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A stunning new real estate development in Costa Rica proves that eco-friendly and luxury aren’t mutually exclusive. Here’s is how they did it.

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In Costa Rica, the Guanacaste tree is  beloved for the shade it provides from the sun, its uniquely shaped leaves, and its majestic beauty. So it’s little wonder why it’s the country’s national tree and namesake for the flourishing Guanacaste province on the picturesque west coast, just south of Nicaragua. In turn, Guanacaste province is home to Kalia, a stunning new eco-friendly real estate development from Toronto-based developer, Adam Sax.

Speaking of the area’s unmatched natural beauty, Sax says, “The area features peaceful jungle forest landscapes and flowing rivers with stunning ocean views. The year round warm climate, beaches, and mountain ranges contribute to the overall allure.”

Inspired by the lush eco-system, Sax set out to share the area with others by developing homes that allowed people to enjoy their surroundings while disturbing it as little as possible. It has often meant opting for the more time consuming and pricier route, but it’s a price Sax was happy to pay.

He says, “Kalia’s great reputation has been derived from an unwavering commitment to always integrate these modern developments harmoniously with the surrounding lush natural landscape, blending a cutting edge design with what is already beautiful. This is luxury in synergy with nature.”

The exclusive, gated community contains four eco-villages: Ruby Sky, Emerald Woods, Black Beauty, and Diamond Cove, over 1,016 acres. Each two-bedroom villa features cutting edge sustainable modern architecture, the most innovative green building techniques, and posh amenities.

thenewcostarica.boldmagazine3With its unmatched beauty, it’s no surprise that Costa Rica has strict regulations when it comes to developing properties here. But, by learning from environmental expert in the area, Sax and his team actually made it their mission to go above and beyond the current environmental protection expectations.

They’ve taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint, including recycling waste; partnering with other organizations and companies that share their same values; septic system filter waste water and circulates clean water back into the ground; solar panels provide clean energy for the water heater; every appliance and all electrical equipment has an Energy Star rating; and many furnishings and materials are made from recycled content.

Each villa also features a green roofing system that filters pollutants and CO2 from the air and regulates the indoor temperature. They also help to re-establish a natural habitat.

His love for Costa Rica apparent, Sax says, “We develop our villages with respect for the local culture in mind and seek to use local trade and locally manufactured products where possible.

We advocate for preservation of vital habitats and local wildlife, and collaborate with organizations that promote habitat and threatened species protection.”

One of the most fascinating—and visually striking—aspects of the Kalia villas is their seamless blend into the landscape. Each villa is thoughtfully designed to work with the natural contours of the terrain and promote appreciation of the Costa Rican landscape.

With minimal impact on the land, each villa is incorporated with a smart structure pre-ordered to size and assembled on site in a manner that minimizes the use of heavy machinery and reduces waste. The villas feature pocket slider windows which slide in to the wall and provide large opening and maximize the air circulation and strategically placed water features. These aspects work together with breezes flowing over the pool and water features to provide effective passive cooling which reduces the need to use energy consuming air conditioning.

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Sax explains, “Our works are created to invite a merge of indoor and outdoor spaces. It has always been most important to us that our structures mesh gracefully with their surroundings. The villas shine by being part of the environment, not overpowering it.”

All the efforts of Sax, his team, and his partners have allowed even more people to enjoy Costa Rica and its beautiful Guanacaste trees, while ensuring they’ll be around for generations to come.