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    This $3 Million Villa in Costa Rica Looks Out Over the Pacific Ocean From Its Treetop Perch 

    Like other homes that blend in with their natural surroundings, this brand-new villa in the rugged North Pacific region on the West Coast of Costa Rica is discreetly tucked away with just a few other homes in the lush, dense jungles of Guanacaste. 

    The Sunset Villas are a collection of four residences nestled within the 3,000-acre Costa Elena resort community and ocean club near the border with Nicaragua. On the market for $2.95 million, the hilltop pad is perched in the treetops next to the Guanacaste Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Altogether, the boxy and modern two-story home has four bedrooms, plus a one-bedroom bungalow, and a total of six bathrooms in more than 5,000 square feet of living space. 

    One of the four Sunset Villas at Costa Elena in Guanacaste is now for sale.

    Canadian studio DesignAgency and El Salvador-based architect Eva Hinds were tapped to design the interiors, which have a modern, tropical vibe. Think polished concrete floors, tons of teak wood, and neutral furnishings coupled with massive floor-to-ceiling windows and oversized glass doors that provide panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. All of the bedrooms are ensuite and have a private balcony, so you can take in the epic sights from a bunch of different vantage points.  

    Elsewhere, the digs are equipped with a gourmet chef’s kitchen with stainless appliances, plus a sprawling outdoor pool deck with daybeds, a grill, and a sleek infinity-edge pool. From here, you can look out over Salinas Bay and catch a glimpse of the Orosi Volcano and Bolaños Island. 

    Each of the five bedrooms has a private terrace.

    Owners of the Sunset Villas will have a concierge service and property management team at their disposal and will be given the option of entering the home into Inspirato’s rental program. You’ll also have access to Costa Elena’s three beach clubs, numerous restaurants, fitness facilities, hiking and biking trails, and a nature preserve. Of course, if you’re looking for a little off-site adventure, the 10 miles of coastline are the perfect place for kit surfing, fishing, snorkeling, and more. 

    At the helm of the master-planned Costa Elena is Nicaraguan native and billionaire Don Carlos Pellas. The Pellas Development Group is best known for its work throughout Central America, including Guacalito de la Isla, also known as Nicaragua’s first five-star resort community, in addition to Santa Maria Golf & Country Club in Panama. 

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    Costa Elena Sunset Villa in Photos

    Published on November 10, 2023

    Costa Elena


    Abby Montanez

    Abigail Montanez is a staff writer at Robb Report. She has worked in both print and digital publishing for over half a decade, covering everything from real estate, dining, travel and topics…

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    For $4.2 Million, You Can Step Into a Footwear Mogul’s Idyllic Costa Rica Retreat

    Always wanted to experience a privileged coastal lifestyle rarely afforded to anyone other than perhaps a multimillionaire footwear mogul—one where you can easily walk to a famed surf break on the Pacific or seamlessly commune with nature amid your very own rainforest-encased haven, for instance?

    Well, if you have an extra $4 million and change burning a hole in your proverbial pocket, this idyllic Costa Rica estate owned by Toms Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie just might be the perfect spot to put down some roots…or should we say soles?

    Nestled amid a forested parcel of land on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, in the affluent Playa Hermosa neighborhood of Santa Teresa, the modern residence was designed by architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe of Studio Saxe and completed in 2020, and features two distinct side-by-side homes in a serene abode collectively known as “Naia.”

    The Costa Rica estate is made up of two separate homes known collectively as “Naia.”

    Andres Garcia Lachner/Studio Saxe

    Fronting the complex is a single-level residence that opens to an interior garden and pool, and sitting adjacent is a larger two-story house hosting another pool. Both have been crafted with central walkways that separate the open-concept common areas on one side from the more self-contained bedrooms on the other, with the al fresco living and dining area in the main structure holding court beneath a striking double-height atrium.

    Overall, there is a combined total of six bedrooms and eight baths in a little more than 6,400 square feet of minimalist living space boasting polished floors, concrete walls and striking teak screens throughout; and the place also comes with plenty of sustainable features, including naturally lit and ventilated rooms, solar panels to provide hot water and roof-collected rainwater for irrigating the grounds.

    A striking double-height atrium tops the open-concept living and dining portion of the main two-story home, sheltering residents from the elements.

    Andres Garcia Lachner/Studio Saxe

    MyCoskie, who is newly married to former model Molly Holm, launched Toms after a 2006 trip to Argentina where he saw kids with no shoes and decided to donate a pair for each one sold. Most recently, he’s been in the news for contributing $100 million (reportedly a quarter of his net worth) to support research into the medical and mental health benefits of psychedelics.

    The listing is held by Andrea Bissinger and Reese Langston of 2Costa Rica Real Estate.

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    These Luxe Rain Forest Villa Rentals in Costa Rica Offer Bonkers Views of a Volcano

    Ever wanted to vacation in a rain forest? This new villa-rental service in Costa Rica can help you out.

    Arenal Hills, a vacation-home development company, recently unveiled its brand-new rental program for those looking to enjoy their time off in a private luxury abode. Located in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, the property is primed to let you relax in the great outdoors, with lush greenery spreading across 123 acres. The gated community will include 146 homes divided into two- and three-bedroom villas with 24/7 security. The tropical vacation homes were all designed and built by Jorge Chinchilla; the famed architect took cues from the natural surroundings—including views of the nearby Arenal Volcano—and incorporated them into the interior design, using natural wood floors, bamboo accents, fine marble harvested from the Peruvian mountains and a neutral color palette. 

    The 2,800-square-foot two-bedroom villa is a single story, while the 4,800-square-foot three-bedroom home spans two floors. All the homes have their own private waterfall hot tub pool in the garden that will make you feel lost in paradise. There’s also an on-site concierge to take care of all your needs. And, to make getting around the community a breeze, each home has a personal golf cart that you can use to hit all the activities on offer.


    Arenal Hill Homes

    Those amenities, which you can visit without leaving the property, include a multipurpose room where you can partake in complimentary yoga and other fitness classes. Next year, the private enclave plans to add a 33,000-gallon infinity-edge pool with a swim-up bar and a kids’ pool, a restaurant and a premier lounge called Club Cabana. The development also hopes to introduce a second luxe relaxation spot—Club Vida—and another dining option by 2024. If you happen enjoy horseback riding, you’re in luck, as Arenal Hills will be breaking ground on an equestrian center in 2025. 

    Exterior shot.

    Arenal Hill Homes

    “We are thrilled to kick off Arenal Hills’ new rental program as Costa Rica enters its high tourist season,” Gerald Baum, CEO of Costa Rica Land Capital Partners and sole owner of Arenal Hills, said in a statement. “Through our new program, renters will not only stay in luxurious, fully furnished villas immersed in a magical paradise but can also enjoy the variety of exclusive amenities offered only to Arenal Hills residents.”

    There are currently eight homes available for reservations through Airbnb, with another 100 slated to open in the near future. 

    Rates for homes start at $400 per night. More