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If you want to experience heaven on earth, this gorgeous three bedroom home in the 'Lomas del Paraiso' (the Hills of Paradise) gated development in Atenas, Costa Rica, will be perfect for you. Atenas is renown for its fabulous weather and spectacular mountain views. In fact, National Geographic magazine once proclaimed it as having “the best climate on earth.”
The house and casita are very private, contemporary in style and extremely well appointed. They have exceptional views and are visited by a wide range of exotic birds including Toucans, mot mots and montezuma oropendolas. 'Our' great kiskadees will wake you in the mornings with their happy calls. You can see photos of these birds, taken from our terrace, on our website (see link below)
The home, constructed in 2009, is on a large, beautifully landscaped lot has a full range of amenities for indoor and outdoor living. You can enjoy the spectacular mountain views in the day and twinkling lights of nearby towns by night from the sunning and dining terraces, the lap pool and the play pool (yep, two swimming pools) or from inside as well, through floor to ceiling windows in every room. Both the main house and the casita have very high ceilings made of beautiful Costa Rican hardwoods (even in the closets and utility room!).
The 12 meter, one lane, lap pool is perfect for keeping in great shape or just floating lazily and the three by five meter play pool is great for relaxing or having fun. The terraces also feature a pair of lounge chairs for reading, sunbathing or just enjoying the views as well as a beautiful dining table for six for that outdoor breakfast, a drink with friends or a quiet talk.
The main house features a master suite, which includes the sleeping area with king size bed and television. An elaborate master bath with a large soaking tub, a private outdoor shower built of beautiful local rock and a large walk-in. In all rooms, there are sliding patio doors to access the outdoor living spaces. High end bed and bath linens are provided for your further comfort.
The great room includes a living area with leather couches, a large screen high definition TV. It also has a lovely dining area with a table seating six and, as is the case for all rooms, spectacular views. The last portion of the great room is a very large, well-equipped, gourmet kitchen with a generous island-bar that is perfect for evening gatherings over a glass of wine.
The guest bedroom/office in the main house includes a desk that is perfect for your computer, although you can use it anywhere on the property because there is high speed WiFi access to the internet. This room also contains a twin bed and has an adjacent bathroom with a shower and small, rock wall enclosed outdoor atrium.
The casita includes a bedroom with a queen size bed, the standard floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the mountain view, a bathroom with a spacious shower and its own terrace. The casita terrace has a small kitchenette with a microwave oven and an outdoor dining table with seating for six.
Atenas, situated in the Central Valley, halfway between San José and the Pacific Ocean, is the perfect base from which to explore Costa Rica and see cloud forests, rain forests, tropical birds, butterflies and many other animals. You can easily make day trips to go zip-lining in the treetops, hiking in the mountains, cruising in the jungle and birding for a remarkable range of tropical birds. You are also just over thirty minutes from Escazu, by the new highway, and its posh restaurants, wonderful shops and the remarkable MultiPlaza shopping mall. San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, has many cultural and historical sites, and is about 45 minutes away. In the house, you will find a brief guide to the area which we have prepared, as well a guidebook, which you can use to identify the sights you would like to see and how to find them.
Casa Dos Leones is approximately 35 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose/Alajuela. The many easy day trips include Beaches (Jaco - 38 miles, one hour; tiny Esterillos - 40 miles, 1 ¼ hrs), Volcanos & National Parks (Poas Volcano Nat'l Park - 22 miles, about an hour; Arenal Volcano Nat'l Park - 50 miles, 2 ½ hours), Towns (Sarchi - 9 miles, 20 minutes; Cartago - 43 miles, one hour +). Talk with our property managers, Adrian & Marian about local sites or arranging tours for you.
Atenas also has 4 supermarkets and a great Farmer's Market on Fridays where you can purchase fruits, vegetables, cheese, flowers, fish, pork, chicken and home made baked goods. There are also a number of excellent restaurants, five pharmacies, a number of sodas (little restaurants that serve breakfast and lunch), and two favorite gringo hangouts, El Balcon, a European style cafe where one can have breakfast, lunch or wonderful pastry and Kay's Gringo Postres, where you can have breakfast or lunch, a piece of cake or pie and talk with Kay and Tom about the good ol' days in South Dakota.
In addition, your stay will be made more enjoyable by our housekeeper, Isabelle, who will happily do your laundry if time allows. Alfonso, our gardener will come once a week to attend to the outdoor greenery and our property managers, Adrian and Marian, who are multi-lingual, will do anything possible to make your stay a success. They can even arrange custom tours, through their travel agency, and an airport pickup or delivery if you call them ahead of time.
You will not be disappointed in our home, the stunning vistas or Atenas where you can leave all your cares behind and enjoy complete relaxation. We invite you to visit our website (link below) to see additional photos of the property and Atenas in addition to animals mentioned earlier - all photos taken from our terrace except the mot mot. The site also contains a number of useful links. It is no wonder that many people return to Atenas year after year for their vacation.
Keywords: A bit of paradise, mountain views, heaven on earth, villa plus casita, minutes to town, peaceful
The master bath has a large soaking tub and a large outdoor shower. Each of the other two bathrooms has a large shower....moreless
Outdoor shower at master bath; Second bedroom is self contained casita/guest house with full bath and own dining terrace with kitchenette; Maid, gardener and property manager provide full range of services (no cleaning fee); Two minutes from town of Atenas....moreless
Hundreds, some of which you are free to take with you, if you haven't finished them by the time you leave...moreless
Green (rainy) Season May 1 - Nov 15, 2015 7 night min stay
Christmas Week Dec 19 - Dec 25, 2015 7 night min stay
$1,550 flat fee
New Years Week Dec 27 - Jan 3, 2016 8 night min stay
$1,550 flat fee
My Standard Rate 7 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please see Rental Agreement for other details. Normal check-in is Saturday at 3:00 PM and check-out is Saturday at 11:00 AM. Please check with us about early check-in or late-check-out; We will be as flexible as possible. Stays not beginning and ending on a Saturday, may be subject to additional charges.
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Rain forests, cloud forests, national parks, Pacific and Caribbean beaches, wildlife reserves, zip-lining, hiking, eco tourism in abundance are all within reach of a day trip.
Year Purchased: 2010
About: We are Claudia and Barry and we have been happily retired since 2004, first at our small ranch in Texas and now splitting time between Casa Dos Leones in Atenas, Costa Rica and Maison Dos Leones in Saintes, France (SW part of the country. We love both places and are delighted to be able to share them with you. Before retirement, Barry was a business executive and Claudia was a biological researcher and college instructor. Claudia is now an artist whose digitally enhanced photographs are being shown at galleries in Massachusetts and Texas. We have one son who, with his delightful wife, live in Austin, Texas. We love elegant design, many types of cuisine and seeing as many parts of the world as possible.
Why Atenas: We considered many wonderful places before buying our home in Atenas. Ultimately, we chose this house in this location for a number of reasons including the superb climate, the extraordinary beauty of Costa Rica and this area in particular, the many, the many things to see and do (including just laying by the pool with a glass of wine and watching the clouds filter through the mountains) and the exceptional people of Costa Rica - Ticos, as they refer to themselves. Many people call this area paradise and we certainly agree.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: In addition to being in the lap of all the beauty that mother nature offers, Casa Dos Leones is close to a huge variety of eco tourism sites and it is a short 30 minute drive, by the new freeway, to Escazu which has many exceptional restaurants (Spanish, Italian, French, Argentine, Peruvian, Texas BBQ, Mexican, etc.), hundreds of beautiful boutiques and virtually anything else that you might want or need.
Speaks: english, french, german
Primary:+506 2446-7910Owner's Home in Costa Rica June 30 to December 1
Secondary:+33 (0)5 46 94 37 39Owner's Home in France from December 1 to June 30
Tertiary:+506 8997-4192Manager's Mobile Phone in Costa RIca