House Hunting in ... Costa Rica

March 8, 2012 12:00 am

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This mountainside estate overlooks the city of San José and the volcanoes beyond. The house covers 8,100 square feet over two stories; it was built of local volcanic stone in 1995 and refurbished in 2009. Floors throughout are of polished concrete, tinted red in the kitchen. Ceilings are of unpainted Guanacaste wood, illuminated with recessed lights. Exposed volcanic-stone walls in the kitchen have built-in alcoves for the stainless steel appliances and hardwood shelves. A row of square windows runs along the wall above the kitchen sink, which has hands-free faucets by Philippe Starck. In the dining room, one wall is lined with built-in shelves. A glass inset in the dining table offers a view to the wine cellar below. An extensive wine collection and all furnishings are included in the sale. From the dining room, a few short steps descend to the living room where windows on three sides look out onto the lush Central Valley and Irazú, an active volcano.

From the living area, an open-air footbridge leads to the master suite, which has a studio and a walk-in closet as well as an en-suite bath. The bed is on a raised platform; the room has an exposed volcanic-stone wall and a sloping ceiling. In the bathroom, stone-faced steps lead to the spa tub. A wooden vanity is set into a stone wall. An open-air shower off the bathroom is shrouded in privacy by tropical forest.

The 1.73-acre property planted with orange and banana trees also has four separate guest suites. One is beneath the living room and one beneath the master suite; the other two are in guest cottages down the hill from the house.

An outdoor entertainment area next to the pool has a fan-shaped roof, a sound system, and a series of multicolored lights. The estate also has a security gate and a putting green.

The closest restaurants and shops are a 15-minute drive down the mountain in downtown San José. Jaco Beach is an hour and 15 minutes away, and the San José airport is a 40-minute drive.

First Published 2012-03-07 23:05:09

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