La Uruca, San Jose.
It was the dream location for a well-to-do Costa Rican family: a 30,000-square-foot home on a 730,000-square-foot (about 18.19 acres) property nestled in the mountains of Escazú, offering magnificent views and desirable privacy just a short distance from San Jose. For the home’s redesign, the owners hired Rodrigo Trejos, a famed Costa Rican architect. Taking inspiration from the wooden columns that the owners fell in love with, Trejos aimed for a medieval look and feel. Massive stone floor imported from Brazil and thick slabs of wood from the forests of Nicaragua envelope the property. The home’s library boasts high ceilings with an elegant brick dome. This medieval feel combines with a traditional Spanish cortijo. These elements are most evident in the home’s central patio, which is adorned by a graceful fountain. The redesign also allowed the home’s social and personal rooms to stay completely separate, which was critical. With a dining room that can hold 24 guests, a 2-island kitchen and pantry, a music room, an elegant living room lit by a gorgeous chandelier, and an outdoor terrace that boasts views of the San Jose Valley, the entertainment options are endless. Although it’s an entertainer’s dream, the sense of peace and privacy offered by the estate is priceless in the owners’ eyes. The privacy of the mountains, as well as the generous acreage, allows them to feel closer to nature.