People who decide to make Costa Ballena their home but wish to avoid the hustle and bustle of the local surfer paradise (Dominical) or the center of commerce, service and tourism (Uvita) are undoubtedly drawn to the picturesque town of Ojochal.
While still pristine and laid-back, thanks to its location and breathtaking natural surroundings Ojochal is growing and attracting the crowds, businesses and buzzing atmosphere of nearby centers, its main drag at times starting to resemble some areas of Uvita and Dominical.
What if I told you that you can still benefit from the local amenities while hiding away in a village that remains true to the peace, serenity, and privacy that is the main attractions of our area – but sits only a few minutes’ drive (5km) from Ojochal and 20 minutes’ drive to Uvita? This is TRES RIOS, cradled by the rivers, hills and jungles that Costa Rica is world-famous for. This property takes FULL advantage of its special location and surroundings.
The house meets all the criteria that most of our customers are searching for. A slight elevation of the property above the village of Tres Rios offers privacy, views and takes full advantage of the cooling breezes. Its vistas stretch across the coastal mountains that rise sharply to over 1,000m above the surrounding Pacific Ocean, as well as the jungle valleys, farms and pasture-lands of the surrounding foothills. The mountain peaks are often shrouded in brilliant white clouds that offer a contrast to the deep blue sky and lush green of the rainforests. A gentle breeze descends from the peaks to provide refreshment, at times giving way to an ocean breeze that brings a taste of the Pacific shores only a few kilometers away.
The countryside road leading to the house is paved, only the last 200m are taken over by a gravel surface. The few sounds of civilization are drowned out by the surrounding hills, jungles and the large Coronado River that flows right next to the low end of the plot. The house offers complete privacy, being situated on the highest point of the lot, far from the access road, and totally invisible to passers-bys. The long, sloping driveway from the road is cemented and easy to drive even in heavy rains – the driveway’s ‘two track’ construction gives the feeling of a quaint country road, fully integrated into the greenery of the land.
The lot is nearly 3 acres in area and, due to its location, has everything that customers are looking for within its borders. Plenty of useful terrain, various species of fruit trees, a small year-round river within its borders, the burbling Coronado River tracing its boundaries, and jungles where you can meet most of the Costa Rican fauna and birds – macaws, toucans, numerous species of monkeys, colorful butterflies and frogs, towering jungle trees and brilliant flowers and orchids will be your new neighbors! A few minutes away, the Pacific Ocean teems with humpback whales (here December-March), dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, frigate birds and many other aquatic animals.
There are two structures on the property, a 3-bedroom house and a very bright, cozy and spacious studio-apartment style cabin.
The exterior of the house is finished in a Spanish style – arcades surround the entire structure and there is an added covered patio. Inside the house is kept in a traditional, but also modern, style. The large kitchen and living room create an open concept with huge windows providing awesome views in three directions – the green jungle, property’s landscaped parklands, and the pool and the nearby mountains. Decorated and furnished 3 bedrooms located at the sides of the house and at the end of the corridor with 2 bathrooms, which give a spa-vibe with their stone sinks. Wall cladding and various accents compliment the stone accessories on the interior, exterior and around the periphery of the house.
The living room opens to the covered patio that was added to the existing terrace. It not only overlooks the mountains and jungles, but also the mature landscaping which is very impressive, including many brilliantly colored tropical flowers, plants, and trees. Similar views can be enjoyed from the large, amazing pool below the patio. There is also an overhanging wooden patio with a Titanic-like “I’m flying” balustrade – your guests will love re-creating the scene for their Instagram photos!
A small path surrounded by beautiful tropical plants leads to the most attractive structure on the property – a picturesque, private, romantic cabin – The dream of renters who want to live in a safe place surrounded by the jungle with privacy. The cabin sits in total symbiosis with the wild, natural surroundings. The sounds of the jungle, animals and birds are pure and undisturbed in this corner of the property. The cabin is glazed all-around, floor to ceiling, giving the impression of direct communion with the lush rainforest just outside the windows. The full bathroom is outside and is completely open, secured only with mosquito nets”. Can you imagine taking a shower and feeling like you’re doing it in the middle of the jungle? The cabin, through its décor, surroundings and secure location, can bring a potential buyer quite a showy income.
In the immediate vicinity of the house the owner has just installed a vegetable and herbal garden. Your own produce and herbs, organic and always at hand, can form a staple of all your meals – at the bottom of the property you will also find numerous fruit trees, and many more can be planted to provide sweet and unusual treats, snacks an deserts. If you dream of having chickens and always-fresh eggs, there is also a chicken pen built some distance from the house. Having lots of room as well as plentiful and year-round water, other farm animals can be easily introduced to the property.
The property is almost self-sustained, as apart from a large rainwater tank a year-round river is within the boundaries of the lot. There is a very easy path leading down towards it – as soon as you step onto the path you are surrounded by a teeming jungle all the way down to the river. There is plenty of space around to build a yoga platform, gazebo, or a morning-coffee patio. After a short walk along the river you come out onto an open lot of land with numerous fruit trees and plentiful space to build at least two more cabins (more options for generating rental income)!
As you can see from the description above, this property has a lot to offer and the location, attractiveness, privacy, sustainability, and easy access make this home one of the most attractive offers in Tres Rios. Oh and I forgot to mention – believe it or not, there is one ziplining station about 80 meters long right on the property!