Location: Jaco, Costa Rica
Situated within the exclusive community of Faro Escondido, commonly known as one of the country's most exclusive beach resort communities, this landmark estate comes to the market for the first time in its 25 year history. No home within Faro, or frankly on the coast, offers the unique combination of defining characteristics including first-class construction quality and impeccable maintenance, a layout boasting 10 bedrooms and 34 total beds, a setting designed for entertaining an abundance of family and friends, and of course, one of the most mesmerizing views that money can buy. Situated just past the tennis courts in Faro Cinco, this home was built sparing no expense, and the location was carefully chosen within the resort to provide the owners and guests with the utmost privacy and exclusivity, as it is behind the tennis facility, and adjacent to a lush rainforest reserve providing not only a set with just one neighbor but an impressive backdrop of nature and fresh air. Upon your arrival at this luxury home, you will know you have come across something special.
As you enter the private gate, you will find abundant parking for residents and guests. Upon entering the home, the natural flow of the barrel vault ceilings, and the craftsmanship immediately draw your attention to the seemingly infinite drop into the horizon, and ocean and coastline view in the forefront. The walls feature floor-to-ceiling stucco, and porcelain tile floors, ideal for low maintenance on a beach home. To the right of the home, there is a half bath for guests, as you walk past the two-story atrium and staircase to the second level, you will come to the social areas of the home. To the left, you will see the barrel vaults intersect for impeccable architectural detail, hovering over the living room, and formal dining room. To the right, the owners have a separate tv room, enclosed in glass to provide privacy and noise separation, while allowing visibility to keep an eye on the kids and grandkids. The social areas were carefully designed to allow full visibility from the comfort of the sofa or dining room, above the pool and all the way to the stunning ocean views, as the owners, who are architects and developers, sunk the outdoor terrace area ever so slightly to accomplish just that. Details like this, that require the eye, attention, and experience of a master developer/builder are common ground in this unique, one-of-a-kind luxury home.
The design of the home runs horizontally almost the entire width of the property to truly provide depth, and space within the home, as this home was meant to host in abundance and provide each member of the group with privacy and a true sensation of space. As you walk out to the covered terrace, you will find ample social areas, multiple seating, and a unique reflection pool enclosed by columns where the owners often hang a criss-cross over 5 hammocks, for a picture-perfect hangout spot. Like the rest of the home, the design and orientation of this social space are focused around the pool, entertaining, and of course, the panoramic, 270-degree ocean, mountain, rainforest, and coastal views. Before heading back indoors, let's continue to explore the outdoor areas, which is where the owners, family, and friends spend most of their time. From this mid-level, you can walk down a set of stairs to reach the pool and deck area. Just under the terrace, is a separate sunken, living space, which boasts two separate dining areas where daytime lunches and breakfast is served in a more informal setting, allowing poolside visitors to stay in their wet clothes and grab a quick meal. There is also a wet bar just off this space, and a large storage space for pool rafts, equipment, and tools. This space is further enhanced with a cascading waterfall that flows from the reflecting pool on the upper level, and its receptive pool is the birthplace of the postcard infinity-edge pool that meanders down the terrace and opens up into one of the most impressive pools in Faro Escondido. The pool is crowned with a semi-circle of columns on the left side, which is covered with an ivy canopy, creating a shady corner of the pool. Much like the mirror behind the table, the builders created bar seating on the infinity edge of the pool, facing the pool so that someone outside the pool, could interact (and be comfortable with their feet on the footrest) with those in the pool for an afternoon cocktail, or morning Mimosa….no details were left out in the design and use of this magical home.
Of course, the views of the ocean and coastline are the crown jewel, however, what really frames the property is the lush rainforest reserve that sits to the left of the viewpoint, which brings in the shade, a cool mountain breeze, and extreme privacy for the owners and guests. Along this ridge and under the canopy cover, there is an outdoor shower perfect for the pool-goers, as well as a very private finger ridge ideal for an afternoon nap, glass (or two) of wine, or an award-winning spot to read your next book. Oh yes, back to the house….back inside the living area, you head past the dining room into the kitchen. The kitchen was designed for staff and service as a workhorse kitchen, with a casual breakfast nook, but multiple pantries for easy and ample storage for food, plates, and cutlery. Speaking of service, the home, which is really built and designed for entertaining, includes a full service, laundry, and bunk quarters just behind the kitchen which can also be accessed directly from the parking area, and if a new buyer was interested, current staff would be interested in discussing continuing with new owners…. On the upper level of the home, you will find all of the guest and principal bedrooms, that while abundant in the count, are so well distributed and spaced that each one offers extreme privacy and escape from the action downstairs in the social areas. Each room offers either ocean or jungle views, and an en suite bathroom, with several of those, also encompassing a living room or sitting area. The rooms along the front side offer a walk-out terrace, overlooking the pool and ocean view, while the ones in the back offer views towards the mountains, jungle, and tennis courts. The first bedroom is off to the right of the landing offering an expansive space overlooking the tennis courts. The next bedroom is a two-bedroom suite with a shared bathroom and terrace, followed by two side-by-side bedrooms with private bathrooms. Next, and set to the opposite end of the hall is the principal suite, which also boasts a spacious bathroom with his and her vanities, as well as a walk-in shower that is tucked up against the rainforest beyond for extreme privacy, along with an attached private office. On the opposite side of the hall, there is an expansive bedroom suite overlooking the tennis courts, as well as an additional bedroom suite just before making your way back to the stairs. While words can certainly give an in-depth look into the home, the lifestyle that the owners enjoy at this home cannot be placed on paper. One walk around the property will reveal the priceless memories that One Faro Escondido will leave as a legacy to the new owners. Serious inquiries only, and qualified buyers can register for a private showing.