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Building Homes That Reflect You: The Story of Ballena Homes

About Us

"To whom much is given, much is expected." These powerful words hold a special place in the hearts of our team members here at Ballena Homes. We understand the immense privilege and responsibility we have been blessed with - building a home that reflects who you are.


Our custom home-building company strives to bring luxury within reach, making beautiful homes affordable for families like yours.

But what exactly sets Ballena Homes apart from other custom home builders? Explore our company's philosophy and values and how we work tirelessly to exceed your expectations in every aspect of the building process.

At Ballena Homes, we believe luxury doesn't always need to be large and expensive. Instead, it's about intentionally and thoughtfully designing a home that meets your family's unique needs and preferences. Whether you're looking for a chic beach retreat, a spacious family home, or a cozy cottage, we'll work with you every step to bring your vision to life.

We pride ourselves on going above and beyond for our clients. From inception to completion, we consider every detail, every angle, and every corner to ensure that your home is precisely what you've always dreamed of.

We believe a beautiful home is more than just its physical structure - an extension of your personality, values, and lifestyle. That's why we take the time to get to know you, listen to your ideas, and understand your unique needs.

Building a home in a foreign country can seem daunting for many ex-pats seeking to settle in Costa Rica. However, at Ballena Homes, our team has over 20 years of experience living in the area and helping countless others make Costa Rica their home.


We deeply understand local regulations and requirements, and we'll guide you through the process every step of the way. Not only do we take pride in the homes we build, but we also take pride in how we connect with our community. Our team members are deeply involved in various community initiatives, including beach clean-ups, conservation efforts, and supporting local businesses. We believe in creating a sustainable future for our clients and the beautiful country we call home.

The Team

The People of Ballena Homes

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Marcel is an innovative and accomplished professional with a voracious appetite for knowledge. With over 20 years in the business world, he has a wealth of experience in real estate, construction and land development that he brings to the southern coast.


Originally from the Netherlands, Marcel broadened his horizons by serving his country in the Royal Dutch Army and then joining Lombard International Assurance in Luxembourg as an account executive.


In 1999 he discovered Costa Rica's vibrant energy during a vacation there and made it his new home. Today, Marcel shares his expertise fluently in Dutch, English, French, Spanish and German - allowing him to reach a wide array of clients looking to buy or sell their property on the beautiful Ballena Coast.


A true globetrotter at heart, Marcel has dedicated himself to helping others find their perfect homes while developing deep connections with his community.


Bill Campbell is an experienced and knowledgeable professional from Calgary, Canada, who had been visiting Costa Rica since 2009 and has lived full-time in Ojochal since 2012.


His extensive background and training in the construction industry makes him an invaluable asset to clients looking to build their new home. Bill believes that the Southern Zone of Costa Rica isn't for everyone due to its quiet and peaceful atmosphere; however, he loves the area and admires how the locals embrace Pura Vida - living the good life - with a smile on their face.


After a long 13 day journey, Bill arrived at the Costa Rican border with his partner Rita, where they were warmly welcomed by an immigration agent offering them a heartfelt Pura Vida - making them feel right at home.

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