. For Rent: Our house is in Playa Zancudo, on the south pacific side of Costa Rica. The house faces the beach with rain forest behind it. The house has open beam construction with the primary living quarters on 2nd floor. It is a two bedroom house with a modern kitchen including electric range, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, crock-pot, etc. It is also furnished with 2 queen sized beds, cookware, flatware and dishes, etc. A breakfast bar separates the kitchen from the dining and living room. There are 2 full baths, one upstairs and another in the lower level in the utility/laundry room. There is also an outside shower for cleaning up when coming in from the beach.
Casa de Stella is also available for Sale. The price is reduced to $135,000. The land is 50 meters wide and approximately 105 meters deep. . Please make arrangements with our manager, Ellie Sullivan at email@example.com 506-2776-0211 (Costa Rica). Or contact Nancy at (816)-898-8062 (US) or Wayne (816) 898-0246 or write to us at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Internet: We have DSL internet service and Wi-Fi as well as a portable telephone. The house is not grounded like most homes in North America so as a result, we recommend using surge protectors and avoiding charging up computer or tablet during lightening storms. It is also important that the Modem be disconnected from the wall during such events. Protect your internet connection because it is your primary means of connecting with the family and friends. There is no mail service to or from Zancudo. Letters can be mailed from Golfito (to the north) or the Panama border (to the south).
Zancudo is a small town built on a peninsula/spit on the south west side of Costa Rica between the Rio Coto (river) and the Gulfo Dulce. The house is on the south end of town. This location is best suited to a renter/caretaker that is bit adventurous and self sufficient. There are quite a few American expats in town and the next door neighbor has her house rented most of the time to Costa Rican nationals. The place can feel too lonely for some people. A significant-other or a satisfying hobby are recommended. The remoteness of the house is more attractive to wildlife so you are likely to see wildlife such as monkeys and parrots frequently.
Employment is non-existent! so it is necessary to have independent income from other sources. You will be responsible for $350 monthly rent, deposit, utilities - which include DSL internet with Wi-Fi, water, electricity, phone etc. plus replacement of small appliances such as coffee pot, toaster, microwave, if needed. (Presently, utilities run approximately $80-100/month.) We pay for replacement or repair of anything major, such as range, refrigerator, washing machine, etc. The washing machine is on the lower level (no dryer). Clothes need to be line-dried because the cost of running a dryer is very expensive. A security deposit of $1000 is required and will be returned to the renter after staying the agreed upon number of months or years minus the cost of cleaning the house and yard as needed. The deposit is separate from rent or utility payments.
Security Petty theft is a problem in Costa Rica. Violence is rare but theft, especially of computers, cameras, tablets, cash, etc. is not uncommon. Valuables should be hidden when you are away. Even when only going out to eat, it is best to hide small electronic devices.
Living with a septic system: The house has a simple septic system so it is necessary to avoid almost all paper down the toilet. Obviously, tampons need to go in the trash! That includes garbage and hair that can cause problems in the drains. Please be sure a drain strainer is in each sink to prevent small disasters. Some basic precaution prevents a world of trouble! For the same reason, please keep live-in guests to a minimum and make sure they understand the rules.
Transportation: we currently own a bicycle for use in running errands in town. Another can be purchased at the Supermercado (supermarket and hardware store) or at a store between Zancudo and Paso Canoes (border town) It is also possible to buy a used quad or car to resell when you leave. A vehicle is helpful but you can always get by with bikes, car pool or rent a taxi. The only time that a vehicle is necessary is for making trips to the border to shop and/or to check out of the country (every 90 days). To get to the border and back most people carpool with other people or hire a cab to the border and back.
The property is managed by Ellie Sullivan. Her home is approximately 1/2 mile north of our house. Rent and utilities are to be paid to her. Ellie is resourceful and will assist with information and suggestions. If there is a question or concern about the house you may contact her for assistance.
The Costa Rican language is Spanish. It is helpful if you speak at least a little but not absolutely necessary. Most renters acquire some Spanish while living there.
What we expect from our renters: Other than prompt payment of rent and utilities, we need for the renter to please keep the house clean, Any garbage needs to be set outside at night and all food kept in the house must be in air-tight containers, including any dog food. You will be living in the tropics! which comes with bugs, geckos, bats, mice, rats.... so neatness really matters!. Pop and beer bottles need to be rinsed out or kept in a bin downstairs and outside. Clean up after each meal and wash dishes. Do not allow dirty dishes to sit in the in the sink! You can avoid a lot of trouble with a few good habits. Trash is picked up on Monday.