Finca Bellavista, to be found six miles from Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, is a complex of treehouses, with paths and platforms high up on 150-foot trees. The community there aims to live in sustainable way with 100% solar energy powering biodigestors, and a hydroelectric turbine to generate electricity from the river that runs through the complex.
Each treehouse is connected to the communal electrical grid and uses a biodigestor to process waste. Each treehouse utilises either rainwater or a spring for their water needs. All treehouse designs have to go through the community’s Environmental Review board for approval, which looks at materials, feasibility, and systems of attachment.
Prices for a 2-4 acre plot range from USD $49,000 to $65,000. The design and construction of a treehouse or stilt-built house is tailored to the type and size of the plot’s trees, the topography of the land, and personal preferences such as views. Treehouses and stilt-built houses can be designed and built either by the owner or by one of the communities preferred builders. A simple but robust treehouse can be constructed for between USD $15,000 and $50,000.
The site is inaccessible via car so the the two main forms of transportation within Finca Bellavista are a Sky Trail network of ziplines and platforms, and a ground trail network. The site also enjoys Wi-Fi with internet satelite link.1