Looking for a place with character? Surrounded by nature not concrete? Still close to the city, but far away to disconnect and go for a hike up the hills?
Then this Treehouse in the hills of Escazu, the IN place of San Jose might be just right!
Recently finished Treehouse, done with lots of light wood and lots of windows; built with care right into the tree for a unique experience. A world away from downtown, but connected with a direct bus that will take you downtown for all the hustle.
I'm listing this space for my good friends Juanita and Roy, who have lived and developed the property for over 40 years (please note that both speak English). Beautiful grounds, lots of tropical foliage and flowers, they even have a fruit orchard and grow some organic veggies. You have never seen a hummingbird fly around, here you will!
It's a Treehouse in a living tree and space is not abundant, but there is a private terrace on the lower deck, a new mattress on the upper floor accessible by ladder only and you will feel part of your surroundings.
There always a fresh breeze going through the tree and you'll need a sweater or more. Breakfast will be served at the main house, usually on the outdoor terrace of the main house or indoors if the weather is not quite up to task. The Treehouse has no kitchen and meals are not provided. There are options in San Antonio de Escazu and also Escazu.
The Treehouse is ideal for guests that want to enjoy and experience regional cuisine and eat out a lot.
Wifi is available at the Treehouse.
With higher altitude, it's advisable to have a weather or long sleeve shirt as it is much fresher compared to San Jose and the beach.
The Treehouse, use of the outdoor terrace of the main house. Guests are free to explore the property and observe the many birds and butterflies. There is also fresh fruit on the trees, but please coordinate first.
The garden is also great to catch a nap in the afternoon and catch some sun! The Treehouse has it's own deck as well.
Interaction with Guests
Guests can define the level of interaction, but both Juanita and Roy are always happy to have guests and I personally spend afternoons full of great hospitality, yummy food, lots of talking there. Both speak English.
You are up in the hills of Escazu and not in walking distance to the hip parts, restaurants and shopping centers.
So if nightlife is important, this most likely is not the place.
There is a direct bus and for those that rent a car it's perfect. There are also buses that go from downtown San Jose to the town center, these run more frequently.
There is a direct bus and for those that rent a car it's perfect. Taxis are fairly inexpensive.
The last stop of the direct bus to Escazu and San Jose is around the bend from the property and takes about 45 min to downtown.
AIRPORT TO TREEHOUSE: We offer a shuttle service from the airport to Treehouse for $ 40 one way.
Public transportation is possible by first catching a bus from the airport to San Jose, then in walking distance from the bus terminal is the starting point for the bus to San Antonio de Escazu, El Curio. This is recommendable only for the hardy budget traveler with not so much luggage to carry around.
Here are the GPS coordinates: (phone number hidden)
Other Things to Note
It's fresh up in the mountains and even fresher in the tree. There is always a breeze going and you won't miss not having air conditioning come out of a box.
Security is an issue in all of Costa Rica, and if you plan to stay out late, you need to coordinate with Juanita and Rey.
What a beautiful night in a treehouse. My hosts were so wonderful, kind, and friendly and exactly what I go to airbnb for -- to reconnect with people on long trips, but also have a space where I can take some privacy. The view was wonderful from the top of the mountain, comfortable, and fun. I would stay there again in a heartbeat, and plan on it.
Staying with Juanita and Leroy was absolutely amazing. They are truly the loveliest people, incredibly interesting and a joy to be around. The treehouse is stunning with an unreal view of the city. An extremely comfortable stay. Juanita cooked a wonderful breakfast and Leroy even drive us to and from certain destinations. Highly recommend!
What a wonderful and unique way to start our Costa Rica adventure. The treehouse was fantastic! We did have some windy nights (not typical) and it sounds like you are on a sailbooat it was loud but we slept OK, bed was comfortable, place is very clean. Leroy and Jaunita are simply the best. They are such warm, friendly and genuine people. We felt like we had known them forever. Communication with Alexandra was also great. It is not the easiest place to find but with a phone call all was good. The GPS coordinates get you very close also. The breakfast was fabulous. Thank you!
Brian and Alice
One of the best AirBNB experiences I have ever had!! This Tree House is AMAZING! The space, the view, and most of all the Hosts made our stay incredibly memorable and we will definitely return. I have never felt more welcome and truly cared about as I did with Juanita and her husband, they pampered us with homemade meals, fresh juices and amazing coffee. Our first morning we were even treated with an amazing 2+ hour hike into the mountains where we saw a coffee growing and a beautiful waterfall. (guided by Alexandra)
San Jose may not be the ideal destination in Costa Rica but staying in this tree house overlooking the city is a game changer and will make your time in the city memorable.
Make sure you have a GPS or just have them meet you at the church because it is a long way up the hill and pretty hard to find.. for me at least..
The treehouse is amazing! My friend and I never sleeped in a place with that view. From the treehouse you can atmost see every part of San Jose.
The hostess are very nice! They try to help you with everything.
Thank you and until next time.
We've never felt such welcome before! We loved it so much we might decide to cancel our Paris trip to revisit again. We went on a last min kind of wind and only stayed for two days so we are definitely dying to get back down there. The location is perfect for hiking ect but far from the country side where all the animals are I specifically wanted to see monkeys so we'll definitely have to revisit
Perfect start to our Costa Rican adventure. The treehouse is an experience we'll never forget. The views were incredible and Juanita and Leroy were wonderful hosts. We really enjoyed meeting their friends Karla and Tonio who took us to see a waterfall. We'd highly recommend to anyone!
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I have started to add a couple of additional listings from very good friends and I do vouch for each of the listings added. I hope that these listings can round out a trip to Costa Rica!