From the print edition
Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste.
Hollywood actor turned cop Steven Seagal nearly bought this Balinese-style estate located in Tamarindo, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste.
The word is that the tough-guy Buddhist actor loved the home, but wasn’t too fond of the country’s political leaders.
“When Seagal came to our home he was blown away by the natural feeling of the property,” says owner Tony DiMaggio.
The home sits on 4.29 acres of secluded countryside and was designed by famous Costa Rican architect Abraham Valenzuela, an expert on Pacific rim architecture. Started in 2008, it took more than four years to plan, design and build.
Balinese architecture works well in Costa Rica, which has similar weather to the Indonesian province.
DiMaggio decided to name the home Casa Ventana, to highlight its breathtaking multidirectional views of the valley and the Pacific Ocean.
Covering 10,000 square feet, Casa Ventana features four bedrooms and six baths, spectacular dining and living areas that open onto a long, covered patio, and a 60-foot infinity pool for sunrise swims.
The estate’s seclusion makes it an ideal option for privacy-seekers, and more than one famous rock star has the home on radar.
Details: $2.1 million. Tony DiMaggio, Coldwell Banker Tamarindo, 2653-1142, [email protected]
Playa Conchal, Guanacaste.
Perched on a 2,300-acre golf and resort community, this three-level, Spanish colonial home with four bedrooms and three bathrooms is ideal for a second home or even a bed and breakfast.
Built in 2005, Villa Melina spans 4,000 square feet. Its master bedroom occupies the entire third floor, while three guest bedrooms are spread out on lower floors.
In addition to its spectacular ocean view and luxury interior, Villa Melina is located in Reserva Conchal, a resort community that has a $12 million beach club, a Robert Trent Jones II designer golf course, a Westin Resort and access to the gorgeous white sand of Playa Conchal, an ideal beach for snorkeling and swimming.
In the beach club, homeowners can access a world-class spa, lap pool, kiddie pool, hot and cold water Jacuzzi, two restaurants, bars and a gift shop.
Best of all, there are no homeowners’ association dues (Villa Melina is one of only two homes in the community exempt from the dues).
For families looking to relocate to Costa Rica, Villa Melina is close to Country Day School, a great educational opportunity for expats, as the school has a top-notch curriculum and excellent teachers.
Details: $894,00. Rebecca L. Clower, Blue Water Properties of Costa Rica, 8705-1850 (in Costa Rica), (813) 579-3350 (in the U.S.).