Jeff Allen left California in search of a tropical paradise that he could one day call home. After traveling up and down the coast of Central America, his search led him to the beautiful, forward thinking and politically stable country of Costa Rica.
Exploring the Pacific shoreline, he landed ultimately in the inviting coastal town of Marbella. Lured by the land’s unspoiled beauty and the warm, embracing spirit of its people, he knew immediately that Marbella was where he would settle down. Within a few short years, Jeff had become an integral member of the Marbella community, providing thoughtful and supportive leadership.
The opening of the Liberia International Airport 90 minutes away, coupled with the escalating real estate boom, caused development demand that threatened the beauty and charm of the Guanacaste Coast. Jeff became a leading force in protecting the authenticity and integrity of Marbella in this new environment.
Ian Silverberg left California in search of a tropical paradise where he and his family could vacation while diversifying their investments. This search brought him to Marbella where he developed a close personal and business relationship with Jeff. Sharing the same development philosophy and passion for sustaining the Marbella community, they have together acquired more than 1,000 acres of pristine coastal property.
Together, Jeff and Ian formed the Marbella Group to plan, prepare, and embark on developing a visionary eco-resort community named Costa Dorada. The property encompasses approximately 265 acres of land featuring beautiful ocean and valley vistas, meandering creeks, tropical forests, and an abundance of wildlife characteristic of Costa Rica.
Today the Marbella Group is composed of an exceptional team with collective experience in the fields of sustainable building, hospitality, ecotourism, alternative energy, wellness and health, and environmental education. These talents are guiding the formal planning process and development of the Project. The Marbella Group is building on the creative and forward-thinking applications of award-winning projects in Central and North America that employ the use of sustainable practices.
The Marbella Group’s philosophy extends beyond strict green building practices and also considers the economic, cultural and environmental sustainability needs of Costa Dorada, the town of Marbella, and all of Costa Rica.