Location: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
The Casa Cristal of Manuel Antonio is the most unique estate home offered in this prestigious destination. The location of the home provides it with the most dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio National park and the home was designed to allow for its owners and guests to revel in the majestic panoramas from every corner of the property. From the moment you open the front door of the home you are overwhelmed by the beauty both inside and outside of the home, but the floor to ceiling glass, which gives the home its name allows you to just drink in the amazing setting.
The top level of the home offers up a spacious kitchen area featuring granite countertops and custom build teak cabinetry and bar area. The open floor plan brings the living, dining and kitchen all into one space, with large glass sliding doors that lead to the spacious terrace that runs the length of the home. There is a full guest bedroom and bathroom accessed off the main level which is ideal for guests who don't want to have to deal with any stairs as while this home has 4 levels, you can actually enjoy a one level lifestyle with just a few small stairs between the parking and all of the main common areas, bedroom and pool which is an incredibly unique feature. Off the main living area there is a beautiful spiral staircase that leads to the roof top bar and grill. This spacious area is equipped with a black granite bar, beautiful modern grill, full fridge and freezer and is THE place to share with friends, cook up the days catch or prepare dinner with the sounds of the waves crashing below and cool ocean breezes rolling up the rainforest covered hills that cover the short distance to the beach.
The terrace overlooks what is one of the largest private pools in the area, complete with a custom tropical mosaic backdrop and infinity edge that looks out to the ocean. On the two lower levels of the home, there is an additional guest bedroom with its own on suite bathroom along with a "bunk" area for extra guests or second small living or office space for someone looking for less bedding and a more versatile use offer or reading area. the lower level of the home hosts the master suite which has 15 foot ceilings and a spacious master bath complete with a cantilevered jacuzzi tub that is suspended out into the rainforest and surrounded by glass. The properties iconic glass facade gives it its name, but also defines the experience as whether you are in the pool, on the terrace, relaxing in the common areas or opening your eyes from bed, the views just never end!
The house also has a full equipped caretaker's apartment with a second parking area below the home which is an idea spot to store a four wheeler, second vehicle or other gear. The apartment could be left for full time staff or the existing caretaker who has been there for 8 years or could also be integrated into a 4th bedroom and suite for the home for someone looking to maximize bedrooms for personal or rental use.
The location is unbeatable as this is one of the few homes in the area which offers the elevations for dramatic views, but also the proximity to the beach to make for a short walk to the sand and the sounds of the crashing surf a part of every moment on the property. the home is next door to some of the most exclusive and most expensive luxury rental homes in all of the area, and while it has always been kept as a private residence for its current owners, there is no doubt that with the location and views it could be an incredible luxury rental option in the future as well.