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THE BEST AND MOST DESIRED VILLA of MAL PAIS - Views, Privacy and 5 Star Service


Property Details

Updated: Aug 24, 2016
4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths - Sleeps 8-Massage Cabina, Pool Deck, Day Bed, Roof Terrace

When you want PRIVACY, Villa Casa Blanca allows a completely private SANCTUARY just for you, your family and friends - and with the most amazing views stretching from the Cabo Blanco National Park to Samara Beach. Just a minute from the beaches and Santa Teresa.

You will have your private home without neighbors and with the most amazing vistas. Sunsets are magnificent as you sit in the pool or lounge on the terrace enjoy the end of the day. And then the stars! As we are not in Santa Teresa with all the lights, you can enjoy the amazing view of the celestial stars! This is privacy at it's best! And being next to Cabo Blanca National Park, you have the benefits of all that nature bring - monkeys, birds, ocelots, kinkajous, parakeets, toucans and so much more. It's like nature in your backyard.

See all the reviews from our guests - we are what we say and so much more! We provide first class services for our clients and tailor everything to their needs. If you want a chef, a massage at the house, yoga lessons at our yoga cabina, and much more, you just have to ask and we will arrange it all.

Casa Blanca is certainly one of the most desirable houses in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa:

Magnificent 22 meter infinity pool

Outdoor BBQ/Dining patio with Seating for 8 with Sunshade Umbrella.

Separate outdoor Covered Pool Patio with Sunshade Umbrella, benches and pool loungers.

Private Teak/Palm Thatched Massage/Yoga Cabin

and gardens throughout.....

Private Day Bed overlooking the Jungle with beautiful wind chimes.

Private Lower Nature Trail Seating area for great sunrise enjoyment or late afternoon privacy.

And yes, we have our own great WIFI throughout the Villa with Hi Speed Satellite Internet. So, we are not dependent on local connectivity.

And we cater to our clients by providing a Concierge Service that will arrange any and all needs during your stay. Davie and Lisbeth are an amazing team and part of our family. They will leave you in peace, arrange excursions, plan trips and more.

Whether you want to swim laps or just drift in the pool, you will enjoy the serenity and quiet Villa Casa Blanca has to offer.... and with the sound of nature at your doorstep.

Casa Blanca is a very modern two-story house with four spacious bedrooms (all with amazing views) and three exquisite, Italian-tiled bathrooms - all the modern conveniences and designer touches that make each room something very special.

This modern house is just a few minutes from the Mar Azul Beach perched on the hilltop allowing you total tranquility with the most breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean. Walk up to the third story Roof Terrace (complete with mini-bar) where you can sit and watch the monkeys and reach up and touch the fluffy clouds gently flowing overhead - and at night pluck the stars from the sky.

The House: We were one of the featured houses for 2012 in Central/South America for the Best Design. We are very proud of our architects - Isobel and Rebecca! They've truly designed something that suits the area but is totally modern and spacious - wood floor in bedrooms to be soft on the foot to polished granite floors downstairs making it a very modern look.

The Area: Mal Pais has a wonderful private Swedish Beach nestled quietly next to the Cabo Blanca National Park Entrance. So, if you want to find that secluded beach, this is the place to go. But, there are many other beaches along the coast and each with it's own qualities: Playa Carmen, Playa Mar Azul, Playa Hermosa, Playa Santa Teresa, and Playa Manzanillo.

Just nearby is the Mal Pais Fishing Village where you can either get a boat and go fishing yourself or simply enjoy that catches of the day.... very fresh and tasty and the fishermen will prepare your fish for you.

There are plenty of local restaurants and grocery stores (about 6 - 8 pending season) to choose from. We also have an Organic Market every Saturday afternoon at Playa Carmen.

And of course the beaches are the best in Costa Rica (voted recently). Long, empty stretches of beaches with the best waves for beginners to intermediates. There are fantastic natural tide pools where you can relax and enjoy the warm waters of Costa Rica in peace.

The dining experience of the area ranges from typical Tico food to very special restaurants that serve a fantastic variety of cuisine. We can provide you with a complete list of restaurants in the area. It changes from season to season so be sure to ask the Caretaker (or us) for the latest and greatest.

Activities: You will find an endless amount of things to choose from: Surfing, Swimming, Yoga, Paddle Boarding, Massage, Tai Chai, Capoiera, Hiking in the National Park, Zip Lining above the Montezuma Waterfalls, cliff diving at the Waterfalls, Tortuga Island where you can snorkel and scuba dive, fishing (fantastic and amazing fish), and much, much more.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

I work in the film industry between London and Los Angeles. Mal Pais attracted me after one visit. The peacefulness, the people, the ocean vistas, the long empty beaches... and the list goes on.

Mal Pais became the obvious choice to escape from work and enter into a paradise where one can reconnect with oneself and enjoy life without the daily stresses of living in a major city.

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Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a great experience thanks to Eduardo and his family. Too easy to live the real Pura Vida. Hard to go back! What else to say?

Big thanks Phil and Fred

March 30 -31, 2011

What a great experience. Guillaume and Kellie
Mar 2011
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based on 70 traveler reviews


Very great stay.

  • 5 of 5

Location was very peaceful and quite. Would return for another stay when possible. Location felt very safe and staff was quick to respond to questions and needs.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Las Vegas

Beautiful House, beautiful views, fantastic place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The house was exactly as represented -- beautiful and appointed perfectly in every way.

I would reiterate the warning about 4 wheel drive (especially in the rainy season) and would also suggest you budget to rent ATVs, they were much easier for getting up and down that hill.

The entire area is great, lots of great restaurants, beaches, yoga, etc.

It was a really great few days, and we were lucky that the weather generally held in for us -- we were really able to capitalize.

One thing to note -- and this may be different in the dry season -- everything in the house water system is solar. Since it was pretty overcast most of the time we were there, our showers were lukewarm at best. This is not a big deal, unless you are someone who has a thing about hot showers, like our middle son, who basically fought us on showering the whole time (yuck!) because he couldn't get the water hot enough to feel good to him.

My partner and I didn't have an issue -- it was hot enough during the days that to me, at least, the cooler water felt better anyway.

Thanks again, Michael, it was truly outstanding.


  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lars and Team Lars: We are so glad you loved the Villa and enjoyed the area. We always recommend - whether rain season or dry season to rent 4x4 as the road all around Mal Pais and Santa Teresa are not always well-maintained. It's what makes this area special as we don't have paved roads in our two villages. Regarding the Hot Water, the Hot Water system is both solar and electric. There's a Hot Water Heater in the Filter House. We weren't aware that you had any problems as we would have addressed this. It's a simple matter of flipping one switch on and off to reset the Hot Water Filter. The house does have a solar system which we are very proud of but it doesn't have anything to do with the Hot Water Heater. Solar is a back up both for the house and for the hot water. We try to to depend on natural resources wherever possible. Again, we are sorry that we weren't made aware of this and we will certainly put this in the information package for future clients so that they know to simply ask us. All the best from Team Casa Blanca. Mike
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Exquisite in every way

  • 5 of 5

We chose Casa Blanca based on the beautiful photos and the glowing reviews, including the responsiveness of the owner, and having just returned I can say the house and staff exceeded our expectations in every way.

As two sisters traveling with our 4 teenagers we most likely relied on Davie more than most, in fact I'm sure we did given that one day he drove us to Montezuma, helped us hike up to the waterfall, and even jumped off the rocks with our teens in to the water.

There is so much to love about Costa Rica and Mal Pais, including the beauty, people, adventure and wildlife but this house and Davie and Lisbeth made the experience truly exceptional and our vacation a once in a lifetime experience.

When thinking about what we six will remember about this trip years from now it will be the views from the deck, eating the incredible meals Davie and Lisbeth cooked for us, Karaoke in the car with Davie, and the beautiful and friendly culture of Mal Pais.

A few tips, bring cash, have Davie and Lisbeth cook for you as often as you can, watch a sunset and view the stars from the upper deck and don't bring a lot to read as the views and surroundings are too exquisite and distracting, get a 4-wheel drive, everything you hear about the roads are true, they are bad, and take a lot of pictures, you won't want to forget this house, these views or Davie and Lisbeth.

Thank you to the owner for answering all our questions so quickly, before, during and after our stay. We felt completely taken care of and spoiled. We could not have asked for a more attentive and professional team.

We miss Casa Blanca already!

Sheryl, Sharon, Madison, Spencer, Isabell and Anna

New York City & Boston

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Remote and exquisite

  • 5 of 5

The location, high on the hill, has a terrific view of the Pacific and great sunsets. The pool is perfectly located and large enough for swimming real laps. The bedrooms are generous. The bathrooms are gorgeous. The overall design is remarkable, contemporary Latin. The service is conscientious, eager to help, and well connected. The kitchen is a great place to cook. There are terrific little places to retreat--the hammock under the palapa; the roof/yoga. Poolside is comfortable. Great grill and outdoor dining area. The fishing is wonderful. Cabo Blanco preserve is a short drive and a great hike. Snorkeling at Isla Tortuga is also recommended--get the fresh oysters and scallops on the beach! Just be prepared for a long trip on roads that go from fine to poor to worse to worst--in Mal Pais/Santa Teresa--where local policy appears to be keep tourism down by never filling potholes.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hutchinson, KS

Exceeded My Expectations!!!

  • 5 of 5

I really can't say enough nice things about this remarkable villa. The pictures provide a very accurate description of the property and my expectations were exceeded. Over the years we have stayed in some amazing properties and I would say that this one is the best yet. I am an electrical contractor and I was impressed at the quality of workmanship that went in to this portion of the home which leads me to believe that quality in all phases was important during the construction of this property. It was obvious that much thought went into the property/contents as our needs and desires were met so well. We live in the country....but it impressed me that we had better WIFI in the middle of a jungle than we do back home where we live in Kansas!

We would get up early and hike around the property and watch monkeys and parrots and deer all around. The sounds of the jungle are truly amazing and the expanse of the ocean is breathtaking. We would have a massage nearly every afternoon during the heat of the day and then enjoy margaritas out on the deck during the sunset. The sky would turn such beautiful colors as the stars began to take their place. The sky is so clear in this part of the world and the air smells so clean.

We particularly enjoyed flying from San Jose to Tambor on Sansa airline. The flight was so much fun and picturesque. We chose Budget for car rental in Tambor which was fine but I would recommend going with the company that the owner suggests instead. We were surprised to find that Davie met us at the Tambor airport because he was concerned that Budget would not be there to pick us up...which they were not. Had he not been there we would have had to walk 2-3 miles I assume to the Budget office.

Speaking of Davie...He and his lovely wife took care of anything we needed. It was just my wife and I so we likely didn't need as much as others but they gave us our privacy, cleaned when we asked, made us an amazing dinner one evening and arranged a fishing trip for us as well. Davie instantly seemed like more like a friend but was a superb concierge. Michael did a great job of answering our questions before and guiding us through the process.

I would have no hesitation to stay again at this property and likely will do so again in the future. If you are looking for a property in the Nicoya Peninsula, no need to look any further!

Many thanks to Mike, Davie and Lisbeth for their thoughtful hospitality!!!

Ben/Amy Kraft

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ben and Amy. It was a pleasure to have you and we truly enjoyed making your experience not only at the Villa but in Costa Rica easy and relaxing. We are so pleased you loved the peaceful and tranquil setting in this amazing natural environment where nature comes to your front door. We wish you well and we hope to see you back with us soon. Team Casa Blanca
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Beautiful home, Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

My family of 5 had one of the best vacation experiences. Michael was extremely attentive and resourceful prior to our arrival. The villa includes every amenity and each room has its own personality yet designed to be open, airy and minimal. Davy and his wife Lisbeth (the house managers) were gracious and welcoming and we were lucky enough to have them cater a few delicious dinners. Whether looking to take day trips around the area or relax and retreat by the pool, Michael's villa is the perfect place to stay. Definitely returning when we visit Mal Pais again!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so grateful of your response. Thanks from all of us Team Casa Blanca. And we are delighted that you've loved the exquisite meals we've prepared and the attention we took to look after you to make this trip memorable. Pura Vida.
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From the Owner

The moment I stepped onto the 'plantel', I knew this was it. With amazing ocean vistas, cool breezes, located just next to the National Park. I wanted to find a location that wouldn't be overtaken by future developments, that would retain the beauty of the jungle, that would respect nature whilst building something eco-friendly. I wanted to create an oasis of paradise with amazing vistas.... and to create a modern, clean home with simple use of concrete and glass (the sea element is harsh on buildings as are termites). So, we created a very clean and modern structure which emphasized the views of the Pacific Ocean and the Cabo Blanco National Park. Beyond that, we wanted to create a home for visitors that would offer all modern conveniences (screen doors, sealed rooms, air-con, modern appliances, fantastic lighting).... and a 22m Lap Pool to exercise, and a Massage/Yoga Cabina to escape. We extended the garden so that those who stay with us can escape to private areas and enjoy the sound of the waves, the sound of the jungle - and the many animals and birds.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Tambor at 20 Miles Nearest Barpub : Coco Loco at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Puntarenas at 30 Miles Nearest Beach : Mar Azul at 1 Miles Car: necessary

Mal Pais is located next to Cabo Blanca Nature Reserve at the edge of the Southern Nicoya Peninsula. This area is truly unique for the nature reserve, the beautiful beaches and the amazing surfing. THIS IS PARADISE like you've never seen before! Villa Casa Blanca is very private and situated without any neighbors which will make your stay truly special, relaxed and very peaceful. The garden surrounding the house is a special treat of fruit trees, orchids, and many varieties of plans.

We have all the modern conveniences you'll want in a Jungle Paradise by the sea: air-conditioning, fully equipped and professional kitchen, the most amazing caretaker (he's our brother in law and family), Eduardo, and our housekeeper (his wife), Lourdes. You''ll be totally looked after as if it were you're own home away from home.

Our goal is to make you relax and feel totally safe in our Villa which has the most amazing views of anyone in Mal Pais.

So, relax and unwind with us at Villa Casa Blanca. Total Privacy!

Other Activities: Surfing, Yoga, Tai Chi, Zip Lines, Fishing, Snorkeling, Jet Ski, Waterfalls, Scuba Diving, Paddleboarding, Horeseback Riding, Nature Trails and much, much more :) There are many things on offer in this part of the Nicoya... and surfing or playing in the waves is a must along the 10 miles of pristine beaches with the best surf in all Costa Rica.

Golf: The is a Golf Course in Tambor (approx. 45 minutes drive from the Villa).


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Transition Season
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dry Season
Oct 31 2016 - Nov 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dry Season
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dry Season
Jan 9 2017 - Apr 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Semana Santa
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dry Season
Apr 16 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.0%

1) Reservations cancelled up to 90 days prior - 90% percent refund.
2) Reservations cancelled within 90 days to 60 days prior - 50% percent refund
3) Reservations cancelled within 60 days to arrival - 5% percent refund
4) Reservations cancelled 30 days or less - NO REFUND
There will be a 3% surcharge for US Credit Cards, 6% for Credit Cards Outside the US, or $40 wire transfer charges per transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

Sun, sea, pool, views, beaches! What more :) This Villa give you complete tranquility with amazing vistas in your own private Paradise. It offers you a kitchen/dining environment overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It's a great place to cook, enjoy friends and views. There are many places on the grounds to escape to (Massage Cabina, Lower Garden, Private Jungle Garden, Nature Trail and more).

Property Type

  • villa


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Dialup Access ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Village


  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 5500 sq. ft.


  • Guest Bathroom - toilet, shower, Guest Room - Sea and Jungle View - Rain Shower
  • Lounge Bathroom - toilet, shower, Master Bedroom - Rain Shower (3 jets) and very large
  • Master Bathroom - toilet, shower, outdoor shower, Master Bathroom Outdoor Shower! Sunset View!
  • The bathrooms are equipped with Rain Showers and very modern in design. All are tiled with beautiful italian Bisazza tiles - each with it's own feeling: Earth, Sun and Water. All rooms have linen basket, beach towels, baths/hand towels and more! You won't need anything. We supply toilet paper, body soap, Q-Tips, mouthwash and many towels. Just bring what you need for your own needs but know that these bathrooms have what you would want in your own home.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, Sunset Views
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, Sunset Views
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, Jungle View
  • Massage/Yoga Cabina - Sunset Views
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 king, TV Lounge with King Size Bed
  • The Mar Azul Master Bedroom and Sea View Room have fantastic views over the Ocean towards the sunset. Master Bedroom with King Size Bed and Private Terrace and the Sea View with Queen Size Bed. The Jungle View Room faces the amazing Nature Reserve Cabo Blanco with the most amazing jungle view across the jungle valley...and Private Balcony, Mac Computer (27"), closets, TV/Sky Cable. The Poolside Bedroom has access to pool and back patio with private toilet. King Size Bed with the most amazing views across the pool with folding glass doors that open to the Pacific Ocean. All bedrooms have large Super King or Queen Bed and are equipped with TV, DVD, Sky Cable and Apple TV. Master Bed has Netflix and more. The rooms all are air-conditioned with hidden systems that keep the air cool but the noise out. All rooms are hermetically sealed windows with floor to ceiling windows. Each room has the most amazing experience - poolside, sea view, jungle and ocean views.


  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available


  • The house is a very modern house with purified water throughout. All rooms have magnificent views to the ocean and jungle. The design of the house is modern with wood flooring, bisazza tiles and glass folding windows so that the house feels open to the elements or closed without loosing the view. The 22m Infinity Lap Pool provides great exercise for those who want to swim laps or simply to relax whilst watching the whales or the sunset. There is a Palm Thatched Massage/Yoga Cabina overlooking the Pacific Ocean nestled away from the house. Another great place to get away and enjoy the cool Pacific breezes - mediate, practice yoga or have a massage at the house at Sunset. There's the cool/shaded Kitchen Patio with Wood Decking and BBQ. There's the sunny (1/2 shaded) paved and tiled Pool Terrace with Sunbrella/Loungers. There is a Day Bed for complete privacy overlooking the Jungle. There is a Lower Seated Patio for those to get away. This house will make you never want to leave.

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