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Casa Vista Grande, a 3-bedroom, 3-bath home completed in April, 2014 sits high on a plateau just 6 minutes from downtown Atenas. We offer the most stunning and expansive views of the Central Valley including two mountain ranges and four volcanoes in the distance. From the coraline terrace, the infinity pool or the front bedrooms you can gaze out on Poas, Barva, Irazu and Turrialba, with the entire central Valley stretching out before you and San Jose nestled at the far end. You are surrounded by tropical gardens, frequented by colorful birds. At night you can enjoy the stars above and below, the sparkling lights of the Central Valley.
Situated in a private, gated area, the house is tastefully appointed with colorful tiles, beautiful native hardwoods, quality furniture and appliances. Broadband internet is provided with WiFi, and HD TV with Netflix on demand, and a land line phone for local calls. A prepaid cell phone is provided for your convenience with a fully refundable deposit.
Atenas is centrally located, just ten minutes from the Pan American Highway that runs North to the world-famous Monteverde nature preserve and Nicaragua, south to San Jose and Panama. The new Caldera Highway has an exit directly into downtown Atenas, putting you a convenient 30 minutes from Escazu—which features the huge Multiplaza mall and many first-class shops—and downtown San Jose. Looking west from the highway entrance, you are 30 miles (43 minutes) from the Pacific beaches. The house is 25 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport.
Nearby attractions include the El Toledo Coffee Tour, the Zoo in La Garita, the Botanical Orchid Garden in La Garita, Else Kienzler Botanical Garden in Sarchi.
Comfortable day trips include Beaches: (Tarcoles, 50 minutes, 35 miles; Jaco Beaches - 45 miles, one hour and six minutes); Volcanoes & Parks: (Poas Volcano Nat'l Park - 22 miles, about an hour; Manuel Antonio National Park at Jaco; Arenal Volcano Nat'l Park - 50 miles, 2 ½ hours; La Paz Waterfall Gardens – 35 miles, 1 hour 11 minutes).
Your hostess Magda is very knowledgeable about the Atenas area and Costa Rica’s many attractions. She will happily offer information and services of every kind to make you feel completely at home. She will give you a guide to local restaurants that are sure to please any palate. The house is stocked with useful information including the latest guidebooks, maps, local directories and current books on native birds, animals and plants. You can take advantage of all the attractions, fun activities and tours Costa Rica has to offer: Beaches; rainforests; volcanoes; the wild, untamed Osa Peninsula; river rafting; surfing; zip line canopy tours; butterfly farms; coffee plantations, and more…or you can luxuriate in doing absolutely nothing, lounging under a coconut palm by the infinity pool, sipping a fresh tropical drink, taking in the beauty of Costa Rica while turning the pages of a favorite book.
Enjoy the fresh air and breathtaking views while having your meals under the generous covered terrace which includes a gas BBQ grill, comfortable seating and dining for six. There are pool lounges for sunning and walking trails through the gardens. Make yourself at home in the great room and enjoy a movie on the high-definition TV. High-speed internet is available with WiFi and Netflix service is accessible anytime on the TV. There is formal dining for 6 and an island bar for breakfast or cocktails. Enjoy the fully equipped kitchen to prepare your own meals.
The bedroom furniture is native hardwood, hand-carved by local craftsmen. All three bedrooms offer queen beds with Serta pillow top mattresses. There is an inflatable queen bed available for more guests if necessary. Each bedroom has its own tastefully appointed bathroom with shower.
According to National Geographic magazine, Atenas has 'the best climate in the world.' The perpetual spring-like weather boasts daytime highs of 75-84 degrees F and night time lows of 65 F; in a word…perfect. The quaint central park is the heart of Atenas. The small town charm offers an open air feria (farmers market) every Friday morning as well as modern supermarkets, bakeries, hardware stores, drugstores, restaurants, internet café's, video stores, bicycle shops, chiropractors, dentists, lawyers, gift stores, beauty shops and more. You’ll fall in love with the warm and friendly people of Atenas. Bus service between Atenas, San Jose and Alajuela is frequent, comfortable, safe and inexpensive. Taxis are also quite reasonable; the fare to Atenas central from the house is just $5. Robert, the owner will provide you with a custom digital map to the house and directions in English and Spanish before your departure in Costa Rica. Magda will also gladly arrange airport pickup if needed.
The Costa Rican greeting, “Pura Vida” epitomizes the local philosophy. It means literally, “Pure Life,” referring to the shared experience living in a land where nature is beautiful, relaxing and unspoiled. Many locals also say “Pura Vida” instead of good bye. Wishing you a “beautiful day”. We invite you to come and stay with us for a delightful tropical vacation in paradise. It will be our pleasure to assist you in making your stay with us one of your best vacation choices ever.
Green Season May 1 - Nov 14, 2015 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit$300
* Monthly rates are discounted, contact us
Listed rates apply to maximum of six guests at a time. Fee for each additional guest beyond 6 and up to 8 is $20 per guest, per night.
Cancellation policy: Deposit is non-refundable. Remaining balance of 50% can be refunded if reservation cancelled more than 30 days before beginning of rental period.
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Highway 3, 3 km. Panamerican Hwy, 16 mins, 12.9 km
Bella Vista Restaurant
Tarcoles Beach, Pacific Coast,
Car: Not Necessary
In the living room and free by e-mail upon request is a guide to the owner's six favorite attractions in Costa Rica. Also two copies of the current 'Lonely Planet, Costa Rica' are in the living room. Atenas Restaurant Guide is there as well. Atenas is perfectly located for easy access to adventures all over Costa Rica. More local recommendations from the owner: El Toledo Coffee Tour (http://cafeateniense.blogspot.com/), The Zoo in nearby La Garita, Beautiful La Paz Waterfall Gardens on the slopes of Poas in nearby Heredia (http://www.waterfallgardens.com/), Tarcoles beach on the Pacific Coast 59 minutes away. Botanical Orchid Garden, La Garita, 14 mins, 11 km. Else Kientzler Botanical Gardens, Sarchi, 33 mins, 22.8 km, the ARA project to save Macaws at Islita (
Year Purchased: 2014
About: I am semi-retired living in West Virgnia, USA. Ph.D. in Psychology, did research on intelligence and growth of intelligence, published in 4 countries. Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Program all over the USA and in Europe and Asia.
Why Atenas: Atenas is a very special place, and this location is even more special. The views are fantastic and the weather is great. The people of Atenas are warm and friendly.
The Unique Benefits at this House: The views are the best in Atenas! The house is very comfortable and designed with principals of ancient architecture to take maximum advantage of the sun. The flow of fresh air is maximized by the design of the great room, with louvered windows at the top. This allows for warm air to flow up and out of the house. The solar water heater provides plenty of hot water while minimizing use of energy. The infinity pool makes the water, earth and sky blend together.