Luxury Outlook 2022
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
Single Family Homes
One of Costa Rica’s first luxury homes for a major coffee exporting family, this 1910, Victorian-Art Nouveau house was designed by a Spanish architect also known for having designed the Costa Rican Postal Building.
Located on the then tree-lined Paseo Colón, this home has seen the country’s history go by from the windows that look over the famous main road into the heart of San José, having been around now for 110 of the 200 years the country has existed!
The history is still present throughout the walls, ceilings, and even floors of this home, which in 1993 was almost doubled in size, while keeping with the same style. It then served as a hotel for almost 30 years, with its 19 bedrooms of differing sizes and bed configurations.
The courtyard with gardens offer plenty of natural light, as does the double height in the lobby and main living area of the original historical house. While located on the busy Paseo Colón, the setup and construction of the house make it an oasis of peace in the gardens, where you take in the history of the home without the hustle and bustle of the modern city just outside the front door.
There’s an expression in Costa Rica--pura vida--which translates to pure life. It is a catch-all phrase that reflects a kind of eternal optimism and laid-back way of life.