We are looking for a responsible couple to live in and care for our home during our absence... on or about May 26, 2015 to on or about Oct. 15, 2016 (First term) and on or about Oct. 25, 2015 to Jan. 4, 2016. Applicants may elect to due both terms. We split it because sometimes applicants have commitments during the Christmas season.
Sitters will need to conduct light yard work, pool maintenance, care for our small dog and generaly maintain the house in the "like new" condition they will find it upon arrival. They will be required to pay a flat rate utility fee of $250/month to cover electricity, internet, telephone and satelite TV. The rate for electricty in Costa Rica per Kw/hr. is twice that in the U.S.
Our house is located only 1 KM off of the coastal highway at an elevation of approximately 600 ft. that provides for a beautiful ocean and river view, gorgeous sunsets, and a comfortable afternoon and evening breezes. The property consists of approximately 13 acres and is located in 110 acre gated development. We are visited daily by large green parrots, toucans, and scarlet macaws. Three types of monkeys pass through occassionally (White Face, Howler, and Titis). We are located near the town of Ciudad Cortes and there is a new hospital located only 1.5Km from our house. The main house has 1 bedroom w/ King size bed, 1 bathroom and one 1/2 bath, small study, combined living-room/kitchen, a secure "safe room/pantry" and a laundry room. There is a detached guest room, queen bed, w/bathroom and a covered carport. There is a medium size pool and ample pool deck .
Both of these terms are fairly long commitments, so do not make a hasty decision. Sitters will need a long term rental car (which can be expensive) or use the local taxi service and rent a vehicle short term as needed. Our most successful sitters have purchased a used car and then sold it just before they left (both of these sitters did the full 7month stay from June to January). The 1km of dirt road from the coastal highway is a little rocky and parts are somewhat steep so 4x4 is recommended. It rains here ALOT (250+ inches/year) However, it generally rains in the late afternoon and early evening while the early part of the day is dry and pleasant.
Being capable of speaking some Spanish will be very helpful. You don't need to be fluent but basic Spanish or what I call survival Spanish is needed. Unfortunately if you are one of those many persons that make their living by working on line, please don't bother to apply. The internet here works fine E-mails and web browsing etc. but it is too slow and undependable for "online work"...We are really sorry for this and have lost some great house-sitters because of this situation.