|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This completely furnished house has a beautiful view of the mountains of Escazu and overlooks the San Jose valley. There are porches on three sides where you can sit and enjoy the well-kept gardens filled with tropical plants, butterflies, and birds. Newly renovated with updated bathrooms and kitchen. New second floor with study and TV room with stunning views of the mountains. Very peaceful, secure home 20 minutes from airport and just 15 minutes from downtown San Jose. Many restaurants and grocery stores are just down the hill. Hop on a bus outside the property and you will be there in 5 minutes or less. Taxis are also available.
The house has an electric gate so it is very secure. You can park your rental car inside the property with no worries. Wifi is also available.
Stay here while you enjoy the many beautiful natural resources that Costa Rica offers. Take day trips from here to see the volcanoes, go white-water rafting, walk in the cloud forest, visit coffee plantations, visit the ancient and beautiful colonial town of Orosi, among many other wonderful activities. The closest beach is only one-and-one-half hours away. If you are lucky you will see traditionally painted oxcarts still being used to haul wood or milk. Or walk up the street, past the little colonial church, and visit a "trapiche" (sugar mill) where sugar cane is still being processed into sugar in the traditional way. The house gets its name from the cane flower.
Escazu offers a variety of excellent restaurants, shopping malls, banks, and supermarkets. This is an excellent location to make your vacation the most enjoyable one yet!
I grew up in Costa Rica and most of my family lives in the Escazu area. My husband and I are both professors in California and we enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of our house in Costa Rica to read, write, and visit with friends. We travel down to Costa Rica about 3 times a year. We like it to be comfortable and hospitable to all those who enter our house.
Grace Dyrness purchased this house in 2004
The location was a principal reason that I bought this property. It is in Escazu which has so many amenities, but it is far enough up the hill to feel more country-like and walking distance to the colonial church of San Antonio. It is next door to the house of my brother and my sister-in-law can watch over the property and see that it remains in excellent condition.
The gardens are beautiful with a variety of tropical flowers, brilliant butterflies, and even some fruit trees: bananas, orange/lemon, and avocado. The views of the mountain and the cool weather make it a perfect place to relax.
Thank you so much for letting me stay at your beautiful home. It was much more tha I expected.
I travelled for business, and after a long and hectic day, this was the perfect retreat.
The house is tastefully decorated and very cozy. It has an great classical music library and the kitchen is well equipped.
In the mornings, the birds would sing and that was the alarm, just perfect!
There were beautiful butterflies around the house, in the garden, to make the stay complete.
I hope to come back soon, many more times.
Next year I am planning already to stay 10 nights and will be my place to stay from now on... This house is perfect for families of 5... Everything was build custom made.. We love ... Great bedroom, great bathroom and the kitchen has everything you need for the perfect dinner.... The house are just minutes away from San Jose but in escazu you can find everything ... Great local food and international...nice shopping centers... The house is very secure... Nice remote control gate... Cinthia the manager if you read this comment ... Thanks a lot for everything ... I recommend this house to everybody...
Nice and private. Lots of flowering trees and plants on the property, and we used the Webber grill to barbecue twice. Grace has provided many of the small things like spices, olive oil, paper towels, etc that you often don't find in rental houses. That was a nice convenience.
I would definitely recommend renting a car if you plan on staying here; it's not really within walking distance to anything. But our rental car was reasonable (Alamo), and the driving is no worse than downtown Chicago. We went to the central market, the volcano and canopy bridge tour, the Waterfall park and the Britt Coffee tour. The car for a week, plus insurance plus a GPS (don't even think of trying it without one) was under $400 and well worth it.
One word of caution: If you use your GPS to insert coordinates from an attraction's web site (latitude and longitude), plug those coordinates into Google Maps first to verify they are right. Two places we visited had bad coordinates on their sites (and they admitted it!).
I vacationed for almost 3 weeks in this home in 8/2008 and just realized I did not review as I stumbled on it on my bookmarks. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and the home had the most relaxing ambiance. The description was accurate and there is one more smaller room not pictured. Escazu is a very nice city in CR and the local supermarket/plaza/bank is excellent and in walking distance. The property was very clean and well maintained and the caretaker is a very nice man, brought us fresh arugula and other greens as well as fresh eggs. The owner was very clear with all instructions and available as well as the caretaker. I would recommend this property to family and friends. It brings back such fond memories, There was a restaurant up the hill with a spectacular view and a show during dinner hours.
Property description was generally accurate and location was convenient. Directions to the property could be a little more explicit, especially about the exit from the Interamericana, with highway numbers, as Costa Rica now has a few road signs.
Pictures give a good idea of the living space, which is spacious and comfortable, and nicely decorated. The Central Valley view is in part obstructed by the neighboring (family-owned) house, and only available from part of the side terrace (pictured). The mountain views are great.
There is noise during the morning and evening on workdays from the ubiquitous motorcycles one finds in Costa Rica, as well as from roosters in the early morning and dogs barkling a lot throughout the night. We found that we didn't notice much of the noise after the first week, once we got used to it. This is a problem in most of the San Jose area, so if you are wanting to spend a single quiet week or are overly sensitive to noise, we would suggest a more rural area.
The house is well equipped, including the kitchen, has cable internet and wireless from the house next door, DVDs of some adult-oriented (generally OK for kids though maybe not interesting to them) and eclectic movies which we enjoyed very much. Laundry facilities are good, with an indoor drying lines area for rainy days. A monitored alarm system with remote control secures the house as well as the large walled and gated yard and parking area. There is a backup water system for the occasional one or two hour outages ( 3 times during our 6 week stay ).
The property's caretaker, Martin, is very attentive, and brought us fresh eggs and salad greens from the chickens and garden he maintains on the property. He also brought firewood for the fireplace on a couple of chilly nights. Martin has speaks very little English so brush up on your Spanish and treat him with the respect he deserves, and he'll do his very best for you.
Two small stores nearby have fruit, groceries and basic needs.
The El Gaitero restaurant up the hill a 10 to 15 minute walk was great - Spanish (Basque regional) cuisine and great service from the owners.
Also of note is the "Sakar" hairstyling and esthetics studio of Shirley Maritza Sequeira about 1/2 block down the street directly across from the front gate - $10 manicure, $12 pedicure, massage, unisex haircuts and styling.
Communication with the owner before, during, and after was very clear and timely.
We recommend this property as a comfortable base.
The house is located down the hill a bit from the quaint town of San Antonio de Escazu with its beautiful church overlooking the valley and across from a park. Alongside the park are bakeries and restaurants, providing an authentic experience of Costa Rica, often not felt in the major tourist areas. There are still sugar mills that are oxen-operated so if you are lucky you will catch one at work. Hanging out in the little town of San Antonio you may also see people on horseback and an oxcart or two. And the backdrop of the gorgeous mountains is worth the walk up the hill from the house (10 minutes at most).
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.