Turnkey "Off-the-Grid" Sustainable Mountain Retreat with Waterfalls on Over 34 Acres
Located on a dreamy mountainside above a small village outside of Cartago city limits, this 34.5-acre sustainable farm is perfect for someone wanting an “off-the-grid” homestead but without having to put in the time and effort. The altitude here is 1,400m above sea level. Temperatures usually range from 18C to 23C, 64F to 74F. Summer days are warm with cool nights relative to temperatures in the rainy season, and it’s significantly less humid than lower-lying areas of the country.
This fully sustainable farm includes:
- A 1 bed / 1 bath main home
- A multi-purpose studio for guests or work
- Clean energy solar system
- Reliable clean water supply flows from a gravity-fed spring located on the property
- A sizable open-air vegetable and crop garden
- An orchard featuring avocado trees and jackfruit trees
- A 1,160 sq.ft. glass-roofed greenhouse
- A 516 sq.ft. barn currently used for animal husbandry
- 2.5 acres of fenced-in land divided into 5 separate grazing cells that are suitable for goats, sheep or cows, and poultry.
- The soil has been 100% pesticide-free and herbicide-free for over five years
Natural features include two waterfalls that provide a beautiful backdrop, especially during the rainy season. One of the cascades flows year-round and can be accessed by hiking up a forested creek. Approximately 25% of the land is primary mountain forest populated by a wide variety of birds and small mammals including coati, armadillos, kinkajous, and occasionally white-faced monkeys.
A Prepper's Paradise Property Powered by a Clean "Off the Grid" Energy Supply and a Reliable Water Supply
With sustainability in mind, the main home features local hardwoods, including teak floors, that were selected in the building process because of their durability and termite resistance. Composed of a master bedroom and bathroom, living room, kitchen, storage closet, patio, and meditation / yoga deck. This setup is perfect for someone looking for a beautifully crafted, low maintenance home with all the necessities – there is even a fireplace for the cool mountain nights.
A separate structure stands close to the main house and can be utilized as a guest cabin, storage space, or workshop. There are many other spots on the land where additional functional spaces can be created. Permaculture principles have been used to shape the growing areas and ensure a solid foundation for organic growing. There are Sweet Mandarins, Peaches, Loquats, Mulberries, Peruvian Cherries, Jackfruit, Avocados, and Bananas, plus a number of less well-known fruit varieties such as the wonderfully named Chocolate Zapote and Lemondrop Mangosteen.
The structures are powered by a clean energy solar system comprised of a 3500W, 24v, 16-panel solar system. Vital, clean water flows from a gravity-fed spring protected by the forest above the house and gardens 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Planted stands of firewood for the wood-fired stove and indoor fireplace ensure hearty meals and comfort.
Private Setting Yet Located Close to General Amenities
Surrounded by a sea of green, this property is located above the village of Peñas Blancas de Cachi. In the village, you can find amenities such as a mini-market, fruit stand, ATM, bakery, and hardware store. The public road through the village ends at the neighboring farm. From here the road is a ‘servi-dumbre’ which means it is "access only", no public traffic, just neighbors who have property located further up the mountain. If you find yourself needing bigger city amenities like a bank or post office, 30 minutes down the road will take you to Paraiso. The property is 45 minutes from Costa Rica's original capital city, Cartago, 30 minutes away from Tapanti National Park, and a 2-hour drive from SJO international airport.
During these uncertain times, properties like these have become much more sought after in the Costa Rica real estate market. With acreage, clean energy, reliable water, organic farming, and a private forested setting, this "Off the Grid" property checks all the boxes for a buyer looking to live a true self-sustainable lifestyle in Costa Rica.