This Sustainable Costa Rican “Floating House” Is a Design Lover’s Dream
And it’s up for grabs.
Take everyone’s childhood fantasy of living permanently in a treehouse and sprinkle in some enviable grown-up luxuries (think teak flooring, natural ventilation, a spa bath, and views for days).
What you have is Casa Flotante—or the “Floating House”—a breezy escape perched high above the jungle canopy in the quiet Pacific coast town of Santa Teresa. Designed by award-winning Costa Rican architect Benjamín García-Saxe, Casa Flotante evokes the feeling of living among the trees with its stilt-based foundation—a choice the architect made for both aesthetics and sustainability.
“We essentially lifted the house up into the air on a series of piloti which gives the impression that it is floating above the hillside,” says García-Saxe. “This common sense solution allowed us to create a very delicate intervention, one that allows the terrain to breathe whilst providing spectacular views out towards the ocean from the key location on the site.”
The unique home, currently on the market for $2 million, is the ultimate vacation escape, situated on 1.5 serene acres and walking distance to Playa Hermosa (known for its great surf). With 3,000 square feet of space, the two-story floor plan includes three bedrooms, two baths, and an infinity pool.
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The contemporary living areas, divided between three pods and connected via an 80-foot bamboo-lined corridor, are wide open and breezy, each designed to showcase panoramic views of the ocean. Every room, including the bathrooms, opens up to the outdoors, creating a true indoor-outdoor feel. Natural materials like teak and bamboo and patios that extend out over the trees further connect the spaces to the tropical landscape.
Sound like your idea of a dream vacation escape (or the ultimate spot for a coastal reinvention)? See more of this stunning retreat below: