Finca Las Cascadas is For Sale
Finca Las Cascadas: For Sale
For Nature Lovers:
"I've discovered living in my own house that the quality of my life has improved. I'm surrounded in my home by beautiful forms, lots of daylight, natural materials, and the things that I love. Our house fits us perfectly and is unabashedly comfortable. My house feeds my spirit." -- Sarah Susanka, Architect and Author
We have lived on Finca las Cascadas (Waterfall Farm) for nearly seven years. We designed and built it with inspiration from Susanka's books and have shared the same experience as she. Our house sits on a small, beautiful coffee farm, which has provided an avocation for us and some work for our neighbors. We are looking for the buyer who appreciates the beauty of nature that abounds here. The tranquility of our retreat has inspired Janet's yoga practice and Mike's writing. It is a sanctuary from the busyness of the Central Valley but convenient to health care and shopping. We have especially enjoyed easy access to the National Symphony, the Met Live!, and to the Pacific beaches.
"This has been the most beautiful day. Early clouds and light rain gave way to sun with a light northwesterly breeze. Morning coffee on the back porch witnessed a flock of parakeets, a pair of toucans, a flock of five chacalacas and another of four oropendulos. Beautiful. Low 68/high 82." ---Mike's Diary, January 2, 2011
Features of the Finca (Farm)
One Home with two additional house sites
Beautiful Views of the Gulf of Nicoya and mountains from each site
About two acres of producing coffee
Quebrada (Stream) with old growth forest and waterfalls
Mature trees: Banana (4 types), lemon/lime, oranges, avacado, mango, papaya plus 21 types of palm
Concrete drive to top of property, secure main gate with remote control
On one of the most beautiful paved highways in Costa Rica
In the mountains at 2400'- no central air or heat needed
Armadillos, White-faced Monkeys, Howler monkeys (in past five years), Coati (Pizote), Kinkajous (Martilla), Iguanas, Porcupines, Agoutis, Anteater and more. In the dry season we are directly underneath a flyway for the Red Macaw. Several have settled temporarily in nearby trees. Since there is year-round water and we have replanted a habitat, we are hopeful that some may nest once again.
Custom designed and built in 2008 to North American standards
Two bedrooms, two baths
Beautiful custom cabinets, doors, and woodwork throughout house
Large windows with reflective glass to keep out heat
Dream kitchen with granite countertops and all appliances--dishwasher, etc.
Beautiful views out of every window
Stucco walls in earth tone colors keep house cool
Travertine and exotic stone from Columbia line two showers and bathroom countertops; rainshower heads in showers
Large porches front and back with wide overhangs extend living spaces during sun and rain
Porcelain tile floors and quality throughout
Walk-in closets in both bedrooms; linen closet, other closet storage
2530 square feet construction under roof
Three storage areas - one includes a third full bath near pool
Solar heating unit on roof to economically heat water for the whole house.
Surrounding the House
Beautiful swimming pool with infinity edge
Spa with seats and waterfall pouring into pool
Lighting in pool and on patio for nighttime swimming
Large patio for entertaining surrounding pool
Beautiful, lush landscaping with exotic plants surrounding house
Double carport and garage storage/workshop/tool building incorporating full bathroom near pool
Path into old-growth forest to stream and waterfalls
Extensive landscaping with Mountain Almendro (For the Green Macaw) and trees throughout property
Prepared area for vegetable garden and compost
Resident toucans, many species of tropical birds including parrots and hummingbirds
Blue morpho and many other species of beautiful butterflies
Many Options for this Property
Located in the mountain range west of the capital city San Jose
In rural Costa Rica--quiet, tranquil, less traffic, friendly neighbors, the "real Costa Rica"
Located less than 45 minutes from San Jose, Escazu, and Santa Ana with all the stores, restaurants, and malls that you are familiar with
Located less than one hour from the Pacific Coast beaches
25 minutes from Puriscal for shopping, banking, post office, hospital, etc.
25 minutes from Orotina, 30 minutes to Atenas, both with shopping, banking, etc.
5 minutes from village of San Pablo with medical clinic, gas station, and municipal offices
3 minutes from Ama Tierra Hotel and Retreat where you can house your overflow guests or enjoy dinner