Live large in the country 5 minutes from San Rafael de Heredia on this private mountainside estate with panoramic city and mountain views.
The sophisticated atrium design completed in 2010 produces a home of rare tranquility that is comfortable for a small family and a showpiece for large parties.
The spacious 5-bedroom, one-level main house is perched on the valley wall on a mostly level, southwest facing 2-1/2 acre terrace. The setting provides an abundance of space, light and privacy, with endless possibilities.
The defining feature is of course the atrium itself: a lavish 20-foot by 40-foot space clad in travertine marble, centered on a courtyard fountain sculpted from black granite. An engineered steel support structure and high tech self-cleaning and solar-E glass cover the atrium, which can be totally open to the rest of the house or closed off by a frameless European sliding glass wall system that separates the central core from the private and social areas. The open floor plan takes full advantage of natural light making the experience of moving through the house truly special. Furniture was custom designed, with extensive use of colorful fabrics. Key pieces are made from local hardwoods. Chefs will love the professional kitchen, pantry and top of the line cabinetry and appliances.
The large infinity pool is at once a lap pool and dramatic reflecting pool. A small drainage slot around the pool perimeter balances the water level to that of the surrounding terrace, for incredible effect. Flora and fauna are ever-present including an array of birds that regularly visit to take a drink from the pool. A concealed machine room contains both an electric heat transfer pump for cost effective heating and a gas heater for speed.
One of the great appeals of Atrium House is its serene rural setting on the one hand and proximity to services and amenities on the other. Nearby San Rafael offers a rich blend of history and local flavors. The farmers market held every Sunday morning is a particular joy. Las Flores and Auto Mercado are just 10 minutes away and within 20 to 30 minutes you can access everything the city has to offer.