Cleanly modern lines on our house with outdoor / indoor living in an amazing setting perched over the jungle and ocean.
Rustic designer dream. Newer contemporary open living 2 bedroom private house on 15 acres with incredible views of sunset, Dominicalito fishing beach and Manuel Antonio. Bedrooms are glassed in but the living space is open. Wildlife viewing abounds. This 1700 sq. ft. home is perched above the jungle at the top of 2 slopes, so it has an incredible breeze that cools it off about 20 degrees. We have a very flat front and back lawn for easy outside use. On 3 sides there is a protected with plants drop off so you look over the canopy. We are at the top of the foothills 8 minutes drive up from the beach and behind us sits an old growth forested mountain cliff. Adventurous location on the mountain with a gravel road and a drive through a creek that has footbridge in case of emergencies.
There are two bedrooms that are glassed in. The upstairs bedroom is very large room with a full bath suite that includes a walk in shower with amazing view. Outside the bedroom is a huge veranda/ yoga platform overlooking the jungle, canopy and ocean. There is a custom built queen bed with 2 extra single mattresses to put on the floor in case you need them. You can sleep up to 4 people in this bedroom.
There is also a downstairs bedroom with a sunset view and a custom queen bed. The downstairs bedroom has a custom queen bed with sliding glass doors leading to the garden. This bedroom has a 1/2 bath indoors.
Open air living / dining/ kitchen space with custom modern furniture. Lock down bodega in the kitchen allows for good security in the open downstairs living area. Covered laundry room with a washer (dryer hookup available for long term renters who bring dryers). We air dry our laundry on our lines. Wireless 2gb internet is available with $30 extra charge. One can usually (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), Facetime and stream movies. This house has a 10 minute drive up from the coastal highway and Dominicalito beach. 13 minute drive to the market. 14 minute drive to Dominical beach town that has small stores, restaurants, and a bank. Both Dominical and Dominicalito are great surf beaches.
South by 15 minutes is Uvita with lots of banks, restaurants, 2 large grocery stores, mechanics, medical daytime clinics, pharmacies, and the gas station. 10 minutes south of Uvita is Ojochal, which has many Europeans and great restaurants. 20 minutes south of Ojochal is Cortez with hospital. 45 minutes north of our house is Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park.
This house is great for independent and adventurous people who want to get away in a very private abode, have beautiful views and wildlife, yet have the town and ocean 10-15 minutes away in a car. 4wd drive is deeply recommended, especially during the rainy season.
There is wi-fi
Interaction with guests
I manage the house from the States so I try to respond to any questions as soon as possible, which is usually quite quick unless I am out of range with my phone. You will have the phone number of my very friendly part-time Costa Rican caretaker, Marvin, who only speaks Spanish. Either you can call him or I can call him if there is something he can help with. We have a friend, Julie who can has a concierge service for tours, massage, rentals, etc. I will be sending you her info, so if you'd like, you can contact her. I try to help with restaurant suggestions, etc if you need this. Most of our clients are wanting privacy and independence though, and are not excepting hotel like services at the house itself. There are tons of business in the town for Spanish and surf lessons, and to rent surf boards, paddle boards, etc. There are horseback riding waterfall tours, canyoning tours, zipline tours, and much more.
Other things to note
You are in the jungle and in an open house. Sometimes there will be very few insects, sometimes there will be more. They can fly in and out of the house. Sometimes the jungle is quiet and sometimes it is loud. The dry season January - March brings on cicada sounds that can be loud. There are animals in the jungle, but they tend to stay out of our main open living area unless you leave food and garbage out at night. Every day we see toucans and parrots, occasionally the monkeys, and sometimes really interesting animals. Geckos will be in the house, and occasionally a toad might visit. The bedrooms and bathrooms are the only part of the house fully protected by glassed in windows with screens (as pictured).
From Dec 6 - 11, 2017 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
Jillian Wieseneck lives in Portland, Oregon and also Dominical, Costa Rica. She is a landscape designer, a musician, and she and her husband, Jeff are the parents of two young boys.