A peaceful Villa & Casita in the center of the Atenas Coffee Plantation
Coffee is “on the house” at Vista Verde, an intimate villa resting atop a peaceful mountainside in the center of a working coffee plantation overlooking the town of Atenas and the Costa Rican Central Valley. Framed by the color, rainforests and picturesque coffee plantations of the region, the villa belongs to a “finca de cafe” (working coffee plantation). Immerse yourself in the Vista Verde experience, the café culture, with access to a fully stocked Barista Bar including samplings of the area’s fresh roasted coffee and everything you need for your brewing pleasure! What better way to begin the day, absorbing panoramic views of the mountains, valleys and volcanoes enveloped by the Pacific Ocean’s clouds. Relax at sunset with a glass of wine watching the lights of the Central Valley and San Jose as they begin to twinkle.
Inviting and warm, Vista Verde reflects the unique culture, architecture, colors and styles from the region. The villa was finished and fully furnished in 2012, and consists of a cozy home and separate guest casita. The open plan and sunny views of Vista Verde allow you to experience all things wonderful in Costa Rica. The near-perfect weather and temperate climate allow you to keep the doors open to the peaceful sounds and richness of the environment. No AC is ever needed!
The open, single-level floor plan of the living room and kitchen, featuring large sliding glass doors, access an expansive terrace overlooking the plush valley and surrounding mountains and volcanoes. This 1,775 square foot home consists of two master bedroom suites with king beds and two bathrooms with large showers. Make your own fresh juice or mixed drinks from fruit you pick from our natural hillside gardens! A juicer is included in this well-appointed kitchen along with the aforementioned Barista Bar. Enjoy meals indoors or “al fresco” on the terrace with an extensive array of patio furniture for dining and relaxing. Luxuriate in the pool while soaking in the sun, surrounding gardens and breathtaking views beyond. If not on the patio enjoying an evening outdoors, the great room offers a 42”” LED-HD LG flatscreen TV with surround sound.. Or, play your own music from the “sound bar” IPod/IPad dock. The main house also includes an office, hi-speed internet and full-service laundry room.
Vista Verde stands apart with amenities such as Ralph Lauren linens, towels and bathrobes. No expenses were spared with high-end furnishings in the living room, bedrooms as well as the outdoor patio. Luxury finishes include granite countertops, custom beam & high panel ceilings and hand-painted artisan sinks.
Need more room for teenagers or guests? Vista Verde includes a quaint one bedroom/one bathroom apartment separate from the home with a fully appointed kitchen. Also included are laundry facilities and a deck with its own stunning views of the Central Valley & San Jose.
Rest, Relaxation or Recreation?
The choice is yours! Surf the internet from the patio or ride Pacific Ocean waves a short drive away. Take a short drive to town. Walk a quarter mile down the road either side of Vista Verde for breakfast or dinner to Tico restaurants offering great views of the valleys below. Hike, walk or ride your mountain bike along scenic mountain roads a quarter mile away or ride to neighboring plantations. Or simply relax with your favorite book in an outdoor arena of lush greenery, fragrant fruit trees and aromatic coffee plants. Soothe yourself in the warm breezes, soak your feet in the cool water and enjoy the sights and sounds of exotic wild birds, native animals and butterflies. As Austin Powers would say: this is groooooovy, baby!
Vista Verde is for a discerning family or couples looking to relax, explore and recreate in a tranquil, beautiful and natural setting.
About the Owner
Patrick & Martha O'Leary's permanent home is in beautiful Ridgway, Colorado, Gateway to the San Juan Mountains. The saying goes: 'If you're lucky enough to live in the mountains... You're lucky enough!'. Pat & Marti have been married for 30+ years and were also lucky enough to be parents to Alex (27) and Katie (26), two very special young people. Patrick has been in commercial real estate (shopping centers, office buildings, student housing) for over 30 years, working out of Chicago until he opted for 'Retirement Life' in 2010. Patrick keeps himself busy with several by providing oversight on several major real estate projects in the United States and Costa Rica, and has recently joined the Board of Trustees of the Ridgway Chautauqua Society, a non-for-profit community theater undergoing physical restoration and programatic rejuvination in downtown Ridgway. Marti works part time at Balance Natural Medicine as the office administrator and remains actve with golf, hiking, skiing, jogging & keeping Patrick happy & grounded.
From the Owner
““...the whole place is simple and “especial”. It’s as if one were living within a bird & butterfly sanctuary, amidst the blossoming coffee plants and shade-providing fruit trees. Pick your own oranges for fresh juice in the morning... or mix margaritas from scratch poolside, using the abundant supply of fresh limes. Lemons, avocados, bananas and mangos are also available... organic and right off the vine. From our first night there... when we returned from dinner in Atenas and stepped outside to see the glittering lights of San Jose over the pool’s patio... to the last days that we spent lamenting our impending departure... it was entirely natural, tranquil and beautiful. We also have to admit... Atenas did live up to its reputation as the “city with the world’s best climate” while we were there... so National Geographic wasn’t foolin’ when it bestowed that title on the town back in the 1990s. Sunny, fresh and warm every morning... a soft rain each afternoon in the rainy season and a constant temperature year round... followed by starry, cool and “sleep-able” nights. What an opportunity to stay and experience Costa Rica in such a unique setting, the “cheery” house and the perfect weather in what we now simply call our “coffee farm house. We simply love it and are sure you will too!”—Pat & Marti O.”
Activity and Interests
Explore! Atenas is centrally located in Costa Rica and just a 30 minute drive from San Jose airport. Atenas is positioned within an hour or two of the many treasures of Costa Rica such as the beaches of the Pacific, rain & cloud forests, waterfalls, volcanoes, national parks, coffee plantations, and much more. Your villa, Vista Verde, is only a five minute drive or a scenic 30 minute walk to Atenas: a quintessential Costa Rican small mountain town with a mixed population of 5000 Ticos and Ex-Pats from all over the world. A leisurely stroll thru the immaculate parks and safe streets will tell you that you need go no further. Restaurants and cafes serving local cuisine await, while essential and gift shopping are readily available for anything else you may need during your stay.
For a glimpse of Atenas culture and tradition, sample the Friday Farmers’ Market. This is the place to buy fresh flowers, produce, crafts, dairy products and meats. It is packed with locals and visitors alike, searching for the freshest products at the lowest prices. Other ideas of things to do? The Atenas municipal forest makes for a pleasant getaway for a nature walk, an easy jog or picnic. Located three miles west of Atenas and a 1 kilometer walk from Vista Verde, the forest has miles of trails and panoramic views of the Central Valley from atop its many ridges. On your journey, you may happen upon a few monkeys, toucans, humming birds, geckos, or iguanas…all friendly, of course! You may even choose to brush up on your Spanish, ride a bicycle or take a yoga class!
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May 16 - Nov 14
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
Additional information about rental rates
Payable in full within 3 business days of accepted reservation via wire to JP Morgan Chase Bank in Chicago; otherwise reservation will be null & void.
7th Night of any stay is FREE!
Casita is priced separately from Villa. See information below for pricing structure.
Casita: 1 BR w Queen Bed
High Season Rates: (Nov 15th thru May 14th)
$600/week (7 nights)
Low Season Rates: (May 16th thru Nov 14th)
From the Owner
“Your Concierges at Vista Verde: While at Vista Verde, Mr. Fred Hayden and his Tica wife Katherine are available to receive you and to take care to meet all your needs and expectations. On-hand to answer questions, offer suggestions or give you directions, they can also provide highly personalized services such as transportation arrangements, excursions & day trip arrangements, translation assistance, pre-arrival shopping & stocking of the kitchen and additional maid services*. Interested in property in Costa Rica? Mr. Hayden is a proven real estate professional currently engaged in building additional homes within Vista Verde and in the region. Therefore, he is at or near Vista Verde on a daily basis and available to address any and all questions you may have. *Upon request and additional fees apply.”
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- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
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- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker ...
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- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
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Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool ...
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair accessible
- Mountain View
- botanical garden
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
- wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- 1775 sq. ft.
- 3 Bathrooms
- Villa Master Bath 1 - toilet, shower, Large shower
- Villa Master Bath 2 - toilet, shower, Large Shower
- Casita Bathroom - toilet, shower, Casita is separate from Villa and priced separately
- Each bathroom is adjoined to master bedrooms. Ralph Lauren towels and bathrobes.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Master Suite - 1 king, Master suite with adjoining bathroom.
- Master Suite - 1 king, Master suite with adjoining bathroom.
- Casita - 1 queen, A fully appointed apartment separate from the Villa.
- The Villa has 2 master bedrooms. The adjoining Casita has 1 bedroom for a total of 3 bedrooms if desired. Please note that the Casita is priced separately from Villa. Master suites are well appointed with Ralph Lauren linens and bathrobes and furnishings indicative of Costa Rican style. Optional 'open air' as suite opens to patio, pool and views with large sliding glass doors. Makes for comfortable sleeping temperatures. Adjoining bathrooms have RL towels and a large shower. Casita is a standalone apartment next to villa. Fully appointed kitchen as well as laundry facilities. Great for guests, friends and teenagers.
- Deck / Patio ...
- Lawn / Garden ...
- Outdoor Grill
- Guests provide their own meals
- This is a private and gated property with security surveillance.