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Here is the unedited review of house 573635 from the Kings of Florida:
'My husband and I traveled from Florida to Costa Rica for the Medical Tourism. We stayed here for 10 days and it was perfect. Very clean, quiet and peaceful. I highly recommend to anyone traveling there. Close enough to everything yet far enough away to relax at the end of the day. Everything you need. A true Home away from Home. The care takers are wonderful people. Very kind and helpful. It was a true pleasure to have met them. Highly Recommend!!!!' (end of Kings' review)
The fully bi-lingual on-site manager Eduardo will pick you up at my expense at the airport or car rental office so you will not have a problem finding the place. On your way from the airport he will also take you grocery shopping at a nice supermarket near the house. If you are ok driving an older car with stick shift, we can provide one at low cost. Eduardo's wife Agnes, a retired professor, gives Spanish lessons for $15 an hour. If needed we will arrange a taxi back to the airport at your expense. If you are staying less than 30 days, we are required by law to charge you the 13% hotel tax.
US owner offers this 3 BR 2 bath newly remodeled home on the east side of Santo Domingo, Heredia, on a half acre with ample flower gardens, fresh flowers every day, many kinds of birds in the yard, ideal year-round spring-like temperature zone. Retired couple are the bi-lingual on-site managers Eduardo and Agnes (she also speaks French) who lived in the US and are right next door. He is a retired factory manager and they raise butterflies in their back yard. Spring weather year round (mid to high 70's/23-26 C, never too hot) 3 BR 2 Baths (showers only, no bathtub)--Pool table and huge outdoor kitchen, newly remodeled and expanded, all on one floor, porch side entrance has no steps. Rich wood panels on high ceilings with large central skylight, ceiling fans in all rooms (opening windows adjusts temperature with gentle natural breeze), 9-foot regulation mahogany pocket billiard table with one inch Italian slate, 45 by 14 ft skylighted teak ceiling front porch, outdoor kitchen with Weber for charcoal briquets and large built-in gas grill with two burner stove and sink, sun porch ringed with flowers, large glassed-in separate dining room-office with large desk with printer, UPS, flat monitor and speakers, surrounded by walls of blooming flowers, guest parking, open floor plan, TWO cable TV systems (Sky and Claro with CNN and BBC news, ABC Miami, US-English ESPN Sportscenter, HBO, kids channels, many music channels, etc) TWO simultaneous Wifi internet systems exclusive to this house (not shared with any other house) to drive ALL your devices simultaneously and run clear Skype video calls (1.0 Meg ICE and 5.0 Meg Claro), landline and 46 inch smart TV, we loan you a local pre-paid cell phone, sun porch with large umbrella and round table, views of coffee fields and surrounded by lawn and flower gardens, 20 minutes to the new (2013) Lincoln mall with first-run movies and top restaurants, 30 minutes to National Theater and the museums, 10 minutes to the Brumas del Zurqui coffee shop with the coffee judged best in the world in 2012, 14 minutes to the award winning Bougainvillea Hotel gardens and restaurant, 18 minutes to the INBIO nature museum, 12 minutes to the Toucan Rescue Ranch exotic animal park. 15 minutes to the Bromelias del Rio restaurant and bakery, 18 minutes to the SIBU organic chocolate factory, restaurant and tour, 30 minutes to the Britt coffee tour farm and packing plant, 50 minutes to the Jungle Tram (Rainforest Adventures) or the ZooAve bird sanctuary, 1.5 hours to the Lankester Gardens or to the Sarchi woodworking town, 2.5 hours to either Atlantic or Pacific beaches, new teak cabinets, new teak bedframes with Guatemalan bedspreads, US appliances including new dishwasher (rare in Costa Rica), new clothes washer, electric dryer, kitchen eating bar for 6, functional stone fireplace (never used-never cold enough), new curtains, fully furnished and equipped, fully screened but well above the dengue altitude zone, covered parking for 2 cars, electric gate with remote control and ADT alarm, full time handyman-gardener and part time security guard, sleeps 6, just bring your wireless devices and clothes, No smoking No pets, older car negotiable.
Queen beds except one standard double, quality sheets and pillows, Guatemalan hand woven bed spreads, bath towels included, you do your own laundry, bedmaking and kitchen cleaning, gardener-handyman will do repairs, sweep floors and clean windows...moreless
46 inch TV. Sky Dish TV is from Mexico, half in English. US ESPN & major networks NOT available, but major US sports events are covered. Golf channel, CNN, Fox news in English. Many music channels...moreless
46 inch LED smart TV with wifi, will work with your Slingbox from your home cable...moreless
Gardener takes care of everything, you can pick flowers as you wish...moreless
gas griddle and 2 gas burners, and Weber briquet grill with electric starter...moreless
There is a tennis coach 2 doors down named Arturo Rojas. He has access to local courts if you pay him for lessons at $20 per hour. He was a teaching pro in the US 18 years, excellent English 8828-6151...moreless
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Garden home on one level with huge (14 by 45 feet) roofed front porch with outdoor kitchen and sundeck, 9 foot mahogany pool table, garden centered all glass separate dining room-office, spring weather year round (high 70's F / 23-26 C-- never too hot). 30 minutes from the National Theater and the museums. Under two hours by car to either Atlantic or Pacific beaches. 20 minutes to the new (2013) Lincoln Mall with first run movies and top restaurants. 10 minutes to the Brumas de Zurqui coffee shop with the coffee judged best in the world in 2012. 12 minutes to the award winning Bougainvillea hotel gardens and restaurant, 12 minutes to the Toucan Rescue Ranch exotic animal park, 14 minutes to the INBIO nature museum. 15 minutes to the Bromelias del Rio Restaurant and Bakery, 18 minutes to the Sibu organic chocolate factory and tour, 20 minutes to the Britt coffee tour farm and packing plant. 40 minutes to the Jungle Tram or Zoo Ave bird sanctuary, just over one hour to Sarchi or the Lankester gardens.
Year Purchased: 1989
About the owner: I am 68, retired from overseas consulting work in agriculture and road projects. I grew up in California (BA from UC Berkeley 1968). I have managed my own rentals for 30+ years. I have lived in Costa Rica for 18 of the past 30 years, having come here in 1984 to manage an agricultural project for the US Embassy. I have gone through all the residency requirements and can offer general and residency advice about visiting and living in Costa Rica. I now spend part of the year in California with the grandchildren. I just completed a major remodel and expansion of this passive solar house surrounded by mountains, forest, and vast skies, with inside temperatures in the mid to high 70's (23-26C) year round. No need for air conditioning or heat, inside temperatures are adjusted by opening and closing screened windows for cooling by mild natural breezes.
Why the Owner Chose Santo Domingo: I lived at the beach in Costa Rica (Manuel Antonio) and after a couple of years found the hot weather was uncomfortable and getting gradually worse. Then I moved to 900 meters altitude in San Antonio de Belen (Cariari) and found temperatures there were also uncomfortable. This location at about 1150 meters altitude (3700 ft) has great spring weather and is close to San Jose area attractions, and is much less crowded, hot, polluted, expensive and congested than the other side of the valley such as Santana and Rohrmoser-Escazu. I left California's urban congestion to find an idyllic place like this. Located at the end of a quiet country lane between two rivers, the surrounding properties on three sides are undeveloped farms or private gardens. We are visited by flocks of noisy green parrots during parts of the year, along with occasional Montezuma's Oropendulas, mot mots and orioles. This is the resident nesting territory of Great Kiskadee-yellow flycatchers, brown and white jays, yiguirros (Clay Colored Robins, the Costa Rican national bird) and powder blue tanagers, Rufous Thrushes and hummingbirds. Buzzards and hawks patrolling our two nearby rivers treat us to flying ballets all day long. At any one time we have several nests close to the house.
The Unique Benefits at this House: The fully bi-lingual on-site manager Eduardo will pick you up at my expense at the airport or car rental office so you will not have a problem finding the place. On your way from the airport he will also take you grocery shopping at a nice supermarket near the house. If you are ok driving an older car with stick shift, we can provide one at low cost. Eduardo's wife Agnes, a retired professor, gives Spanish lessons for $15 an hour. If needed, we will arrange a taxi (for you to pay) for you to return to the airport. This house has a huge outdoor kitchen, a mahogany pool table and a glassed-in dining room-office surrounded by lawn and a riot of colorful flowers year round. The roomy master bedroom has its own bathroom but the other two bedrooms are comparatively small and share a bath. Closets are very ample. There are two queen beds in teak frames and one double bed in teak frame, high count US sheets and colorful handmade Guatemalan bedspreads. There is no tub, only 2 showers, but there is a bidet in the master bath. The sun porch just off the outdoor kitchen is protected by a hedge of pink bougainvilleas (where birds nest) and has a large umbrella and round table that seats 6. Full set of US appliances, including a new clothes washer and older electric dryer, and a new dishwasher (a rare appliance in Costa Rica), new 46 inch LED smart TV. New curtains. Covered parking for two cars has 10 steps up to outdoor kitchen. Outdoor parking for 3 cars, one space is on the house level with no steps up.
Speaks: english, spanish
Primary:+1 8052564485also: steven.huffstutlar or 580-279-1006 on Skype
Secondary:+506 88167004also steven.huffstutlar on skype
Tertiary:+506 22682768Eduardo and Agnes, on-site managers next door