There are very few places on the planet where can you live sustainably next to a 5-star resort and a world famous National Park. Now you can… Located just above the growing city of San Isidro del General, this “off the grid” organic farm is completely powered by clean energy and is one of the smartest properties we have seen in Costa Rica. Featuring two homes, an automated enclosed greenhouse, a storage area, fruit orchards and additional building sites.
The entire property was mindfully designed to be long-lasting and low maintenance while keeping you connected with modern amenities including high-speed internet. Covered walkways link all structures which were completed in 2012. Lying at a fresh altitude of 1,200 meters, panoramic views abound up to the National Park, down to San Isidro’s city lights, and across the entire valley Del General. The views are simply breathtaking!
The very private main house “complex” sits on 40 acres (16 hectares). It includes a 3 bedroom 1,350 square foot main house, a 1,480 square foot greenhouse, a 700 square foot storage bodega and a large covered parking area with a universal gym overlooking a tranquil stream. The home has a solar hot water system and a complete hydro-electric power system. One of the highlights of the home is a 100′ walkway leading directly from the bathroom down to a natural pool fed by a 7′ cascading waterfall. You can go directly from a piping hot solar powered bath or spa shower to take a “cold plunge” into the pool while the waterfall massages your back.
The grounds around the main home include 4 hectares of no maintenance cow pasture for horses or other animals, a wide variety of ornamental plants, 200 mature fruit trees and 1,500 exotic wood trees. A network of concrete walkways provides “all climate” access between the buildings, fruit trees and hydro system. The 85′ long by 17′ wide greenhouse has a large production capacity and uses high tech methods, such as a seed germination station with solid state misting control and heating pads with temperature control to accelerate germination. There are seven additional irrigation zones with an automated controller servicing four raised beds, potted plants on benches and hanging flowers that can be rotated into the houses.
The Casita is 1,600 sq. ft. under roof and sits on 3.7 acres (1.5 hectares) with panoramic views overlooking the city of San Isidro. This guest house an “Eco Nest” inspired floorplan (studio plus one bedroom). It comes furnished with 2 granite dining tables on the covered patio, a covered parking area, solar hot water and high speed internet. A 150′ concrete walkway leads from the casita to a meditation bench surrounded by a tranquil stream and jungle.
Custom furnishings and high end appliances are available for both homes at a discounted price of $25,000. An extensive list of personal property has been prepared for your consideration. A restored 1979 Toyota Land Cruiser with trailer that has been essential for farm operations is also available for $11,000. Additional information about these items is available upon request.
This property has a natural abundant water supply fed by various streams. 2 large stream located above the house are used for the hydro-electric system and smaller streams and creeks can be found throughout the property. Redundancy is built into the hydro-electric water sources by using 2 disconnected streams. The system will continue to operate using water from just one of the streams. Special stainless steel intake screens protect the system from allowing any debris into the 3” pipes that run underground to the hydro generation system. Rocks, branches, leaves and fish glide over the self-cleaning intake screens to ensure trouble free operation even during the heaviest of tropical rains.
A strong spring services the house complex and is gravity fed. Once again, redundancy is built into the drinking water source. Located at the top of the property is a water storage tank with a rainwater collection system and the option to pump from a large fresh spring source. If you want to connect to the electrical grid, there are at least two other options available. The first cost is $15,000 to $20,000 to run it from the last neighbor. The second is to meet the “5 house” requirement and the municipality will bring electricity to you at no charge. There are currently 3 houses that qualify towards the 5.
High efficiency LED lights are used throughout the property while cooking and the clothes dryer use propane. Solar hot water systems provide plenty of piping hot water with an electric backup. The current electrical use for the house and casita is just under 400 watts continuous out of the hydro-electric system’s capacity of 3,000 watts continuous. Without any modifications, this is more than adequate to supply power for at least 3 similar additional houses. The “pelton” system with inverter and batteries operates on very little water, perfect for the dry season as well. The locally produced hydro “pelton” has few moving parts that are easily replaced locally. Every 10-20 years, the deep cycle Trojan batteries need to be replaced. The current replacement cost is $4,000 in total.
There is a lot to like about this property and it is absolutely perfect for those looking to live a clean and healthy lifestyle in the country. It is also a great choice for investors looking to acquire property in a very unique part of the country that is growing in stature. There will be many people who will want to visit this organic farm in person but tours will take around half of a day to complete in full. With that said, personal tours can only be provided to qualified buyers only.