Property Jargon in Costa Rica

A guide to useful words and terms related to buying and renting a property in Costa Rica...

Below are some of the key Spanish-language jargon terms used in Costa Rican newspapers, magazines and online when advertising property (houses and apartments) for sale and to let and the terminology used when agreeing to rent a property

Spanish English
Aire acondicionado air conditioning
Alquilador landlord
Amoblado furnished
Antiguo/a old or antique
Aparcamiento parking/car park
Apartamento /departamento apartment or flat
Departamento en alquiler apartment or flat for rent
Armario cupboard/wardrobe/closet
Ascensor lift or elevator
Balcón balcony
Baño/cuarto de baño bathroom
Barrio neighborhood
Buen estado good condition
Bien situado/ubicado good location
Casa house
Césped lawn/grass
Cocina kitchen
Cuarto room
Desalojo eviction
Depósito deposit
Dormitorio bedroom
Ducha shower
Garante guarantor
Garaje cooker
Inmobiliario estate agent
Inventario inventory
Inquilino/ locatario tenant
Jardín garden
Lujo luxury
Seguro de hogar home insurance
Vista view