Half acre w/ law- flowers-views-3BR/2BA open kitchen eating bar pool tablel tabl
- english, spanish
About Steven Huffstutlar
I am 72, retired from overseas consulting work in agriculture and road projects. I grew up in California (BA from UC Berkeley 1968). I have managed my own rentals for 30+ years. I have lived in Costa Rica for 23 of the past 35 years, having come here in 1984 to manage an agricultural project for the US Embassy. I spend part of the year in California with the grandchildren. I have gone through all the residency requirements for Costa Rica and can offer general and residency advice about visiting and living in Costa Rica (I will e-mail you my personal Central Valley tourist guide on request). Since retiring in 2007 I remodeled this passive solar mahogany and teak lined house surrounded by mountains, forest, and vast skies, with inside temperatures in the high 70's-F/23-26-C year round. No need for air conditioning or heat, inside temperatures are adjusted by opening and closing screened windows for cooling by mild natural breezes.
Steven Huffstutlar purchased this House in 1989
Why Steven Huffstutlar chose Tures
I lived at the beach in Costa Rica (Manuel Antonio) and after a couple of years found the hot weather was uncomfortable and getting gradually worse. Then I moved to 900 meters altitude in San Antonio de Belen (Cariari) and found temperatures there were also uncomfortable. This location at about 1150 meters altitude (3700 ft) has great year round spring weather and is close to San Jose area attractions, and is much less crowded, hot, polluted, expensive and congested than the other side of the valley such as Santana and Rohrmoser-Escazu. I left California's urban congestion to find an idyllic place like this. Located at the end of a quiet country lane between two rivers, the surrounding properties on three sides are undeveloped farms or private gardens. We are visited by flocks of noisy green parrots during parts of the year, along with occasional Montezuma's Oropendulas, mot mots and orioles. This is the resident nesting territory of Great Kiskadee, yellow social flycatchers, brown and white jays, Yiguirros (Clay Colored Robins, the Costa Rican national bird) , Chacalacas, blue gray tanagers, and hummingbirds. Buzzards and hawks patrolling our two nearby rivers treat us to flying ballets all day long. At any one time we have several nests close to the house, and 106 kinds of birds have been identified on this property in one 30 day period.
What makes this House unique
Either I or fully bi-lingual on-site manager Eduardo will pick you up at my expense at the airport or car rental office so you will not have a problem finding the place. On your way from the airport we will also take you grocery shopping at a nice supermarket near the house. Eduardo's wife Agnes, a retired professor, gives Spanish lessons for $15 an hour. If needed, we will arrange a taxi (for you to pay) for you to return to the airport. This house has a huge outdoor kitchen, a mahogany pool table and ping pong table and a glassed-in dining room-office surrounded by lawn and a riot of colorful flowers year round. The roomy master bedroom has its own bathroom but the other two bedrooms are comparatively small and share a bath. Closets are very ample. There are two queen beds in teak frames and one double bed in teak frame, high count US cotton sheets and colorful handmade Guatemalan bedspreads. There is a small 4th bedroom with a single bed which can also be used for storage. There is no tub, only 2 showers, but there is a bidet in the master bath. The sun porch just off the outdoor kitchen is protected by a hedge of pink bougainvilleas (where birds nest) and has a large umbrella and round table that seats 6. Full set of US appliances, including a new clothes washer and older electric dryer, and a new dishwasher (a rare appliance in Costa Rica), new 46 inch LED smart TV hooked to wifi, and DVD. New curtains. Covered parking for two cars and outdoor parking for guest vehicles. One outdoor parking space is on the house level with no steps up. We have Claro cable TV with BBC in English, some US Sportscenter in English, and many sports, entertainment and music channels, and two kinds of wi-fi internet, to run all your devices simultaneously.
Check-in: 12:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great place ,very private
Comfortable and spacious...A truly interesting and unique place. We really enjoyed it.
We stayed at this home for 10 nights and enjoyed every minute of it. The climate was perfect (a lot of rain, but hey, its the rainy season). The three plus bedroom two bath home has large rooms and plenty of them. Excellent High speed/Wi-Fi (we encountered zero buffering when streaming Netflix and/or websites).
My first impression was not as positive, because the house could use some cosmetic updating (floor tile in main area is old,and looks it....the master bath looks out of date also, but works fine,). Despite looking a little worn on first impression, we rapidly became very comfortable here.....Everything worked great, the pool table provided an interesting way to spend a few minutes each day (not totally level....but then they rarely are...I would recommend that Steven get a pro in to make it roll true, but as is, it was quite servicable).
We spent most of the daylight hours out front on the wonderful covered veranda....there is a nice view across the valley to the east, and the grounds have beautiful flowering plants, birds and hummingbirds.
Eduardo and Agnes, who look after the place, were both friendly and helpful and always available to provide advice, directions, etc. I took a few Spanish lessons from Agnes, who is a well educated and fascinating person and a fully qualified language teacher (in several languages)...I really enjoyed our talks/lessons...they were both interesting and helpful.
Overall a wonderful experience and a good value. We felt, and were, totally safe, secure and comfortable during our stay. We had a wonderful ten days with no problems or complaints. Hated to leave.
Had all the basic necessities for an enjoyable stay.
Steven is an excellent host! Very quick to respond and has many people in place to assist if anything is needed.
SecondTimeRound was 5-Star AGAIN !!! * * * * *
We're a 3-Generation Family who were LUCKY enough to again find,for the second year in a row,Steve's-Super-StayPlace for two months... ( Christmas Season 2017). His home is very,very ROOMY... & COZY at the same time.It has SO many extra useful,intriguing and interesting features that it's hard to list them all ,but here's a few: OUTDOORS: HugeDeck& Kitchen-BBQ Area,Gardens&Flowers,Birds,Sunsets,Deck Chairs & PingPongTable. INDOORS: Large PoolTable,3BigBdrms;very Bright&Airy Dining Area:VERY large&handy BAR area;great Wifi& TVconnection;VERY well-stocked kitchen;VG supply of Linens for a lg.group...the list could go on&on... ....Biggest asset is Steve,himself...and his support group who take care of the unexpected and give a terrific personal touch. We'll always appreciate Steve's concerned nature and his knowledge of all-things-CostaRica !!! Plus,he's a relaxed sort of guy and became a friend in the process. HighFive to a GoodGuy and a CozyCasaGrande!!! Adios& PuraVida Steve,from the PanekPeople,Alberta Canada
Great house and great owner
We stayed in Steve's house for three months and it served us really well as a large-ish family. Steve must be the most helpful host that I have ever come across in these circumstances, with torrents of information available both before and during the stay.
The house is great and the pool and table tennis tables a real boon. Heavy rain on a tin roof is an interesting experience, but that is Costa Rica for you.
For us, with a longer stay and the demands of work and children's homework, the broadband was sketchy but perhaps we were just unlucky.
Eduardo, the neighbour and "onsite" manager, was really helpful as well.
An ideal and peaceful place if you are spending a little time in Heredia.
A Second Home
Staying at this property felt like home to us. It is safely located at the end of road in a gated lot. The weather is beautiful and air conditioning is not needed in the house at all. There are fans throughout the house but your best bet is to open the screened in windows and let the beautiful, cool breeze blow through the house. The property is exactly as described and the wifi works very very well. I was pregnant and planning on delivering our daughter at CIMA which as the crow flies is close but it is a quite a drive (even for my Costa Rican husband) through San Jose. Steve, the owner, took the time to show us his favorite routes to get through the city from his house. He was very considerate throughout our entire trip and he makes sure that you have everything you need. If Steve can figure out a way to help, he will! He's just a great guy. I strongly recommend this property!
Garden home on one level with huge (14 by 45 feet) roofed front porch with outdoor kitchen and sundeck, 9 foot mahogany pool table, garden centered all glass separate dining room-office, spring weather year round (high 70's F / 23-26 C-- never too hot). 30 minutes from the National Theater and the museums. Under two hours by car to either Atlantic or Pacific beaches. 20 minutes to the new (2013) Lincoln Mall with first run movies and top restaurants. 10 minutes to the Brumas de Zurqui coffee shop with the coffee judged best in the world in 2012. 12 minutes to the award winning Bougainvillea hotel gardens and restaurant, 12 minutes to the Toucan Rescue Ranch exotic animal park, 14 minutes to the INBIO nature museum. 15 minutes to the Bromelias del Rio Restaurant and Bakery, 18 minutes to the Sibu organic chocolate factory and tour, 20 minutes to the Britt coffee tour farm and packing plant. 40 minutes to the Jungle Tram or Zoo Ave bird sanctuary, just over one hour to Sarchi or the Lankester gardens.