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Guest House from Bohio
Status:
Sold
Prop. Type:
Residential
MLS® Num:
ALTOS DEL MARIA
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
4
Year Built:
2010

This is a very unique tropical home in the mountains of Panama. Situated in the Fontanella division of the beautiful Altos del Maria development, this house is perfect for nature lovers. This true tropical design was created to enhance comfort and foster a living-outside lifestyle. Bring in extra income with the guest home and extra bedroom with outside entrance. The home would make a great Bed and Breakfast!

Located near the Rio Maria and surrounded by lush green-space and a creek, this one acre lot provides total privacy and a peacefulness and closeness to nature that will please bird watchers and gardeners alike. The home is only 150 meters (500 feet) from the Rio Maria Sendero (river trail) where you will find multiple waterfalls, rapids and swimming holes. Hike for hours!! Rock climbing and nature hiking all available right out your back door.

This property offers beautiful views of the river valley with Mount Picacho dominating the background.

There are three modules include the living module which hosts both the living-room, kitchen, and one bathroom, the bedroom module, and the bohio module which features the BBQ and outdoor dining-room. A fourth module is actually a complete 66 m2 (711 ft2) guest house. The four modules are arranged around a stunning infinity pool and covered terrace that ties everything into a coherent design while enhancing the views and helping keep the living module cool.

The lot is one of the largest in the subdivision, and boasts a beautiful creek that flows for 6 months of the year, beautiful natural vegitation, fruit trees and plants, and wonderful hiking paths on and off the property. This is a private lot, and really gives you the feeling of being "off the grid".

Price:
$495,000
Property Type:
Residential
Home Style:
Mountain
Bedrooms:
3
Bathrooms:
4.0
Year Built:
2010
Floor Area:
5,198.969 sq. ft.
Lot Size:
0.995 acre(s)
MLS® Num:
Altos del Maria
Status:
Sold
Living Room / Kitchen:
The living module is where you will likely be spending most of your time. This module is approximately 62 m2 (667 sq. ft.) and includes a large living/media room, a beautiful kitchen, a half-bathroom, and a large walk-in pantry. The front wall of this module features large sliding glass doors that enable us to completely open up this module to the pool and the mountain views. Combined with three large windows on the back-side and the 16' vaulted ceiling of this module, the sliding doors let the cool evening breezes flow right through so that you will likely never have to use the air conditioner. The kitchen features beautiful and ample custom cabinets made by a German craftsman using local “Roble” solid wood and veneers and are topped with "peacock-green" Brazilian granite. The quality stainless-steel appliances are from the Frigidaire Professional series and include a 34 cu.ft. built-in refrigerator/freezer combo, a high-end gas cook-top with 5 burners, a whisper-quiet dishwasher and a wall-mounted 27” oven/microwave combo. The cook-top is mounted atop a large island counter with enough room for four people to eat at on those few days when the weather does not allow eating in the outside dining room. A large walk-in pantry completes the kitchen and allows for the storage of plenty of food supplies in order to reduce the number of trips down to the grocery store. There is also enough space between the kitchen and living-room to place a mid-size dining-room table. Finally, a spacious half-bathroom with doors opening both to the kitchen and directly to the outside terrace near the outdoor shower allow easy access for your guests, which are likely to be plentiful with a setting like this!
The Bedrooms:
A few steps up from the main module, you will find the very distinctive bedroom module. This two story building features a large master suite on the lower level and a smaller suite on the second level with a separate entrance and an outdoor staircase. The 63 m2 (790 sq.ft.) master suite features a large bedroom with plenty of room for a king-size bed and a sitting area as well as three sets of glass patio doors laid-out in a half-octagon pattern and opening up to the canopy of the trees below and to a wonderful view of Mount Picacho. When the glass doors are opened, you can enjoy the flow-through breezes and the sounds of the birds in the nearby trees. On either side of the bedroom you will find steps leading to his and hers walk-through closets and to the spacious bathroom in the back. This bathroom features a large shower, a soaking tub surrounded by windows and double glass-bowl vanities set on top of a table made from solid “Roble” wood. The bathroom also has a sliding glass door opening up to a private garden area in the back. Just outside of the master suite you will find a covered stairway that leads to the upper bedroom suite. This 54 m2 (581 ft2) "junior" suite is identical to the master bedroom but features a single smaller closet and a smaller but still spacious bathroom with a glass vanity and a glass-block wall delimiting the large shower. Most of the bathroom fixtures are made by Delta and they are supplied with a commercial-grade Bosch tankless gas water heater that requires no electricity or batteries and can turn on with only half a gallon per minute of flow, so you will never run out of hot water! Directly in front of the master-suite you will find a terrace covered in “laja” flat stones. This terrace offers plenty of shade and a wide-open view of Mount Picacho, perfect for setting up a hammock.
The Bohio:
On the other side of the main module, right next to the pool, you will find a 7m (22 ft) diameter bohio (palapa) aka gazebo that shelters a high-quality stainless-steel built-in Napoleon gas BBQ and gas cook-top. There is also plenty of room for some relaxing patio furniture and a teak dining-room set that sits 6 people comfortably. You can eat out there on most days and enjoy the views of the infinity pool with its waterfall and of course, the ever-present Mount Picacho. You can also hear and see the nearby creek that flows along the west side of the lot, and during the height of the wet season, you can even hear the Rio Maria roaring down the valley below. On the lower level of the bohio, you will find a carport, lockable storage space, laundry facilities and the pool systems. There is ample parking here for all of your guests, and the entrance to the driveway is on a dead end street with even more space for parking.
Infinity Pool & Terazas:
The Infinity pool and large terraces could be considered the most stunning features of the home, if you can take your eyes off the beauty of the surrounding fauna and foliage. This very large swimming pool has an irregular shape that hugs the covered terrace as it links the various modules together. It has a total surface area of 70 m2 (760 sq. ft.) and a 5 meter wide infinity edge with sends water cascading down a 3 meter tall wall, which is the first sight that greets your guests. This waterfall is flanked by stone walls covered with flowering vines and it overlooks the driveway and provides a stunning greeting to your guests as they make their way up to the house. There is also a whirlpool tub next to the pool and it sends its water cascading down into the main pool. When you walk out of the living room through the glass doors, you immediately come up to the 3 meter wide steps inviting you to enter the pool for a relaxing swim.
The Guest House:
This 66 m2 (711 sq. ft.) guest house is surprisingly spacious, bright and airy. It features a large bedroom that opens up to the living-room and kitchen below and has its own bathroom and patio doors leading to the pool terrace above. The living room with compact kitchen has a 16' vaulted ceiling with cupola and a wall of windows opening up to the mountain views in front. It also has a very large set of double-sliding doors leading to a nice stone terrace with a parasol and surrounded by lots of flowers and trees. There is a hiking path carved out of the trees and paved with natural stone that leads your guests to the highest altitudes of the property. Awaiting them is a terrace where one can truly breath in the spectacular portrait that Los Altos del Maria places on her canvas.
The Gardens:
All of this is nestled on a very large 1 acre (4,025 m2, 43,325 sq. ft.) lot that is sloped towards the south affording beautiful views of Mount Picacho. This lot is privileged to be surrounded by green space on all sides, there are no immediate neighbors. To the north is a large area of green-space sheltering the lot from the main road. To the west is a huge expanse of green-space that is too steep to be developed and it includes a nice ridge that shelters the construction from about 90% of the crazy gusty winds that Altos del Maria is famous for during the months of January to March. To the south is a cul-de-sac and the entrance to the drive way, and on the other side of the street is green-space all they way to the Rio Maria (about 150 meters). On the east side you find a 15 meter (50 ft) band of green-space that protects the creek and on the other side of that are two lots, which can barely be seen thanks to the lush greenery and the row of bamboo and banana trees that occur along the creek. The gardens support a large variety of tropical trees, including Jasmine, Pink Roble, Guayacán, Flamboyant, Jacaranda; an equally large variety of tropical fruit trees including four kinds of Bananas, Papayas, Oranges, Lemons, Avocados, Grapefruits, Mangos, Passion Fruits, Pineapples and Coffee. The owners have planted too many kinds of flowers and vines to keep track of and over a half-dozen different kinds of palm trees! While many of these trees and plants are still young, the lot is already beginning to look like a botanical garden. They use the area up behind the living module as a vegetable garden where they successfully grow green beans, cucumbers, watermelons, green onions, peppers, tomatoes and lettuce. With the wind, sun, and creek to generate power, and the ability to grow your own food, this property is a great escape. It really would be great as an eco-friendly bed and breakfast, or you own personal hide-away.
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    View over infinity pool to the Guest House.
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    Pool from Living Module
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    Second floor Guest Bedroom
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    View from guest bedroom to Guest House
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    Stairs to pool
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    Bohio
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    Guest House Dining Area and Terrace
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    View from guest Bedroom to Pool and Bohio
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    Pool, bohio and Living Module
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    Paved hiking trail on property
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    Garden, room for expansion if needed
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    Pool side/Living Module half bath.
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    Vaulted ceiling in Living room
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    Bedroom Module
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    Beautiful wildlife
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Listing information last updated on April 7, 2015 at 01:12 PM (UTC)
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