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Lake Arenal and Arenal Volano
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica, real estate for sale
OFF THE MARKET (Dec., 2014)
H178 Sculptor's 2-story home on 1.3 acres is a special bargain at $160,000 with
great vistas, flora, fauna, and rights to 80 acres of forest trails in "Happy Valley"
This two-story home on 1.3 acres has a wonderful vista over the western lowlands and access to the trails in the forest below it.
Along the paved road between the villages of Sabalito and Tierras Morenas is a long forested stretch in which are hidden less than a dozen homes in a unique semi-development informally known as Happy Valley. These fortunate owners not only enjoy their own beautiful properties but share a sort of ownership of 80 forested acres in the valley below them. A stream runs through this valley and trails run through the forest, the whole unique situation making one's purchase of a home here much more valuable than the cost of the home. Nicely placed at the top of foothills descending to the vast Tempisque River Basin in the Guanacaste lowlands, this particular Happy Valley home on 1.3 acres is still being improved by its sculptor owner. It's already a wonderful place to live amid the beauty of Costa Rica, but the creative owner keeps innovating. The whole second floor is an open-plan bedroom (with bathroom) with library and office areas, but the owner is planning to divide it into two bedrooms. He also has plans for a fireplace and a second staircase. In addition to the home, there is a workshop with 220 power. The homeowners voluntarily share expenses for two employees to maintain the water system, the trails, and Happy Valley in general at a cost of about $250 a month. It's a spacious house on over an acre in a special tropical setting, a great opportunity at just $160,000.
The two story home with wide veranda and second-floor deck is sited on the blow of a hill above thick natural gardens and forest. An immense amount of glass opens the house to the beautiful gardens and inspiiring vista.
The sunset vista front of the house.
The house as approached on the driveway.
A pretty driveway leads from the gate on the paved Sabalito road. The sculptor's strongly built workshop, supplied with 220 electricity, is loted under trees alongside the parking area at the back of the home.
The gated driveway from the paved road.
The sculptor's workshop with 220 power.
The grounds are a floral wonderland with a great variety of indigenous yet exotic plants and trees. Forested slopes below the house give way to a series of lovely foothills descending to the vast Tempisque River Basin.
Landscaping on the property.
Some of the forested terrain at Happy Valley. .
A wide veranda provides plenty of space for enjoying the balmy semi-tropical atmosphere even when raindrops fall. The kitchen is arranged so as to allow fine views of the near gardens, the intermediate forest, and the distant lowlands.
The spacious veranda.
The kitchen.
In almost every direction you gaze, there's a window revealing the beauties of the location. A wide bank of windows opens the back gardens to the living room.
The many windows provide great views from the kitchen and also into the back garden from the living room.
The second story is, except for the bathroom and a closet, a single space totally dedicated to the wonderful views and spacious comfort Sliding doors open to a small deck on the veranda roof for fresh-air sunset views.
The open plan second floor has great views and plenty of space for two king-sized beds, library and office areas.
Sliding doors open to a small covered deck above the veranda with limitless views to the Tempisque Basin lowlands.
One of the two king-size beds sits in front of the second floor's bank of garden windows. Over the second king-size bed hang a few pieces in the scultor's huge art collection.
The second floor's huge open space(except for bathroom and closet) currently has two partly screened king-size beds. The owner has made plans to divide the space into two separate bedrooms. The pleasantly open area also serves as a library and office.
The upstairs bathroom. Tape outlines the location of the sculptor's plan for a fireplace.
The second-floor bathroom. The shower is in a separate tiled room.
The tape partially marks the owner's design for a first-floor fireplace.
The house has stalwart infrastructural features such as this powerful water pump and in-demand hot water heater. The owner has made a trail through the thick forest on his acreage.
A large pump adds force to water piped from the communal well. An on-demand gas heater supplies hot water when needed.
These steps are part of the trail through the owner's own acreage. Residents also have use of long thrails through the communal 80 acres.
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