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Here is the complete, unedited review from Dec 2014 guest Dan of Ontario, Canada: 'This was one of the most beautiful homes I have stayed in ... The pictures do not do it justice it is much better in person ... The kitchen was our favourite! New appliances and everything you need was provided... Currently staying at a very expensive apartment in Tamarindo and does not provide anything, a coffee maker or frying pans or even hot water! I miss this home in Heredia!
Some other positives are the manager picked me up at the airport, took me for groceries, got to the house it was very clean, the internet was fast, I recommend bringing apple tv ;) it does have satellite TV, beautiful view, the grocery store was relatively close by taxi , the weather was never too hot or too cold it was always perfect.
Anyway I recommend this house hope to stay again someday soon!' (end of Dan's review)
Owner Steve's property description: As Dan stated, the fully bi-lingual 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, and he will take you grocery shopping at a nice nearby supermarket. If needed we will arrange a taxi back to the airport at your expense. If you are ok driving an older car with stick shift, we can provide one at low cost. If you are staying less than 30 days we are required by Costa Rican law to charge you the 13% hotel tax.
This newer (2010) 2 BR 2 Bath is in a park-like country setting, yet close to the city. It is an architect designed passive solar penthouse with high end materials and artistic details. Spring weather year round (high 70's/23-26 C, never too hot). 3 roofed balconies catch sun and birds all day. Electric gate with remote, part 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, TWO cable TV systems (Sky and Claro with CNN and BBC news, ABC Miami, US-English ESPN Sportscenter, HBO, kids channels, music channels, etc) TWO Wifi internet systems exclusive to this house (not shared with any other house )to drive ALL your wireless devices simultaneously and run clear Skype video calls (1.0 Meg ICE and 5.0 Meg Claro), landline and flat screen TV, four desks (three with amazing views), kitchen island seats 6, fully screened but well above the dengue altitude zone, all rooms have ceiling fans, but the natural cross ventilation from local breeze allows easy temperature adjustment. 30 minutes to the downtown National Theater and the museums, 20 minutes to the Universidad Nacional (UNA) in Heredia. 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 Toucan Rescue Ranch exotic animal park. 12 minutes to the award winning Bougainvillea hotel gardens and restaurant, 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, 25 minutes to the Britt coffee tour farm and packing plant. 55 minutes to the Jungle Tram or Zoo Ave bird sanctuary, just over one hour to the Sarchi woodworking town or the Lankester gardens. No Pets, No smoking.
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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. 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, 25 minutes to the Britt coffee tour farm and packing plant. 50 minutes to the Jungle Tram or Zoo Ave bird sanctuary, just over one hour to Sarchi or the Lankester gardens.
Year Purchased: 2010
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 spend part of the year in California with the grandchildren. I have gone through all the residency requirements for Costa Rica and can offer general and residency advice about visiting and living in Costa Rica (I will e-mail you my personal Central Valley tourist guide on request). Since retiring in 2007 I built 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 house 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/5-km 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.
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