We finished building Villa Montelaguna in March of 2008, so the house is relatively new. It is our home here in Costa Rica, so we have travertine flooring in the living room and bathrooms, and solid teak floorboards in the bedrooms.
It is located in a condominium complex which offers 24 hour security and all the services that come with a guard.
Apart from two little steps to get into the garden, the house is all on one floor, so perfect for wheelchair access.
The house is laid out in such a way that the there is a large living room area that opens up onto a big terrace that overlooks a large pool - perfect for swimming laps or just relaxing.
The house has 4 wings - one for the kitchen and the remaining 3 sides are large bedrooms each with their own bathrooms with showers and own entrance. Hence, perfect also for several couples or families.
One wing has an extra room attached which has 2 single bed. This wing becomes perfect for a family with kids.
The house is located on a good size piece of land with lots of trees for shade and your nearest neighbors are the howler monkeys. They are great fun to watch, but stay out from under the mango trees when they are there!
If you need to sleep more than 8 people, the villa is located in a private residence near a building with 12 condo units - many of which are for rent. So no problem if you are a very large party, we can find room for you all.!
We are an Italian family who have been living in Costa Rica now for four years. We have 3 young children and really couldn't think of a better place to raise them. There are lots of activities to do with them, and its wonderful that they are able to experience a carefree and healthy upbringing surrounded by nature.
The reason we purchased this home, is for the location. We are located in between two small coastal towns and right in between where the two beaches meet. So, when you walk out from the residence, you cross the small road that leads south along the pacific coast (and takes you to many more beaches north and south), and walk about 250 mts to your right or left, and there you are, right on your "own" beach (beaches in Costa Rica are not private). Carrillo is my favorite as it is about 4 miles long, delineated with palms, and no construction on the beach. In fact, you need to make sure you bring some water and food if you stay the whole day, as it is a bit of a hike to nearest local grocery store. The beach is a lovely mixture between nature with a little intervention from man kind (in the form of cleaning and making sure the coconuts don't fall on your head). Otherwise, you have Samara beach on your right, which is another kind of beauty as it is outlined with all different types of trees, and small houses/cabinas right on the water front.
Samara is also a good size town for us to live in. We find that its small enough to not have traffic problems or all the other issues that come with an extremely popular location, yet it is big enough that it offers you some variety in the form of restaurants and bars. We have two banks (BN and BCR), two pharmacies, various internet cafes, a private doctor educated in the US, and a local clinic. We are also only 45 minutes away from Nicoya which is a bigger size town that has a large hospital. There is a good bus service and taxis are available. Oh, we also have a very successful and solid language school (if you want to learn or brush up on your Spanish), and a massage school (which during certain times of the yrs offers 1 hour massages for about $15. Not bad! Samara also offers quite a lot of outdoor activities, like canopying, hiking, horse riding - well, I've mentioned the list on some other page, so i wont repeat myself. I did forget to mention though that during certain parts of the yr you can watch turtles being hatched. Its amazing being surrounded by 1000s of turtles all going about their business. Nature is really fantastic. One last thing, is that we are also located 2 miles from the local airport - Carrillo. There are two flights a day (so no major noise or pollution), but great service. From here, you are in San José in 45 minutes - and the ride is a fantastic way to see the Costa Rican coast and inland. Tickets are reasonable, around $125 per person one way, so if you fly into San José, you could catch a plane to samara, and begin your holiday just one hour later.