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Gorgeous Home with Spectacular Views of Volcanoes and the Entire Central Valley!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Beautiful 3-Bdrm, 3-Bath home, infinity pool, spectacular views

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 and La Paz Waterfall Gardens Park on the slopes of Poas Volcano.

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. To help you unwind, a masseuse is available on request.

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. A chef is available for custom meals on request.

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 or twin 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 $4 in the white taxis. We can offer the best deal on rental cars; our guests receive large discounts. We can also connect you with an exceptionally good tour guide who also does airport pickups.

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.

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.

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Atenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 full baths, each with granite countertops
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , Inflatable queen bed available if needed
  • 3 bedrooms, each with queen bed. Master bedroom and Bedroom 2 have large picture windows with views of central valley, volcanoes, Pacific range
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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Gorgeous Home with Spectacular Views of Volcanoes and the Entire Central Valley!
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 27 reviews

The views are even better when you get there!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Vista Grande was all we needed for rest and relaxation. Driving up the side of the mountain to get to the house was fun. The mountain/valley views were beautiful. The pool was refreshing. Magda the property manager took care of all our extra needs and had lots of information to share when we needed it. Robert Cranson property owner e-mailed lots of information such as a map with directions to the house with all the details of how the house runs, also lots of information on the nearby downtown of Atenas. Lists of restaurants and fun things to do nearby in Cost Rica. My family really enjoyed our stay. Would like to go again and we will stay at Casa Vista Grande.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Lisa, for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Vista Grande, and we look forward to hosting you and your family again, for your next Costa Rican vacation! Costa Rica offers so much to enjoy: beautiful beaches, amazing rain forests, river rafting, waterfalls, canopy tours, bird watching, butterfly farms, zoological gardens, lovely botanical gardens, volcanoes, sport fishing, working coffee farms to visit--that one could spend months here and still have plenty of places left to visit, adventures yet to take. And, there is also the joy of doing absolutely nothing, just relaxing by the pool under one of our palm trees, reading a good book or chatting with friends and family. Two larger swimming pools, a water slide, two jacuzzis and a tennis court also await you at the mini-resort next door. Magda and I enjoyed hosting you and we will be happy to offer more information on new and different places to visit, restaurants to sample, and adventures that everyone in your family can enjoy. We are happy to connect you with a private chef who can create a fabulous meal for a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary, or just a new taste adventure, Tico style! There is also a massage therapist on call to help everyone de-stress and relax completely. And don't forget the weekly feria (farmer's market) where you can find all the delicious, fresh tropical fruits, vegetables, coffee and other locally grown items for your dining pleasure. We hope to see you again soon!
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The views, infinity pool and layout of the house were simply unforgettable!

  • 5 of 5

This property is located on one of the most incredible scenic views I’ve visited in the world! Our host Robert was very attentive, responded to every email immediately.

Magda, owner of the hotel down the hill was equally attentive and helpful with any questions. She kindly picked up a few basic groceries for us so that we had supplies waiting for our first meal upon arrival.

The only suggestions I would make is to have a couple yoga mats available in the house. We used our beach towels, but mats would have been more comfortable on the stone patio. Also we had to buy sugar, salt & pepper along with our food, however soap was available at the house.

I will highly recommend this property to friends and family!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Anne, for your kind words and your helpful notes. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Vista Grande. Like you, I enjoy the views from the house very much, never tire of them because they are always changing! And it is so peaceful and beautiful there. About the yoga mats-- I know poolside is ideal for yoga, which I do twice daily, looking out over the Central Valley, the volcanoes and the Pacific Range. There used to be four yoga mats in the master bedroom closet. On my previous visit I noticed there were only two, and somehow those must have disappeared since then. I will be there in two weeks and will put new yoga mats in the house. Magda will restock with salt, pepper and sugar right away. We hope you can visit us again in the future. Costa Rica is so rich in beauty and adventure; there are always more places to discover and enjoy! Pura Vida, Robert
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Can't put a price on the great view! If we return to Costa Rica, this is where we want to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Great house, the kids loved the pool after a day of sight seeing. Very quiet which is what we were looking for.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Carlos. We much enjoyed hosting you and your family. The time seemed too short, and we would love to have you stay with us again. We know our guests love the special tranquility and spectacular views that Casa Vista Grande offers, so we like to be sensitive to our guests' need for privacy and relaxation. At the same time we are ready to showcase some of the amazing natural beauty and adventures that Costa Rica offers close by! So we are always ready to offer suggestions and contacts for that when our guests are interested. Some of our guests like to visit Casa Vista Grande for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. so we are glad to connect them with a private chef for a special meal or a massage therapist to help them de-stress. For those who visit Costa Rica for a "dental vacation" where they can get excellent dental care at greatly reduced cost, we can recommend a very good dental clinic near the house. We look forward to hosting you in the future!
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Fantastic views, great service!

  • 5 of 5

The views were indeed spectacular; the grounds were beautiful; the house was very comfortable; the pool was great. Magda, the hostess is very helpful-- there when you need her, while totally respecting your privacy. The tour guide she recommended was excellent as well. Overall, a great experience. Already making plans to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are happy to know you enjoyed your stay at Casa Vista Grande, and we look forward to welcoming you again, hopefully for a longer stay next time, so you can enjoy more Pura Vida in lovely Costa Rica!
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Excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

Robert and Magda made it easy. Home is great and as advertised. Buena Vista!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments, Scott. It was a pleasure to host you and we hope you can stay with us again on your next trip to Costa Rica. We continually update the information we provide to our guests, so that you can be aware of the best deals on rental cars, tours, restaurants and the most beautiful, interesting places to visit within driving distance of the house and beyond. As I'm sure you know by now, there is so much to see and enjoy in the Land of Pura Vida!
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minneapolis, MN

Amazing view

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with the property manager, Magda, there to answer any questions and help with anything on the property you may need. The owner, Robert, is quick to answer emails and provided a wonderful list of activities and places to eat throughout town. The view was absolutely amazing and was situated perfectly for morning sunshine and cooler afternoons in the shade. It's a nice quiet location but close to town and accessible to other local activities for day trips. Atenas is our favorite location and we hope to be able to stay here again in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Sarah. Magda and I much enjoyed hosting you and we hope you'll stay at Casa Vista Grande again in the future. Probably you discovered that Costa Rica has way more to enjoy than one could ever do in one vacation! We too enjoy the views from the house, which are always beautiful, expansive and inspiring. It's especially nice to swim in the pool and take in the views from there. Atenas offers us a great blend of natives and expats from all over the world. It's become a very sophisticated town while keeping its friendly, welcoming atmosphere and old-world charm. Whenever you can visit us again, we'll be happy to share lots of information with you on new adventures, places to dine, and sights to enjoy.
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Property Manager

Robert Cranson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 9, 2018

About Robert Cranson

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.

Robert Cranson purchased this house in 2014

Why Robert Cranson chose 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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Zoo Ave
"The Zoo in La Garita, just 20 minutes from the house on Hwy 3"
Nearest Airport
23.4 Kilometres
Juan Santamaria International Airport, Alajela
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Restaurante Don Yayo
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Highway 3, 3 km. Panamerican Hwy, 16 mins, 12.9 km
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Bella Vista Restaurant
Nearest Beach
52.3 Kilometres
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, The Zoo in nearby La Garita, Beautiful La Paz Waterfall Gardens on the slopes of Poas in nearby Heredia, 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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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 7 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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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