A native Marylander, Matt (“Mateo”) received a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis on Hotel and Resort Management from the University of Maryland and Western State Colorado University. After working as Director of Economic Development for the government of the State of Maryland, Mateo moved to Costa Rica in 2006 and fell in love with the Southern Zone. After finding a rainforest mountain slated for a timber harvest, he decided that it deserved a better fate and co-founded Finca Bellavista, a 600-acre treehouse resort community, to conserve the rainforest. Finca Bellavista is known as the world’s first master-planned sustainable treehouse community, where Mateo and his team currently manage 15 vacation rental homes for property owners and host several thousand visitors per year. This project has been flourishing for 14 years in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone and has been creating a positive economic impact for the communities in the surrounding area as well as sharing the wonders of the rainforest with visitors from all over the world.
With an eye towards responsible development and environmental stewardship, Mateo guides his clients with a keen sense of best practices for marketing and managing properties, and his passion for the lifestyle and opportunity that this part of the country represents. Mateo is fluent in English and Spanish and brings a wealth of valuable knowledge to the table, and also has over two decades worth of construction experience, and a hospitality background. Given his broad base of experience in Costa Rica, he is happy to share his experience and knowledge with his friends and clients here in the magical Southern Zone.
In addition to his advisory role with Pico Mar, Mateo is the lead agent for 2Costa Rica Real Estate in the Southern Zone and lives in the Uvita area with his Costa Rican wife, Gabriela, and their young son, Liam, and they embrace all of the natural and cultural wonders of raising a child in this amazing environment.