Center of Time

View out the backyard

Center of Time property description.

Is this property what you are looking for?

There is a lot to this property. Bear with us here as we acquaint you with the various characteristics, virtues and, yes, even the warts. We are very interested in finding the fit between buyer, and property. Here’s our effort at profiling the “Types” that would love this property. These types are not listed in any sort of priority, such as who would be most interested to least.

Retreat Center / Nature Lover / Sanctuary Seeker / Income generating property / Real Estate Investor / End of the Worlder

Let’s start with –
Geographic Position: The property is removed without being isolated or overly remote. There are full community services: water, electric, roads, Internet and so on there. But you are 25 minutes from San Isidro, which is reputed to be Costa Rica’s largest “city”. Really it is a town by developed-world standards, but relative to Costa Rica, it is the largest city in southern Costa Rica. There is a hospital and numerous private clinics for all manner of medical procedures as well as dentistry. Automotive services, department stores, groceries, shoes, vape stores, etc… Turn the other way and head towards the coast. You are 25 minutes to Dominical, world famous for its surfing and laid-back lifestyle. There are some very nice restaurants minutes from this property and in good supply in both of the towns mentioned.

Retreat Center: The seller of this property originally bought the property with an Esalen type of retreat center in mind. He would love to see it go to a like minded buyer. There is room to develop the concept and it is very nicely situated in an area of Costa Rica that is all about such concepts.

The main house is roughly 3,500 square feet, so it can be developed to serve as a headquarters or housing for the workers, or whatever. There is abundant water on the land, under it, and running alongside it.
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Nature lover: The abundant wildlife, both flora and fauna, lends itself to this Type. Not only the geographic location but the features of the property are for the nature loving Type. There is lots of land here. There is a river and a pond and an amazing geological formation that creates a wall on the east side, or back of the property. There is primary jungle on the wall. The wildlife is abundant here. The diversity of bird-life is high even when measured on a global scale.

Sanctuary Seeker: Many of those who move to Costa Rica are looking to quiet life down. This property is for this Type. Whereas life pre-Costa Rica may have been in a developed world country, with a focus on being able to have more time to connect with others via the Internet, take care of business, get things done… life on this property could result in a 180° turnabout. You may find that the necessary “connect” actions of your previous life get in the way of what you now want to do.

Looking for an Income Generating Property:
9.2 Hectares or (22.08 acres) Costa Rica house for sale
The house is perfectly set up for use as an AirBnB type of rental. It just needs finishing.

There is room to build additional rental abodes on the property. These too could be rented out long or short term. The area has a strong demand on rentals.

This is a desirable rental property. Views are of waterfalls (during rainy season), mountain, valley and ocean views. Located in the back of a gated road in a rain forest along the mountainside. This property is secluded and has only one access. A year ’round creek runs along the front of the property.

Farming is an option as well. The geological orientation of the property has benefitted it with black dirt soil. The area all around this property is known for its organic producing farms.

Real Estate Investor
“Buy in the path of development” – a quote from one of the worlds richest people. We don’t know what the future holds. The world and its economics are in a dramatic state of flux. Adding this tangible asset to one’s portfolio has potential for good growth. As for counsel on guessing the future, we don’t have a crystal ball, but, since earth is the only planet option we’ve got at the moment, many seem to view Costa Rica as a refuge from the world’s frantic antics. It is easy to surmise that this perspective will only increase in the coming years. Profound nature, lots of water on the property, fairly secure, and room to move about.

Additionally, there is a growing interest in wellness, in all its many facets. Besides being more diligent regarding diet & exercise, the word mindfulness embodies the emotional, social and spiritual aspects of being human. The area where Center of Time is located is in a growing wellness mecca. There are numerous disciplines in the area, from Menonite to vegan, to pay-to-work organic farm programs. The Tinamaste farmers market is the best in Costa Rica’s southern zone.

When making an educated guess about where the path of development is going, nature and wellness are good bets.

End of the Worlders
There is a veritable plethora of books, blogs, news items etc… sounding the call of mankind not living sustainably on this earth and that there is an imminent cataclysm coming. Some are finding removed corners of the planet where they can move their families or groups. While this property is not overly remote, it is quite removed. There is water and abundant sun here with lots of very fertile, dark soil.

The property has all services in. The seller has lived in the house there on the property for years. To add additional homes would require some infrastructure work such as water & electric.

This property lends itself to going off the grid. There is abundant sunshine so solar could be installed. There is easily enough land to raise food to sustain a small community. There is lots of water on the property. We have not studied the potential of hydro generated electricity but this is a possibility as well.


Monkeys, Toucans and a host of other wild life with butterflies and many different bird species.
The property is 5 minutes to a tarred road in Tinamaste at the top of the valley. 25 minutes to Perez Zeledon which has shopping malls, banks and food stores and 25 minutes to world-famous surfing beaches in Dominical on the Pacific side of Costa Rica.

Road system is in that runs to the year around stream at the front edge of the land. Huge rain forest trees around the waterfalls and below. A beautiful walk in and around the waterfalls under the canopy of trees.

3 other 1 hectare lots on a small man made lake. One lot on a year around stream. See pictures attached.

Escape to Costa Rica, A central American Paradise.

Live in a rain forest, immersed in nature. You relax in an area characterized with small farms and the simple life. Yes, there is high speed internet for business or pleasure, however the mountain in your backyard has an attraction that will take you out of your home and give you the kind of entertainment you will, no doubt, come to prefer. The mountain is a retreat center replete with monkies, birds of many different species and abundant, diverse butterflies.

An unfinished concrete home reinforced with steel beams at around 3,500 sq ft. sits on the front of the 31.8 acre property, which extends back to the mountain. An office, with a distant ocean view. Two decks with mountain, ocean and valley views. Several waterfalls and a year around creek that runs through the back of the land with spring water near by. A retreat center waiting to happen.


  • $360,000 – 9.2 hectares beyond river near mountain
  • $350,000 – 1 hectare:  with House
  • $150,000 – 2.7 Hectares this side of river (on lake and river)

Center of Time description.

House Description

1- Overview: Two story concrete block construction with 2 outside seating decks, with mountain, valley and ocean views, one deck wrap ‘s around the master bedroom upstairs, and the other deck is outside the upstairs apartment. There are four bathrooms (2 Unfinished) located in the house,   One in the kitchen area, one upstairs in the apartment, one next to the unfinished master bedroom, and one next to the unfinished office.  There are 6 rooms downstairs and a hallway including 2 bathrooms.  Upstairs there are 6 rooms,   The apartment, a closet, a bathroom , a small bedroom , and the master bedroom with attached bathroom.  Downstairs and below the master bedroom is the office shaped in a large octagon with eight 11 ft. wide walls.    The living room and kitchen are shared.  A  laundry room and dry storage room, are between the office and kitchen. The house has 7 double glass sliding doors 7 ft. high and 7 ft. wide. The ocean can be seen from afar from the master bedroom, both decks, apartment, office, and living room.

2- The house is designed in an octagon at one end and 2 mini octagons at the other.

3- The Kitchen has a wooden entry door in the front of the house along with 3 windows in part of the octagon above 2 sunken sinks for dish washing ,  a table bar that seats four chairs,   just off the center of the entry doorway.  A bathroom is located in the kitchen area under the circle wooden stairway that leads to the second floor apartment.   A  40 ft.  Pilon tree trunk is positioned along the entire length of the kitchen and living room, starting over the bathroom ceiling and through the living room along the dry room ceiling and hallway ceiling and ends near the entry of the office. Above  the glass doors to the office. (About 40 ft. long) This Pilon tree trunk is used as electrical support for hanging lamps and is primarily there for the aesthetical look.   All of the main wooden support beams in the entire house are made from Pilon hard wood. There are seven windows throughout the living and dining area with a double glass door on one side and a wooden entry door on the other.  A fire place is located in the living room at the far wall opposite the dry room and adjacent to the double glass doors leading to the outside. The ocean can be seen from the living room through the glass doors and windows on that side of the house.

4- The Height of the ceilings is as follows: Bottom floor: Kitchen, Living room, hallway, dry room, laundry room, and office are just over 10ft.high.

5- The upstairs apartment is set up for adding a kitchen similar to the downstairs, with water, and electric for refrigerator, oven etc. The height of the ceilings center beam is 11ft. high and tapering to 9 ft. along the outside walls including the bathroom and storage closet. The ceilings are of cedar wood and supporting beams are Pilon hardwood. The apartment floor is Grandlio hardwood.  The apartment bathroom is 9.5 ft. by 10.5 ft. with window facing the mountain and with tile floor, a double sink basin and glass mirror on wall for two people use.

6- The upstairs middle room could be used as a kid’s bedroom or a clothes storage room, with two entryways from both the apartment and the master bedroom.  The room is 14ft. by 9.5 ft. with 3 windows facing the car port, bodega, and mountain.

7- The Master Bedroom is designed as an octagon with the wooden ceilings coming together in the center as a circular point and 16 ft above the master bedroom floor at its peak. The room is 26 ft. long and 26 ft. wide.  Four rectangular windows are located 13 ft. above the floor for air flow and outside light on four of the eight walls and 3 large 6ft. by 6.5ft. Windows in a curvature fashion which allow viewing in 3 directions with Mountain, Valley and Ocean views, from the bedroom.  A small rectangular window next to the master bathroom for viewing toward the carport and bodega.  There are 2 double glass sliding doors for entry out to the wrap around deck. ( both 7 ft. high and 7 ft. wide.) The deck measures 6 ft. wide and 58 ft. long with 3 curves.

The master bathroom is 10.5 ft long and 10.5 ft wide with 2 large windows, one facing the ocean and the other facing the wooded lot in the backyard.

A third set of windows with all glass block face the mountain for morning sun lite and only allow the outside light in for the shower and sink and is not for viewing.   

Below the master bedroom is the office in an octagon shape with eight 11 ft. walls equal to the master bedroom size and 26ft. long and 26 ft. wide.  A stairwell that leads to the master bedroom is positioned along the inside wall. A double glass door leading from the hallway to the living room area is located next to the bottom of the staircase.  2 additional double glass sliding doors 7 ft. high and 7 ft. wide and 2 large rectangular windows 6ft. by 4ft. are located around the 8 sided octagon office walls, along with a small rectangular window that looks over the carport next to the office bathroom, all with mountain, valley or ocean views. The office bath room is 10.5 ft. long and 10.5 ft wide. Outside underneath the upper wraparound deck is a ground floor cement deck.

8- The house was originally built for the addition of a bed and breakfast and the electricity has two separate lines coming from the main road to the house for addition of a future rancho. The main plumbing and water is already in the ground for the addition of a rancho with bathroom and 4 bedroom units all with ocean views. Other options could include guest house or swimming pool.

9- The house has 48 windows, and 7 double glass doors with 14 wooden doors, two of which are entry doors from outside through the kitchen and living room.

10- The main beams in the Kitchen that supports the apartment are  6 inch by 6 inch steel and there are two cross beams 21 ft long. 

11- Under the master bedroom there is a 12 inch by 12 inch steel beam in the center of the floor with a 6 X 4 inch steel beam running parallel to the main steel beam to support the stairway structure. Several smaller steel beams are used for cross section support.  The two decks have Steel support beams as follows.

12- The apartment deck has 13 steel beams under the concrete floor along with 5 steel anchor beams for support. 

13- The master bedroom wraparound deck has 28 steel support  beams under the concrete floor with 28 steel anchor beams.  All main wooden beams in the house came from a giant Pilon hardwood tree and the wood under the roof is cedar.

14. The foundation was poured using 5ft. of rebar and concrete

To support the 2 story concrete block structure. 

15. The apartment floor is Grandlio hardwood. The master bedroom floor is Purple Heart hardwood.

Total house Square footage is about 3,500 ft.

The house has a  internet (wymax ) connection from the tower located in a direct line toward the ocean about 3 miles away with wi/fi. and cell phone reception.


Carport and/or temporary storage facility: 26ft. X 22ft. Overhead clearance is 8 ft.

Bodega:  21 ft X 11ft.  With attached bathroom for workers and outside wash basin for cleanup. 

Rock walled parking area for 6 cars. 

Cost estimates to complete the house.

Currently the house is unfinished and is a work in progress and will require about $100,000. Dollars to complete the inside and some landscaping.  Cost estimates are as follows: 

  1. Tile for downstairs:  Kitchen and living room, bathroom, laundry room, dry room hallway – $8,000.00 Installed.
  2. Finish office walls, floor, tile and install stairway to master bedroom,                                                          $5,000.00 installed.                 
  3. Add bedroom hardwood floor                 $3,000.00 installed.
  4. Finish two bathrooms, with tile and utilities, add Cabinets, Mirrors, labor, etc.                                                           $ 10,000.00 installed.
  5. Kitchen Cabinets—                                      $4,000.00 installed. 
  6. Kitchen Tile for sink, shelf and bar —         $2,000.00 installed. 
  7. Buy 11 wooden doors  —-                           $4,000.00 installed.
  8. Paint exterior house—-                                $4,000.00   
  9. Varnish all outside wood under roof.–         $1,000.00
  10. Add stairway railing to apartment and varnish two hardwood floors.                                                                    $2,000.00 
  11. Tile outside around house                          $3,000.00 installed.
  12. Finish Electrical, house, carport, bodega  .$5,000.00 installed.                                                        
  13. Install rain trough, finish trim.                    $2,000.00 installed.
  14. Add deck guards, benches, and deck tile.$2,000.00  installed. Fire place  (finish)                                               $2,000.00  installed.
  15. Dry room shelves.                                            $1,000.00
  16. Install 500 liter water tank with motor and controls to regulate water pressure.                                                                      $500.00  
  17. An additional $44,000.00 to outside by adding a Rancho and doing some landscaping.  Rancho. with bathroom and Kitchen.30,000.00 
  18. Landscaping. $10,000
  19. Misc. $3,500
  20.         Total—————————————————$100,000.00

Labor costs in Costa Rica are low in comparison to USA .

Local worker about $3.00 per hr.

Carpenters, tile layers $3.00 to $5.00 per hr.

Electricians from $8.00 to $10.00 per hr. 

The house is currently unfinished and is a work in progress. Sale price will be adjusted upward upon completion of each project listed above.

The property is located 1.5 Kilometers from Tinamaste down the valley road to the first bridge about 1/2 mile from the Diamante water falls and in the community of Las Tumbas.  Tinamaste is located half way between San Isidro General and playa Dominical on the Pacific side in the Southern part of San Jose Province Costa Rica.

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Center of Time

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