is a better time than ever to consider Marenal for your future home and to become a Community partner.  


The current turmoil in the world, due to the pandemic and the out of balance economic situation on every continent makes independent and sustainable living just that much more desirable. 


For these reasons, and the recently passed national and municipal rules and regulations for real estate developments in Costa Rica, and the increased reporting obligations for foreign investors under the FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), have made me change and reduce the size of my development plan. 

Under this revised plan, it is now possible to become not only a resident of the community but also an investor in our project.

I should mention, however, that this offer may not be for everyone. Please check our  Marenal Philosophy. If your mindset is compatible with ours, we will be honored to welcome you into our community.

This offer is very limited. We can only accept a few more partners in our community. We urge you to contact us today.


Please click here to learn more about our Marenal Philosophy.

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