Rohrmoser - south Sabana - eastern Pavas
In these three residential areas of western San José you'll find some of the most expensive and exclusive homes of Costa Rica, good schools, fine stores, banks arid restaurants. The cost of land here is very high.
Amón, Otoya, Aranjuéz
As the city of San José began its rapid expansion in the early 20th Century, the wealthy importers and coffee growers moved from downtown to these three interconnected districts. Many of the beautiful old homes there are of Victorian in style and have been well preserved. Municipal regulations prohibit tearing them down.
Los Yoses, Barrio Escalante, San Pedro, La Granja, los Pinares, Hacienda Vieja, Curridabat
These eastern San José residential areas are very exclusive and also have expensive beautiful homes. Several universities and excellent stores and restaurants are located nearby.
La Garita, Turrucares, Atenas, Grecia
If you want to live farther out from the big cities, these four are as in the Province of Alajuela will give you a feeling of country living. You'll also see nice country homes and enjoy what is considered to be the best climate of the country.
I can go on and on listing all the beautiful areas good for living, but there are so many that I'll leave that to the real estate people and tourist guides plus the exploration trips you might conduct yourself. The country's physical geography and its privileged climates allow you to take your pick of the area in which you would like to locate. You should look for a place where you can find the temperatures, humidity and other climatic conditions that suit you best yet be close to the services and amenities you need.
For example, if you want an "eternal spring" climate, you should choose the big Central Intermountain Valley, which for many years has been mistakenly called the Meseta Central because it isn't a meseta. Altitudes range from 2000 to 6000 feet above sea level. This Central Valley is described as actually being two in one with the Alto de Ochomogo dividing the two. The Occidental or Western Central Valley goes from Ochomogo past Atenas to the Montes del Aguacate. The Eastern Central Valley extends to Turrialba.