It's one thing to build a treehouse for your kids, or to escape to a treehouse on an eco-vacation. It's quite another to live in one full-time, in a residential community full of other treehouses, in the middle of a rainforest in Costa Rica!
Finca Bellavista, named for the river that flows through the region, sits in the trees above the south Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica. This is where "getting away from it all" is really just that. The nearest town is 1.5 miles away and can hardly be called a town — there's a school, a church, a pulperia, a bus stop, a handful of houses, and a soccer field.
The fledgling neighborhood, which got "off the ground" in 2006, features a community complex with a dining hall, open-air lounge, rancho, bath house, campfire ring, and wedding garden. Half of the community's SkyTrail transportation network (which seems to include a series of bridges and ziplines) is up and running, and treehouses in various stages of construction are being built by new owners.
The finca ("property") spans across 600 acres of secondary rainforest and reclaimed pasture, becoming the world's first planned, modern, sustainable treehouse community. Despite development, the owners of Finca Bellavista remain committed to stewardship of the land and the surrounding environment.
According to their website:
Everything we do at Finca Bellavista is done with consciousness, caution and care, guided by our personal beliefs. This is sacred ground.
Want your own piece of this paradise? Check out the purchasing and building guidelines on Finca Bellavista's website. Pura vida!
(Images: Finca Bellavista)