House in Flor de Mayo, Alajuela
This 4,000 sq. ft. beautiful Spanish Hacienda Style home has a lush central garden patio, six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a large open kitchen, living and dining area, plus a maids quarters with separate bedroom and bath. The large living room has a vaulted ceiling and fire place. There are ample storage areas and a carport for two vehicles, plus a separate tool shed. There is also a duplex with three bedrooms, two baths, two kitchens, two living rooms and a large covered porch providing housing for the employees and volunteers who maintain the grounds, plus a separate wooden cabin. In the early 1900's, British orchid enthusiast Sir Charles Lankester was knighted for his knowledge and discovery of orchid propagation. It was Lankester who designed the Flor de Mayo gardens for his daughter, planting thousands of native and exotic trees, orchids, and other plants. The main house itself was built in the mid 70's and is in excellent condition, with all utilities upgraded to current standards. Previously operating as an exotic bird sanctuary, the space is currently used as a holistic Bed and Breakfast business and is perfect for accommodating groups of people for workshops and seminars. In addition to its rich history, the property is unique in that you are nestled within a lush tropical rainforest in the middle of urban Alajuela, 5 minutes to the International Airport and downtown Alajuela. Situated on an eight acre nature reserve with natural springs feeding the swimming pool, drinking water, and irrigation, the estate is surrounded by old growth exotic hardwoods and fruit trees. In addition to all of its natural wonders, the property also supports a large organic vegetable farm. With an abundance of walking paths and secret trails, one truly feels encompassed by the tranquility of the forest rather than the heart of a city.