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Wave House Artist Home !

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Full view of the main living area, naturally cooled, with 20 feet wide openings


Last updated: 12/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4-6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Malpais house description

Candida's home, Mal Païs, in the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica - known for its surfing and protected nature preserves. Only two houses visible within miles of your 360 degree views from the pool!

The Wave House is a unique design that merges interior living with shaded exterior covered patios that dovetail with a protect existing jungle foliage. This setting, high-up overlooking Mal Pais beaches, allows for framed views of the sea and takes advantage of its orientation for both eastern sun and low setting sun, while not allowing direct sunlight to enter and warm the main house volume. As a holistic design, both in construction material and in orientation, the house is naturally cool in all seasons. It features immense sliding teak doors - over 20 feet in width - making the living volume one and integral to the outside spaces. At the Wave House the limits between inside and outside are thus blurred. The swimming pool has a unique trapezoidal shape on the South edge of the house and is experienced as an extension of the living area with a infinity edge facing the ocean.

Built on three levels with a curving roof profile - thus the name of the house - the ceiling heights reach over 18 feet inside allowing for hot air to remain in the upper volumes and cool air to remain in the living areas, close to the cool cast concrete floors spaced by flush teak wood strips. Built with steel that is clad in natural teak wood and reddish-brown plaster - the house is furnished with custom furniture built in Costa Rica, lighting fixtures and carpets made by local artists - the house assures a warm interior aesthetic, off-setting the brightness of the Costa Rican sun. This is an important design feature that also helps assure the calm and coolness of modern interior spaces.

The house is located within a pristine 15 acre site, undisturbed jungle, overlooking the surf beaches and cliffs on Pacific side of the Nego Peninsula, reached by ferry from San Jose. It is also possible to reach the Tambor area via small aircraft that links the peninsula to the San Jose airport. Access to the beach and the small town with a wide selection of stores, surf suppliers and the best restaurants of the peninsula, is a 5 minute descent on a paved road from the house. Thus you are both close to beach front activity and secluded in your own domaine.

In terms of space planning, the large curved roof volume is a single space with an open American Kitchen and a large full width balcony overlooking this living space.
All fixtures for the bathroom and kitchen are new - including dishwasher, large refrigerator, washing and drying machines - and sourced from Europe and the US. The table settings are all made locally in terra-cotta.

The house comprises two large bedrooms at the ground level; an immense open balcony level that sleeps three to six; and a separate studio on the lower level. There are three full bathrooms, one partially exterior and surrounded by tropical plantings, and an exterior shower. Nine people sleep comfortably without use of any pull-out couches, up to 12 people by using the large width of the upper balcony.

Completed in 2014 and designed by a French-PortoRican artist, the house is unique for the Island, taking cues from appropriate sustainable design features - natural cross ventilation, immense shading overhangs, large teak sliding doors to keep the heat out, and mineral floors, some painted by the artist herself - as well as local building traditions.

The Wave House is thus the perfect balance of contemporary living in one of the most pristine locations on our fragile planet, providing all the comfort for large families and friends, or for those needing a get-away from the bustle of San Jose or from where ever you are traveling from. Welcome to this special place!

Note: All linens are provided and cleaning services are available upon request. There is a property manager who lives in the area and also maintains maintains the gardens/pool. He is a a transplanted Canadian who speaks both Spanish and English and can assist with any issues or needs, that may arise during your stay.

Interview with artist and owner of the Wave House in Mal Païs.

Q: What drew you to this site in Costa Rica?

CR: Well I had been coming to Costa Rica, specifically to the Nicoya Peninsula, for 20 years before deciding to build a home here. The Pacific side of the Peninsula, the 'end of the road' aspect of the site, sandwiched between the sea and the protected jungle of Cabo Blanco is what drew me to hills above Mal Pais originally. I was looking for an unspoiled piece of nature!

Q: What makes Mal Pais such a sought out destination today?

CR: I would say the exceptional white beaches and constant rolling waves, perfect for surfing and low depth of water for young children (I built the house when my own children were very young) were a perfect mix of unspoiled beauty and sports. From the Wave House site, I recall being taken by the beauty of large Pelicans diving into the sea, seen from afar, while surrounded by a jungle forest that I protect in how I wanted to house to be oriented for views of Mal Pais. Today this vibrant village has some of the best food offerings on the Peninsula, another reason to have settled here. Not far is also St.Theresa and smaller costal towns with a diverse offering of foods from all over, using the great fish and meat available close at hand.

Q: Why did you choose to build in the 'heights' above the village, rather than at the beach edge?

CR: For the incredible sunset views I see from the heights! The house is just a 5 minutes drive down a steep road to the the beach while affording 360 degree views - a visual delight that is not possible down at the seaside. Most importantly, having protected the original jungle forest surrounding my site, I have secured a secluded, safe and calm area, away from the bustle around the village. This location affords cool breezes that the house is designed around to catch, making the house comfortable even in the hottest season.
The combination of the above is what I needed to contemplate one of the last protected jungles on the planet and to find my own clarity for creating my art. It was also an ideal site to have large groups together, to stay or just for a evening get-together, and share this wonderful view, without obstructions from any adjacent houses and just minutes from the village itself. Having renovated 10 houses in my life across Europe, I knew exactly the features of a site that would make the Wave House a unique destination to draw me 'home' from my real home in Paris!

Q: You have Caribbean origins, mixed with a French mother and up-bringing. What else about yourself and the Nicoya Peninsula can you share with us?

CR: As an artist, raised in an artist family in Paris, I was attracted to the sustainable movement that took roots here, assuring that more than 60% of the land is protected. With the purest water on earth flowing out of its volcanic hills that recall the landscape of my families' native Limousin, I found a country without an army, and a gentle, outgoing population who loved children - what better qualities could I hope to find than those? I took many years to decide how to build, as the house is an 'art object' in itself, reflecting my own artistic sensibilities. I worked with so many wonderful local artisans for the house construction as well as the lighting and furnishings, that the house has become a collaborative layered work of fine details - like my art - that I am now ready to share it with others.

Q: The Wave House is one of a few major undertakings of yours. Could you briefly say a word on your other building or renovation projects?

CR: Yes, indeed - I would love to share with you my love of the Island of Corsica in the Mediterranean, where I have restored over a ten year period a 13th century convent and church into my own art studio and an arts residency program. I bought this rare property located in the North of the Island in ruins and spent a decade recreating a harmonious setting, while preserving the historic fabric of the existing buildings. The compound is now a registered landmark. It has also inspired me to create a line of cosmetics and perfumes, based on the native plants of the area - called Eau de Couvent. This project, like the Wave House, merges my artistic work, love of landscaped sites to protect and sustainable preservation into one long endeavor that has just come to fruition! I hope you can try Eau de Couvent some day or visit the 'Ile de Beauté'.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 3015 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Events Allowed
              • Children Welcome:

                The pool does not have fence around it, as is the norm in the US, so children must be watched if you bring them with you - as we have done for years. The pool is 9 feet from the house terrace and visible from most angles. ...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Outside naturally, if you like. Just not inside or in the bedrooms!...moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                Let us know pets you will bring - nothing bid enough to scare away our precious fauna and monkeys in the trees!...moreless

              • Wheelchair Accessible:

                The main masterbed room and second bedroom, kitchen and main living area are all at grade level. Only the mezzaine are accessible via stairs. ...moreless

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9

              • Bedroom 1


              • Bedroom 2


              • Bedroom 3


              • Three private bedrooms with bathrooms, all have queen size beds and are airconditioned. There is a large mezzanine the full width of the house - 35 feet wide - that sleeps easily 6!, if needed. There is one lower level private studio, with independent access from outside and private bathroom. All beds, and furnishings are new, designed by the owner and made with sustainable woods in the region. ...moreless

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1


              • Bathroom 2


              • Bathroom 3


              • There are two interior enclosed full bathrooms; and one 'Bali' style outside bathroom with tropical plants and fully shielded from any views, off the master bedroom. ...moreless


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


              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Restaurants
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Horseback Riding
              • Paddle Boating
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Shuffleboard
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Beach View
              • Ocean View
              • Water View

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Dining:

                Large table and seats designed by the owner to seat 12 for dinner!...moreless

              • Dining Area


              • Air Conditioning:

                For each of the three enclose bedrooms...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                new equipment in pantry for drying ...moreless

              • Internet:

                Wifi in house...moreless

              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room:

                Huge 20 feet high curved ceiling with large openings to the sea and the the East, with great cross-ventilation. This room is like an extensio of the outside terraces that surround the house....moreless

              • Parking
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine:

                new equipment in pantry for washing...moreless


              • Coffee Maker
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Kitchen
              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove
              • Toaster


              • Balcony:

                Large continuous balcony the full width of the house, more than 35 feet wide. ...moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                House has large exterior shadede patios that surround three sides of the house. ...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Tropical garden designed by reknown local landscape designer Breck Moore, who maintains the property. ...moreless

              • Water Sports Gear:

                To rent in the town of Malpais - as this is a surfing town, know for great surf for both beginners and professionals!...moreless

              Pool / Spa

                  • Private Pool:

                    Trapedzoidal shaped pool with infinity edge facing the ocean, with great sun exposure. Maintained by staff who lives next door. ...moreless

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional


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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      2nd High Season
                      Nov 1 - Apr 30, 2015
                      6 night min stay
                      Low Season
                      May 1 - Jun 30, 2015
                      4 night min stay
                      High Season
                      Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015
                      6 night min stay
                      My Standard Rate
                      4 night min stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • cleaning €50
                      • Refundable Damage Deposit €850
                      • Taxes Not included

                      Cancellation policy:

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

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                      Last updated: 12/18/2014
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                      25 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      San Jose International or Tambor Airport
                      50 Miles
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Puntarenas Ferry
                      2 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Santa Teresa Beach or Malpais

                      In the Tropical Forest you can do Strip-Line in the trees tops, that are amazing to see the foliage, monekys and views of the ocean. Near Montezuma, called 'Canopy'.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2012

                      About the owner: Land was purchased twenty years ago when I first began visiting the small villages of Santa Teresa and Malpais and there was nothing but jungle around me! So, I finally built this house for me as a art studio - as I am an artist based in Paris and Corsica, 1/2 US, 1/2 Caribbean parentage -just in the last two years. The houses reflects my artistic sensibilities and desire to be at one with nature and disturb as little as possible to this virgin jungle.

                      Why the Owner Chose Malpais:
                      Because no one else dared build so high up, yet so close to the ocean! There were no roads when I first visited this site! I had them all put in - and now there are a few hotels and homes (but out of sight), while my site is still a protected jungle with views overlooking the sea and down the coast to the most protected nature preserve on Earth: the Cabo Blanco Nature Preserve!

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      Minutes by car to the village, many new restaurants, while the original flavor of this fishing and surf town has remained unchanged. The views, with nice cross air flow, makes it comfortable even in the hot season!

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                      Speaks: english, french, german, spanish



                      • Full view of the main living area, naturally cooled, with 20 feet wide openings

                        Full view of the main living area, naturally cooled, with 20 feet wide openings

                      • The kitchen with all new appliances

                        The kitchen with all new appliances

                      • The private studio on the lower level with private access

                        The private studio on the lower level with private access

                      • All furniture designed and made in Cost Rica!

                        All furniture designed and made in Cost Rica!

                      • Infinity edge pool overlooking Santa Teresa Beach

                        Infinity edge pool overlooking Santa Teresa Beach

                      • The kitchen and view to the stair to the mezanine

                        The kitchen and view to the stair to the mezanine

                      • Saint Teresa beach minute away....

                        Saint Teresa beach minute away....

                      • The artist and designer of this new retreat in the jungle in Malpaiis

                        The artist and designer of this new retreat in the jungle in Malpaiis

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                      Date last modified - Thursday, December 18, 2014

                      €200 - €275 per night (EUR)

                      3 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 9

                      View calendar: Updated 12/18/14
                      Minimum stay: 4-6 nights
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                      Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
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