Are you looking for rural lifestyle, peace and tranquility yet want to remain in close proximity to the city and all of its services and amenities? It may be worthwhile taking some time to explore San Jeronimo, the northern district of the county of Moravia.

Whether you are looking for a place to raise your kids or to retire in a crime-free area surrounded by rural mountain landscapes away from the noise and pollution of San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, this may be it.

Quintas San Jeronimo form part of a large farm that has been owned by a family of German immigrants for generations. The parcels are no longer used for agricultural purposes which is why the owners, who still live on site in a large German-style cottage, have  decided to put the remaining land up for sale.

Within walking distance, there is a small local super market (pulperia) where you can buy your basic groceries, the public primary and secondary school is just around the corner, your neighbors will sell you milk, fresh cheese, strawberries and a wide variety of vegetables brought directly from their farms to the table. Buses pass by just about every half an hour should it be the case that you would prefer not to drive yourself.

QUINTAS SAN JERONIMO – UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

FOR SALE $300,000 / 7,500 SQ M

Calle Platanares, San Jeronimo de Moravia

  • 10 quintas (parcels of land) for sale
  • 7,500 sq m (80,730 sq ft) each
  • Price reduced from $65.00/sq m to $40.00/sq m
  • All individually titled
  • Easily accesible from Route 32 (San Jose – Limon)
  • Direct access from a public road
  • Fresh climate
  • Surrounded by nature
  • Amazing views of the Central Valley
  • 15 minute drive to San Jose downtown
  • All public services available
  • Private water well

Moravia County

Moravia is the 14th canton in the province of San José in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 28.62 km², and had a total population of 56,919 people at the 2011 Census. The capital city of the canton is San Vicente.

Geography
The elongated canton begins in the northern suburbs of the national capital city of San José and continues northeast toward the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range). The Virilla, Pará, and Blanco rivers on the north and west, and the Quebrada Azul and Macho rivers on the southeast, partially delineate the boundaries of the canton.

Other rivers in Moravia include Quebrada Barreal, Quebrada Lajas, Quebrada San Francisco, Quebrada Tornillal, Quebrada Yerbabuena, Río Acequia, Río Agrá, Río Hondura, Río Ipís, Río Pará Grande, Río Paracito, and Río Zurquí. Mountain peaks in the area include Zurquí (1,583m), Vargas (1,396m), and Trina (1,270m).

Moravia combines densely populated suburbs in the south with rural mountain landscapes in the San Jerónimo district to the north. The cantons surrounding Moravia are Coronado to the east and north, San Isidro, Santo Domingo, and Tibás to the west, and Goicoechea to the south.

History
The canton was established by law the 31 of July 1914 and will celebrate its centenary in 2014. It is named in honour of President Juan Rafael Mora Porras (1814 – 1860). Since there was already a canton called Mora, this one was named Moravia.

Law No. 55 established Villa San Vicente on 1 August 1914. The first session of the Council of Moravia was held on 19 January 1915, and the first electric street lighting was installed in the same year. Law No. 3248 gave the town of San Vicente city status on 6 December 1963.

Education
The first school was founded in 1848, called “school for the education of the children of the residents of San Vicente”, and was located on the north side of the current San Vicente city park, called Parque de Moravia. A charity school was created in 1862, with two sections, one for boys and one for women.

In 1891, an adobe and brick building was created for the school and this was renamed Escuela Graduada de Varones de San Vicente (Graduate School for Boys of Saint Vincent) in 1893. Two years later, the name Graduada de Mujeres de San Vicente (Graduate School of Women of Saint Vincent) was added and these names were maintained until 1932, when the school was renamed again as Escuela Porfirio Brenes Castro, its current name. The school Porfirio Brenes Castro now occupies a city block to the south of Parque de Moravia.

The private school, Saint Francis College, was founded on 23 February 1950, and another school, “Colegio Nuestra Señora de Sión”, “Saint Anthony School”, “Saint Joseph”,Liceo de Moravia, began teaching in March 1966., and Liceo Laboratorio Emma Gamboa.

Costa Rica’s Japanese international school, Escuela Japonesa de San José (サンホセ日本人学校 Sanhose Nihonjin Gakkō), is located in Moravia.

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