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Beautiful Elegant Mountain Retreat with Breathtaking Ocean Views

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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

A blend of the East and the West, this luxurious duplex home (3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms) is furnished with a fusion of two decors, Costa Rican (first floor) and Japanese (second floor).

Before you read further, please agree to one thing: This is a nature-loving community that respects and enjoys the peace and beauty that we share with other residents -- monkeys, Macaws, toucans, coatis, etc. Sit quietly in 'the Sanctuary' area of our orchard or in our infinity pool, and you will see beautiful birds, racoon-like Coatis, monkeys and, of course, the sunrises and sunsets that are nature's gorgeous work on canvas.

When you stay at our home, you are our guests, and hopefully our future friends. Thus, we are selective of whom we invite! If you are interested in loud parties, there are plenty of hotels in Jaco or Hermosa to choose from. This place is for gentle souls who value nature and friendship. If you are one of those, please read further!

Three things that may interest you:

1. Our furniture was built by a Costa Rican artist and not imported from the Far East. We believe in helping the local industry when we can. The bookcase was made from samples of Costa Rican wood. The paintings on the first floor were painted by a Costa Rican artist. The kimono you see on the second floor wall is a wedding kimono (silk), which is worn after the wedding ceremony. The second floor is furnished to represent the spirit of Japan. 'Where East Meets West' is the name of our home. The second floor has a roofed deck with rocking chairs that is perfect for rainy days. A perfect ocean view while you sip on tea or coffee on this deck, rain or shine!

2. The infinity pool: Step into your private pool from your living room after a busy day of touring or just when you want to relax. In the morning and near supper time, you will hear and see toucans. On some days, you will see other birds, as shown in the photos on this site. They don't seem to be bothered by visitors in the pool, but they will stay longer if you are quiet. From the kitchen window, I once saw a huge group of monkeys that included a half a dozen mothers with babies! They seemed to be staring at me!

3. The decks: There are four decks/sitting areas. The Sanctuary inside our orchard is a place for meditating. It has a wonderful ocean view, but since it is somewhat visible from the neighbors, we ask that you respect their privacy. The pool deck has three loungers. It's nice to sit under the umbrella and read there. The second floor deck is covered. It also has a beautiful view of Playa Hermosa. The rooftop deck is huge, and is partially roofed. There is a granite counter on one side, where you can have a drink of your choice. There is a barbecue grill and a sink. From one side, you will see the sun rising over Playa Hermos, and from the other, a sun setting over Playa Jaco. It is a very special place to be.

We hope that you enjoy nature by honoring its peace and tranquility of this beautiful land. Of course, you can also drive down to Jaco to enjoy everything that a tourist does!

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Property Type

  • House
  • 3000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Staff

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    There must be one person over 25 who will be responsible for the group....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    As the infinity pool is just a few steps away from the living room, if the children are young, please make sure there is an adult watching them....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The first floor is wheelchair accessible once you enter the house. There is one step at the front entrance. The first-floor bathroom is wheelchair accessible....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

    First floor: Costa Rican Jungle Room...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

    Second floor: Kimono Room (Japanese decor) ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 king

    Second floor: Master bedroom (Japanese decor)...moreless

  • All are very delightfully decorated. The master bedroom has its own TV, while the Kimono Room has a desk. The covered balcony adjoining the second-floor bedrooms has a covered (roofed) sitting area - a place to read books when it's raining!...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Wheelchair accessible shower with no steps....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    A semi-circular shower room with a view!...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Toilet room separated from the vanity area and shower....moreless

  • Bathrooms are large and the second-floor bathrooms have a semi-circle shower area with a window for viewing outside. The first-floor bathroom has a wheelchair accessible shower. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Our care-taker/manager will be happy to assist you with any information you may need. She will give you her cell phone # after you arrive just in case something breaks down. If you would like a driver, we know someone who is fantastic to take you places. If you need a car rental company to come and pick you up at the airport, please ask me, and I will give you the contact information. You are just 15 minutes away from Jaco, with many shops and restaurants. It is, however, so nice to return home to a place surrounded by nature and a quiet life on the hill. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    A very small private library. Please bring a book of your choice and leave it for future guests....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    SKY satellite service...moreless

  • Television

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Since the electric bills are outrageously high, please economize on the use of ACs. We always open the doors in the evening as the mountain breezes are wonderful....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Recently installed a high-speed Internet for your convenience. Apple TV is available for your use....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Please use only 'he' (high efficiency)detergent....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    A very long granite counter and a beautiful granite piece on the island....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Stove is part of the island and a great place to gather. A chef can cook right in front of you!...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    3 decks: (1) Pool deck, (2)covered 600- sq.-ft second-floor deck, and (3) 1000- sq.-ft. top deck....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    The Sanctuary, an open ocean-view area with hammocks in the orchard. This area is off-limits for parties to respect our neighbors. It's a place to meditate, think, or sleep!...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    A Japanese-style rock garden by the pool. Flowers adorn the walkway down to the orchard....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Grill freshly caught mahi mahi and tuna!...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Infinity pool overlooking the ocean and terrain. If is a private pool, not shared with others....moreless

 

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Green Season
Jun 1 - Dec 18, 2015
5 night min stay
$275
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$275

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Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 13%

Notes:

We are in a quiet community of nature lovers. Please honor the respectable quiet hours in the evening and night. We hope that you will enjoy this unforgettable experience and beauty that await you, and return home with great memories of Costa Rica. Please call or email with any questions you may have.

50% deposit to confirm reservations.

This deposit is refundable in full up to 2 months prior your visit,

50% up to two weeks prior visit; no refund the last two weeks.

A damage deposit of $200 will be returned to you after checkout if there are no damages or excessive cleaning.


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Location

2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Backyard (Playa Hermosa)
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Ruta 34
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Backyard
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Playa Hermosa

Car: Recommended

Our 3-bedroom/3 full bath home is a duplex that has everything, from a private pool, a spacious rooftop deck to a recently-added fruit orchard! We are about 2 miles up the mountain from Hermosa Beach. The elevation gives us less humidity, a cool mountain breeze, and fewer bugs! Come and feel the fresh mountain air and observe toucans, Scarlet Macaws, green parrots, coatis, or some unique insects! We've combined the two worlds of the East and the West (Japan and Costa Rica), exquisitely furnished in two unique styles of furniture made by a talented Sarchi artisan. We believe in working with the local economy instead of importing goods where we can!

After a quick ride down and easy parking at Hermosa Beach, you will see five miles of unobstructed beach for great morning walks. Hermosa has some local restaurants, but for a variety of gourmet and local food, drive 10 minutes more to Jaco, a center of tourism. Golfers can go five more miles north to Los Suenos Marriott Resort's golf course near the beach. Manuel Antonio, a national park that you must visit, is within an hour's drive, where you can observe nature via an excellent guided tour! So, whether you are watching the sunrises or sunsets from our spectacular 1000-foot deck, studying birds and local wildlife without stepping out of our home, or actively being a tourist, you will take hom wonderful memories of Costa Rica with you!

Consider our home a first-class retreat amidst beautiful Costa Rican nature, far enough from the city noise, but close enough to enjoy the crowd. We recently invested in having a high-speed Internet service installed, so you can keep in touch with your family via Skype or visit your favorite websites anytime!

Loud, unruly and disrespectful guests are not invited, but if you are into nature and yet still want to be pampered, please consider our home!

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2010

About: We are two Americans living in Maryland, one foot into retirement. In 2007, we discovered this area after doing much real-estate search in the North Pacific area of Costa Rica. It was dry and hot there, and we were awestruck by the luscious beauty of Hermosa Hills when we arrived. Michael wanted to be near 'civilization' while I wanted trees, birds, ane even cows! So this was a perfect blend of the two conflicting interests! Unfortunately, I did not get my cows or chickens! We are surrounded by greenness and bio-diversity of the tropics, but a short ride from all the restaurants and 'civilization!' While it took us several years to complete this beautiful home in Costa Rica, we feel that such a treasure must be shared and enjoyed. So, we hope that you will come for a very special treat!

Why Playa Hermosa:
Views, views and views! You notice that most of our picture we posted are of nature. We devoted years to build a home with its own unique beauty, but we fell in love with the panoramic splendor that Hermosa Hills offered us. Who can forget the lively, colorful paintings in the sky early in the morning! Once you see it, you will look forward to the next morning's hour-long performance by the sun, weaving in and out of the clouds. When I oversleep, I can't wait to see the next sunrise! The sunset over Jaco Beach is a calming, contemplative, reflective experience. The stars on a clear night, or a full moon reflecting over the Pacific Ocean are just some of the reasons why we chose to return there. Of course, its proximity to Jaco, the center of activity, was also a good reason for building our home there.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The most unique value is the 1000-sq.-ft. rooftop coral deck, partially roofed, with a granite counter for enjoying the 5:30 sunrises (over Playa Hermosa) and 5:30 sunsets (over Playa Jaco)! A coffee in the morning, and wine in the evening on the same deck! Grab our binoculars and watch toucans, green parrots and Scarlet Macaws in action! If you're there when the monkeys are traveling, you will see them eating berries and fruit. The house is elegantly furnished, so you will have a mountain retreat with the feeling of being in a first-class hotel! We built this home in the memory of my parents, who respected nature; my mother loving flowers, and my father loving trees. So, their beautiful spirits are etched in everything we did to build this home. We welcome you to share this special experience.


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Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • A well-equipped kitchen for the chefs!  A washer/dryer unit is to your left.

    A well-equipped kitchen for the chefs! A washer/dryer unit is to your left.

  • Behind this living room is a dining area with six seatings.

    Behind this living room is a dining area with six seatings.

  • Walk down to our fruit orchard in the making!

    Walk down to our fruit orchard in the making!

  • 'The Sanctuary,' where you can relax, meditate or nap in our four hammocks.

    'The Sanctuary,' where you can relax, meditate or nap in our four hammocks.

  • 'Kinomo Room' is an epitomy of where East meets West!

    'Kinomo Room' is an epitomy of where East meets West!

  • Second-floor bathrooms have two sinks and a semi-circular shower rooms.

    Second-floor bathrooms have two sinks and a semi-circular shower rooms.

  • The sun is burning the sky!  
To the right is the Pacific Ocean/ Hermosa Beach

    The sun is burning the sky! To the right is the Pacific Ocean/ Hermosa Beach

  • A magnificent sunrise show over the mountains and Hermosa Beach

    A magnificent sunrise show over the mountains and Hermosa Beach

  • Ahhh... This is heaven! View the ocean from the hammock!

    Ahhh... This is heaven! View the ocean from the hammock!

  • A gorgeous sunset over Jaco Beach

    A gorgeous sunset over Jaco Beach

  • Scarlet Macaw on our tree. Photo taken by Linda.

    Scarlet Macaw on our tree. Photo taken by Linda.

  • Another family of toucans, also on our tree.

    Another family of toucans, also on our tree.

  • Gorgeous island, highlighted by a unique slate of granite, nature's masterpiece.

    Gorgeous island, highlighted by a unique slate of granite, nature's masterpiece.

  • First Floor bedroom has oil paintings by talented, local artists.

    First Floor bedroom has oil paintings by talented, local artists.

  • Recently planted bananas, papayas, guavas, pineapples, avocados, oranges...

    Recently planted bananas, papayas, guavas, pineapples, avocados, oranges...

  • Second floor master bedroom.  A large walk-in closet and a bathroom in the back.

    Second floor master bedroom. A large walk-in closet and a bathroom in the back.

  • Framed silk fabric in each room is made from 'obi,' a silk sash worn with kimono

    Framed silk fabric in each room is made from 'obi,' a silk sash worn with kimono

  • Sun rising over the mountains on a cloudy day.

    Sun rising over the mountains on a cloudy day.

  • Sun is showing the depth of the mountains and the richness of the morning calm.

    Sun is showing the depth of the mountains and the richness of the morning calm.

  • A typical ocean view from the rooftop deck on a sunny day! A panoramic view!

    A typical ocean view from the rooftop deck on a sunny day! A panoramic view!

  • The deck flooring is coral, so your feet will never get hot!

    The deck flooring is coral, so your feet will never get hot!

  • No, this is not the sun!  A full moon relfecting on Pacific Ocean (Jaco Beach)!

    No, this is not the sun! A full moon relfecting on Pacific Ocean (Jaco Beach)!

  • Two toucan lovebirds on our tree.  Photo by Linda.

    Two toucan lovebirds on our tree. Photo by Linda.

  • Who am I?  A turkey?  I'll let you guess.  I think I am prettier than a turkey!

    Who am I? A turkey? I'll let you guess. I think I am prettier than a turkey!

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