Bali-like Paradise. Oceanview. Pool. Tranquillity

Escamequita, Rivas Department, Nicaragua

For Sale $ 595,000
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Property submitted by: Fred Goldfarb
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  • Bedrooms 3-4
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  • Interior Area 2000 sq ft


Single Family Home



Ocean (blue), Mountain, Jungle

Green, Off-Grid, Turnkey


Property Description

Casa Roja is a house that is meant to appeal to people who appreciate peace and quiet. Tropical design with modern features. Jungle with incredible ocean views. Privacy and on almost three lush acres. Not a single home in view. No city noise, and a veritable explosion of mature plants in  hundreds of different colors and hues.

Casa Roja is really a private reserve, where you distance yourself from the city, though it is only 10 minutes away. You immerse yourself in nature, with beaches 5 minutes away and tortoise sanctuaries just down the road. Views of the ocean are everywhere.

A quiet and silent retreat where the only sounds are monkeys and birds. If you want an ecological experience with all the modern necessities, then you have found it……this is what a tropical living is all about.

That is why I say there is NO other home like this in the San Juan area. I lived here for 5 years and not only built every comfortable and tropical feature I wanted but even added everything that an owner would want.

View the video – see what they mean when they say “bird’s eye view”. With an ocean view as well as crystal clear view of Costa Rica, your eyes will never get tired of this vista. And, if they do, or the spirit moves you, head on down to Hermosa beach, just five minutes down the road.

The house was designed in an innovative style. As the photos reveal, the bedrooms are 100% separated from the main house. While you and other members of the family enjoy parties or conversation on the patio, anyone in the other bedrooms can have their own privacy.

Hot days, jump in the teardrop shaped pool, big enough for 15, but at 4′ average depth, safe for the kiddies as well. Early riser? Fix some Nicaraguan coffee, read on the patio and take a walk or jog in complete silence up the dirt road. And, part of your adventure down here is to experience a beautiful country, wonderful people, great climate, wildlife, enchanting fun city – in a rich environment that I call home. That is what you will find here.

I live here because of the magic of this home and location. You too will understand that after only a few days. If you are seeking peace and serenity, you have found it. As I am writing this description of my house, I just had what I call a “ National Geographic Moment”, a flock of toucans has just touched down on my papaya trees. Black and red and green….very exciting! But those are surprises that happen regularly – 20 monkeys on a tree in front, 4 guinea hens walking by and more…

The master suite – apart from all other buildings – has a queen bed with night tables, chest of drawers and small desk for writing.  Large bathroom has huge quarried tile tub, shower,  two granite sinks and full width mirror. Overhead fans and lights as well as bedside lamp provide a comfortable ambience.

The two-bedroom suite is a detached casita with bedrooms on each side of a centrally accessed bathroom. One queen bed in one room, with room for another bed and then two doubles in the other room. Both rooms have drawers for clothes and either a desk or table. Again overhead lights and fans make life comfortable. Outside one bedroom french doors open to a private patio with a hammock for sleeping or reading or both. The bathroom has a three-sided glass shower with textured tile walls. A marble sink, toilet and tiled surfaces throughout complete the room. So at Casa Roja, you have a wide variety of sleeping accommodations for the numbers and mixes of  family and guests who stay here.

The main house has a full kitchen with granite and marble countertops throughout. Wooden cabinets with glass windows reveal all the dishes and rum and wine glasses you’ll need. Fridge is normal size and can fit all you can eat and drink! It’s modern and energy efficient. The den/office is large, People use it for email (yes, wi-fi) or writing and the living room is open with sofa and 2 comfy chairs, large hand carved floor tiles with wood accent and majestic 25 foot ceiling. The living room table is a 100 year old colonial door turned sideways and legs attached. The ceiling in the main house is all palm fronds, 26 feet high, (other casitas are brick tiles) beautiful, airy, gorgeous wooden beams and yes, 100% waterproof, with a large sliding glass door to the patio, say no more.

The patio is where 75% of your waking life will be!! Views, sunsets, drinks, monkey howls, drinks, music, dancing, drinks, BBQ’s on gas or charcoal grill and then, yes, relax and have a drink.  And now, with my many fruit trees blooming, if you need some fresh oranges, mandarins, lemons and soon, mangos – grab them off a tree.

To give you an idea of what it is like to live here, read what a recent guest wrote about Casa Roja. I don’t want to make this sound like a rote “sales brochure” so I’ll let others do the talking. This guest said  “It was hard to leave this beautiful home. The location of the house was perfect; close to town for groceries or activities, but just far enough so that every time we came home we felt as if we were very far away “from it all”. . Afternoons we enjoyed reading, relaxing, swimming and partaking in the local Nicaraguan Rum. After dinner, a glass of wine or a Nica Libre, music and lightening shows over Costa Rica were a spectacular end to the day. We have rented houses through VRBO from South Africa to several countries in Central America and highly recommend Fred’s “magical spot” and hope to someday return

Last thing. One night around 10 PM, after a warm day, turn out all the lights in the house. Go out to the brick patio and lie down, feel the warmth from the sun on the bricks, and then gaze at the star strewn sky above. There, you will see the Milky Way Galaxy the way you have never seen it before. After being mesmerized by the silent beauty, you wake up with a start – and suddenly realize it is 4 AM and you are still outside with only the croaking frogs as your company…


Pool, Internet, Wheelchair Access, Garden or Courtyard, Balcony, Terrace, Garage

Additional Features

The area where the house is located is called Escamequita. It is an area where time seems to have slowed down. Where you mix worlds; a well paved road combined with the occasional oxcart and warm smiles of the local Nicaragua families in the area. Where internet is fast while, while smiling school children wave at you as they walk to school. Vistas everywhere. Green hills and golden fields. Ocean views lurk around every corner as you climb higher and higher. You step back in time yet enjoy everything you could want or need. And, when you need some work done or house cleaned, it is easy to find a local work or metal craftsman in the neighborhood.

Quiet walks, lazy winding gravel roads and a sense of timelessness. This is what brought me here and if you are looking for something different where you could blissfully spend the rest of your life.....this is it.....

When the house was brand new I bought about $500 worth of plants and trees. They were young, small but held lots of promise. Well, the promise has come true and the house has more “lushness” than any house in 20 miles. Well tended to by my handyman, the greenery has flourished beyond belief. And, living here means every week I more plants, palms, orchids, cactus, mango trees and more – to add to the mix. It really is stunning as you walk around this arboretum. You dive into nature day one and whether its bamboo or banana trees, its there.

The animals are profuse. If you like monkeys, sloths, guinea hen and parrots flying overhead, you will love it here. It is nature’s entertainment at its best.