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Casa De Teca, Where Every Day Is A New Discovery

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

STILL AVAILABLE: March 1 to March 31, 2018!


Hear the ocean roar! See the sun rise over the mountains and set over the Pacific sur! Enjoy the constant and varied bird chatter from the calls of Macaws flying overhead on their way to the beach to green parrots and Gray-headed Chachalacas partying in the trees. Wake up to the roar of a Howler monkey signaling the beginning of a new day.

Our property is a throughway sitting on the front mountain range here in the tropical Pacific lowlands. Enjoy and experience monkeys, seldom seen birds, fruit trees, coconuts and the evening fragrance of our Ylang Ylang tree. Every day a new discovery awaits you.

With windows on all sides, for unparalleled viewing, the casa remains private, nestled into the forest, but open to the sea. Our property is ideally located to get to regional attractions, with good roads destination roads. The casa is designed to fit into the natural flow of life in the jungle: see, listen and 'let yourself go with the flow.'

Casa de Teca, is 100% teak and has truly world class views. The cozy interior is warm and welcoming. The open plan dining and living area allows for comfortable family gatherings. The fully covered wrap around teak deck adds an inviting outdoor living space.

While not air-conditioned the house is fully ventilated, allowing both the mountain and ocean trade winds to provide cooling breezes throughout the home. The natural teak finishes create a true retreat setting ideal for contemplation, meditation and relaxation. This relaxed environment carries to the outside where one will find an observation lawn for yoga, tai chi and aerobic exercising while enjoying the 180-degree hilltop views. A 3-meter by 8-meter pool provides ample room for water activities including swimming, pool lounging and water walking.

Best of all there is the tropical setting and wildlife – monkeys, birds, flowers, jungle and mountains – that all quickly become part of your experience. On top of the fabulous haven provided at Casa de Teca, it is ideally located to experience many of the outdoor adventures that is Costa Rica. Your imagination is all that’s missing to make this retreat an unforgettable experience. WELCOME!

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Lyle Anderson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, We use a machine translator to reply requests
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 2, 2018

About Lyle Anderson

Casa de Teca , where every day offers a new discovery, is jointly owned by Lyle and Ramona Anderson and Shawn and Brynne Lally, son-in-law and daughter. We, Lyle and Mona, live here 8 months each year; traveling back to the USA for the family holidays and gatherings during December - March. Shawn and Brynne, both teachers, spend part of their summers here. They are truly world travelers and will continue to be, but they found the charm of the casa irresistible, making the casa their home base of operations.

Somehow, the casa and it's surroundings - the mountains, the ocean and the wilderness -create a sense of well-being, of belonging, Mona and I cannot capture anywhere else. Mona grew up living in the woods in Minnesota; she immediately identified with our surroundings. I grew up a city boy with little interest or time for nature and its nurturing - that is, until I came to Costa Rica.

Originally, I came to satisfy Mona's long time dream to come to visit Costa Rica. Much to my surprise, riding on our way to our hotel, I turned to Mona and said, "I'm home." We bought Casa de Teca on our first trip and have never looked back - have never been sorry. We are delighted to welcome you to our home - to your experience. May your visit be one you will look back on with joy.

Lyle Anderson purchased this house in 2011

Why Lyle Anderson chose Cantón Buenos Aires

Mona and I weren't looking to buy on our first trip. Our intent was to see if we could discover the heartbeat of Costa Rica. We began our journey up in the La Fortuna/Arenal region. We had notitinerary, we wanted to move from place to place using the information and advice of "locals" we met along the way (By the way, that turned out to be a great way to travel and to learn).

As we moved South, we became aware of a narrowing of the distance between the mountains and the sea. One of our favorites haunts in the US is the Oregon Coast, locked in between the mountains and the Pacific. As we drove South, the feeling we were somehow in a much warmer Oregon began to develop. By the time we got to Uvita, this feeling of "Deja Vu" was very strong. So strong that we found a realtor just to "show us around." Soon we found ourselves looking in Ojochal, a village where truly the mountains meet the sea. We looked at several homes, including the casa, then prepared to head back home. I can't get that teak house out of my mind," Mona said. "Funny you should say that," I replied. We went back; we told our kids, Brynne and her husband, Shawn, about it. They said, "we want in." We bought it and, frankly, can't imagine living anywhere else.

What makes this house unique

We stand behind our statement, "Every day is a new discovery." Sit on the front porch in a swing chair and become mesmerized by the constant changes of the ocean. Move to the porch off the back bedroom and watch howler or maybe white face monkeys moving through the corridor. Just a couple of days ago Mona saw the first spider monkey we have seen. We have a resident sloth, an anteater and a Jesus Christ lizard. Yes, these lizards do walk, actually run, on water. More than once, we have watched her/him run across our pool. Sit on the back deck with a cup of morning coffee and watch the sun rise over the mountains. Polish off your day with a swim in the pool - Shawn is 6'5'' so, admittedly, for him it is a 2 stroke pool. None-the-less... Just this summer, Shawn and Brynne installed our outdoor pool shower - with hot water!

Oh yeah, Shawn and Brynne walk to Tortuga Beach almost every day.

Now, we don't see these critters ever, day; sometimes the sunrise is buried in a shroud of fog, but even these times can be most interesting. Sometimes there is no ocean, but always there is a new discovery, an unforeseen change that challenges us to see things as they are, not as we thought they were.

Finally, it's evening time and the warm glow of the casa permeates everything. A yawn and were off to bed just as the rain begins to fall, carrying us to dreamland and beyond.

We have designed Casa de Teca to meet our needs for a casual life-style that includes meditation, exercise (just walking down to close the gate is good exercise), yoga and adventure. Casa de Teca truly delivers.


Cantón Buenos Aires House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • In addition to the sink and toilet, the bathroom has a large walk-in shower. While you shower, open the windows and enjoy the beauty of the forest.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Listen to the ocean roar; hear the jungle wildlife
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Wake up to the sun rising over the mountains!
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming


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Casa De Teca, Where Every Day Is A New Discovery
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Site enchanteur

  • 5 of 5

Cette maison est belle, bien située et entourée de beauté. Nous avons vu beaucoup d’oiseaux, toucans et même une visite de singes hurleurs dans les arbres près de la maison. C’est la deuxième fois que nous louons cette Casa, nous y avons passé 4 semaines magnifiques et nous revenons l’an prochain.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Machine translation: Nous sommes tellement chanceux d'avoir ces locataires dans notre casa. Ils marchent légèrement, laissant tout comme ils l'ont trouvé. Nous apprécions une relation merveilleuse avec eux et nous vous recommandons fortement de les accepter immédiatement s'ils considèrent votre propriété. Merci beaucoup de partager votre expérience. À l'année prochaine! Nos meilleures salutations. ***************** We are so very fortunate to have these renters in our casa. They tread lightly, leaving everything as they found it. We enjoy a wonderful relationship with them and highly recommend you accept them immediately if they consider your property. Thank you very much for sharing your experience. See you next year! Our best regards.
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Casa de teca

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 1 month in casa de teca and we had a great time.

The beautifull wooden house is very comfortable and has a great view over the ocean.

Every night At sunset the toucans gave a concert in the trees.

Someday we would love to come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Mary, I am so sorry for not sending you a reply for your wonderful review. Thank you so much for choosing our casa; and even better, for enjoying your stay. We look forward to serving you in the future.
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Très belle propriété

  • 5 of 5

Nous y avons passé 6 très belles semaines. La propriété est très bien situé, près de tout,mais dans ce coin de pays, une auto ou mieux,un 4x4 est nécessaire. Votre maison à tout ce qui peux être désirer.Propre,très belle vue,beaucoup d'oiseaux,d'iguanes,de toucans,des singes,site merveilleux très bien équipé avec tout ce qui est nécessaire pour y vivre, nous sommes à notre quatrième séjour au Costa Rica et ce n'est pas notre dernier séjour. Merci de votre accueil.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrée and Gaetan, thank you for your wonderful review. We very much appreciate this opportunity to serve you. Andrée et Gaetan, je vous remercie pour votre merveilleuse revue. Nous apprécions beaucoup cette occasion de vous servir.
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Pinawa, Manitoba, Canada

Casa de Teca and its Birds

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I had a good time in Ojochal and the casa. At times my wife found Ojochal on the hot and humid side but it cooled down in the night a little bit and so one could sleep. A little bit of rain here and there also helped as did the small pool. The casa with its two bedrooms and large veranda was easy to live in but a car is needed for shopping and other things. Nearby Uvita and Dominical provide many services. For exploring the surroundings an SUV with four-wheel drive is helpful. Even though the houses in Ojochal are quite widely spaced we felt at all times secure. This was important for us because we are both seniors.

We are interested in birds and nature in general and the casa with its garden had much to offer. We often heard but never really saw howler monkeys because they kept to the dense canopy of trees. However almost daily we were serenaded by Chestnut-mandibled Toucans which made quite a sight. Mealy Parrots and Red-lored Parrots were also common and a pair of Riverside Wren provided much entertainment. We even saw a stunning Slaty-backed Trogon. We put up a hummingbird feeder and several hummer species came including a stunning Blue-throated Goldentail.

Walking was great but only after rain because it supressed dust. However we discovered the nearby road to Play Tortuga which was pleasant to walk on and which together with the remote beach provided excellent birding. Among many other species we found colorful Scarlet Macaws, secretive Gray-necked Wood-rails and cute Olivaceous Piculets which are quire scarce.

We never had any problems with food or water and we quite often eat in small Costa Rican restaurants. A man came twice to Ojochal with fresh fish and shrimp and we had some outstanding meals of mahi-mahi, red snapper and tuna. This is not to be missed. However it would have been nice to have a small barbeque for out-of-door cooking.

In summary we can recommend Ojochal and Casa de Teca for a nice relaxing holiday.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guests, we feel very fortunate to have hosted you at Casa de Teca. During your stay you were wonderful caretakers of the property. We are most delighted you enjoyed your stay. Additionally, we are very happy you took the time to share your views. We appreciate your sharing your desire for a barbeque. We will make certain a barbeque is available for this next season. You are always welcome at the casa!
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Waverly, IA

Been There Twice!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed our first stay at the Casa so much that we had to come again! The Casa has a wonderful location on a hill that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. You can sit on the veranda and enjoy the view and the sounds of the sea! Plus the sound of the birds and animals in the jungle surrounding the clearing on a hill where the home is located. The veranda has a nice roof, so you can sit there even if it's raining, or if the sun is shining and you want some shade. The swimming pool, while not large, is very relaxing--I loved floating on my back and gazing up at the sky through the branches of some trees.

The property has easy access to a highway that can take you to restaurants, beaches, jungles, and river tours through the jungle. On our second trip we visited Finca 6 an archaeological site of giant rock spheres, dating back to pre-Columbian times. Very fascinating!

It is a great place to rest, relax, and enjoy nature at it's best!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gloria and Jon, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your experience at the casa. Mona and i are very happy you found our casa such a wonderful place for relaxation. we know how very busy your lives are, so we doubly appreciate the tie you spent with us! Can't wait to see you "three-peat" review! 0ur regards, Lyle and Mona
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Laguna Niguel CA USA

Tropical Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

I spent two weeks in this beautiful home and can't say enough good things about the experience. The pictures are exactly what you get and I highly recommend this Casa. The shopping, restaurants, soda's (wayside eateries), nearby beaches and friendly locals made for an exciting vacation. There are many nearby towns and activities. I don't speak Spanish but most people understand English (charades also work). I plan to visit again soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
230 Kilometres
Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría, San Jose
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Hyway #34, Costanera Sur
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
Ylang Ylang Restaurant, Indonesian Quisine
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Playa Tortuga (Turtle Beach)
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.