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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.

More Details

Property Manager
Robert Cranson
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 4, 2017

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 Alajuela

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.


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
  • Heating ...
  • 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 ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 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 4.92 based on 25 reviews

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: Jul 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: Jun 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: Mar 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: Dec 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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Beautiful home with gorgeous views

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four was quite comfortable in this beautiful home. The view from the house was amazing both morning and night. We all enjoyed the pool! The beds were the most comfortable of the three houses we stayed at in Costa Rica. We took a tour of La Paz Waterfall Garden and Doka Coffee Plantation with Walter's Taxi and had a wonderful time! We would definitely consider staying here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Leanne. We are glad your family enjoyed your stay at Casa Vista Grande. We agree about the amazing views. That fact that they are always changing makes them even more interesting. Getting good rest is so important for enjoying one's vacation! That's why we invested in quality beds for our guests.We are also glad you enjoyed the nearby attractions we recommend to all our guests. There are quite a few beautiful, inspiring, fun places to visit within easy driving distance of the house. Walter's Taxi and Tours, based in Atenas, always provides safe, reliable and fun tours at very reasonable rates. We hope you can visit us again and discover even more of Costa Rica's natural wonders! Pura Vida, Magda and Robert
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Spectacular Views says it all!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in Casa Vista Grande and it was a pleasure! Waking up each morning just as dawn broke over the mountains was a show of colors to remember for a lifetime. I found it the perfect spot to start the day with morning meditation and Tai Chi. And the view of the Central Valley at night was equally spectacular with twinkling lights as far as one could see. The house was very well equipped with kitchen amenities as were the bathrooms. The infinity pool was sparkling clean and so refreshing after a day shopping at the local feria (farmer's market on Fridays), taking Spanish lessons at Su Espacio or dining at any one of the excellent local restaurants. While the road up to the house is rough, the house will not disappoint. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Pura Vida!!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Anita for your review. it was a pleasure for Magda and me to host you! We agree about the spectacular views--we never get tired of them because they're always changing-- the pleasure of the infinity pool and the relaxing, elegant comfort of the house. The property does have a special energy and tranquility to it, which makes it perfect for meditation, yoga, deep rest or just relaxing and having fun. Costa Ricans who come to the house usually say, "Es muy tranquilo!" We always like to hear from our guests about what you like and what we more we can do to make your stay more comfortable and memorable. While the road up to the house isn't perfect by American or Canadian standards, it's quite good by Costa Rican standards. Most of it is now concrete and the parts that are heavy gravel are basically level. I have always used small, 2-wheel drive cars to drive to the house and have never had a problem of any kind. Nevertheless we will keep adding to the concrete surface as time goes on. We hope you can visit us again, explore more of this beautiful country and enjoy Pura Vida!
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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

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 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.