Tropical Paradise, Views, Beach, Pool, Monkeys, Toucans, in Jungle, See Video!!
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- Minimum stay:2-6 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
San Juan Del Sur house description
'' I left my heart in Casa Roja'' - sound familiar? (we interrupt this description for a live update. Recently, 3 beautiful Toucans, rainbow colored, were seen eating my - your - papaya - and a nest is being built in the tree in front! How's that for breaking news!) Weeks after you leave this oasis of tranquility, you will be humming that song. Peaceful, sweeping views of the Pacific and Costa Rica. No one around to disturb you except the wind, the jungle sounds, splashes from the pool - or the monkees howling in the distance. Surrounded by blossoming tropical Bali style plants as if you are cocooned in a forest - which you are. This is what Casa Roja offers; rest, comfort, quiet for the soul, town only 10 minutes away, all the vacation fun one needs to stir all your emotions.
Because the bedrooms are 100% separated from the main house, you will sleep in peace and quiet while others can party all night long. This ''pod'' system lets everyone ''do their own thing'' without bothering anyone. While you and friends can enjoy parties or conversation on the patio, anyone in the other bedrooms can have their own privacy.
Hot days, jump in the teardrop shaped pool, big enough for 30 - and we've done it - but at 4' average depth, safe for the kiddies as well. Early riser? Fix some Nicaraguan coffee, read on the patio and take a walk or jog in complete silence up the dirt road. Go 1 mile or 10; bring water and sunblock so we don't have to send out my caretakers and pooches to find you!
Before I give you a description of the bedrooms and bathrooms I wanted to explain a few things in general about me and the house. I love antiques. I love to travel. I love old Persian and Turkish carpets. OLD, 100 years plus. I love collecting ''artifacts'', as my friends call them, of my travels and I collect old maps, again 100-300 years old. So, you will pick up on this ''style'' throughout the house and rooms and even outdoors. You'll be in a home that is not sterile or ''made to rent''. It's ME and it always will be. And, part of your adventure down here is to experience a beautiful country, wonderful people, great climate, wildlife, enchanting fun city - and a unique and restful experience that I call home. That is what you will find here. I live here because of the magic of this home and location. You will understand that after only a few days. If you are seeking peace and serenity, you have found it.
As well, if you need an affordable 4 wheel drive car that seats 7, that, too can be available. Need a cook for authentic Nicaraguan meals or just rice and beans - all easily arranged so you can just relax. Need a gourmet cook who will whip up any sort of meal you want (owner and chef at three well know restaurants) - no problem!!
The master suite has a queen bed with night tables, chest of drawers and small desk for writing. Large bathroom has huge quarried tile tub, open shower - hot water even! - 2 granite sinks and full width mirror. Overhead fans and lights as well as bedside lamp provide a comfortable ambience. Entire bathroom is tiled with 4''x4'' crafted rough tile.
The two bedroom suite is a detached casita with bedrooms on each side of a centrally accessed bathroom. One queen bed and one double in the other room. Both rooms have drawers for clothes and either a desk or table. Again overhead lights and fans make life comfortable. Outside one bedroom french doors open to a private patio with a hammock for sleeping or reading or both. The bathroom has a three sided glass shower with textured tile walls. A marble sink, toilet and tiled surfaces throughout complete the room.
I recently up graded the decor with a few more pictures, old maps and antique Persian and Turkish tribal rugs. You will be walking on the history of the Ottoman Empire and Frederick the Great!
Since this is Nicaragua, where sleeping arrangements differ widely let me give you a more precise breakdown of the sleeping situation. When I read that you have 4 adults and 6 children, I try to figure out the best configuration and then i find out that 3 of the children are tots and do not need - nor do parents want them, to have their own separate bedroom - here's the 'inventory'
Beds and Sleeping
There is a queen bed in the Master Bedroom suite. Can easily take another single or double bed.
In one room of the two bedroom, one bath casita, there are 2 double beds.
In the other room there is a queen bed and it too has room for another single, double or crib
As I mentioned, with little children, they often stay in one of the rooms with queen beds with their parents – whether in a small crib they may have brought or on a variety of cushions we have.
There is another brand new queen bed. Depending on the weather, many people either place it outside on the patio, on the second floor of the rancho (great breezes and jungle sounds - my favorite) or in the dining room across from the kitchen. This room is rarely used. There is a desk where you can write or use your computer (with high speed WiFi), but most will place the full bed or a mattress on the floor.
I also have access to an inflatable queen mattress when needed. So, in sum, when it comes to bed capacity there is room for about 10 with options for more. Tere is a slight surcharge for gangs (whoops, I meant groups) larger than 10. Ask me about it.
Additionally, when I have a large, large crowd, people sleep on the comfortable couch or one of the three hammocks at my house. Just pretend you are Ernest Hemingway, swaying to the breeze as he snoozes or writes the last chapter of Old Man and the Sea).
Please note the rates adjust slightly based on the size of the crowd. Standard rate of $200.00 is for 2 couples or 4 people. For 4-8 it is $225.00 and 10 people it is $235.00 . If there are more than 10 people there is an extra charge of $25/person per day.
Thus - bring friends! - the costs per person drop dramatically. But this really means max 10 people. After that the house groans a bit (as well as the septic system!!) Let's talk about unique situations.
The main house has a full kitchen with granite and marble countertops throughout. Wooden cabinets with glass windows reveal all the dishes and rum and wine glasses you'll need. Fridge holds 130 beers and enough ice for 92 rum and cokes ad 6 bottles of wine. Maybe some room left for food! It's modern and energy efficient, just remember to open and close quickly to preserve the electricity. If that's not enough, I'll rent an ice chest. Modern gas stove and broiler. Plates, silverware and some old Bali and Solomon island carvings to keep you company.
The dining room/office is large, great table for work or email, (yes, wifi!!) and the living room is open with sofa and 2 comfy chairs, large hand carved floor tiles with wood accent and majestic 25 foot ceiling. The living room table is a 100 year old colonial door turned sideways and legs attached. Me and my antiques. If you are a Beatles fan, there is the large Anthology Book about my favorite group, but the house is littered with all sorts of reading material, from cops and robbers to history to non fiction to you name it. Every group leaves more and so far there is no pornography, for better or worse!
The ceiling is all palm fronds, beautiful, airy, gorgeous wooden beams and with a large sliding glass door to the patio, say no more. The patio is where 75% of your waking life will be!! Views, sunsets, drinks, monkey howls, drinks, music, dancing, drinks, BBQ's on gas or charcoal grill and then, yes, relax and have a drink. Got the picture?
I almost forgot the half bath! Just off the kitchen is an experience. All walls are covered, embedded with river stone. Floor, walls, everywhere! You can almost hear the river flowing- until you realize the toilet is running! And, this bathroom also comes with a sink! Imagine that!
And now, with my many fruit trees blooming, if you need some fresh oranges, mandarins, lemons and soon, mangos - just talk to Luis, my caretaker, with the biggest smile and warmest heart - and he'll be glad to get you whatever fruit you need. Lately, he's been the local juice man. Sorry, no watermelon - next year.
Last thing. One night around 10 PM, after a warm day, turn out all the lights in the house. Go out to the brick patio and lie down, feel the warmth from the sun on the bricks, and then gaze at the star strewn sky above. There, you will see the Milky Way Galaxy the way you have never seen it before. It is THERE and if you have always been a little unsure of exactly what or where or if it was there, you will have no doubts. It is an incredible sight Then, after looking up for a while you will suddenly realize it is 4 AM and you are still out there...just you and the croaking frogs.
This is my slice of heaven. But, it is not exclusive. Many have experienced it before. Now its your turn. Come here and find your own ...........
- 1800 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Private Chef
- Car Available
- Car Optional
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Smoking Allowed:
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
I just had a group with one child confined to a wheelchair and it wasn't an issue. There are 4 large wide steps in one area, but they can be by-passed. Luis is super strong if you ever need help lifting anything/one...moreless
I have two friendly mutts who exude joy and love, especially Indie. They are used to the good life, so scraps of food, chicken bones - yes they all eat them here!! are in order. Feel free to bring a dog, after initial setting of ground rules and turf, dogs will play. Will sleep in room, only if you desire....moreless
Absolutely! Do kids like pools, dogs, walks up dirt roads, monkeys, cool hammocks if they do bring them along. If they like to read, bring them along. If they are 3 months, bring them along. In other words, just bring them all!...moreless
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
- There is one queen bed in the Master Bedroom suite. This suite is a separate from the main house for privacy. As mentioned it has ample room for another bed - for toddlers or otherwise There is a queen bed in the 'duplex' casita as well. Same as above, need another bed, got it! All bedrooms have new locally crafted night tables and lamps. In the other bedroom of the duplex casita, there are two double beds. I have an extra queen and extra double beds/frames/mattress for larger groups We have cushions to sleep on for larger groups and the couch has worked well many times....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Most vacation rental have the basics listed above. But, this home comes with “virtual” low blood pressure ambience. If your “retreat” from your harried life doesn’t include that, it’s not a vacation. As you drive to the front gate you feel the welcoming forest canopy overhead that instantly lowers the temperature and calms the soul. So, before you even arrive at the front door, life has changed in ways more important than a 12 cubic foot refrigerator. A two story palm covered rancho with double and single hammocks, standard. Two other hammocks on the patio. Also standard. Year round calming breeze. Standard. Monkeys howling in the distance, pet guinea hens walking around clucking, parrots overhead, hawks swooping, yes, all standard. Shade, sun, pool or hammock, these are getaway amenities you will not find anywhere. Anywhere!...moreless
- DVD Player
- Video Library:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Rain Forests
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Nude Beach
- Horseback Riding
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic Drives
- Whale Watching
- Sight Seeing
local services and businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Near The Ocean:
My view starts with rolling meadows in front of you which then are hillsides and then Ocean but all around in the distance are mountains that ofter a beautiful contrast to the ocean. Nice view of CR...moreless
You have an unbelievable view of the Ocean but also just across this view is the large peninsula of Costa Rica which is close and lights twinkle at night. Views are better than simply staring at sea....moreless
- Beach View:
- Golf Course Front:
- Ocean View:
sports and adventure activities
- Basketball Court
- Surf Fishing
- Mountain Climbing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Mountain Biking
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Equestrian Events
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
forms of payment
- Accept Credit Card
- Gas Fireplace:
- Towels Provided:
- Broadband Access:
- Wireless Internet:
- Computer Available:
- Covered Parking:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Free Long Distance:
- Parking Off Street:
Fitness Room / Equipment:
Miles of dirt paths and roads for jogging. Yoga- many options at the home. Push ups and sit ups, anywhere. NEW wooden lounge chairs to relax in after a hard workout (like eating, drinking, jogging)...moreless
- Living Room:
- Washing Machine:
- Clothes Dryer:
Due to the elevation of the house - 650 feet - there is never a need for air conditioning. Breezes from the Ocean and Lake always cool this area as compared to San Juan itself, on the beach. Large fans in every room of course. Each room has lots of windows, fans and sliding glass doors....moreless
- Linens Provided:
- Housekeeper Included
- Coffee Maker:
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- Cooking Utensils:
Deck / Patio:
Large patio right off the living room - see pics - wraps around three sides of the house. The main covered patio is 16' deep and 40 feet long and has 4-5 rocking chairs, table and recliners. Then between this patio and the pool there is a large brick patio where you can sun because it is unprotected from the sun. Use 50 suntan lotion!...moreless
- Lanai / Gazebo:
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- Kayak / Canoe:
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|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
|Xmas or Easter
Dec 22 - Jan 5, 2015
6 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $300
- Taxes Not included
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You are only about 10 minutes to San Juan. You drive on the new paved road (only took 20 years to get it done) which goes directly to my turnoff. Beautiful drive to house and if you venture south you can see the turtles laying eggs, Coco beach with its long white sandy beach, go horseback riding at my good friend Blue at Rancho Chilamate. Perfect location, close but so far away. Day trips to Granada or Masaya market are recommended
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: First - the photo is in Yosemite, 13,406 ft - you'll have to guess which one I am....Everyone tells me I have re-invented myself and it's just not fair. Well, they could do the same, I say. After 50 years, half in CT and half in San Francisco, I followed a life long dream and moved to this charming third world country to begin life again. I have spent most of my life in sales and entrepreneurial oriented work. Worked with small businesses as a consultant to help them grow with control and profitably. Worked with hundreds of companies and help them with their HR issues so they could focus on their core work. After years of satisfying work I come down here and buy some land, build a house and then on a wild impulse a friend convinces me to buy another huge parcel and become a 'green' developer. Huh? Yes, this is the third half of my life as owner of El Encanto del Sur (see website), and I love it here. I am in Nicaragua 3-6 months a year, living here with Indie and Toby and now Lucas, a 6 month old wagging tail pup, the two 4 footed friends and Luis and family - my gardener who has been here for more than three years and who can fix anything! He and his family live away from the house so you have 100% privacy. His wife, Evelyn is there to clean daily and change linen, etc. She is a sweetheart. That's the short story - I travelled all over the world, You'll find me on Tuesday nights at Open Mike at Pau Hana, singing some oldies (Runaway, Secret Agent man) with my neighbor up the road, Brian and if I'm in town, you can always bribe me with a beer and I'll show you the real secret spots up here. But, if you an adventurous bone in your body, and I assume so, otherwise you wouldn't be headed this way, you will not regret it - and if you like to have the most relaxing and unforgettable experience, you will have it here.
Why the Owner Chose San Juan Del Sur:
I didn't really choose to buy a vacation rental here. I chose to build my house here, live here and live out the dream of a lifetime. This was not meant to be a rental concept and actually the house was never 'set up' that way. Rental houses I find are often nice but without some of the character that sets a 'home' apart from a 'rental'. The home thus reflects who I am and what i like - rather than being an investment. For example, it is 100% solar. Some people steer clear from solar because they are worried it won't work or they will be inconvenienced. Well, you won't be inconvenienced at all unless you leave lights, fans, etc on all the time. I believe in sustainability, saving energy, helping others etc and so live the values I believe in. This house and area resonate of living within these values. And, when you are here, amidst the peace and tranquillity - yet so close to the fun and entertainment of San Juan - you feel like you too can share these values. Nicaragua is a beautiful yet poor country. It needs help, employment, clean water, schools and I live here to help the local people as much as i can while enjoying my occupation and lifestyle. I have a non profit, fundaciontierra, (EARTH Fund) that helps and works with the communities in many ways. So, why did i buy vacation rental here? I didn't but I feel so lucky that I am here and have the house and Nicaragua's adventures and experiences to share with you. And this area where I live is now becoming a 'hot' spot. By that more people have seen the benefit and 'privilege' of living just out of town but in a different world completely. Hot spot - well that means you may see one other house about a km away. A good friend and plant lover, you might find him buried in 1000 tropical plants - stop on over, he's always glad to share some tall stories with you. And, he is a realtor, if you want a tour...
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The unique benefits change daily. New bird sightings, eagle soaring or a new find on a walk up the trail with the dogs as company. For me, unique benefits are the different people I always meet at the home. All of you are unique. I get to meet a cross section of North America - usually for the better!! I've seen everything - a 4 month year old and 80 year old grand dad. Surfers, snoozers, drinkers, abstainers, those with a hearty laugh as well as those who arrive with some trepidation but after a change of clothes and some time in the rocking chair, frowns are replaced by smiles. You may, just may see nature in action. Geckos in search of some flies or bugs, maybe even army ants as they decide to trespass - and I stand by and soon they are gone, an amazing experience. There are small bugs that upon further scrutiny you will realize that you have seen them on earlier sci-fi movies, only enlarged 1000x. I actually learn more unique benefits from every visitor. You, too, will talk about things I never even considered. So, shoot me an email and with a flashlight, sandals, magnifying glass, binoculars you provide me with more fodder to tell the world about!
- Primary: +1 415-730-1956 call or email anytime, or try US #
- Secondary: +1 415 7301956 same - email is always best
- Tertiary: +1 415-730-1956 I'm in Texas until 5/1/14, then back to the SF Bay
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A more horizontal view of the main house - This house attracts all sorts of wildlife!
It's easy to walk in the front door - but saying good-bye is another story.....
A better look at the rocking chairs, essential part of the casa!
This is the view from the rocking chairs. Costa Rica across the water
Interior view, don't bump your head, its only 30' high
Living Room, sit down, yes , feet on table
Two bedroom, 1 bath casita with pool in front and ocean view off to right
Two story reading, snoozing, viewing spot - rancho
If you don't like flowers and verdant scenery, you're in the wrong place
Master bedroom - ocean view to the right
the lesson here: don't mess with my Papaya! Taken in the front yard of Casa Roja
Where can I buy some cotton candy? Just me and the beach???
Welcome to my sanctuary, Casa Roja - see video (upper left tab, you'll love it!
Bird's eye view looking towards the Pacific Ocean
Sit down, start rocking, life's a vacation, right?
You will spend plenty of time here, I promise you!
Other side of living room. The table is actually an old door, very cool
Complete kitchen, utensils. Arrange someone to cook for you? No problem!
breakfast, lunch and dinner here outside, also happy hour!
Hammock view from rancho, if you can keep your eyes open long enough....
Contemplative monkey in front yard. What do they contemplate??
1 bedroom in 2 bedroom casita, 2 double beds, bureau area to hang clothes.
Anyone ever tell you that you're as lazy as a sloth? Sloth after 2 days here!
Take a clue......what's the rush? Nearby at La Flor sanctuary
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