This rustic, artisan timber frame cabana is situated in the hills above Turrialba on 4 acres of land that have been allowed to regenerate native vegetation and recreate habitat – especially for birds.

Perfect for the person or couple seeking the joys of a simple life in a rural Costa Rican community.

Built in 2010, the timber frame was designed by Steve Chappell, author of A Timber Framer’s Workshop, who supervised the cutting and hand-crafting of the timbers.

The big windows bring in light and, together with the tall ceiling, make the house feel much larger than its 8 m x 4 m footprint, with an additional 3 m x 4 m loft.

The rich colors of the teak posts and laurel beams create a warm, intimate feeling and make this cabana a relaxing and cozy place.

Turrialba Mountain Home For Sale By Owner Only $88,500

  1. Electric service, high-speed internet — WIMAX/ICE, water from springs.
  2. Walking trails throughout the property.
  3. 1,000 7-year old pine trees & numerous large eucalyptus trees provide wildlife habitat and potential for timber harvest.
  4. Fruit trees: Guanabana, tangerine (mandarina dulce), mandarina acida, guava, bananas, plantains, guineos.
  5. Fresh air and great climate (clima fresca) at an altitude of 1,100 m (3,4000 ft): it’s warm during the day (9am-3pm) and perfectly fresh and cool in late afternoon and in the evening.
  6. A second stream (quebrada) forms the back border of the property. It runs through a ravine and has a 30-40 foot waterfall just upstream.

This mountain home for sale by owner also offers beautiful views of Turrialba, the Reventazon River Valley and the Talamanca Mountains.

A river runs through the property below the house. One of the walking trails on the property goes along the river and offers views of four waterfalls (cascadas). The land measures 19,793 m2 which is just over 4 acres.

The great boulders on the riverbank provide places for sketching, writing, meditation, picnics and other activities.

Sitting on a boulder by the river on a warm day, you are almost certain to see Blue Morpho butterflies wafting their way along the river channel.

I traveled around Costa Rica for three months to find “my place” here. When I walked around on this land, its rivers, views and tranquility were just what I was looking for.

My five years here have been a wonderful experience, a time of spiritual retreat and blissful solitude with nature.

Getting To Turrialba.

  • 20-25 minutes to the center of Turrialba by car or taxi or, walk to main road and take a bus.
  • 45 minutes by car or bus to the city of Cartago
  • 1 hour to San Jose by car, 90 minutes by bus
  • Approximately 80 minutes to the San José International Airport
  • 30 minutes to CATIE – (Center for Research and Teaching in Tropical Agriculture).
  • 30 minutes to UCR – University of Costa Rica (Atlantic campus.)

Please Contact The Owner For More Information!

I will miss the beauty of the house, the joy of being in it, the way the wood glows and feels alive; I will miss my daily walks on the trails, my time at the river and waking up to the birds singing.

Now it is time to “pass the baton” to the next stewards who will appreciate the gifts of this beautiful retreat and bring their vision and energy to create its next chapter.

We’ll walk the trails and if we’re lucky, we’ll see one of my neighbors – the Blue-crowned Motmot – which has recently taken up residence.

We would always recommend that you have have your own attorney confirm that all is in order before you make a final offer for any land or home.

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There are 25 comments:

  • Lisa Labella at 2:08 am

    Your home and property are beautiful. I am a retiring teacher and am most interested. Is it still available? Tell me more!!

  • David James at 3:39 pm

    Hi, like the property. Can you provide specific location? Also, are you willing to accept offers?

  • manichah at 6:28 pm

    This property might be sold. The owner responded to some of my emails last year and agreed to show me the home when I arrived. However, shortly before I arrived in CR, she stopped responded to emails. I was unable to contact her during my weeks there.
    The area is beautiful and I assume the property is as well. If it is still on the market, I”m sure it’s a great find.

    • WalkiriaMG at 1:13 pm

      Hello Manichah.

      That house is for sale by owner in January 2016, the owners Barbara Bowen left her email address to be contact as:

      Beyond that we don’t have a great way of getting ahold of her.

      She posted her home for sale on our website but otherwise we don’t have a relationship with her.

      We can put you in touch with one of our partner realtors, what region of Costa Rica are you interested in living?


    • Heather Williams at 12:18 am

      Unfortunately I found out the reason why she has not responded. She passed away in 2016. I found her obituary. I have attached a link. I think it’s safe to say you can delete the posting. The family most have dealt with it some other way after she passed. Very sad.

  • Steve Omans at 8:24 pm

    Is this property still available?

  • Heather Williams at 9:56 pm

    Hello. My name is Heather. I wanted to let you know that I have tried emailing the owner, Barbara, and the email address provided is not valid. I have tried several times and it comes back as undeliverable. I am interested in buying the house, but there is no point on listing it here any longer if it is not for sale any longer, and the contact email is not valid. Please try to send one yourself as a test and if you could please let me know the outcome so I know if I can proceed with trying to contact the owner. Thank you

    • WalkiriaMG at 10:45 pm

      Hello Heather, We apologize for the inconvenience, but this is a property put on sale by the owner in January 15th 2016, its publication on our page is 1 year long and after that we have no knowledge of the state of the property. However, if you still have interest in a property in Costa Rica, please let us know in which area you would be interested and so we can refer you to one of our recommended realtors.

      Thank you very much for your message.

  • Roland at 4:17 pm

    Hi to all;just want to say it’s a sad story. Any word on the state of this property. Has it gone to the government/state? Would it be for sale at a future date by the family. Can someone from your offices please dig a little and find out the status. It’s not much to ask.


    • WalkiriaMG at 7:59 pm

      Thank you so much for you comment Roland, For further information about this property please email to the owner Barbara Owen directly via email.

  • Sergio Ramirez at 5:54 pm

    I hope to retire in about 5 years but wanted to start looking at properties.

    • WalkiriaMG at 11:49 pm

      Hello Sergio, thank you for your message, For more information about this home please email the owner Barbara Bowen at


  • Barbara Dion at 10:19 pm

    I am interested can you send me more pictures please.

    • WalkiriaMG at 3:00 pm

      Thank you so much for you comment Barbara, For further information about this property please email to the owner Barbara Owen directly via email.

      • Ches at 12:57 am

        Thank you very much for your interest in this beautiful place.
        As you know, Barbara passed away August 2016. Her house has since been sold.

  • Castro at 2:03 am

    I saw some of the messages reference Ms. Bowen. Our condolence to the family. Is there an appointed state executor that we could get in touch with to see if they are still interested in selling d property.

  • d'bi young anitafrika at 2:30 pm

    Hello is this home still for sale? I am interested

  • anna. at 5:43 am

    still for sale? contact me pls

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