Hillside Retreat on the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

  • $ 325 000
  • House For Sale
  • Upfront payment $100 000
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Floor area 145 sq m
  • Lot size 5 430 sq m
  • Total square 225 sq m
  • Year of build 2009


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Private & safe mountain getaway for those seeking a slower paced lifestyle, retirement or an excellent vacation spot to de-stress. Our home is located in Pilangosta, a small, quiet village 20 min. outside of Nicoya. Our town is very safe, there is no crime and it is possible to sleep with the windows & doors open at night, and be able to travel, knowing your belongings are safe at home; unlike at many beach towns, where most houses have bars on their windows and tall barbed wire fences around their properties.

The house is surrounded by lush vegetation, tropical plants and flowers, fruit trees, such as bananas, plantains, papayas, oranges, limes, cashews, mangos, avocados and Jamaican cherries, also teak trees, mahogany and two giant Guanacaste trees for shade. We are surrounded by pastures used for horses and livestock & rolling hills, yet we are conveniently located and very close to a gas station, supermarkets, bakery, butchers, pharmacy, post office, gift shops, clothing stores, pizzeria, restaurants, veterinarian, hardware stores, a park, church, dentists, clinic, hospital, internet café, video store, liquor stores, ice cream shop, a public pool and recreation center and daily direct buses to Nicoya and the capital city San Jose. The town is very well maintained and clean. We have two international airports, one in Liberia, about 1 hr 15 min away and the other in San Jose, about 3 hrs 30 min away. A few minutes down the road is the Monte Alto National Reserve with great hiking trails. The beaches, Playa Carrillo & Playa Samara are a 35 min. scenic drive away and are clean, unspoiled and picture perfect. Our area sits in the Blue Belt, which has been mention on National Geographic. It is also important to note that Pilangosta is located about 500m above sea level and always has a nice breeze coming off of the valley. Our home was completed in 2009 and appraised at $325,000 in March 2011 and our taxes are less than $100 a year. We have a 20' / 6m storage container sitting on our property and also two Ford F150 trucks which are all available for sale. The house is minimally furnished and comes with two flat screen TV's.

Home has 2441.25 sf / 225.6m2.

Foundation is 8” / 20 cm thick, double steel reinforced concrete, the footings are 36" / 91cm deep and the walls are steel reinforced concrete Superbloque construction with closed box-steel roof beams. We have insulation in the roof and terrace roof to protect from the sun and the heat. The roof is green 50 year galvanized metal with a 39” / 1m overhang all around. The soffits and fascia are finished with stained and polyurethaned teak. In the roof are four skylights 8’0’L x 27.5”W / 2.44m x 70cm, two over the kitchen & living room and two in the upstairs bedroom.

9’0”/ 2.75m wall height and 18’0” / 5.50m high cathedral ceiling in kitchen & living room. The main floor is barrier free, there are no changes in level, stairs, steps or thresholds.

All ceilings throughout the house are tongue and groove teak, stained dark brown with three coats of urethane on both sides for added moisture protection. Light taupe & beige colored travertine-look clay tile throughout house, 20” x 20” / 50cm x 50cm size. 1/8” grout line and 3” / 8cm tiled baseboards (so mop doesn’t hit the stucco walls). Tile on terrace, front porch and back patio is a brick colored, non-slip clay tile, 18” x 18” / 45cm x 45cm size with ¼” grout line.

Entire house is double coated with 25 year stucco finish outside and inside. Walls are deliberately not 100% smooth for added rustic appearance. Stucco can be painted if desired. There is no hot water tank, but a European style Tempra flow-through ceramic water heater that supplies every faucet inside the house. One 65,000 BTU European style split-unit air conditioner in the living room, suspended on the ceiling cools the entire house, another 8000 BTU split-unit in the bathroom and a 22,000 BTU split-unit in the master bedroom. It gives the option to keep the house open and only cool the bedroom.

All exit doors are solid cedar with double pane glass inserts, have four Stanley heavy duty 4” brass hinges. Baldwin dead bolt door locks and European style door handles with key locks, in antique brass finish. Interior doors are solid melina w/ one single recessed panel, three Stanley 4” brass hinges and Baldwin door handles, also in antique brass finish.

Kitchen 16’2”W x 11’0”L 4.93m x 3.36m

Cabinets: Custom built, ¾” solid cedar (no plywood or particle board), dark cherry finish inside & out, ½” overlay, flat panel doors & drawers, 97” total height , uppers 42” high, 14” deep (2” deeper than std. uppers) w/ clear glass inserts, 24” deep cabinet over fridge, solid wood refrigerator side support panel. Island has two 36” wide base cabinets w/ 4 hidden drawers inside. All drawers have heavy duty steel, full extension, ball bearing tracks. Cabinet hinges are concealed and knobs are antique brass finish.

Counter tops: Granite in gold & black color, bullnose edge, 4” / 10cm backsplash, island top 8’3”x 3’5” / 2.50 x 1.04m with 14” / 36cm overhang on 3 sides. Ideal as breakfast bar or dining table.

Range: Frigidaire 30” / 76cm, ceramic top, self cleaning, convection oven, SS & black.

Hood: NuTone, SS, 2 halogen lights.

Sink: 33” / 84cm SS drop-in double sink, 18 gauge steel, 10” / 25cm deep.

Faucet: Price Pfister, single control & single hole installation, gooseneck with built in sprayer, nickel finish.

Dishwasher: Bosch SS inside and out, hidden controls.

Refrigerator: Whirlpool, top freezer, 28”W x 72”H / 71cm x 1.83m, SS look front, black sides.

Windows: 5’10”W x 3’8”H x 1’4”D / 1.77m x 1.11m x 41cm picture window over sink facing N, has tiled sill. 5’5” Wx 6’1”H / 1.64m x 1.85m sliding window facing E.

Lighting: 48” / 1.22m Fluorescent lamp over sink, one pendant lamp suspended on a teak beam over kitchen island.

Doors: French doors with full clear double pane glass inserts out to terrace facing W.

Living Room 16’2”W x 13’6”L / 4.92m x 4.10m

Built-in wall unit in melina wood, stained dark, open shelves, rustic, 8’8”W x 8’10”H x 1’9”D / 2.63m x 2.68m x 53cm. 43”x 29” / 1.09m x 73.5cm opening for large TV.

Doors: French doors, cedar with clear double pane glass inserts out to terrace, facing W.

Lighting: Flexible track halogen, SS finish, kobalt, five MR16 spots and five steel finished single spotlights on walls.

Master bedroom 17’4”W x 18’2”L x 8’7”H / 6.25m x 5.50m x 2.60m

Closet: 3’4” x 8’8” finished in melina paneling, w/ built in melina shelving & hangrod.

Doors: French doors, cedar with clear double pane glass inserts out to terrace, facing N. Two interior door, one into hallway to living room, other into hallway to master bathroom.

Window: One single sliding window 5’3”W x 3’3”H / 1.60m x 98cm, facing S.

Lighting: Flexible track halogen, SS finish, kobalt blue, five MR16 spots and one single ceiling fixture in closet.

Master bathroom 9’3”W x 9’3”L / 2.80m x 2.80m

Countertop: Granite in gold & black, with bullnose edge and 4” / 10cm backsplash, 75”L x 25”D / 1.90m x 63cm, double sinks.

Sinks: Two American Standard, shell design, white porcelain, drop-in, 20”W x 16”D / 51cm x 41cm.

Faucets: Price Pfister, nickel finish w/ old fashioned pump design, single hole mount into granite.

Bathtub: American Standard, white fiberglass, 60” x 32” x 18” / 1.52m x 81cm x 46cm
Tub alcove 5’5”L x 3’10”D / 1.65m x 1.17m. Glass block inserts from hallway into tub alcove and from tub alcove to outdoor shower for added daylight in bathroom. 6” / 15cm beige ceramic tile halfway up the bathroom walls with decorative edge tile, also, entire tub alcove tiled from tub to ceiling, as well as tiled tub apron, along with deco edge tiles..

Tub Fixture: Price Pfister, nickel finish, wall mounted, large rain type shower head, single lever control and bath spout.

Toilet: American Standard, white porcelain, elongated bowl, 18” / 45.72cm high.

Lighting: Three nickel finish wall sconces, matching ceiling light with three lights on one metal bar. One water resistant recessed ceiling fixture over bathtub.

Doors: Single door, cedar with clear double pane glass insert, leading to outdoor shower and back patio, facing S. One interior door into hallway to master bedroom and living room.

Back patio: 11’3” x 13’0” / 3.40m x 4.00m

Outdoor shower: 7’0” x 3’4” / 2.13m x 1.02m, walls are covered with 6” / 15cm kobalt blue tile, glass block partition to protect bathroom door from water. Non-slip floor tile and teak ceiling. (Perfect for taking a shower while watching the sunrise or washing the dogs without getting the bathroom dirty) Dual shower heads, handheld and wall mounted, single lever controls in chrome finish.

Lighting: Ceiling light with three lights on one metal bar, matches lighting inside bathroom. One motion sensor halogen flood light attached to wooden post.

Back patio is covered with an insulated roof, supported by one stained 6” post. Teak ceiling stained dark and urethaned on both sides. 18” x 18” / 45cm x 45cm brick colored non-slip tile.

The area is fenced and ideal to secure dogs. The tiled patio is surrounded by 3' / 1m of gravel, which allows rain water to drain and is a good spot for the dogs to use the bathroom at night. It is covered with a green privacy mesh, which allows view out, but not in. Concrete triple utility sink and hose bib.

Laundry Room 7’0”W x 9’3”L x 8’7”H / 2.13m x 2.82m x 2.60m

Washer: Whirlpool Duet HT front loader.

Dryer: Kenmore Elite Oasis extra large capacity.

Chest Freezer: Telstar 28”W x 22”D / 71cm x 56cm. Ample shelving for storage.

Second bedroom: 23’0”W x 20’9”L / 7.00m x 6.30m

Second bedroom is located directly above master bedroom. Has separate entrance, accessible via stairs outside on S/W corner. Has a small storage area 6’7” x 9’10” / 2.00m x 3.00m in the corner, under the roof. There is an additional plumbing hook-up for possible kitchenette or shower. Bottom of the stairs are located only a few feet from back patio and outdoor shower entrance, and has tiled and covered walkway.

Door: Single entry door, cedar with clear double pane glass insert.

Lighting: Flexible track halogen, SS finish, kobalt blue, five MR16 spots and one single wall fixture for spot light.

Window: Sliding window 5’1”W x 2’6”H / 1.55m x 77cm, facing S.

Lighting: Wall light with three lights on one metal bar.

Second Bath: 6’6”W x 6’0”L / 2.00m x 1.80m

Sink: American Standard, white porcelain, pedestal sink 33.5” H / 85cm.

Faucet: Price Pfister, single lever control, nickel finish, 4” / 10cm spread.

Toilet: American Standard, white porcelain, round bowl, 14 ½ ”H / 36cm.

Window: Small sliding window 23”W x 22”H / 58.5cm x 56cm over toilet facing E.

Terrace 16’9”W x 43’6”L / 5.10m x 13.26m

Covered with insulated roof and supported by three stained 6” posts. Teak ceiling stained dark and urethaned on both sides. 18” x 18” / 45cm x 45cm brick colored non-slip tile.

Lighting: three ceramic light fixtures attached to the wooden posts and two black ceiling fans with built in lighting.

The terrace can easily be closed in and the space outside the living room made into a third bedroom and the area outside of the kitchen into a formal dining room.

Water & Septic System

Water: Franklin Electric PumpTech well pump with a Rotoplas 2500L water storage tank, Wellmate water pressure pump and tank with 86.7 gal / 328L capacity.

Septic: Dual septic tank system for toilets only with 30m long drain field away from the house. Sink and shower water get recycled into nature.

Power / Electric

House has its own 25 KV transformer, which we purchased and no other houses are connected to.

Please call 732-573-4046 USA Or 06569-231339 Germany


  • Listing status: Active
  • Available from: Jul 08, 2011
  • Listing #: 2290
  • Floor: 2 / -


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General facilities

  • Balcony

Indoor facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Furnished
  • TV



Address: 2.5km sur-oeste de Banco Nacional, Hojancha, Pilangosta, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Latitude / Longitude: 54.526000 / -105.255000

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