Located in historic Santa Lucia, Barva (colonized by Spain in 1561), it offers all the amenities of modern day living.

Located on a quiet street, the home is just minutes from grocery stores (AutoMercado, Megasuper and Pali), banks, schools, restaurants, dentists and doctors.


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This 2,422 square foot (225 m²) home sits on a 2,250 square foot (209 m²) lot which covers the three B’s – buena, bonita and barata — as well as a few more letters!

  • A = for American-built
  • C = for Convenient and
  • F = for Furnished and Friendly neighbors.

There are even schools nearby to help expats learn to speak Spanish! The capital city of Heredia — just 3 km or 5 minutes away — is home to a new hospital, the national university and a large, bustling mall. The international airport and San José are each 20-25 minutes away.

Stepping inside the front door, you’ll be amazed at the home’s spaciousness, thanks to its 9′ high, coffered ceilings and large open living/dining room. In one corner of the living room is a unique roofless indoor garden which brings sunlight in and provides an endless source of fresh air.

Tinted windows on the front side of the house provide privacy, yet don’t obstruct the view of flowers blooming year-round in the front garden. The living room has a leather sofa, an Ethan Allan club chair, a cenizero credenza, wall-mounted shelves, a carved sideboard topped with black granite and a carved mirror from Malaysia. The dining room table and 6 chairs made of cenizero.

The main floor bedroom wing has 3 bedrooms outfitted with 2 cenizero double beds and 1 twin bed. Each bedroom has built-in closets with coated grid systems installed so air can circulate freely. The master bedroom has a floor to ceiling built-in bookshelf, a triple door closet and a breakfront.

There are 2 baths in the bedroom wing. Both baths have travertine countertops, vaulted ceilings, skylights and operable windows (light and airy). The master bath has a jetted tub and the hall bath has glass shower doors. The bedroom hallway has a walk-in closet, which is handy for seasonal items, suitcases, etc.

The kitchen has granite countertops, an electric stove, a large stainless steel refrigerator, a microwave, a work island/snack counter with contemporary stools and a walk-in pantry with 2 full-size storage pieces (a pine cupboard and a metal and glass shelving unit).

Additional features of the home include:

  • Block construction
  • Telephone
  • Tile floors
  • Solid wood doors and baseboards
  • Front gate intercom
  • Cable/internet (Amnet, Cable Tica and ICE)
  • Double garage with skylight and electric, commercial style, roll-up security door
  • Clay tile roof
  • Custom-made screen door
  • Wired for an alarm (safe area — alarm unnecessary)
  • 200 m. from a police station!
  • 2 parks are within 150 m.
  • 100 m. to a neighborhood grocery store (pulpería)
  • Company owned for easy title transfer

Pots and pans, dishes and silverware are included, too! There is a small storage closet in the kitchen under the stairs to the second floor.

A laundry room with a sink, wall cupboard, washer and dryer is next to the kitchen. The on-demand hot water heater which provides hot water for the entire house is in the laundry room.

The backyard boasts a small garden (butterflies and hummingbirds love it) and a delightful rancho. The rancho has saltillo (clay) and hand-painted Talavera tile flooring and the counter in the sink area is topped with Mexican tiles.


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A table and four colorful chairs and a typical Costa Rican leather rocker complete the setting. Two skylights provide natural light during the day and an antique chandelier provides light at night. Rain or shine, you can dine or relax outdoors in the rancho and enjoy Santa Lucia’s near perfect weather.

From the living room, an open stairway leads to the second floor where there is another bathroom and a multi-purpose bonus room (office, mini-apt., family room, guest room, master suite — your choice) that is plumbed for a sink (great for a mini-kitchen). It has office furniture, an antique cupboard, a hide-a-bed, a rocking chair and a few other pieces of furniture.

Doors from the bonus room and the upstairs hallway open onto a tiled balcony. A pergola breaks direct sunlight and Adirondack chairs provide comfortable seating (and a place for your coffee mug!). From the balcony, you can see distant mountains during the day and city lights at night. The terrace offers a wonderful place to unwind in the evening.

Why the incredible price? No! There is nothing wrong with the house (remember this was built by an American … who had blueprints!). Family reasons are prompting a move from Costa Rica. I would never leave this home or my wonderful neighbors if it were not necessary.


This Property Has Been Sold.


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