About this listing
I wanted to build a house that was away from the busy-ness of town but close enough so it was only a 10 minute drive. Casa Roja is in a pristine, peaceful jungle like setting, south of town and within minutes of Playa Hermosa. With gorgeous views of the ocean and Costa Rica, you sit on the patio and relax or jump in the pool. The house and bedrooms are separate buildings. This pod-like design allows some in your party to talk and entertain on the patio while others can retire to their own casita
The house is on 3 acres and only one party rents it, so you have maximum privacy and quiet. You'll understand this as you enter a rustic gate and drive down the 400' driveway. With dozens of fruit trees surrounding the property, you'll get Vitamin C in abundance. The main house has a 25 foot roof, all covered by palm branches. 100% waterproof, it allows the fresh air to filter through the house. The living room is comfortably with antique tables and comfortable couch and chairs, An open bar-like counter opens to the fully modern kitchen with everything you'll need.
Most people choose to eat outside so there is a long old wooden table that seats 6-8 people. Enjoy the ocean and jungle view. I have planted hundreds of exotic and colorful plants - from orchids and cactus to flowering plants with stunning colorful foliage. It is like being in the largest nursery you have ever seen. You are surrounded by color. The casitas surround a large pool that is approximately 4-5 feet deep so suitable for children. Fans are in abundance in all rooms and all bedrooms have netting, though it is rarely required. You will spend most of your time on the front patio that overlooks everything and you will not hear a thing except for the birds, monkeys and crickets at night. This is a very safe area and I have a "round the clock" caretaker to help in any way you require. He sleeps apart from the house and is very discrete. There is a two story "rancho". Below are more plants and a bamboo hammock and on the second floor you will find several king size hammocks so you can snooze, read or just enjoy the view. Many sleep in one of the hammocks at night. Master bedroom has a queen bed and is completely separate from the other casitas. The other casita is a two bedroom, one bath unit and one bedroom has two double beds and the other has one queen though often people may add another bed. This Polynesian like Villa is meant for those seeking peace, country living and privacy. A wonderful place for families or couples, the tranquility in the day and the star strewn sky at night will enthrall you. This is not a "rental" It is your own Paradise (I modestly say, but I think you will agree hands down after a weekend or month here!)
The entire property is yours and yours alone. No other guests will be renting here. Wander throughout the trees and plants and in winter go down to the creek. Pick a mango. Check out my caretakers veggie garden. There are two lovely peaceful dogs who will gladly accompany you if you want to hike the surrounding trails and back roads. This house is meant to make your vacation special.......lower blood pressure, more relaxation and easy access to everything
Interaction with guests
I am in San Juan about 3 months a year and if available will gladly help out. I can be forced to share a drink or two. When I am not here, I have a number of people who can help you with any questions you may have. Luis,my caretaker can take care of 90% of your questions and then I have a property manager in town who can be reached easily. Then, a close friend rents out cars and trucks (all seat 5-7 people), and at a steep discount and can arrange shuttles to and from the airport - or for special day trips.
The area is called Escamequita, an area where you feel as if you are swept back in time, while you only minutes from town. Cows wander down the entrance road, men and boys gallop by on their horses - usually looking for the stray cow! The area is a private reserve with jungle, field, forest and hundreds of monkeys and tropical birds - and a sloth or two frequently. The original property owners of this 1000 acre reserve set aside most of it to ensure development will never take place. No neighbors in sight or sound.
Nearby, Playa Hermosa is ready to fill every surfer, swimmer, boogie boarder or beachcombe'rs heart. It is a five minute drive and is a mile long sandy beach, never crowded and has simple food service and some board rentals.
Down the road is La Flor, a protected nesting ground for tortoises. A must to see!
But, what also adds to the ambience and character of this area are the people. The local populace is warm and friendly and greets you with smiles.
Give them a ride as they hitchhike to town with their bundles or little ones. You'll be captivated by their charm and quiet welcoming manner. This is the real Nicaragua, at its best
Its a two hour drive from the airport to San Juan, and as mentioned i can assist with airport shuttles or car rentals. It is wise to have your own vehicle as there are many places within 10 miles of town you will want to visit. It is a 10 minute drive to town and is on a paved road all the way. There are also a few local restaurants nearby. Plenty of good restaurant in town or but your own fish and meat and enjoy a BBQ. With a glass of the world famous rum, Flora de Cana
Other things to note
You will be given your own gate opener. The gate is primarily to keep wandering cows and horses from entering the property and eating, well, everything. The house and area is never too warm. It is located at 700' altitude and you get wonderful breezes off the ocean or from Lake Nicaragua, to the east. The house is 100% solar and uses well water. I have filtered water as well and the 22 solar panels provide al the electricity you need.
Responsibly. Simply, treat the house as you would treat your own.
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