About the property
- House6000 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
6000 SF House-4 BR, 5.5 Baths, Gulf of Nicoya/Pacific views - pool, spa & sauna
Welcome to my 'retirement dream home' which was custom built in 2011 to include amenities that I wanted in a home that I could share with my family & friends. A delayed retirement offers you an opportunity to enjoy all the pleasures & comforts of my beautiful home until I make this dream home my final residence.
Located in a 24-lot gated community affording safety & privacy, the property is only 40 minutes to the Juan Santamaria International airport and is less than 10 minutes drive to downtown San Ramon where there is banking, shopping, hospital, pharmacies, churches, small mall with movie theater, numerous local & international cuisine restaurants as well as many more conveniences. Each house in the development is situated on a spacious 5,000+ SM lot allowing for privacy. Currently there are 8 houses occupied by either fulltime or partial-year owner residents with another house under construction to be completed in 2014.
Villa Rosa is centrally located in the development with a 360 degree view which encompasses both the gorgeous mountains as well as the Gulf of Nicoya & Pacific Ocean. You can enjoy the most fabulous sunsets from most rooms in the house as well as the main level terrace, the covered pool terrace and the pool deck.
The paved, semi-circle drive at the front entrance of the house affords easy access & parking under the covered portico. The house is entered on the main level from this portico through custom iron & glass doors that lead into a large octagon-shaped atrium. Upon entering the house you will immediately be captivated by the elegance of the two-story atrium decorated with hanging tapestries with soaring tray ceilings illuminated with indirect recessed lighting and beautiful chandelier. The floor to ceiling glass doorway leads to a balcony opening to a view of the mountains & Gulf of Nicoya. From the 8-sided atrium there is access to the master bedroom, main floor guestroom, & the powder room through beautiful custom-crafted wood doors. The living, dining & kitchen areas and the stairs to the lower level are accessed through open doorways.
The dining room is furnished with a Tuscan style formal dining room suite with a table with 8 chairs and matching glass curio cabinets. The dining room has a wonderful view of the Gulf of Nicoya and the infinity pool through the double glass doors leading to the covered terrace. Open the glass doors and enjoy the wonderful outdoors during your meals or enjoy sundowners on the adjoining covered terrace with its comfortable wicker sofa and chairs.
In the area adjacent to the dining room is the living room furnished with comfortable sofa and chairs, large flat screen TV housed in a wall unit that also contains an electric fireplace that will take the chill off a cool morning or evening or provide lighted ambience when no heat is needed.
The kitchen is separated from the living/dining areas by an open doorway and is equipped with stainless steel appliances that would delight any chef. These include Kitchen Aid double ovens with convection & steam assist options, induction cooktop, a large toaster/convection oven, microwave, trash compactor, garbage disposal, dishwasher, large farm sink, prep sink, French door refrigerator with ice & water in the door and espresso maker. The kitchen is furnished with elegant custom wood cabinets and granite countertops and includes a center island with 2 barstools. An exterior door leads from the kitchen to the outside terrace where there is a large gas grill equipped with rotisserie and separate burner. A large wooden cabinet is situated on the outside terrace stocked with all the acrylic ware you may need for meals outside on the terrace or by the pool. This outdoor cooking area is adjacent to the covered terrace accessible from the dining room and has stone steps leading to the pool-level covered terrace and the pool deck.
The Master bedroom is located on the main level and is accessible from the atrium entrance through double wooden doors. The bedroom is furnished with a queen bed, matching night stands, a chaise and Asian inspired chairs & chest. The adjoining bathroom is equipped with a double-ended soaking tub and separate oversized shower, separate water closet with toilet & bidet, separate double vanity & makeup vanity and adjoining large walk-in closet and built-in bureaus. A large hot tub/spa is located on the private terrace accessed through sliding glass doors and the terrace is covered by a teak pergola. There are stone steps leading from the terrace to the pool below and an outside shower with both cold & hot water is conveniently located on the landing to wash off lotions & sunscreens before entering the spa.
The main floor guest room is also accessible from the atrium entrance and is furnished with a king bed, large oversized dresser & mirror, 32 inch flat screen TV, adjoining bath with separate dressing area with double vanity & beautiful onyx vessel sinks & granite countertops, a double closet with sliding doors, and the separate shower & toilet area.
The lower level is accessed by the stone-covered stairway from the main level atrium and you are immediately in the elegant octagon-shaped game room with unique leopard tile and comfortable sofa for seating while watching or participating in a game of pool on the regulation-sized Brunswick cherry wood pool table. Double decorative iron & glass doors equipped with screens lead from the game room to the pool deck so you can leave the doors open and be included in the activities at the pool.
Adjacent to the game room is a gym equipped with Smooth Fitness elliptical, BowFlex Fitness gym, upright & recumbent stationery bicycles, and other miscellaneous fitness equipment as well as a 32 inch flat screen Smart TV to watch while exercising. There are double iron & glass doors leading from the gym to the outside lower garden area where you can sit and enjoy the outdoors and spend quiet time reading or visiting.
Also located on the lower level adjacent to the gym and game room is:
1. A kitchenette with custom wood cabinetry and granite countertops with a sink, microwave, coffee station and full sized refrigerator with an icemaker conveniently located just steps away from the pool-level covered terrace and pool deck;
2. A sitting area with a sofa and loveseat that make into a double and single bed for extra guests. These are equipped with a comfortable self-inflating air mattress on the double bed and memory foam mattress on the single bed so guests should enjoy a good night’s sleep;
3. A bathroom with a shower and single vanity. A FAR infrared sauna that will accommodate 3-4 people is also located in this bath. The sauna is equipped with options for music with a radio, MP3 connection, and CD player and also has reading lights and colored therapy lighting;
4. A corner desk with a full panoramic view of the infinity pool and the Gulf of Nicoya is equipped with a printer so you can connect your laptop and print documents;
5. A laundry room equipped with new steam washer & dryer, laundry sink and closet with pool towels;
6. Small housekeeper bedroom equipped with daybed which can sleep 1 person and has an adjoining private bath with shower; and
7. Guest room with pool access equipped with two twin day beds with trundles which can sleep 4 people.
If the gym isn’t your cup of tea and you prefer outdoor exercise, take advantage of the safe neighborhood and walk the road which circles the neighborhood and look for birds and other wildlife along the way. You will need good gripping shoes as the road is not paved but it will give you a good workout with the rolling terrain.
There is a massage table available if you wish to request a massage through Martin Rojas, the property manager. He can also arrange side trips to local tourist attractions, daily housekeeping services, take you shopping, secure someone to cook for you if desired, assist with party activities, etc. All of these additional services are to be arranged directly with Martin and fees for these services are separate from the rates and are to be paid directly to him.
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- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 11, 2018
About Ava Mulford
I retired in 2011 to finish construction on this house but left it in the hands of housesitters to return to work in the Spring of 2012. I plan to permanently retire in 2015 and will spend my time in Costa Rica and MS.
Ava Mulford purchased this House in 2011
Why Ava Mulford chose San Ramón
I selected the development of Residencias Las Terrazas because it afforded privacy and services that were important to me.
What makes this House unique
The central location of San Ramon is especially an advantage as you can easily reach the airport and private hospitals in San Jose/Escazu area within an hour as well as many tourist and recreational area.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Excellent and breathtaking
Ava is an excellent host, Martin is also excellent and helpful with anything you might need. Excellent location, close to everything.
Thank you for the review, Jackie. I am so glad your family enjoyed your stay and I hope you come again.
The house was amazing, with spacious rooms and beautiful decor. Everything you need is at your fingertips. The views are spectacular with the valley spread below and the ocean and mountains in the background. On our next trip to Costa Rica, we will definitely be staying at this magnificent place.
Thank you so much for your review. Please come back and stay with me again when you are in the San Ramon area.
We (8 of us, 2 families, all adults) stayed in this house for a few days in July, 2016. Truly an amazing house. The views, sunsets and surrounding area was spectacular. We try to rent houses that have fabulous views and this did not disappoint. We had rented a house close to the coast and want to also stay somewhere closer to San Jose. Most of us had visited Costa Rica a number of time so we did not need to do much sightseeing. When we arrived, we realized we didn't want to leave, we wanted to relax and enjoy the surroundings. The infinity pool and the pool area is beautiful but depending on the time of year you visit, some people could find it cool to swim much. We did spend some time swimming. The hot tub is AMAZING! I think we didn't really have enough time to absorb and enjoy all this house has to offer. From the downstairs gym, pool table, sauna etc. We just didn't have enough days! If the bedroom configuration works for your family, then you will not be disappointed with this house. This house was the safest I have ever felt in Costa Rica. We did go into San Jose, but too much traffic etc and don't need to go again! I know there were other places to visit nearby, but we had seen Poas a number of times and we were happy spending time with each other and relaxing in the beautiful surroundings . Thank you Ava, for sharing your beautiful house with us. You have created a relaxing oasis.
Thank you so much for providing a review for your stay and I am happy to hear that you and your fellow travelers enjoyed your stay. I will work on getting that pool a bit warmer but it is difficult with the night winds we have at the 3500 ft. altitude. I hope you come back and stay longer next time when you need a place for some down time and relaxation.
Great place for a family vacation!
We stayed at this property during Spring break 2016 which is the peak season and the peak week in Costa Rica. The house is phenomenal. It is evident that Ava, the owner, has put her soul into building and decorating the house. There is plenty of room in the house with big rooms. There are 2 main bedrooms on the main level, with a King and Queen bed. There is another room in the basement with 4 single/twin beds and there are a couple of sofa pull-out beds. There is also a care taker room with a bed that could be used. We didn't need all those beds as we were traveling with young children.
There are plenty of bathrooms, showers, sauna. The infinity pool and the view is amazing, however, it is not heated.
The house was easily accessible by car and nearby San Ramon had everything we needed for our week long stay.
There are a few places near San Ramon that the kids really enjoyed; Las Musas (waterfall and a swimming pool) - they also arranged a horse back riding tour for us which was awesome and we got to see 5 more waterfalls. Talk to the manager Gustavo over there.
Then about 40 minutes away from the house is the San Luis Canopy where they offer hanging bridges tour as well as zip lining. It's not the best as you'd find in La Fortuna, but considering that we didn't have to drive for 3-4 hours it was a good compromise.
Martin Rojas is Ava's local contact in San Ramon who welcomed us and was very helpful throughout our stay. He was always accessible by phone or in person to help guide us. He speaks perfect English.
In general we had a lot of fun, enjoyed the property, the privacy and overall stay and we won't hesitate to come back if Ava would have us. Note that this property is closer to San Jose more than any other popular areas such as beaches, forests and volcanoes. We knew that and discussed that aspect with Ava before booking. Most of the usual tourist places like La Fortuna (Arenal), Puntarenas, Manuel Antonio (beaches), or volcanoes were 2+ hours away on winding and single lane roads. We made those day trips on couple of days, with kids, but didn't get much out of those days. My recommendation for visiting those areas is to stay in those areas so that you don't have to drive the long distances on winding roads. Ava did recommend that we do that prior to booking. However, due to the holiday week in Costa Rica we couldn't find any places in those popular areas and honestly wanted to just make one place the base so we don't have to keep moving
Thank you for your review and I'm really glad your family enjoyed the stay. It is correct that areas like La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano areas and Manuel Antonio are a bit too distant to make in a day trip from my property and these two areas are spectacular areas to see and deserve a couple of days to appreciate all they have to offer. However, there are other interesting sites that are easy day trips like the ones mentioned as well as La Paz Waterfalls, Poas Volcano, orchid botanical gardens, the Zoo in the LaGarita area, small local beach Playa Dona Ana, etc. Costa Rica has so much to offer that there is always something fun to do. Martin is most helpful to our guests and will be happy to advise on interesting areas to visit based on the guests' interest and will even arrange transportation for you or take you himself. Again, thank you for your review and I hope you make it back to Costa Rica again in the future. I wish the best to you and your family.
Luxury in CR
This gem has so much going for it we were not there long enough to make full use of all the amenities. Although the weather was cool and prevented us from making use of the pool, it had great outdoor space with amazing views. The manager did an excellent job to ensure we had a great experience and what to do/ where to go in the area.
A very well maintained rental with many luxuries that you don't expect in CR.
Thank you so much for your review of your stay at my home. I wish the weather could have been better and hope that you'll come again.
LIVING LIKE ROCK STARS!
We absolutely loved staying at this beautiful home placed in a picturesque setting! Our family stayed in this villa for a week and we never wanted to leave! The accommodations were even more than we expected. The location was ideal for day trips to many Costa Rica 'must do' destinations, the gardens were well tended and bursting with beautiful tropical blooms, the pool with the mountain and ocean view was breathtaking, the outdoor whirlpool was the perfect ending to a day of sight seeing and the house was elegant yet extremely comfortable. Ava and Martin were so helpful in our planning and getting us acclimated in our dreamy situation. They truly made us feel welcome. We spent each morning on the back balcony, listening to the birds, enjoying the sunrise and taking in the amazing scenery. Costa Rica is such an amazing country, and this house was way beyond spectacular and clean. I would highly recommend this house to everyone!
Hello Allyson, I am beyond thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at my home. Knowing that staying at my home is bringing such joy to others makes my delayed retirement less "painful". I sincerely appreciate you taking time to tell me what you enjoyed about your stay and hope that if you ever decide to visit Costa Rica again, you will let me host your visit once again. I also welcome any comments you have for improvement. I wish you and your family the very best in your future travels.
The Magallanes area of San Ramon is located just off Highway 1 with easy access to many tourist attractions including Poas Volcano and Lapaz Waterfalls, Arenal Lake & Volcano for fabulous zip lining, mountain bike trails and thermal hot springs, Playa Dona Ana is a local beach where monkey families will entertain you with their antics and Jaco and Punteranus are both just an easy drive for deep sea fishing, sunbathing and nice restaurants.