By Vivian Marino, The New York Times, October 17, 2018

On the island’s less-trafficked northern coast, where “everything is on a smaller scale,” a stable economy and increased tourism are driving a slow market uptrend.

This Mediterranean-style villa, perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is in the gated Sea Horse Ranch resort, near the beach town of Cabarete, on the rural northern coast of the Dominican Republic.

Sitting on just over an acre of landscaped property, the house, known as Villa Ataraxia, was designed by Sergio Escarfullery, a local architect, in the early 2000s and built out of concrete and stone, with a massive terra-cotta roof. Its 7,857 square feet include five bedrooms and six full bathrooms. All of the rooms have oversized windows, and the living room, in the back of the house, opens on three sides to outdoor spaces with the same Mexican tile and mahogany finishes found inside.

A walkway cuts a path through the center of the backyard to a large lap pool, a brick barbecue and a palapa, or thatched structure, overlooking the ocean.

“The views are amazing,” said Luis Gonzalez, an agent with Holden Sotheby’s International Realty in Cabarete, one of the property’s listing brokers. “You get great views of the ocean and the rocks below the cliff.”

The owners, a family from California, have used it as a vacation home for the last five years, Mr. Gonzalez said. They are including all furnishings in the sale.

The gated estate is entered via a stone driveway with a covered, two-car carport on one side. A large wooden door opens to an entry hall that stretches back to the yard and tropical gardens behind the house. To the right of the hall is a den that could be used as a TV room or library; to the left is a formal dining room that opens to a chef’s kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. At the end of the hall is the living room, anchored by an ornate iron chandelier, with large sliding doors that open to covered patios on two sides and the backyard in the rear. (…)

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