Building Living Sanctuaries for Nature and People

By Dan Balogh

If you’re thinking about developing a property in Costa Rica, and you’re reading this, then you’re already taking a good first step in seeking information about green building in the tropics. In developed countries such as the U.S., Canada, and Europe, the market is rapidly moving towards more ecological and sustainable building techniques, which result in a superior product.

Nestled a few hundred feet above sea level in the southern Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, is the area’s first real eco-village. Solar Vistas is reforesting a 13 acre expanse of land with several high grassy knolls, with views into the surrounding forest, seasonal river, and blue ocean. Each of the 8 home-sites has spectacular vistas and fresh breezes which blow year-round, offering peace and tranquility in classic tropical landscapes.

The location of Solar Vistas is perfect for people who want to live near the beach areas and still be surrounded by natural serenity. Also nearby are world class waterfalls, a large national park, excellent fishing and boating, and year round surfing.

The solar-powered village will share a spacious rancho overlooking a meandering lake and salt swimming pool, with native fruit trees and flowering tropical plants.

A caretaker’s home will be stationed at the entrance to the village, employing a local Costa Rican and his family to look after the gardens and provide year-round security and maintenance of the homes.

Home Building

Each home will be hand built by one of the top green builders in the country. Solar and wind orientation are prioritized for optimal natural day-lighting and ventilation into the house. Before beginning construction, Solar Vistas works with each client individually to customize the home specifically to fit their needs.

These are site-specifically designed homes, built to last through the heat, humidity, and dry season characteristic of the Costa Rica beach climate.

A combination of the best green building materials and techniques available are incorporated to ensure many generations of comfortable use.

Every-day life in this area of Costa Rica is as laid-back and “pura vida” as the rest of the country. Additionally, the artistic cafes and coffee shops in town provide a unique mixture of local culture with international influence and cuisine.

For more information on living in an eco-village in Costa Rica, visit Solar Vistas Intentional Community.