Spectacular Beachfront Luxury Home with Rainforest Setting on Drake Bay
We would like to introduce you to this listing by simply stating that this is one of the most interesting and unique beachfront homes that we have ever seen in Costa Rica. Considering the vast number of homes that we have personally visited over the years, that is quite a strong statement. Based on an unbelievably beautiful beachfront setting, and the caliber of construction, we believe that this offering presents an amazing opportunity for any luxury home buyer seeking a true showcase property in Costa Rica. Now let's get to the details. Featuring over 4,200 sqft of construction this 3 bedroom / 3 bathroom beachfront home was expertly designed by world-famous architect, Ronald Zurcher. Known for his work with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and other giants in the hospitality industry.
Due to the raw beauty of the site and the considerable challenges of constructing a true luxury home at a location primarily accessible by boat, Ronald took this on as a personal project of his and delivered a masterpiece. The architectural design, the materials, the furnishings, the amenities, and the quality of construction are magnificent. Sitting on the southern tip of Drake Bay, you will arrive at the 1.09-acre property via a short water taxi ride from town or the newly renovated regional airport. You will find no cars or crowds here – just nothing but picture-perfect beaches, lush rainforest, and an exciting array of wildlife – this is exactly what draws visitors to Costa Rica from all over the world. Upon stepping foot onto the sand, you will realize that you have arrived at a very special place. Warm tropical waters gently lap onto the shore of a secluded beach lined with a towering rainforest canopy.
It is uncommon to find another footprint in the sand, other than your own or those of your guests. From here, you disappear into the forest via a manicured walking path that leads towards a second beach with beautiful lava rock formations jutting up from the sea. After exploring the beaches you can head back to the walking path leading up to the home. Soon the jungle opens up to reveal the entry to this majestic home.
A Private Luxury Home with Resort-Style Ambience
A grand staircase leads up to a glass-enclosed walkway that connects two wings of the home. The northern side of the home features an open living space with floor-to-ceiling windows and massive sliding doors that open up the living room to a huge covered balcony. This feature of the house is so special because fresh air and the sounds of nature fill the common area with pristine nature, literally and figuratively, while providing a stunning view of the surrounding rainforest canopy from eye level. This space is an entertainer's dream with a design that flows from the formal dining area to the gourmet kitchen with a unique glass breakfast nook, and outside to the whitewater ocean view deck directly overlooking the beach below.
The layout is reminiscent of a high-end resort but still retains the intimacy of a personal residence. Privately located down a hallway from the entertaining spaces is an impressive master suite featuring a teak floor, marble bathroom with a whirlpool tub, custom closets, and a wraparound teak deck. Two well-appointed guest suites with private baths are located on the southern wing of the home. Each room features a private balcony so even when guests are not in the open-air common space, they still have an opportunity to step outside, take a deep breath, and appreciate the rainforest. Every room in the house includes A/C climate control and wireless internet service.
An Impressive Feat of Construction in a Remote Setting
We can not stress enough how impressive this home is. With it being located in a remote setting right on the beach, Zurcher designed and built the home to withstand the elements, including California-grade earthquakes. No expense was spared on finishes that include ample use of tempered glass panes, Teak and Cedar hardwoods, granite and marble stone countertops, and highly-durable imported ceramic floor tiles. The home is selling completely turnkey ready with beautiful artwork, designer furnishings, and high-end appliances. The owner also personally paid out of pocket to bring in high-speed fiber optic internet service and buried the lines to preserve the natural setting. If the primary power supply gets interrupted in the area, a redundant power system is in place with 30kw and 18kw generators.
The home has a private water purification system and a legal registered concession that will renew in 2025. For a buyer who would like to expand on the property, the primary infrastructure used to build this luxury home are still in place with a private concrete road leading down to the beach and a Kabota 2800 tractor with trailer attachment to haul materials with. A quaint 2 bedroom caretaker's home is located to the rear of the property for an employee to assist with the security, care, and maintenance of the primary residence and the grounds.
First Class Income-Producing Vacation Rental Asset in Drake Bay, Costa Rica
As if the beautiful architecture isn’t enough, the home is impeccably landscaped with vibrantly colored tropical horticulture and a variety of mature fruit trees that were strategically planted throughout the property for you and your furry friends to enjoy. There is a hibiscus-canopied stairway leading from the house down to the beach, adding a fairy-tale vibe to your everyday life.
One of the most exciting aspects of this property is that this beach trail also connects directly to a public hiking trail that leads directly to the Corcovado National Park – the "Crown Jewel" of Costa Rica's National Park system! According to Wikipedia, "The park conserves the largest primary forest on the American Pacific coastline and one of the few remaining sizable areas of lowland tropical forests in the world."
Yes, this amazing coastal hiking trail is accessible right in front of this house! Depending on your pace, the hike to Corcovado will take approximately 4 hours. While it is an exhilarating trek, you will not have to take the entire journey to witness some of the most pristine coastal rainforest zones in the country, including the Punta Rio Claro Wildlife National Park. We highly encourage you to research both of these parks as they are real national treasures and very unique places on the planet! This luxury beachfront home is ideal for tourists who are wanting to experience only the best of the best while being completely immersed in nature and doing it with style.
Since the home is only accessible by boat, this gives guests an unparalleled level of privacy and tranquility. With private beaches, luxurious amenities, and a location like no other, this home earns a higher nightly rental rate than other similarly priced vacation rentals for sale in Costa Rica. The entire rental operation is turn-key with all management in place if you choose to use it. A current 20% handshake agreement with a neighboring boutique hotel is in place where they will refer their highest-end clients, and in return, the renters retain full access to the hotel's amenities including the restaurant, pool, and spa facilities. The home is also marketed as a private rental on the most popular online booking websites. Every need for a client is attended to as the home is stocked with food, drinks, and other supplies that get delivered before they arrive.
Local tour services are also scheduled for clients with direct pickup from the home. Guests who are lucky enough to stay here enjoy a true luxury experience leaving with memories that will last a lifetime.
Visiting Drake Bay is Like Travelling Back in Time in Costa Rica
This luxurious beachfront home is located on Drake Bay, where the rainforest meets the Pacific Ocean. Being in the Osa peninsula is like taking a trip back in time: wildlife populations are high, the land is pristine, and development is minimal. This is the perfect location for someone who wants to experience the natural and slower-paced side of Costa Rica. Water taxis can be called from the home for quick trips to town or to explore the area. For a buyer who wishes to have more freedom in regard to transportation, the home has a natural mooring area for a private boat. Typically, people come to Drake Bay by riverboat or by daily flights from San Jose International Airport to the newly renovated airport called Bahía Drake.
The area is extremely popular for visitors who want to experience old-school Costa Rica. Highlights in the area include world-class fishing, snorkeling, and diving in the protected waters of Caño Island, and gorgeous nature tours. The area provides the best that Costa Rica has to offer, in fact, National Geographic regularly schedules photography tours in the immediate area. In summation, we are in love with everything about this property from top to bottom. As a vacation destination, and as a one-of-a-kind real estate holding, this offering has got it all.
If you are a luxury home buyer looking for one of the most unique offerings on the market, we are placing this luxury showcase home at the top of our list of must-see-properties in Costa Rica!