This gorgeous, new, contemporary property was designed to be eco-friendly while also giving you all of the comforts of home. The large sliding doors and windows lining the walls of both stories make use of the ocean views and breezes and make you feel like you are nestled within the surrounding trees and flowering plants. This home was built with an attention to detail to western amenities. The entire house and cabina are situated facing the West/Ocean, giving you views from every room of the many local trees and foliage, with glimpses of the glassy ocean crashing in the distance. Both levels have large patios and covered balconies allowing you to take full advantage of the indoor/outdoor spaces. We have retractable screens on all doors and windows, and ceiling fans throughout the house (even in the large bathrooms) and over the patios outside to make your lounging times pleasant, even long after the sun goes down on those warm Costa Rican days.
This property is located 100 meters from Santa Teresa beach with only a grove of Pochote Trees standing between you and the white sand beaches, incredible surf, and tide pools. Heading out the other direction on the beach access road and bordering the rear of the property, you find yourself along the main road in town, full of superb restaurants, fresh fruit and fish markets, shopping and nightlife. Just a few yards down the road are numerous cafes and restaurants offering superb meals and service as well as a number of large grocery stores full of fresh local fruits and produce. Also a few steps away is the Spa Natural which offers a wide variety of spa services and morning and sunset ocean front yoga classes. We can guide you towards whatever you are looking for, and if you prefer, can arrange for any of these services to be brought to you.
This property works in a number of ways to accommodate your stay. There is the two bedroom, two bath house which sleeps up to 6 people comfortably. The house can be rented alone or along with the separate, free standing, pool-side Cabina on the property, which sleeps 2.
In the main house, the two oversized bedrooms are separated for privacy and each offer king sized beds with highest thread count bedding, as well as separate seating areas, treetop and partial ocean views. Both rooms are similarly large in size, face the ocean, and sliding glass doors lead out to the oversized covered balcony stretching the full length of the upstairs. Sit and enjoy your morning coffee, or in the evenings enjoy the ocean breezes while watching the rain fall and spectacular lightning shows. The second bedroom also boasts an additional daybed/seating area which can convert to a full size bed for additional guest. Both rooms have AC units as well as ceiling fans and screens on all windows and doors.
Downstairs, the open floor plan of the kitchen, sunken living room and large outdoor patio area blur the lines between an enjoyable outdoor and indoor living experience. There are ceiling fans throughout the entire living space as well as over the outdoor dining tables. Again, all doors and windows are screened for your after dusk comfort as well, and to take advantage of the naturally cooling ocean breezes. The kitchen is fully equipped with all new top of the line appliances, including a chef's stove/oven. If your interest is simply in blending the margaritas, we can arrange for you to have a local private chef come to prepare you a scrumptious feast for your enjoyment outside under the stars. The sunken living room boasts a built in, oversized couch with loads of comfortable pillows to lounge on and read your favorite book, listen to music, take a nap away from the sun, or sit and watch the surroundings.
The free standing Cabina offers comfortable accommodations on its own. Overlooking the pool area and with partial ocean views, you will find a comfortable king sized bed, AC unit, ceiling fans, private closet and safe, kitchenette, large full bathroom, and separate patio.
The beauty of this property stretches from the indoors-out. The pool is the gem of the outdoor area. Large enough to swim laps, dive, play, float or simply lounge in large, umbrella covered, shallow seating area, this pool offers a fantastic relief from the heat. It is surrounded by trees and tropical plants, as well as an outdoor seating area
We have a local property manager to make sure that you are greeted and well taken care of. We are also available to assist you with recommendations for restaurant reservations, baby sitting, surfboard rentals and/or lessons, canopy tours, airport transportation/transfers, horseback riding reservations, local flights, car rentals or tours, fishing excursions, massages/spa treatments, yoga, Pilates, or anything else you can think of!
In response to the water issues in the area, this property was built around an eco-conscious rainwater usage system. This means that all of the water used in the house is primarily stored rainwater or well water. After it is used, it is then recycled in a self contained system and used again in the irrigation of our property.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us via email.
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We are a vacation-loving couple from the beach area of Los Angeles, CA, whose dream was to find a place like Santa Teresa. When we have blocks of time off from work, you will find us in Santa Teresa, which, you will soon see, instantly begins to feel like your home away from home.
Brett purchased this house in 2009
Once we found Santa Teresa, we fell in love and knew that this was where we would build our 'dream house'. It took us many years to design and redesign this house, and our dream finally came alive in 2009 with its completion. After exploring many properties in the area, we focused on designing a place that would have all of the amenities we always looked for in a rental, but couldn't seem to find all in one place. We focused on creating those little details and knew that this would not only be apparent and special to us, but to everyone who stayed there. Our love of the environment influenced the eco friendly design and amenities. We collect and store fresh rainwater, which we then use throughout the house in the showers, sinks, and toilets. We then have a three step system that treats this used water, refreshes it and gives it back to the landscaping. It was very important to us to create as sustainable of a house that we could in this gorgeous environment.
We are in a wonderful area of the town of Santa Teresa - More specifically, we are located in the small stretch of beach known as Playa Carmen, within the Santa Teresa/Mal Pais area. We have created surroundings that focus on comfort as the number one priority from the time you wake up in the morning until you sleep at night. We know how important it is to start your day with a glorious sleeping experience. Fantastic bedding that will make it a challenge for you to get out of bed and wander down our beach access road for 2 minutes to check the glassy surf and watch the fog lift from the beach. From there, after your surf, you can enjoy a day at the beach or lounging around the house and gorgeous swimming pool... Many days you may not even want to leave the property. The day is made complete by watching the sunset at the beach or through the trees from one of the many patios/balconies at the house, and then dinner at a neighboring restaurant or in the outside dining area of the house. There is no way to describe the beauty of your stay at our house!
Hi Melanie -
Hope you are doing well. Thought I would drop you a note. Your house is
beautiful and was outstanding! My friends own the Pura Vida Surf School
located on the grounds of Tropico Latino. I didn't even know they had
moved!! Several of the instructors have family that visit them in Costa
Rica and I told them about VRBO and how to find your house.
I may be going back to CR by myself in March for approximately 2 weeks
and was wondering if you wanted to rent out the Cabina.
Thank you again. Your place made the vacation!
If you're looking for a laid back, convenient location for a Costa Rican getaway, Casa Buena Vida is the place for you.....I rented the compound for three weeks in February....the property is steps to the beach as well as the best beach bar in all of Santa Teresa....and it is located at the midpoint of the Mal Pais/Playa Carmen/Santa Teresa Beaches.....there are many fantastic restaurants all within walking distance and the super market is a block away....although the property is just off the main road, once inside the gate you feel like you're in your own world.....it was very hot in February so having your own pool is a must.....and the pool at Casa Buena Vida was great for a plunge and big enough for laps.....in the main house, the bedrooms were very comfortable with great beds and well air conditioned and street noise was not an issue.....and the kitchen and living space was well appointed.....the staff as well as manager Brett went out of their way to be helpful and with an over night security guard at the front gate we felt very safe.....I can't say enough good things about Casa Buena Vida ......I have traveled all over Costa Rica and by far this is my favorite spot.....
We truly lucked out by choosing Casa Buena Vida. Our group consisted of two families, and it felt like this property was designed specifically for us. My husband, daughter, and I stayed in the cabana which felt like a modern, luxury hotel suite. It gave us a nice quiet space to call our own while being just steps (literally like 10 steps!) from the pool and only a few more steps to the main house. The main house had a great kitchen and grill (for all of that fish you'll catch if you go fishing with Toto out of Mal Pais), huge patio complete with breeze-generating and bug-reducing outdoor ceiling fans, and the coolest modern living room for lots of hanging out and fort-building (by the kids, we swear it was only the kids!). It was very hot while we were there, and probably always is, but each bedroom on the property had amazing individual AC units to ensure comfort day and night. And the pool, oh the pool! It was beautiful, refreshing, fun - it absolutely made the property feel like a resort. A pool like this is an absolute MUST if you are traveling with kids; we must have spent no less than 4 hours a day in it. For anyone traveling with young kids like mine (15 months), the pool was especially perfect as it had a pretty large shallow "pad" (maybe 1.5' deep) that the littles could play in without having to be in the main deep section. The location of the house really can't be beat either. Santa Teresa and Mal Pais are such cool little towns with great vibes and GREAT food! That was the biggest surprise for us. We had so many amazing meals in the week we were there (Katana, The Bakery, Brisas del Mar, Amici, Shambala, even the beach bar/restaurants Banana Beach and Habaneros).Casa Buena Vida is walking distance or super short cab ride to all of these. Plus the house is practically on the beach (maybe half a city block). The waves and current are a bit strong to turn your kids loose in, but my toddler and I enjoyed plenty of time playing in the sand and letting the water crash over our feet. Calmer Hermosa Beach is a 20 minute/$20 cab ride away and is great for learning to surf, playing in the small waves with the kiddos, and chasing hermit crabs in the sand. Other posters have mentioned the amazing staff at the house, and I couldn't agree more. Between the housekeeper, pool guy, gardeners, and overnight security guard we felt very pampered and VERY safe. The only thing that could be better is if we were still there.........
We loved this house. We have been traveling to Mal Pais and Santa Teresa annually since 2009. This is one of the best places that we have ever stayed. The beach and the pool are within steps. The pool has a shallow section for our 2 year old and a large regular pool for our older kids. Restaurants and grocery store are across the street or within a quick jaunt. Next year we will be staying in this house. The cabina was great for Grandma and Grandpa to be close yet have their own space. With a little common sense, the area and the house are very safe. The property manage/concierge provides amazing service and is just a phone call away.
I wouldn't call the house luxurious or extravagant, but it has everything you need, and it's right in town and close to the beach.
PROS: SHORT WALK TO BEACH - house is on the corner of the main road and a beach access road; CLOSE TO TOWN - grocery store across the street; PROPERTY MANAGER, BRETT - very helpful and attentive, checking in by email every few days to see how we were doing; nice, large pool; AC IN BEDROOMS; WIFI worked pretty well and enabled to keep my teenage son in touch with his girlfriend, although it didn't work in his bedroom; PRETTY, WELL-KEPT GROUNDS - groundskeeper on the premises most days; HOUSEKEEPER - came and cleaned every other day; SECURITY - security guard was on the premises from from early evening until the next morning, so we always felt safe.
CONS: NOISY! I had read the reviews before renting this house and knew it was not going to be quiet, but I wasn't prepared for how noisy it was actually going to be. I found it impossible to relax outside because trucks, cars, quads and motorcycles were constantly going by. It was pretty loud in the house too, even during the night which made sleeping was difficult at times. Thankfully the AC in the bedrooms did drown out the noise a little. The nights that it rained were also quieter; AC ONLY IN BEDROOMS - it can get hot in Santa Teresa. The sea breeze did not reach the house through the trees during our stay. Our first day was very hot and it was very uncomfortable in the main part of the house. Luckily, it either cooled down after that or we acclimated to the temperature and it wasn't so bad; LACK OF PRIVACY - while the grounds and pool were kept nice and we felt very safe with the security guard at night, it was a little unsettling to have people walking around the property all the time. The pool guy was there in the morning, the security guard was there at night and the groundskeeper was there late afternoon/early evenings when we were coming back from whatever we did during the day. The downstairs has all large windows and sliding glass doors that have no blinds. Every now and then I'd look outside only to see someone looking back at me. Again, it made it a little hard to relax and it was a little uncomfortable; BEDS WERE UNCOMFORTABLE - Having back issues I'm used to being uncomfortable, but this time my husband even complained, and he can sleep on anything!
Overall we had a great trip, but I'm not sure I'd recommend this house unless you can deal with the negatives mentioned.
We loved the house. We were 2 families from Telluride, Colorado, and we rented both the main house and the cabana. The pool was awesome, the bedrooms, bathrooms and the beds were great and comfortable! The beach was steps away (literally). We read some posts about security in Mal Pais and Santa Teresa and experienced zero issues. We locked the house when we left, and put our valuables in the safe. The house has an alarm. The home is awesome and very well maintained. Every day we had gardeners, pool workers or maids, etc stop by.
We walked to everything we needed. The town has 2 ATMs and an amazing bakery for breakfast. A grocery store with all you need is about a 1 minute walk from the house. We had great meals out, and they were really inexpensive. The beach, steps aways, is a huge surfing beach and has an added bonus, a bar and restaurant.
if you are looking to walk to surf, to walk to the stores and restaurants, and to have a really nice house, this is it. Excellent services. If we needed anything, the owner's rep was immediately available.
We rented Casa Buena Vida during the last week and a half of February 2015. As many before have said the pictures do not do it justice. The home was open, spacious and flowed very well for our group. The kitchen did not lack supplies for cooking, the beds, bath, showers, towels, sheets, all fantastic. There was a cleaning person every couple of days, which was non intrusive and welcomed. The property manager Brett was fantastic. He was hands on, always available. His recommendations were spot on for the area. This house is a short walking distance from a public beach. We had our share of wild life everyday with monkeys, lizards and locals. The food choices in town were plenty and outstanding. Great home for a bunch of adults or families with kids. Would give it a 10!
Chef can be arranged for in home meals, Baby Sitting, Surf Lessons, Surboard Rentals, Nearby Spa also offers Yoga and Pilates, In Home Massages Available