Best Off-grid, The Ultimate Escape beyond 2013
Property reference: BA680
A recent turn of events has concluded this property and others nearby will be taken out of the Indian Reserve and Titles will apply, also road upgrading to begin in January 2014, including easment to the grounds
Nearly 1000 acres bordering famous International Amistad Park
This could be a great time to get an unbelievable bargain
'Chapel in the Clouds' a masterpiece of work, the pinnacle of craftsmanship, built single handedly by this skilled owner.
This is one of the most incredible properties I have ever seen in my 26 years living here. This is an Extraordinary Private Reserve in terms of biological richness and diversity, totaling nearly 1000 acres adjacent and contiguous to the La Amistad Inter-frontier National Park. It is completely off-grid, including a remote 260 foot (80 meter) free falling Waterfall which joins with 100’s of smaller waterfalls to provide an abundance of natural spring water. The electricity to the 9 hand crafted buildings is provided by a simple pelton wheel/generator system.
Southern Costa Rica……….. The 15 mile trek with a 4x4 will take 2 hrs from the inter-american highway up into some of the most remote wilderness with car access!. The nearest town is called Buenas Aires. The nearest larger town is San Isidro located one hour from Buenas Aires and 3 hours by car to San Jose. The altitude is 5000 feet above sea level and is comprised of 3 separate surveys or tracts of land for a total of 943.5 Acres. The property is situated inside an Indian reserve, and has been granted total right of private ownership by the Indian tribal council. There are over 100 waterfalls on the property ranging from 260 feet of free fall to smaller falls in the 3 foot range.
There are a total of nine buildings or constructions.
Red Cedar is some of the finest lumber in the world, all constructions on site were built using this fine wood, where did it come from and how did it get here? The incredible story alone is an attribute to this indescribable Mountain Retreat. There cannot be anything like this is all of Costa Rica. The Constructions are as unique as the land they stand on. All hand crafted by one unique individual…the effort and dream of one man alone, every beam and board was milled on the property with precision and loving care. In order to turn out such fine handicraft, generators were purchased, brought in and set up; a portable mill band saw was brought-in in sections and assembled for cutting the needed widths and lengths mostly oversized lumber was used for aesthetics and beams would span 12 feet or longer.
The Red Cedar was purchased in Canada and shipped about 1000 miles to the coast where it was loaded in two 40 foot containers and shipped to Costa Rica. Costa Rican Customs officials were in-shock, unprepared and caught completely off-guard. Usually lumber was shipped out of Costa Rica, not imported into the country, after a couple of weeks the containers finally cleared customs and the were ready to be transported 10 hours around San Jose, and over the Cerro del Muerte (the mountain of death). Upon arrival the containers were parked and unloaded; the task of getting the lumber to the property was the next and final feat. Six 4x4 pick-up’s were hired and the one trip daily per truck lasted for 10 days, a total of 60 loads or trips back and forth, the round trip alone was 5 hours each, that is if the trucks didn’t get stuck in the mud or have any mishaps. All a part of one man’s dream. The cost alone was over $72,000, just to purchase, ship, and truck this fine lumber to the property. If that feat wasn’t enough, now the hard work was about to begin.!
The process had begun; two workers were hired and worked 6 days per week, 10 hr. days for the next 6 years. The pelton wheel was constructed and carried into the jungle then down to one of waterfalls. Here is was assembled and mounted, once there was electricity, a cabin next to the stream was built by John the owner. Next, hundreds of sacks of cement were brought in to be mixed by hand and artificial ponds were constructed which would surround the bases of the some constructions. Water was piped in from nearby streams and channeled into these now ready ponds, Small water fountains were created adding a lovely sound to the environment and water lily’s were added……….rubble stone work began while John began building.
Seven years later, 9 constructions stand, the latest addition were the two natural firewood-heated ‘Hot Tubs’ perfect for those chilly evenings and just one more incredible feat to add to the list.
The beauty is unsurpassed; the air is cool and smells wonderful. There is a magic in the air that will hold one captive you will never want to leave, and why should you?
What a perfect beginning as our Mayan Calendar comes to an end. Planets will align, this is truly the perfect place to be for an epic event with loved ones, family and friends.
For complete details and the entire story………Let’s go up and have a look, we will need to spend at least one night to capture the true essence of this truly amazing land.
Serious Inquires only please.
Houses for sale,Off-Grid
Location: Amistad National Park
Size: 943.5 Acres
Chapel in the Clouds
The Ulitmate Escape Amistad National Park
260 foot Waterfall
Oxen for Hauling dead wood
One of many
Library and Entertainment Room