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Award-Winning Luxury Ocean View Villa with very Private Pool - near Best Beach


Property Details

Updated: Oct 26, 2016
3 bedrooms with Queen beds, 2 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 6 - 8

With its nearby beach, gorgeous ocean views, upscale amenities, and secluded location, it’s no wonder that Villa Mariposa is once again TripAdvisor's Top Vacation Rental for Ojochal. Again and again, our guests rave about our jungle paradise on the Costa Ballena in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica, and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with it too.


The spacious poolside terrace is one of the villa’s best features. French doors open onto a shaded living area, a separate sun-drenched deck and stunning views of the ocean. With plenty of lounge chairs and natural breezes, it’s a restful place to savor your morning coffee, sunbathe, or get caught up in a good book. All the while, you’ll be awed by the hummingbirds, Scarlet Macaws, and incredible blue butterflies—just a few of the species that populate the tropical garden and surrounding jungle. When you’re ready for a dip, the private pool boasts scenic views of the Whale’s Tail and the coastline up to Manuel Antonio National Park. The estate is gated and completely private; there are no neighbors in sight!


This one-story villa has a natural flow to its design, and with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an optional fourth bedroom, it provides plenty of space for extended families or several couples. It's also an amazing option for a honeymoon couple to claim as their own. The central dining and living area is flanked by two large bedrooms, including the master bedroom. Both have French doors that open onto the terrace. You’re literally steps away from the pool and you can view the ocean from most every room of the house.

The master bedroom is especially luxurious. It boasts views of the ocean and the pool, an en-suite bathroom with an oversized glass block shower, a plush queen-size bed, and a walk-in closet. You’ll feel pampered during your stay.


Every detail was considered when designing Villa Mariposa and the comfort of our guests. The villa has teak-beamed cathedral ceilings, custom handmade cedar doors, cabinets and furniture, and a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen opens onto the outdoor terrace, so you can easily dine alfresco while watching the sunset. The house was built 800 feet above sea level and is cooled by natural breezes. In addition to all this, Villa Mariposa was built in 2009 and retains the look and feel of a brand-new vacation home.


When it comes to location, the villa couldn't be better situated. We’re minutes from the Coastal highway and Ventanas Beach—a virgin strip of palm tree studded sand hidden in a secluded bay. The surrounding cliffs and ocean caves add to the beauty of the area, and you can walk through the ocean caves at low tide.

The villa is also minutes from the village of Ojochal, renowned in Costa Rica for its international cuisine and world-class dining experiences in the jungle. You will find Canadian, American and European expatriates living there in a cooperative culture with the villagers. We include our restaurant recommendations for some of the best French, Italian, Thai, German, Swiss, Indonesian restaurants on our website and in the villa information binder. The binder also includes our scrumptious secret recipe for sea bass which you can prepare in the gourmet kitchen and enjoy with chilled wine on terrace overlooking the ocean.

If you’re looking for adventure, experience zip-lining or take a horseback tour through the lush rainforest to Nauyaca Falls, where you can swim in the natural pools or jump from the falls. You can also get close to tame toucans and Scarlet Macaws at Don Lulo’s home, where the tour stops for a typical Costa Rican fare. It makes for a very memorable photo op!


Our English-speaking property manager, Heather, is happy to provide concierge services, including booking tours and activities prior to your arrival and during your stay. Heather will greet you the villa and is available for any questions you may have. She is here to ensure your stay at Villa Mariposa is enjoyable and worry-free.

With all of this and so much more you are sure to have a memorable experience and your best vacation ever.

VIEW MORE PHOTOS & DESCRIPTIONS ON OUR WEBSITE - Click Amenities tab and Scroll down to the bottom for our web link

Want to know more about our villa rental? Give me, Ellen, a call for details. Or if you prefer to email first, put your phone number in the inquiry too. I'm happy to call you if it makes it easier for you than emailing questions back & forth.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

We are from Toronto and were looking for warm place with natural beauty and a great community of people where we could enjoy the winters and eventually retire. Like many of the world travelers who come to live here we fell in love with this remarkably unique community of Ojochal with so much to offer. We are minutes from Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches exceptional restaurants, dramatic landscapes, impressive national parks, and activities that satisfy our sense of adventure.

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Speaks: english, We take other languages & use Google translate

41 Reviews

based on 41 traveler reviews


A Patch of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Villa Mariposa, Ojochal, Costa Rica

Even months after our week at Villa Mariposa, photos of our stay there bring back the tingle of heightened senses. That can’t be said for an all-inclusive.

When we turned off the costal highway up the steep road that led to our villa, the changing evening light added to our excitement. The higher we climbed the more I knew our Villa would be in a special place. I was right.

The property manager, Ben, met us in the courtyard, then stood back as the four of us walked through the elegant main room through to the french doors that lead to the pool terrace. There we stopped, awestruck by the impact of the surreal pink glow of the entire sky, the view clear to the ocean, the shimmering pool, and the crazy wonderful noises of creatures in the jungle surrounding us. Actually, tears welled up in my eyes. “For us?” I thought? “Just for us … for a whole week?” My job has put me in many luxurious rooms. But Villa Mariposa stands apart. Our 16 year old daughter was having the same reaction. Our 19 year old son forgot to be cool, and I could see my husband, a photographer, already sizing up the landscape. Ben was smiling, like, everyone reacts like this when they arrive.

It was all we could do to politely listen to the few instructions Ben had for us. Within seconds after he left we were splashing and giggling in the pool. And that’s pretty much how it went for the rest of the week. In the day we did all the normal Costa Rican things close by: exhilarating zip lines, muddy ATV tours for the boys, luxurious spas for the girls, clean beaches, specialty restaurants, etc. And every time we came back to the Villa, in fact, every morning waking up, we found ourselves transfixed by the patch of paradise that Bernie and Ellen have created.

Ellen and Bernie have set things up so there is nothing to do but explore the local towns to buy groceries: A fully appointed kitchen, spacious rooms, comfortable furniture in lovely colours, and beds and bedding of exceptionally good quality. Gone were the surly teenagers and pre-occupied adults. We all ate well, slept well and truly rested.

Throughout the entire week the magic of our surroundings - the quality of light, the fragrance, the busy creatures morning and evening - recharged us. Villa Mariposa counts among the loveliest places we’ve stayed.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Sylvia, for your lovely review and expressing so vividly what it feels like to arrive at the villa for the first time. It captures so well what Ben has told me about guests being so mesmerized by the villa and the view, they don't or can't really hear what he has to share with them, they just want to jump into the pool and soak up the atmosphere. I fully understand because we still do that too! I am so pleased your whole family was enchanted by the magic of the place. We make every effort to ensure everything is taken care of, so nothing gets in the way of our guests having a wonderful experience at the villa. Looking forward to having you back at the villa many times. Warmly, Ellen
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Beautiful View

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 11 days at this villa and we couldn't get enough of the view. The grounds surrounding the villa are beautiful and attract a lot of butterflies, including the blue morphos. The villa was as pictured and location was perfect. A four-wheel drive vehicle is a must to get to it, but it's worth it. The best restaurants in Costa Rica (in our opinion) are less than 30 minutes from the villa - Exotica, Citris, Lookout, House of Ginger and more. You're also within 30 - 60 minutes of some of the best tours - ATV tour, whale watching, Sierpe (taking a boat from there to hike in Corcovado National Park), hiking in Piedras Blancas, whales tail, white water rafting, zip lining, snorkeling, canyoning and repelling, and for the non-adventurous, a small reptile zoo and several beaches. This is our third trip to the Ojochal area and I'm sure there will be fourth.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Cherie, for your 5-star review. We are so proud that we contributed to another of your wonderful summer vacations in our area. I certainly agree, we can't get enough of the view either. I only wish we could capture how breathtaking it truly is in the photos. While it is wonderful that more great restaurants are opening nearby and within 30 minutes drive, I continue to be thrilled at how fortunate we are to have my top favs Exotica, Citrus, and a few more, all within 10 to 15 minutes drive from the villa. Thanks again and I look forward to welcoming you back next summer. Ellen
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We had a great time! beautiful villa!

  • 5 of 5

The villa was perfect for us. It was secluded where we could spend plenty of time to together. It was near Uvita and a couple other beaches to explore. We loved our time there and are missing it now that we are back in the real world.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Scott. We are so glad you had a great time and enjoyed the villa. That's what we strive for. We are just completing the upgrades I mentioned and always thinking of more. I am sure you will appreciate them when you are back for your next vacation. Pura Vida, Ellen
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Excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

We stated at Villa Mariposa for nine days, accomodating a family of six. It was absolutely wonderful, and met or surpassed all expectations. We had read the reviews beforehand and would only echo the many positive comments already shared. The villa is tucked away near the end of an uphill drive, which is in very good shape and rather easy to do if you don't mind mountain driving. The remoteness of the location pays huge dividends in terms of view and privacy. The view .... absolutely stunning. We enjoyed just hanging out on the patio and listening to the jungle, which comes alive in the early morning and late afternoon hours. And not too buggy, by the way. The ecosystem there is well balanced with great diversity of species and habitat. The bats were a welcome site in the evening hours.

I recommend this villa for anyone who wants to be close to the beaches (some of the best are right there in Uvita and Ojochal) and the many wonderful amenities, but prefers to retreat to a secluded getaway at the end of the day. And for those days where lounging around the pool and just relaxing is on the agenda ... you can't beat this place. It is made for relaxation. We will be back!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Greg, for your strong recommendation. We're delighted you had such a wonderful time and the villa surpassed all your expectations. That's what we aim for by constantly upgrading the villa and add special touches that allow our guests to indulge in the experience. We find that with all the compelling activities and adventures that abound in the the area, there is nothing like going home to the villa to lounge and truly relax while being awed by nature. We are looking forward to having you back at the villa soon. Warmly, Ellen
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Villa Mariposa Review

  • 5 of 5

Villa Mariposa is a lovely Villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Great view of the Whale's Tail at Uvita. The flowers and plantings are absolutely gorgeous and attract THOUSANDS of butterflies each day. We saw a Morpho or two everyday but one in our three week stay. Unbelievable! We saw toucans, many other types of birds but could only hear the howlers. The Villa was clean and the beds were comfortable as were the home and pool furnishings. Heather and Ben made us feel welcome, maintained the pool, and did not intrude on our privacy. The kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans, dishes, etc. We used the grill twice and it worked great. Nice to have. The frig has an ice maker so that's great. There is a security gate and it worked just fine. We did have to use the manual opening once do to a power outage. FYI - power outages happen throughout the Osa and are not unique to this property. We had 5 people for two weeks and then 2 for the last week. Everyone had a blast and there was a lot of pool time. Sun hits the pool about 9am and lasts well into the afternoon. There are many great restaurants in the area. Exotica is rated as the #1 restaurant in Costa Rica. Reservations needed. Playa Ventanas is great for swimming in the ocean or boogie boarding. The Beach Club or Villa Leornora is a spot we spent time at as well. Easy to get to Dominical, Quepos and elsewhere from the Villa. You must have a good 4 wheel drive vehicle. So, if you are coming to the Osa I would recommend Villa Mariposa. Great times.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Bruce and recommending our villa. You certainly captured the reason we named it Villa Mariposa. The thousands of Butterflies are enchanting, and those iridescent Blue Morpho Butterflies can be spellbinding. Nature does put on quite the show and lounging on the patio is a great place to enjoy it from. Glad you had a chance to use the new BBQ and it worked well for you. Thanks again, Ellen
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Monkeys, Toucans and so much more

  • 5 of 5

We started each and every day at Villa Mariposa sitting by the pool with our Costa Rican coffee watching the spider monkeys play in the trees above. Later the toucans would fly over and the Morpho butterfly would dance over the brightly coloured flowers that surround the Villa. Often the howler monkeys could be heard as they moved thru the trees nearby.

Staying at this perfectly appointed Villa it was tough to pull ourselves away but with a guide to the many activities in the area thoughtfully provided at the Villa and the many little villages and stunning beaches nearby we were off on a new adventure everyday.

And when the sun had set...there was nothing better than being at the Villa with the beautiful night sky above, the sounds of the rain forest and the ocean below surrounding us. Ahhhh Paradise. We will be back!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Charlotte for your delightful review which captures the morning experience here in paradise so well. Yes, the wildlife does put on quite a performance. We currently have a pair of Scarlet Macaws flying by each day. So wonderful to have you back at the villa again for a 5th time and I look forward to welcoming you back many more times. Pura Vida, Ellen
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Playa Ventanas
reserva playa tortuga
"A nesting site of the Olive Ridley turtles. Annual Sea Turtle Festival"
"5 Star dinning in the jungle"
Marino Ballena National Park
"Walk on on the Whale's Tail"

From the Owner

We love our gorgeous ocean view of Ventanas beach and body surfing in the ocean there. It’s one of the most spectacular and pristine beaches in Costa Rica. We adore great food and it’s wonderful to be living minutes away from Ojochal, which is becoming the culinary center of Costa Rica, and dining out at 5 star French, Italian and Thai restaurants in the jungle.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : San Jose Int'l or Palmar Sur local at 25 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Azul, Citrus, Boca Corona - 12 minute at 4.5 Kilometres Nearest Golf : San Buenas - 15 minutes at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Costanera - Coastal scenic drive - -8 Minutes at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Citrus, Exotica - world class dining 12 Minutes at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Playa Ventanas - 10 Minutes at 4.5 Kilometres Car: necessary

The Costa Ballena, on the south Pacific coast is renowned for its dramatic landscapes where the mountains meet the ocean. This is the real Costa Rica with the gorgeous and secluded Ventanas Beach only 10 minutes from the Villa Mariposa and the village of Ojochal with international restaurants and all the amenities all within 15 minutes. Located 30 minutes south of Dominical and 25 minutes north of the Palmar Sur airstrip on the picturesque and well paved Costanera highway. You can fly into the international airport in San Jose and drive or take a 30 minute scenic flight over the mountains and along the coast to Palmar Sur airstrip. From there we can arrange to have a 4x4 rental waiting for you and then drive the 25 minutes to Villa Mariposa. There are more daily flights to Quepos, only 1 hours drive to the villa. Alternatively with the recent competition of the new Caldera highway to the Pacific coast many guests drive the 2.5 to 3 hours, not including stops for the amazing views, on newly paved highway or take a private VIP shuttle from San Jose Airport. A 4x4 is strongly recommended for access to the villa and the beaches. For a complete map and insiders guide to the Southern Zone inquire or visit our website link at the bottom of this listing.

Other Activities: bird watching, eco tours, zip-lining canopy tours, kayaking, rafting, deepsea fishing, dolphin & whale watching, wildlife watching, waterfall rappelling, ATV Tours, beach activities, swimming, body surfing, shelling

Golf: New San Buenas Golf Club championship course under development 9 holes open - 15 minutes drive


Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
September - November - Special
Sep 3 2016 - Nov 11 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Fall Season Getaway
Nov 12 2016 - Dec 21 2016
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/ New Years Week 2016
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Jan. Special 4open nights
Jan 3 2017 - Jan 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
March/Spring Break/Easter 2017
Mar 11 2017 - Apr 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Spring Getaway
Apr 17 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Summer Vacation
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
September - November - Special
Sep 2 2017 - Nov 10 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

CHECK IN time 3 pm - 6 pm. Inquire for later check in. Check Out 8 am
Rates include cleaning before & after your stay, concierge services before & during your stay & taxes.
Air Conditioning is not needed, but available for an extra fee.
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Visit for more info and cancellation policy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Updated: Oct 26, 2016
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From the Owner

We value our privacy and love the luxury of the private pool whether we are swimming in it, floating on it, lounging beside it or looking over it at the ocean view. It makes for a very intimate setting which is also wonderful to experience and share with good friends.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Private Chef


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View


  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 2500 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower, Over-sized glass block shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, shower, Adjoining Bedrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, outdoor shower, The outdoor shower is by the pool
  • The large master ensuite features granite countertops and a huge glass block shower.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom with Ensuite - 1 queen, Ensuite bathroom, walk in closet, French doors - Ocean view
  • Master Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, French Doors -Ocean view -Armoire Closet -Adjoining Bathroom
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, Armoire Closet -Adjoining Bathroom - Jungle View
  • The villa has 3 luxurious Queen size bedrooms with custom made beds with hotel quality mattresses. All high thread count Hotel Quality Egyptian cotton sheets and pillow cases, cotton blankets for a great night's sleep. All high quality towels and pool towels to pamper you. The villa is ideal for a romantic getaway, two or three couples or a family, with the master bedroom at one end of the house and an equally large bedroom at the other end. Both ocean view bedrooms have their own double French doors opening to the terrace and pool. You will luxuriate waking up to a tranquil ocean view and enjoy completing the day with a romantic sunset, dining alfresco and stargazing. The master bedroom features a gorgeous view of the pool and ocean as well as a large ensuite bathroom with oversized shower, a luxurious Queen-size bed and a walk-in closet.


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • With the natural cooling breezes, you will be comfortable lounging on the terrace watching the ocean, the jungle & the wildlife or enjoying a meal with friends or a romantic dinner. Safe for valuables and holds laptop. Cleaning before and after your stay is included in weekly rental. Recommended local tours and activities can be booked through property manager Property manager lives 5 minutes walk from the villa and is available by cell phone for any concerns

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