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300 Degree Views of Braulio Carrillo Cloud Forest and Birdwatching

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Living Rm with local pink beige brown and red limestone, fireplace is never used

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Last updated: 10/05/2014
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  • Minimum stay:14-30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Santo Domingo house description

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*(the first guests in this house fell in love with it so much they stayed 5 months. They are leaving for Panama to continue their odyssey at the end of October 2014 so the place is fully available once again) The on-site manager Eduardo will pick you up at my expense at the airport or your car rental office so you will not have a problem finding the place. If needed we will arrange a taxi back to the airport at your expense. US owner offers this new (2010) close-in park-like country passive solar penthouse with high end materials and artistic details. Spring weather year round (high 70's, never too hot). 3 roofed balconies catch sun and birds all day. Electric gate with remote, full time handyman gardener and part time security guard, retired couple Eduardo and Agnes next door are the on-site managers who speak Spanish, English and French. ADT alarm service. Renewably grown teak in all ceilings, doors, cabinets and woodwork, imported Spanish tile, ceramic and stained glass artwork by local artists, all glass separate office-sunroom, fully furnished and equipped with US appliances including new dishwasher, new teak queen bed frames with Guatemalan bedspreads, landline-internet-cable-wifi, four desks, kitchen island seats 6, fully screened but well above the dengue altitude zone, 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, 14 minutes to the INBIO nature museum. 15 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.

Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

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

            25...moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            The balconies are 2 stories high on the east and south side, not good for very small children and people afraid of heights...moreless

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

            20 steps up from covered parking...moreless

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            New curtains, walk in closet for 2 persons, balcony ...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            Has its own bath with tub and shower, balcony, big closet...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

            spanish tile, granite and teak, skylight, view of forest...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Spanish tile, granite and teak, view of forest, skylight...moreless

          • built to US standards

          Entertainment

          • DVD Player
          • Satellite / Cable:

            Sky Dish TV ...moreless

          • Television

          Theme

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

          Attractions

          • Botanical Garden
          • Churches
          • Cinemas
          • Festivals
          • Health/Beauty Spa
          • Live Theater
          • Museums
          • Restaurants
          • Synagogues
          • Theme Parks
          • Zoo

          Local Services & Businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Fitness Center
          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • Medical Services

          Leisure Activities

          • Antiquing
          • Bird Watching
          • Eco Tourism
          • Gambling Casinos
          • Photography
          • Scenic Drives
          • Shopping
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking
          • Wildlife Viewing

          Location Type

          • Mountain View
          • Rural
          • Village

          Sports & Adventure Activities

          • Cycling
          • Golf
          • Hiking
          • Mountain Climbing
          • Mountaineering
          • Tennis

          Dining

              • Dining Area

              General

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Fireplace:

                Decorative, not used for heat, not needed...moreless

              • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                Tunturi stationary exercise bike...moreless

              • Internet:

                1 meg DSL...moreless

              • Linens Provided
              • Parking:

                2 covered spaces right outside door, electric entrance gate with sun visor remote...moreless

              • Telephone:

                Landline...moreless

              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine

              Kitchen

              Outside

              • Balcony
              • Lawn / Garden:

                full time handyman gardener will show you flowers to cut ...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                gas grill...moreless

              • Tennis:

                two doors down there is a tennis pro who gives lessons and has access to local private courts, 20 years teaching in the US Arturo Rojas...moreless

               

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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              offseason
              Jul 1 - Nov 30, 2014
              14 night min stay

              $300 $1,200
              My Standard Rate
              30 night min stay

              $1,300
              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees:

              • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
              • Taxes Not included

              Cancellation policy:

              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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              Last updated: 10/05/2014
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              Location

              22 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              San Jose (Juan Santamaria Alajuela)
              2 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              Go Sportsbar, El Descanso, Hotel Bougainvillea
              76 Miles
              Nearest Ferry
              Puntarenas
              3 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Club Cariari, Aschville, Santana CC
              6 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Santa Rosa station to Heredia-San Jose-Cartago
              2 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Hwy 32 south to San jose, north to Limon
              3 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Hotel Bougainvillea-Bromelias-Casa Azul-Potreros
              72 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              Jaco

              Car: Necessary

              Spring weather year round (never too hot), Wet Spring sunny mornings with rain in the afternoon May to December, Dry Spring sunny almost all day long Dec 15 through April. 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, 14 minutes to the INBIO nature museum. 15 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.

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2010

              About the owner: I am 67, 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 residency and general advice about visiting and living in Costa Rica. I have been here continuously since retiring in 2007, and recently completed this passive solar teak-lined house surrounded by mountains, forest, and vast skies, with inside temperatures in the high 70's-F/23-26-C 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 weather and is close to San Jose area attractions, and is much less crowded, hot 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 oropendulas, mot mots and orioles. This is the resident nesting territory of yellow flycatchers, brown and white jays, yiguirros (Clay Colored Robins, the Costa Rican national bird) and powder blue tanagers. Buzzards and hawks patrolling our two nearby rivers treat us to flying ballets all day long. To the north a 3-mile stretch of the mountains of the Braulio Carrillo Park is visible with its constantly changing crown of passing clouds coming and going. To the east we see the Irazu volcano and to the south the mountains behind San Jose. To the west we see sunsets from the second bedroom balcony. We have impressive rainbows often on all sides.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              This house has amazing views from high panoramic windows and 3 roofed balconies. The property's grounds below have lawns and a riot of colorful flowers year round. The house has 16 skylights, some in every room and the hot water is solar heated with electric backup for rainy days. The roomy master bedroom has its own colorfully tiled bathroom with skylight, whirlpool tub, Delta shower and granite-topped solid teak commode. The second bedroom has its own colorfully tiled bathroom with tub and Delta shower, skylight and granite topped solid teak commode. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan (seven ceiling fans total) and a roofed balcony. The queen beds have teak frames, high count US sheets and colorful handmade Guatemalan bedspreads. The all glass office-sunroom catches early morning sun and has a Tunturi stationary exercise bike. Full set of new US appliances, including a new dishwasher and LCD TV, Sky digital cable and DVD player. Wifi reaches every room. New curtains in bedrooms. Covered parking for two cars. Has 20 steps up to front door. Sleeps 4 plus couch.


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              Speaks: english, spanish

               

              Photos

              • Living Rm with local pink beige brown and red limestone, fireplace is never used

                Living Rm with local pink beige brown and red limestone, fireplace is never used

              • View to south from kitchen island

                View to south from kitchen island

              • Kitchen cooking island, 7 bar stools, new convection oven to left

                Kitchen cooking island, 7 bar stools, new convection oven to left

              • kitchen view of mountains to southeast behind Escazu and two neighbor houses

                kitchen view of mountains to southeast behind Escazu and two neighbor houses

              • Master bedroom view to south with early morning sunlight from east at left

                Master bedroom view to south with early morning sunlight from east at left

              • Master walk in closet 'his and hers' (clothes now removed), storage top shelf

                Master walk in closet 'his and hers' (clothes now removed), storage top shelf

              • Master bath with whirlpool tub, Spanish tile, granite topped teak cabinet

                Master bath with whirlpool tub, Spanish tile, granite topped teak cabinet

              • Rufous Thrush flew in to granite kitchen counter looking for a snack

                Rufous Thrush flew in to granite kitchen counter looking for a snack

              • Braulio Carrillo peaks with typical clouds that move to left (west) all day

                Braulio Carrillo peaks with typical clouds that move to left (west) all day

              • Second bedroom bathroom with Delta shower controls, no whirlpool, teak, skylight

                Second bedroom bathroom with Delta shower controls, no whirlpool, teak, skylight

              • Hummingbird flew in and played possum before flying off when gently tossed out

                Hummingbird flew in and played possum before flying off when gently tossed out

              • Eduardo and Agnes, on-site managers, only close-by neighbors , Span-Engl-French

                Eduardo and Agnes, on-site managers, only close-by neighbors , Span-Engl-French

              • Inside entrance Teak door with stained glass scarlet Macaws by local artist

                Inside entrance Teak door with stained glass scarlet Macaws by local artist

              • Kitchen teak cabinets and bay window with orchids, papaya tree to left

                Kitchen teak cabinets and bay window with orchids, papaya tree to left

              • new dishwasher machine lower right (very rare appliance in Costa Rica)

                new dishwasher machine lower right (very rare appliance in Costa Rica)

              • Master BR entrance teak door with Toucan stained glass by local artist

                Master BR entrance teak door with Toucan stained glass by local artist

              • Master bedroom with teak queen sized bed, walk in closet left, bath to right

                Master bedroom with teak queen sized bed, walk in closet left, bath to right

              • Brown Jay looking at his reflection in sliding glass door, almost chicken size

                Brown Jay looking at his reflection in sliding glass door, almost chicken size

              • View of Braulio Carrillo park peaks from sun room office, morning sun right

                View of Braulio Carrillo park peaks from sun room office, morning sun right

              • sun room office and living room balcony

                sun room office and living room balcony

              • 2nd bedroom with new curtains and corner desk with great view, balcony, closet

                2nd bedroom with new curtains and corner desk with great view, balcony, closet

              • Laundry room with new US appliances

                Laundry room with new US appliances

              • New triangle desk off living room, 1 of 4 desks, 3 with  great views

                New triangle desk off living room, 1 of 4 desks, 3 with great views

              • How close are Eduardo and Agnes if you need help? White house at left is theirs

                How close are Eduardo and Agnes if you need help? White house at left is theirs

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              Date last modified - Sunday, October 05, 2014

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              2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 5

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              Speaks: english, spanish
              • Calendar last updated 10/05/2014
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