Specific Property Type: Single family home
Listing Status: Active
Price (US$): $375,000
Geographic Area: Other Central Valley areas
Property City: Los Santos
Neighborhood: La Sierra
Meters Squared or Hectares: 10.22 hectares
Lot Size (sq. Ft.) - Farm Acreage: 25 acres
Year Built: 2006
Construction (sq. ft.): 2,132
Full Baths: 3
Garage Space: 1
Country Home with all the Comforts
I believe this house really has it all. Spectacular views, great access, plenty of land, springs and all the comforts. The main home is 1755 square feet. with 3 bedroom and two baths, the combined living, dining and kitchen area gives the home a very open feel and shows off the fantastic views out over the Cartago valley and the Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes in the distance. The upstairs bathroom off the large master suite has a large Jacuzzi bath for two. Walk in closets, pantry and enclosed garage, hot water throughout the house and a gas fireplace and stove make the home practical and comfortable.
Just outside the home is a large gazebo, ready for entertainment of guests or just to enjoy a nice barbeque. Close by there is the “mini-me” of the main house, a 377 square foot guest home with kitchen, living area, bath, bedroom and loft ready for those extended guests.
Both homes come completely furnished and ready to move into. The furniture was made by skilled local craftsman using eco-friendly woods. The property used natural plateaus for the building site, instead of moving earth, giving the home a much more solid foundation. A lot of thought was given to drainage so there would be no puddles or problems even during the rainy season. The home is high quality log construction, with incredible fine craftsmanship throughout with many fine details. The home has double roofing with zinc below and barrel tile above, this is very practical, charming and quiet.
The 25 acres (10.22 hectares) of land has hours of walking trails. The owners have given great thought to the nature of the property and have planted hundreds of local trees in the areas that were once pasture. They have also set aside an area for fruit orchards and a garden. In the orchard they have peach, plum, avocado, tree tomatoes, lemons, oranges, grapefruit and a variety of other.
At 5905 feet (1800 meters) the home has spring time weather all year around. With temperatures in the day in the low 70’s and at night in the 60’s. A small gas heater takes the chill off the well insulated home in the evenings and early mornings. No air conditioning is needed.
The home is just a few hundred yards from the interamericana highway that goes from the USA to Panama, but is hidden from the highways sites and sounds. It is just about 15 minutes from Cartago (once the capital of Costa Rica) and it’s shopping and restaurants. Another 10 minutes from Cartago is Terramall, a large shopping mall with restaurants, food court, movie theater, and stores. From there it is just another 10 minutes into San Jose. Hospitals and medical clinics are available in Cartago and San Jose.
Water for the home can come either from the spring on the property or from the municipal water source. Television is available from an antenna for local channels or from satellite. There is already a land line for telephone and the area gets excellent cellular service. Internet can come through dial-up (which is a bit slow) or you can get highspeed service from the countries wireless Kolbi 3G.
Property taxes in the country are very low, this property currently pays just $90.00 a year in taxes.
The property is divided into two partials, one of 3.7 hectares (9.1 acres) and the other of 6.5 hectares (16 acres) that are being sold together. The house is on the smaller partial. The larger partial also has a natural plateau for an additional building spot and has over a 100 meters of road frontage along the interamerican highway. This property could be enjoyed by you or sold off at a later time.
This would be a perfect place for a writer or artist as the views and surroundings are inspiring. This is for a buyer who appreciates the quality of a home built with detail in a quiet rural area that is close to all the amenities of the city.
Listed by: Tony Warren
- Cell Phone: (506) 8866-5985
- About this Agent: What I like about Los Santos, Costa Rica
My name is Tony Warren and my wife and I live in the area of Los Santos. I am the GoDutch Realty Los Santos real estate agent. Please allow me to write a bit about living in Los Santos and tell you some of the reasons why I love to live here. One of my neighbors just stopped by to bring me some homemade cheese; we talked awhile and made plans to go trout fishing next weekend in the river below town.
Los Santos is old-time Costa Rica at its best. Neighbors still have time to visit and when needed lend a helping hand. The air is clean, the streams are crystal clear and birds start singing at daybreak each morning. I haven’t seen a traffic jam since last time I was in San Jose.
Los Santos isn’t for everyone. We don’t have too many ocean views, but I love the views of the mountains from my garden behind my house. Some don’t like the cool evenings, but I enjoy sitting by the fire and reading a book. Some think it’s to quiet, but I enjoy the croak of the frogs and the early morning songs of the birds. Others may feel it’s too dark at night, but I love to look up at the myriads of stars in the sky.
I like that the girl at the grocery store knows be by name and asks how my family is doing. I like sharing a beer at the pub with some of the old-timers and hear their stories. I like taking long walks in the woods and seeing the birds and animals. I enjoy helping a neighbor pick strawberries that he will take to the farmers market. I like stopping by another neighbor to see his new hydroponics system for growing lettuce and celery. And I enjoy putting into practice some of things I learned in my own garden. I enjoy watching Abuelo work his oxen to plow a field on the side of a hill. Every day there is always something new to enjoy.
Los Santos is a large area that covers the cantons of Dota, Tarrazu and Leon Cortez and is part of the province of San Jose. There are several large towns (though none large enough to have a traffic light) and nearly a hundred smaller towns and communities. It is a bit south of San Jose and it usually entered from the Pan American highway between Cartago and San Isidro. Weather can be quite cool in the higher mountains (where I live) or warmer in the lower valleys. Agriculture is the main production of the area though there is also a growing number of tourists that visit the area, especially the national parks and forests that are in the area.
If you are thinking of a move to Costa Rica and like the country life-style then you really should check out Los Santos, you won’t be disappointed. Give me a call or shoot me an email, I promise you’ll be in for a good time.