Lavish, Lush Shangri La

2CostaRica Real Estate
4 min readMar 24, 2021


Welcome to one of Costa Rica’s most luxurious houses. Designed by world-renowned Costa Rican architect Ronald Zurcher, built by DECISA, and decorated by Sens Interior Design, Shangri La does justice to its name because it truly is a place where life meets perfection. Location, luxury, and privacy are amplified times infinite in this residence that goes beyond your wildest imagination. Starting with the entrance — which truly sets the tone of this architectural masterpiece — to the backyard used as a heliport, this house just exudes extravagance from every corner without losing its unique warmth and homey sensation

A concrete slab driveway leads the way from the gated entrance and the lush greenery alongside starts to open up to the view of the lavish estate. The first thing that greets you as you arrive is what can only be described as heaven for a car enthusiast and connoisseur: two garages outfitted with every tool you could think of. They feature climate control and marble-lined floor, also making them multifunctional for someone who wants to repurpose the space.

Once you enter the house, a formal lobby greets you and leads you to the glass bridge that overlooks a sunken, thoughtfully designed multipurpose room. This is an area that is meant to entertain as it boasts an incredible bar, living area, and direct access to the yard. Moreover, the left-wing of the house hosts the living room and dining room, distinctly separated by a half-wall of wood. The formal dining room has access to the kitchen, one of the highlights of the residence.

A foodie’s paradise and the dream of any cook or chef, this area features stainless steel, built-in Subzero appliances, stainless steel double kitchen island, beige quartz countertops, and prep sink, along with a matching pantry. Behind the kitchen, you will find the laundry and service rooms along with a two-car day garage. The kitchen also includes access to the exterior terrace.

Opposite to the kitchen, on the right-wing of the house, you will find a charming office. Upon continuing, you will also be greeted by the staircase and elevator which take you to the master suite. Featuring hardwood floors and exposed wood beams in the ceiling, the suite boasts impressive views of the lush greenery, and coupled with a severe drop in the topography makes you feel as if you were levitating over the trees as it hovers over a private, designated reserve above the treetops boasting stunning, panoramic views, and an irreplaceable level of privacy and serenity.

Behind a wooden half-wall, you will find another office, and to the right, you will find an enclosed space that is ideal for practicing yoga or meditating, as the emerald backdrop offers the perfect inspiration to connect with yourself. The master bathroom is worthy of the same praise, as its ample mirrors, bathtub, and separate shower come together and give you a spa-like experience.

On the second floor of the residence, you will find three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and walk-in closet. The house includes other rooms with potential for a variety of uses; for example, a 300 sq.m workshop equipped with electromechanical provisions where the current owner’s collection of automobiles are given maintenance. This area can be customized upon purchase, so the new owners can unleash their imagination and transform it into whatever they please: a library, gym, an apartment, or a studio…..

Almost all areas of the house have access to the outdoor terrace thanks to the abundance of sliding glass doors, making it a great indoor-outdoor compound. The infinity-edge pool seems to be a first-row seat of the dramatic views, which on a clear day reach all the way to oversee the ocean. The residence is surrounded by a natural forest reserve, which not only amplifies the feeling of being secluded in the middle of the city but also guarantees privacy, security, and dramatic views for the future. An ideal space to host parties, gatherings, or meetings with as many friends and family as you could think of, for the perfectly manicured gardens embellish the space and sprawl horizontally over the 5,000 sq m of private land.

Located in Villa Real Santa Ana, a community known for hosting some of Costa Rica’s most extravagant and luxurious estates, the unmatched Shangri La is one of the few residences with a private, gated entrance within the development. As part of this coterie, you can enjoy the amenities of the community such as security, tennis courts, swimming pool, walking trails, and a clubhouse. A sensory overload, this masterpiece of extraordinarily executed architecture and design can only be experienced through a visit. For more information, contact Todd Cutter.