This beautiful hilltop paradise overlooks Lake Arenal, with views stretching both north and south to two of Costa Rica’s most famous volcanoes--Arenal and Tenorio.
Located in northeast Guanacaste, 7 kilometers outside the sleepy lake town of Arenal and 45 minutes from the bustling towns of Fortuna and Tilaran, this property is both secluded and convenient.
3.75 acres in the pristine, Alps-like hills surrounding Lake Arenal, 2,600ft/792m above sea level. Situated along the Cordillera de Tilaran, on the Continental Divide. Perfect “fresco” climate year round, ranging from 50-90F. Water is well sourced and plentiful.
Varied tropical landscape, including cascading lawns, manicured jungle, and an endless variety of edible and ornamental gardens, plants, and trees
A custom built, 30’x30’ footprint, earth-friendly, two-story, straw-bale A-frame. Made of post and galvanized 4”x4” beam construction, infilled with straw bales compressed with heavy gauge stucco wire, covered with 1-1 ¾” concrete. Includes built-in straw-bale framed concrete furniture (couch and dining nook benches, kitchen bar, bed platforms, and night tables).
Ground floor: Includes the living and dining areas, kitchen, bathroom, and private bedroom with a raised full-bed platform and two closets. Customlajas/slate stone floors throughout and spiral staircase to the second floor.
Second floor: A large, single-room loft with a raised built-in platform for a queen-sized bed, a wood-framed bed nook for a full mattress, a walk-in closet, 8’x25’ sq, back and front covered balconies. Opening onto the front of the house upstairs and downstairs are broad, hand-made wooden double doors that open onto a view of the front yard, lake, and mountains beyond.
A chef’s dream. Adjacent to the house is a huge additional 40’x20’ detached rancho built to last forever of teak framing, steel roofing, and concrete and multi-colored slate flooring. The custom kitchen includes a wood burning pizza oven, griddle, gas grill, wood BBQ pit, prep area and bar made of locally harvested Guanacaste hardwoods. It is cozy enough for al fresco family meals and large enough to host larger parties and entertain friends and visitors. This rancho has twice served as concert venue, dance floor, and general hangout spot for a private bluegrass festival, Lava palooza.