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

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Last updated: 07/17/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7-14 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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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 ... 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 (graduate of the University of Kansas) 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, retired couple Eduardo and Agnes next door are the on-site managers who speak Spanish, English and French. Renewably grown teak in all ceilings, doors, cabinets and woodwork, imported Spanish tile, ceramic and stained glass artwork by local artists, all glass separate sunroom with stationary exercise bike, fully furnished and equipped with US appliances including new dishwasher, new teak queen bed frames with Guatemalan bedspreads, Claro cable TV with English 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 landline and 49 inch LED Smart TV hooked to wifi (your Netflix or similar will run), Bluetooth speakers, four desks (three with amazing views), kitchen island seats 6, fully screened but well above the mosquito 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, 25 minutes to the Universidad Nacional (UNA) in Heredia. Under 2 1/2 hours by car to either Atlantic or Pacific beaches. 20 minutes to the new (2013) Lincoln Mall with first run movies and top restaurants. 12 minutes to the Kahli/Brumas del Zurqui coffee shop with the coffee judged best in the world in 2012. 12 minutes to the Toucan Rescue Ranch exotic animal park. 14 minutes to the award winning Bougainvillea hotel gardens and restaurant, 15 minutes to the Bromelias del Rio restaurant and bakery, 18 minutes to the Sibu organic chocolate factory and tour, 20 minutes to the new Riverside Pizzeria and Gastropub, 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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Property Type

  • House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Car Available

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

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Claro satellite TV with BBC, Miami ABC, US English ESPN, HBO, kids channels, music and local channels...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Bluetooth speakers you can run your wireless device radio or stored muic through....moreless

  • Television:

    49 inch LED smart TV hooked up to wifi...moreless

Theme

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

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:

    Granite center island seats 6, table along west picture window also seats 6 if pulled out from wall....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

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

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Tunturi stationary exercise bike...moreless

  • Internet:

    1 meg DSL and 5 meg fixed wireless for exclusive use of this house only, both run simultaneously...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Parking:

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

  • Telephone:

    Landline and we loan you, if needed a local cellphone for calls withing Costa Rica. Skype video calls as well as Viber and similar services work over wifi....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    3 kinds 1) Mister coffee, 2) espresso maker, 3) Costa Rican chorreador...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    New 2014...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Three balconies on east, west and south sides, all served by lockable sliding glass doors with screens....moreless

  • Golf:

    45 minutes to Club Cariari or Valle del Sol 18 hole courses, 25 minutes to small Aschville 9 hole course....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    full time handyman gardener will help with cleaning of floors and windows, you do your own laundry, changing of sheets and dishes...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    outdoor gas grill on the balcony...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, excellent English, Arturo Rojas phone 8828-6151...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
offseason
Jul 1 - Nov 30, 2016
7 night min stay

$425 $1,300
My Standard Rate
14 night min stay

$450 $1,400
* 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
  • Tax Rate 13%

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 07/17/2016
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Location

22 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Jose (Juan Santamaria Alajuela)
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Go Sportsbar, El Descanso, Hotel Bougainvillea
76 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Puntarenas
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
Club Cariari, Aschville, Valle del Sol 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
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Hot Bougainvillea-Bromelias-Casa Azul-Riverside
72 Miles
Nearest Beach
Jaco

Car: Necessary

Spring weather year round (never too hot), June to December is Wet Spring sunny mornings with some rain in the afternoon, Dry Spring Dec. 15- May 30 sunny almost all day long. 30 minutes from the National Theater and the museums. 2 1/2 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 Kahli/Brumas del Zurqui coffee shop with the coffee judged best in the world in 2012. 14 minutes to the award winning Bougainvillea hotel gardens and restaurant, 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, 30 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.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: I am 69, 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 20 of the past 32 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 Pará, Costa Rica:
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 Montezuma's 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 cotton sheets and colorful handmade Guatemalan bedspreads. The all glass sunroom catches early morning sun and has a Tunturi stationary exercise bike. Full set of new US appliances, including a new dishwasher, all cooking and kitchen utensils, espresso maker, coffee grinder, rice cooker, convection oven, and 49 inch smart TV and DVD player. We have Claro cable TV and two kinds of wi-fi internet, 1 megabyte DSL and 5 megabyte wireless. Wifi reaches every room. New curtains in bedrooms, 4 desks, three with great views. 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

  • Gas grill bought 5-2014 on living room balcony, room for a table to eat outdoors

    Gas grill bought 5-2014 on living room balcony, room for a table to eat outdoors

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

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

  • Laundry room with new US appliances

    Laundry room with new US appliances

  • 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 at right

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

  • sun room office and living room balcony with gas grill (see next photo)

    sun room office and living room balcony with gas grill (see next photo)

  • 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, teak, skylight, no whirlpool

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

  • 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

  • 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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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Sunday, July 24, 2016

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