Of all the places that we visited during our recent two-week tour of Costa Rica, Finca Bella Vista, a sustainable treehouse community on the southern coast, seemed to most spark people’s curiosity and imagination. By popular demand, I’m posting more photos of this burgeoning Ewok Village, half a dozen treehouse homes connected by suspension bridges and zip lines.
Thanks so much to photographer Barbara Bourne for these amazing shots. Watch for more photos and information in upcoming issues of Mother Earth News and Natural Home.
In El Castillo de Mastate, a long suspension bridge connects the heavier kitchen and bathroom pod to the octagonal screened-in bedroom at the top of a mastate tree. Photo by Barbara Bourne
This airy bedroom suite atop a mastate tree overlooks the jungle canopy. Photo by Barbara Bourne
A large covered deck surrounds El Castillo de Mastate’s bedroom. Photo by Barbara Bourne
Matt and Erica Hogan built this treehouse on a pilon and vaco tree to live in, but it’s usually occupied by vacation renters. Photo by Barbara Bourne
Though small, Matt and Erica's treehouse is ideal for porch sitting. Photo by Barbara Bourne
Residents and guests at Finca Bella Vista gather to share potlucks and tales of wildlife sitings at the community center down at base camp. Photo by Barbara Bourne
The sustainable, planned treehouse community has 14 residents. Two-acre parcels are available for adventurous builders. Photo by Barbara Bourne