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The Best of Both, Hotel Suites with the Comforts of Home

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 4.25 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Located along one of the stunning ridgelines soaring over Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coastline, 180 del Mar delivers commanding 180° ocean views stretching thirty miles on a clear day. The ocean provides only one stunning feature of the property. The pristine jungle ridge of Escaleras offers our guests a unique backdrop of lush tropical vegetation and close encounters with the wildlife it supports. The sound of monkeys makes for an interesting wakeup call, and there is never a shortage of tropical birds brandishing dramatic colors. Guests can anticipate a distinctive and spectacular sunset every evening no matter what time of year they chose to visit, and when the sun dips down below the horizon a new stage of stars is set.

Your stay at 180 del Mar will be one of the most memorable of a lifetime. The house was designed, built and finished all by the owner, whose unique vision resulted in three octagonal towers that provide the feeling of a never ending perspective.

Two towers house the bedrooms, purposely detached from the main living space to instill a feeling of privacy even when travelling with close family. Each spacious suite offers a distinct and impressive view, with privet terrace, bathrooms feature relaxing hot water showers, double sink vanities, and ample closet space. Of the four rooms, two contain king sized mattresses, while the others come equipped with queen sized beds, but upon request could be outfitted with additional mattresses to accommodate different sleeping situations (i.e. children).

The main tower of the house will provide everything for your home away from home. The enormity of the living room is only amplified when the accordion doors open expanding the room to the outside veranda and the ever present jungle breezes. Comfortable furnishings and handcrafted wood work give a warm and relaxing feeling as you enjoy the scenery. The kitchen was outfitted by a professional chef, so if you fancy yourself a galloping gourmet or just want to surprise everyone with breakfast, you will find everything you need; large two door refrigerator, professional gas range, dishwasher, microwave, toaster oven, blender, coffee maker, full set of dinner ware for up to 15 including crystal stem ware, as well as its plastic equivalent. The dinning space features a beautiful handcrafted table that seats eight comfortably. Facing the ocean, read a book, take a nap, sip a cocktail from the wraparound porch, or take an invigorating dip in the infinity edge Jacuzzi. A fully equipped laundry room and powder room round out the features of the home.

Keywords: Vacation Rental House

More Details

Owner
Eduardo Avancini
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 8, 2017

About Eduardo Avancini

My name is Eduardo Avancini, together with my mom, Noemi, we purchased property in Dominical in 2002 and I moved from Southampton, New York to break ground here in the hills of Escaleras. Warm water and good waves may have enticed me initially, but after 13 years this is my home. My family has grown from my daughter who came with me from New York, to include my wife and two sons who were born here. My mom recently retired and joined us in April. Being a carpenter, I designed and finished the house along with my crew.

Eduardo Avancini purchased this house in 2004

Why Eduardo Avancini chose Puntarenas

The southern Pacific zone is the most magical in the entire country of Costa Rica. Lush tropical jungle kisses the sea, with dramatic rock points and expansive stretches of pristine beach. Fantastic surf, incredible snorkeling and diving, impressive fishing make this area a water lovers paradise. The area around 180 del Mar remains largely unspoiled by large developments and resorts, therefore wildlife abounds. Monkeys, sloths, birds, reptiles, even elusive cats such as jaguars can be seen in the hills of Escaleras.

What makes this house unique

In the morning, peer over your outstretched feet to view the magnificent Pacific Ocean as the sun makes its way over the ridge illuminating the Marina below. Step out on your privet porch and be greeted by the gentle morning jungle breeze and perhaps a humming bird or two. Enjoy your Costa Rican coffee on the veranda as you try to decide what your agenda is for the day, either choosing one of the various activities or tours or simply staying put with a good book, inspiration is in the view! Wind down the day in the reverse. Enjoy a cool beverage in the Jacuzzi breathing as the sun makes its final descent and dips into the sea. Watch as the sky unfolds with stars or the moon makes her appearance. Sleep with dreams of another day just like this one for tomorrow.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for the review, your families were awesome... my kids had such fun with your terrific children, and it was a pleasure to meet you all... if you all do come back this way, we'd love to have you again!
Jun 2016
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Amenities

Dominical House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4.25
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , privet porch, ensuite bath with double vanity & hot water
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , privet porch, ensuite bath with double vanity & hot water
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , privet porch, ensuite bath with double vanity & hot water
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , privet porch, ensuite bath with double vanity & hot water
  • King size beds (2) Brand new pillow top mattresses., Queen size Beds (2) Comfortable queen sized mattresses, Twin or Single Beds (1) Trundle bed pulls out from below queen, and can be positioned anywhere in the room, to provide more sleeping space!, Baby Cribs (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.6666665 based on 16 reviews
5

Asolutely Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

I must disclose I am a travel agent for Costa Rica, so I live off measuring quality for travel. I booked the house online for my family vacation because I knew the area was perfect for a month vacation. The accessibility for tours and to other cities is very good, so thus the choice. I paid full price, so I can disclose that my review is 100% unbiased.

In my experience, the success of a rental is 60% the quality of the house and 40% the quality of the response time when things go wrong or things are not as expected. This house was a 100% rated experience! I loved it!! The house is absolutely gorgeous, the way it is set up for you to have a huge common area with the bedrooms to the sides provides the perfect amount of privacy for a group of families traveling together. The kitchen was fully equipped and everything was in working order. I am very picky about quality mattresses, and I can say I was very happy here! Waking up every morning with the view of the ocean is priceless.

I was worried as I read the previous review right before leaving, and I can say I disagree (or they already fixed anything he was talking about!). The house is in great shape. I found it to be fantastically well kept but most of all, Elizabeth and Eduardo were wonderfully speedy in helping or fixing anything I needed.

You DO need a 4x4, specially in the rainy season. I do recommend you flying in and out of San Jose as it is only 3hrs away. Liberia is a much longer drive to the house, about 5.5hrs.

Conclusion: I am fully satisfied with this house and the stay in general and will definitely come back! I will send customers their way as this is a fantastic option at a great price and the rental experience was superb!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful architecture; awesome view; needs maintenance

  • 3 of 5

The house is embedded in the rain forest, up a steep hill overlooking the ocean. Once you get over the beauty of the construction and calm down from the awe of the view, you quickly begin to notice that the place needs some maintenance. Despite the fact that the place needs a fair amount of repair and a fresh coat of paint, the setting could not have been better. We loved the open and huge rooms, the sound of wildlife especially in the morning, and the fresh air from the rain. The owners were very nice. Overall we had a great time and enjoyed the house but felt that it fell short of previous reviewers' impressions. I would recommend staying here with the disclosures mentioned.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking your time to review our home... we know returning from vacations are always a bit hectic, jumping back into daily routines. We were blessed to have had such a busy season, full through most of our high season. Maintenance here is DAILY as the jungle is right at our door steps, keeping the house clean and free from some of the less welcome jungle creatures might get over looked, but is essential. Our hopes are that guests find the home comfortable and clean. Larger projects like painting must be done when the house is open long enough to get in and really do a good job. Our Green season slows down, but my "Honey-Do" list never does! Thank you for coming to stay.
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Beautiful views, comfortable home

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our time at "The Compound"!

  • 5 of 5

My family arrived to "The Compound" (this was our nickname for the property as it really felt like we were in our own private community) late in the evening after about a 6 hour drive from the Liberian airport. In case there is any question, YES you must have a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Due to the time of our arrival, Elizabeth met us the next afternoon to welcome us and to go over any questions or concerns that we had. Primary communication was done via email, and that worked out well for us.

-The home was very much as described in the pictures, plenty of room and space for everyone to spread out. The amenities on site were everything that we needed, the only problem we had was the bubbles in the Whirlpool worked sporadically, but still refreshing just the same. In regards to electrical outages, we experienced only one outage that lasted for more than a couple of hours and that was early in the morning. Nature was in full force on the property: beautiful flowers & trees, friendly dogs (the owners) as well as howler monkeys that woke us in the mornings and the cicada bugs that would put us to sleep at night. There are a variety of other bugs as well that we found, but nothing at all that we were really too concerned with. The only concern were a few wasp nests, but they didn't bother us at all and were going to be removed after our stay.

-Elizabeth did a great job "pre-trip" and during our stay giving us suggestions about things to do around Dominical and surrounding areas such as (where to shop, where to eat, beaches, fishing, snorkeling, rainforests). Elizabeth did help prearrange excursions for our group (fishing, snorkeling & rafting with local outfitters). Great places to visit in Dominical (Mono Congo, Phat Noodle, Dominicalito Beach). Also take the time to do the rafting with Dominical Surf Adventures, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Parque Reptilandia, Hacienda Baru as well as a day trip to Corcovado.

Enjoy the sunsets and get out and explore!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and the view is fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Elizabeth was very responsive, ready to answer any questions. Really first rate. We will be back again

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place, perfect for a large group!!!

  • 4 of 5

We loved 180 Del Mar, it has the greatest view !!! Beautiful location and Elizabeth and Eduardo were awesome landlords. Will definitely come back if possible!!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Quepos/ Manuel Antonio
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Patron's
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
San Buenaventura
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Hwy 34 Costal Rd
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
La Parcela
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Dominicalito
Car: necessary

Take advantage of our close relations with local sport fishermen and surf instuctors and take a Inshore fishing trip or surf lessons for your group when you stay a week with us! Rafting and Snorkeling tours arranged with local tour operators. Horseback riding to waterfalls or along the beach. ATV jungle tours take you where few vehicles dare to tread. Empty beaches for taking a reflective stroll, or spend the day soaking in the sun and waves. Learn to speak Spanish from classes a the local Spanish school, or privet lessons at the house. Animal sanctuaries, local forest reserves allow you to get out where the nature is, and learn more about the unique ecosystem of our southern pacific zone.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Damage Deposit $500

Perfect home for family vacations!! Loads of space and privacy! With over 20acres of land wildlife is everywhere... take a walk on our monkey trail, howlers and white face troops marches through the trees. Smaller groups can rent half of the house (2 of the 4 rooms) for a week or more for $1,100.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.