If you enjoy nature then Casa Tranquila is the perfect place to experience what Costa Rica is all about. Our home, custom built in 2006, is designed to enjoy the outdoors. It has 1400 sq' under the roof. On the main level, there are two large bedrooms each with a queen size double bed and an ensuite bathroom. They are separated by a well equipped kitchen with a peninsula breakfast bar and a sitting area. The master bedroom is accessible from here while the second bedroom is self contained with two outside entrances providing complete privacy. The covered terrace is ideal for both relaxing and dining al fresco. On the road side of the house there is a patio with table and benches that is shaded for afternoon relaxing. On the lower level there is a covered patio, fully enclosed shower, outside sink, laundry room & bodega. Here also, is our 10' x 20' tiled pool. Surrounded by a croton hedge, it provides complete privacy and is partially shaded by the jungle and so the water temperature is consistently around 80 F. Our home is 5k form the ocean at 800' of elevation. It faces south toward the ocean. This avoids direct sun and ensures a warm ocean breeze during the day. At night, the mountains directly behind us provide a cool breeze, ideal for sleeping. Our climate is perfect - no heat or air conditioning required! One thing missing at our location are many of the biting insects found at lower levels - no mosquitoes or no-see-ums. Internet access is available using a wireless stick - it does require a USB port. There is a small T.V. and DVD player and and numerous DVD's - movies and TV series.
Our lot covers 2 acres, half of which has been left in its natural state.The property has a mountain stream on two sides that flows all year round through the Jungle. Around the Casa, the property has been landscaped and features a wide variety of flowering shrubs and rock gardens. As well there are a number of fruit bearing plants including bananas, pineapple, papaya and a wild lemon tree so help yourself! Our property is alive with birds and butterflies - Toucans are regular visitors as is the fabulous Blue Morpho butterfly. Howler Monkeys are heard every morning and will visit on occasion along with other exotic animals such as coatimundi , Capuchin monkeys and agouti. We have even had an Ocelot sighting. This is a photographers and birdwatchers
Our neighbourhood includes a number of beautiful homes. A few of them have locals who live permanently on their properties. One of these is Rafa, our gardener who lives just up the road. We live in quiet area - our road is a dead end with just four homes beyond ours so there is little traffic. Also, the drive to our place is gentle and the driveway at road level - no precipitous climb to reach Casa Tranquila. Finally, just a short walk away is a beautiful waterfall and pool (see pics). Jump in and you will feel refreshed all day!
We have a Property Manager - a Canadian who lives here full time. He will meet you, get you settled in our home & provide assistance when necessary.
We, Jim & Sheila Wilson, are Canadians from Ontario where we have our permanent home. We have been using Casa Tranquila as a home exchange for several years but are now taking a break from travelling.
We fell in love with Costa Rica after our first visit & bought our property on a whim. After several more visits including a month long stay in Ojochal, we decided to build and have had no regrets whatsoever.
Living next to the jungle and enjoying the outdoors is what we like the most. The unique makeup of Ojochal and the warm, easygoing and friendly nature of the locals also make this a very special place.