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Photo Essay: A Sustainable Treehouse Community in Costa Rica

1/31/2011 4:20:26 PM

Tags: Finca Bella Vista, Barbara Bourne, sustainable treehouse community, Costa Rica treehouse community, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

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.

bella vista bridge and mestate 

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 

bella vista mestate interior 

This airy bedroom suite atop a mastate tree overlooks the jungle canopy. Photo by Barbara Bourne   

bella vista deck 

A large covered deck surrounds El Castillo de Mastate’s bedroom. Photo by Barbara Bourne  

bella vista matt and erica house 

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 

bella vista eating lunch 

Though small, Matt and Erica's treehouse is ideal for porch sitting. Photo by Barbara Bourne 


bella vista community center 

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 

bela vista population  

The sustainable, planned treehouse community has 14 residents. Two-acre parcels are available for adventurous builders. Photo by Barbara Bourne 

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