My partner and I are currently looking for someone interested in either care taking or leasing our house with fifty acres in Costa Rica long-term. We are moving out of Costa Rica permanently but do not want to sell the property at the moment.
We are open to all arrangements. The main industry here is tourism, and there is a high demand for lodging. If someone wanted to to build structures to rent out, or make tent camping it would be very successful. There are many potential income streams for this property.
Special preference will be given to those willing to foster rescue dogs/cats. We work with an animal rescue in Puerto Jimenez and they have a great need for foster homes. The rescue pays for food and vet care, they just need a space for the animals to stay until they can find their permanent homes. We would love for our property to continue to provide temporary shelter to those animals in need.
The house was built two years ago with a cedar tree from the property. It is located on the top of a hill and is very private and secure. The water comes from a stream on site, and the electricity is from solar panels. The house is a simple open-air design. It is octagonal in shape, with each wooden wall measuring four meters in length and one meter in height. The rest of the wall is made of screen. The ceiling is vaulted and peaks at four meters. There are plastic shutters that open. The floor is cement.
The house will be left furnished, which includes but is not limited to: a full sized fridge with freezer, gas oven, two recliners, Vitamix blender, SlowStar juicer, food processor, toaster, waffle iron, queen sized bed with bamboo frame, bamboo shelves, surf board, fans, weed eater, and many tools. We also have two vehicles(1973 Land Rover and 1997 Toyota Tacoma) and will possibly leave one on the property for the caretaker/lessee to use.
The property is hilly and the majority of it(around 44 acres) is primary rainforest. The rest(6 acres or so)was cleared in the past and now has a variety of fruittrees planted on it, with space for more. There are hundreds of mature banana plants(many different types), so there is a constant supply of bananas. Other plants that are currently producing are: pineapple(around 30 plants), many yucca/cassava/tapioca, tons of elephant ears, “bean trees” that produce a lot of beans that resemble peas, many greens(katuk, bele, chaya, spinach, moringa, gotu kola, purslane, cranberry hibsicus)
There are also mature fruit trees: three cashew, two coconut, one mango, many guavas, three ice cream bean, one achiote, one moringa, three rambutan and three soursop. We have planted many different fruit trees/plants over the past two years: two jaboticaba(should be ready anytime), three breadfruit(should also be ready anytime), many types of citrus, miracle fruit, passionfruit, star fruit, many coconuts, green bamboo for building, many types of cacao, cashew, avocado, mango, and a variety of others that I can’t recall but will add later(Need to check old receipts from where we purchased the trees).
There is also a chicken coop and a worm box/vermicomposting system. The worm system can produce forty kilograms of castings per month. Black soldier flies are abundant here as well. If we leave our indoor compostbucket(for kitchen scraps) too long it will be filled with soldier fly larvae.
There are many trails that run through the property with the potential for more. A newly made trail into Corcovado National Park borders the property on two sides. There is a stream on the border of one side. There is also a stream in the middle of the property with a small waterfall(3-4 meters) that has a natural pool below it.
The location is a town called Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre. Around 400 people live there. The town website is dosbrazosderiotigre.com Dos Brazos is an old gold mining town on the Osa Peninsula and right next to Corcovado National Park, which National Geographic called “the most biodiverse place on the planet.”
The closest “big” town is Puerto Jimenez(population around 9,000), which has many lovely beaches, a hospital, an airport, two banks, supermarket, two pharmacies, a veterinarian, hardware store, restaurants, etc. From Dos Brazos to Puerto Jimenez is a 20-30 minute drive, and there is also a small bus that runs on weekdays to and from Dos Brazos. From Puerto Jimenez the town of Golfito is a thirty minute boat ride. From Puerto Jimenez to the capitol San Jose is around a seven hour drive or 45 minute flight.
I am happy to answer any questions and can send photos to those interested.
This sounds like an incredible opportunity! I will be moving to Cartago, Costa Rica in November. I will be living with a friend in Cartago for 6 months or so. If you are still looking for a care taker around this time next year, please keep me in mind! If you are around in November, I would love to ride down and take a look at the property.
Hi CM, I wish I could go, but hope you find the perfect person.
Quick question though, do you know my friend Sierra Goodman who runs the Divine Dolphins tours out of Drake Bay? If so, what a small world! I see photos of your area and videos almost every day, and you really live in a paradise!
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LOL Yes, I realized after posting it was silly to think you would know her, as the Osa is a big location. She is working to make the peninsula a marine sanctuary and is having good success with the process. All the best, again, with finding awesome tenants for your place! Alex
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My partner lived in Montezuma for a bit. He loves Costa Rica. I'd like to talk to you more about this. I understand they have cracked down on citizenship and am curious on how a caretaker can stay. He's been away for a few years. We are in Tennessee currently. Feel free to contact.
I sent you a message - I recently finished up my first small permaculture design/edible landscape for a client, and my partner and I are looking for opportunities where we could continue to grow our knowledge working with food and nature. What you've described fits perfectly with our long-term goal of building a food forest on a farm that can also serve as a foster and rehabilitation home for rescued dogs, and I would love to discuss how we might be able to serve your goals for your property.
I look forward to talking with you!