For sale - 17 hectares for $166.000.00 (C100,000.00)
I couldn't just list Yesenia's family property without a proper introduction given Yesse (short for Yessenia - in case you hadn't figured that one out) and her family have been a big part of both mine and Amy's lives since first arriving to Costa Rica!
I first met Yesse the very next day after arriving at Finca Bellavista as a wee volunteer. Yesse could maybe speak 5 words of English which coincidentally was 5 more words than I could speak in Spanish. We started our work relationship off perfectly - a series of sign language bursts and for some reason a change in accent when trying to speak the other's native language.
I had told Yesse that the only word I knew other than 'Hola' was 'mono' and the reason I knew 'mono' was because a local lady on the first bus I ever took in Costa Rica on the way to Finca Bellavista called me that. Being the awesome person Yesse is, she told me it meant 'cute' but I later discovered it meant 'monkey'. The lady on the bus was calling me a monkey 😂.
Yessenia started working at Finca Bellavista about 6 months before I arrived. I have known her and her family for nearly 8 years now. During that time I have been fortunate enough to get to know her family, and more recently her newborn baby Emily. Yesse's English skills really started to flourish with the help of @Amy 's English lessons, and her dedication to self learning and interaction with volunteers and guests.
Recently, Amy and I got to spend the day with Yesse and her family at their beautiful property which has been in the family for over 30 years. The family told us they wanted to sell so naturally we wanted to help where we can.
We had been invited to Yesse's family finca many times before, but we were wrapped up running Finca Bellavista in the past and could never find the time. We were not going to pass the opportunity this time!
Location: Piedras Blancas mountains in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica.
We all met Friday morning and headed out in 2 vehicles, Yesse and her mom came with us. It was only a short drive to Piedras Blancas before we started heading up the mountain. When we reached the top, we could look over and see our mountain as clear as day. It was about a 20 min drive and the road was in very good condition (certainly better than ours 🤣)
Unlike our property at Finca Bellavista, this one starts at the top and you walk down (which is great, until it's time to leave 🤣). Victor (Yesse's father) can usually get all the way to the property in his vehicle during the dryer months and even up and down on a bike during the rainy season. As we didn't want to risk driving in the afternoon rains and since it was a nice sunny morning, we opted to walk to the property and enjoy the good company. I asked Victor about the access and what he thought it would cost to make the road a permanent fixture, he said was quoted $20K for a professional job. I remember it sounding quite steep at the time but that said, I hadn't seen the property yet.
The walk down was not bad, especially when you consider Yesse's mom and Grandmother were with us! The scenery was all too familiar as we walked towards the family estate, the sound of the river was an indication we were nearly there. I don't know what I was expecting but I was certainly very surprised to see such a well maintained big open space as we rounded the corner and crossed the bridge.
No one was happier than MJ, it's not often you come across a huge open space within the jungle complete with your own river, he immediately wanted to be let loose so he could could explore.
This property would be perfect for someone who enjoys nature, privacy and dogs 🐾
The trees on the property were just amazing, some of the biggest primary growth trees we have seen in the area. Victor said that the media in Costa Rica had done several articles/shows regarding the trees on the family estate, many of them were hundreds and hundreds of years old.
The property in total is 17 hectares and is covered in beautiful fruit trees. The family have owned the land for over 30 years and it's very clear how much work they have put into it. I've not come across anything like it since first moving to Costa Rica.
There is no power on the property (hardly surprising given the location) but installing solar would be easy enough and you will get plenty of sunlight thanks to the open space.
The buildings are rustic and family oriented, with a main room for all the kids and friends and a private quarter for mom and dad. An additional private Rancho style accommodation can be found on the upper level.
The adventure continues as we explore the surrounding area before Victor takes us to the river - it's practically on your doorstep, and there are several stunning spots to enjoy.
Yesse stayed behind to make lunch (she is an amazing cook and former masterchef of Finca Bellavista!)
The river spots were some of my favorite I've seen in the area, other than Sylvan Falls. I would say it is on par, if not better than some of Finca Bellavista's hot spots.
O and did I mention there was a waterslide? Be sure to check out Amy below enjoying the river.
We had such an amazing day and needless to say MJ did not want to leave. My only regret was not taking Yesse up on her offer to visit all those years earlier.
As the family settled down to enjoy a relaxing siesta, we headed back up the road to the car. It started to rain which was welcomed as it was only a drizzle and the trek out really wasn't bad. I'd say it was about a 30 min hike in and and extra 20 min getting out. Depending on your circumstances, you may want to consider fixing the road but if you are in reasonable physical shape and enjoy a walk in the jungle then it's perfect as is!
We would love to help Yesse and her family find the right buyer for this incredible slice of paradise, please comment below if you have any questions or interest and we will put you in touch with the family.
Pura vida and Jungle living 🦎