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Flower gardens pool table 14 x 45 ft outdoor kitchen High 70's sep dining rm ofc

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 10 - 14 nights


About the property

Half acre w/ law- flowers-views-3BR/2BA open kitchen eating bar pool tablel tabl

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Here is the unedited review of house 573635 from the Kings of Florida:

'My husband and I traveled from Florida to Costa Rica for the Medical Tourism. We stayed here for 10 days and it was perfect. Very clean, quiet and peaceful. I highly recommend to anyone traveling there. Close enough to everything yet far enough away to relax at the end of the day. Everything you need. A true Home away from Home. The care takers are wonderful people. Very kind and helpful. It was a true pleasure to have met them. Highly Recommend!!!!' (end of Kings' review)

The fully bi-lingual on-site manager Eduardo (graduate of Univ of Kansas) 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 he will also take you grocery shopping at a nice supermarket near the house. If you are ok driving an older car with stick shift, we can provide one at low cost. Eduardo's wife Agnes, a retired professor, gives Spanish lessons for $15 an hour. If needed we will arrange a taxi back to the airport at your expense. If you are staying less than 30 days, we are required by law to charge you the 13% hotel tax.

US owner offers this 3 BR 2 bath newly remodeled home on the east side of Santo Domingo, Heredia, on a half acre with ample flower gardens, fresh flowers every day, many kinds of birds in the yard, ideal year-round spring-like temperature zone, at an altitude 1500 ft above the mosquito zone. Retired couple are the bi-lingual on-site managers Eduardo and Agnes (she also speaks French) who lived in the US and are right next door. He is a retired factory manager and they raise butterflies in their back yard. Spring weather year round (mid to high 70's/23-26 C, never too hot) 3 BR 2 Baths (showers only, no bathtub)--Pool table and huge outdoor kitchen, newly remodeled and expanded, all on one floor, porch side entrance has no steps. Rich wood panels on high ceilings with large central skylight, ceiling fans in all rooms (opening windows adjusts temperature with gentle natural breeze), 9-foot regulation mahogany pocket billiard table with one inch Italian slate, 45 by 14 ft skylighted teak ceiling front porch, outdoor kitchen with Weber for charcoal briquets and large built-in gas grill with two burner stove and sink, sun porch ringed with flowers, large glassed-in separate dining room-office with large desk, surrounded by walls of blooming flowers, guest parking, open floor plan, Claro cable TV with BBC news in English, ABC Miami in English, US-English ESPN Sportscenter, HBO, kids channels, music channels, etc) TWO simultaneous Wifi internet systems exclusive to this house (not shared with any other house) to drive ALL your devices simultaneously and run clear Skype video calls, landline and 46 inch smart TV hooked to wifi, sun porch with large umbrella and round table, views of coffee fields and surrounded by lawn and flower gardens, 20 minutes to the new (2013) Lincoln mall with first-run movies and top restaurants, 30 minutes to National Theater and the museums, 10 minutes to the Kahli-Brumas del Zurqui coffee shop with the coffee judged best in the world in 2012, 14 minutes to the award winning Bougainvillea Hotel gardens and restaurant, 12 minutes to the Toucan Rescue Ranch exotic animal park. 15 minutes to the Bromelias del Rio restaurant and bakery, 18 minutes to the SIBU organic chocolate factory, restaurant and tour, 30 minutes to the Britt coffee tour farm and packing plant, 50 minutes to the Jungle Tram (Rainforest Adventures) or the ZooAve bird sanctuary, 1.5 hours to the Lankester Gardens or to the Sarchi woodworking town, 2.5 hours to either Atlantic or Pacific beaches, new teak cabinets, new teak bedframes with Guatemalan bedspreads, US appliances including new dishwasher (rare in Costa Rica), new clothes washer, electric dryer, kitchen eating bar for 6, functional stone fireplace (never used-never cold enough), new curtains, fully furnished and equipped, fully screened but well above the mosquito altitude zone, covered parking for 2 cars, electric gate with remote control, part time handyman-gardener, sleeps 6, just bring your wireless devices and clothes, No smoking No pets, older car negotiable.

More Details

Steven Huffstutlar
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

About Steven Huffstutlar

I am 71, 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 20 of the past 32 years, having come here in 1984 to manage an agricultural project for the US Embassy. I have gone through all the residency requirements and can offer general and residency advice about visiting and living in Costa Rica. I now spend part of the year in California with the grandchildren. I just completed a major remodel and expansion of this passive solar house surrounded by mountains, forest, and vast skies, with inside temperatures in the mid to high 70's (23-26C) 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 Pará

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 flycatchers, brown and white jays, Yiguirros (Clay Colored Robins, the Costa Rican national bird) and powder blue tanagers, Rufous Thrushes 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.

What makes this house unique

The 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 he will also take you grocery shopping at a nice supermarket near the house. If you are ok driving an older car with stick shift, we can provide one at low cost. 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 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 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 has 10 steps up to outdoor kitchen. Outdoor parking for 3 cars, one space is on the house level with no steps up. We have Claro cable TV with BBC in English, ABC Miami in English and US Sportscenter in English, and two kinds of wi-fi internet, to run all your devices simultaneously.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Pará, Costa Rica

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed
  • Queen beds except one standard double, quality sheets and pillows, Guatemalan hand woven bed spreads, bath towels included, you do your own laundry, bedmaking and kitchen cleaning, gardener-handyman will do repairs, sweep floors and clean windows
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • long term rentals available
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • tennis


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Flower gardens pool table 14 x 45 ft outdoor kitchen High 70's sep dining rm ofc
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
High River, Alberta, Canada

Had all the basic necessities for an enjoyable stay.

  • 5 of 5

Steven is an excellent host! Very quick to respond and has many people in place to assist if anything is needed.

  • Review Submitted: 11/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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SecondTimeRound was 5-Star AGAIN !!! * * * * *

  • 5 of 5

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 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

  • Review Submitted: 19/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house and great owner

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 09/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Second Home

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 07/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house the owner the ambiance were way above what we expected. We highly recommand this place.

  • 5 of 5

Everything we wanted and more. The owner became a fiend and really wanted us to be happy in house and we were.

  • Review Submitted: 01/04/2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful place to stay....

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this lovely house for four weeks and totally loved every minutes ..... The house itself is warm and inviting..... The grounds are beautiful and the weather perfect..... The owner sends you a PDF file with an extensive list of things to see and do as well as information on food , banking and Costa Rican life. Steve ( and Edwardo) were very helpful and went above and beyond to accommodate and make our Costa Rican vacation a marvellous experience.

We would definitely recomend this place to everybody and hope to go again ourselves .

  • Review Submitted: 19/02/2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Go! Sportsbar, El Descanso,
Nearest Ferry
75 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Club Cariari, Aschville, Santana CC
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 32
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Hotel Bougainvillea-Casa Azul-Bromelias-Potrero
Nearest Beach
73 Miles
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Pará, Costa Rica

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
off season
1 Jul 2018 - 15 Nov 2018
10 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
14 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$528.68
Cleaning AU$66.09

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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