Are you seeking quiet rural beauty just a short drive from San José? This gorgeous two bedroom apartment offers both luxury and close proximity to the capital city. Nestled in the mountains of Escazu, we’re only 10 minutes from the local town center; 20 minutes from CIMA Hospital; 25 minutes to downtown San Jose and the International Airport (15 miles/25 km). Ideal for those seeking a retreat, whether tourists, medical tourists (we’re fully handicapped accessible), birders, gardeners, meditators, and anyone else who wants to soak up the peace here.
We offer free airport pickup, and we can have a rental car delivered to your doorstep.
Every single room has lovely views of the mountains, even the walk in closet, the shower and the dining room. Both bedrooms have balconies from which to enjoy the view. We have a fully equipped kitchen with granite counters and tigerwood cabinets and a wood paneled dining room. You will find extras such as an electric piano, audiobooks, and various amenities in case you forgot something (extra hats, sunscreen, bug repellent, etc.)
FOR TOURISTS: We are a central base for your trips around Costa Rica such as Manuel Antonio, Arenal, and the Southern Zone. Don't miss the hike up Pico Blanco mountain in our backyard.
FOR BIRDERS: Birding is very good here; an ETX spotting scope is available in the apartment for your use. Some of the birds our guests have seen are Montezuma's Oropendulas, Azure Browed Mot Mots, Blue Grey Tanagers, Grey Headed Chacalacas, Squirrel Cuckoos, Black Shouldered Kites, Kiskadees and hummingbirds.
FOR GARDENERS: Be sure to tour our many exotic fruit and perfume trees that grow on the 11 acre property. (We’ll be surprised if you’ve heard of half of these species.) We have over a hundred species, including dragonfruit, Abyssinian banana, and perfumed champaca.
FOR MEDICAL AND DENTAL PATIENTS: There are no steps or stairs; you can park close to the front door. All the doors are sliding in order to accommodate wheelchairs, and the hallway is wide. We have an electric hospital bed, and the second bedroom (which has its own bath) can be used by a nurse/caretaker. The bathroom in the main bedroom has a wheelchair accessible shower and a raised toilet with handrails. The entire apartment has US stype 110V electrical outlets that are higher up than normal for better accessibility. We have a bed table on wheels for eating or reading in bed. The large bedside tables were specially designed to allow for ample storage and easy access. There is full spectrum lighting, and even the shelves in the walk-in closet are lighted. Out the front door is a large flat paved area with garden, fountain, and a mountain view. (Note: We don't have a resident medical caretaker, however we can find one for you.)
The property is secured by a 24 hour guard service and the owners live on-site. We have instant emergency backup power in case of power outages. The apartment has its own telephone line and our own excellent well water. The apartment has a laundry room, and we can do laundry for guests for a fee.
We recommend that you rent a car while staying here; however we do have a roster of recommended bilingual taxi drivers as well as bus times. There is secure parking near the front door for two cars.
The kitchen and dining room are brand new; we suspended rentais while we created the kitchen, so our reviews are from last year. We also have a beach house in Manuel Antonio with stunning ocean views for rent.
HOUSE RULES: This apartment is especially peaceful and quiet; please no loud music or noise. Sorry, no pets or smoking. This rental is short term only - three months at most.
San Antonio de Escazú is part of the popular upscale suburb of Escazú, on the western side of the capital city of San José. We are 4,600 feet above sea level (1,424 mts), so the temperature is usually around 72 degrees. Because Escazú is beautiful, convenient, and upscale, it is home to many of the Costa Rica's wealthier expatriates. Our house is in the more rural, mountainous part of this suburb - so you get beautiful countryside and city conveniences at the same time.
Ask for my google map to local attractions. The nearest supermarket and restaurant, is one mile away; ATM, post office and center of Escazú is 3 miles away; International airport is 15 miles; the hospital is 5.5 miles; largest mall in the country 5 miles.
Things to do in the neighborhood:
Stroll within our 12 acre property, either on the cement driveway or further afield.
The hike up to the Alajuelita Cross has spectacular views of the city, a flat part for beginners and a steeper part for people who would like more challenge.
Pico Tours offers private and group guided hikes up this mountain and others in the area.
Gerardo Montoya offers tours of his traditional mask making shop.
You can rent an hour on a "Ceragem" massage bed nearby, or we can set up an appointment with Barbara Adams, a certified English speaking masseuse.