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We visited the Gulf coast and the Pacific coast resorts of Mexico looking to buy the perfect ocean-front house, and we found it at the end of our year-long search in the state of Oaxaca, 15 minutes south east of Puerto Escondido and in the southwest corner of Mexico.
As we drove into the access road from the Carretera Costera (PanAmerican highway) we saw the entrance framed with huge red and white bougainvillea bushes, the road itself was planted with cacti, tall trees and palms, and 30 meters before reaching the Costa Cumaná gate we drove through a lovely tropical lagoon, la Laguna Encantada (the Enchanted Lagoon), that was densely vegetated, populated with hidden cackling chachalacas, and which provided a welcome shady corridor. As we drove to look at our future house we immediately knew we had encountered our vacation paradise and our dream house facing the open ocean 50 meters away! Every moment that we spend at our house, La Libélula (Lee-béh-loo-lah//Dragonfly), we count our blessings!
We wanted to live part-time in year-round sun and warmth in intimate proximity to the ocean. The temperature at La Libélula ranges from 75 to 85 degrees most of the year and in the summer there are daily short-lived tropical rains. We had heard about the natural wonders of the Puerto Escondido from two reliable sources. Ed’s brother was an international surfer, always looking for the best waves. He had frequented Puerto to surf at Zicatela beach whose surf is called the Mexican Pipeline and is in the top 10 surfing spots in the world for expert surfers. Patricia's daughter is an ecologist working and living in Queretaro’s Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, and she informed us that the entire Puerto Escondido zone was deemed an ecological preserve for turtles, birds, alligators, and the black iguana.
The house was built by a Mexico City couple who dedicated an entire year travelling back and forth to La Libélula as it was being built and lavishly paid attention to the smallest details in design, e.g., narrow reflecting pools on the floor frame 2 sides of the dining room, tall ornamental walls with hand-made and decorated multi-colored tiles grace the entrance and one side of the lap pool that feeds into the main pool, the floor in front of the master bed has an inlay of tropical leaves made with colored stones, the master bed faces the ocean directly, 4 bedrooms to accommodate many guests and family members, and much more.
Keywords: One storey, 1 master BR, 3BR with 1 queen and 1 single beds, ceiling fans, lap swimming pool, palapa roof over beachfront living and dining rooms, study with A/C, wi-fi, TV, tropical garden, full time housekeeping and groundkeeping services.
Solar water heater for the entire house. Guests are encouraged to economize on their use of hot water and on the number of people who shower at the same time period. if water tank is depleated, there is a wait for refilling the tank and for the water to become hot....moreless
The house, swimming pool, and gardens are maintained by a housekeeper and a groundskeeper; it is managed by a local administrator who attends to the everyday needs of our guests; solar water heater that when emptied refills and needs time to re-heat the tank; lots of coconuts; ceiling fans in all rooms and common living spaces, cooking and chauffeur services available fee-for-service...moreless
English and Spanish language fiction and non-fiction books, children books...moreless
Thanksgiving Nov 25 - Nov 30, 2015 4 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate 4 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit$500
The daily fee includes daily housekeeping & groundskeeping and cooking services in non-holidays. The maximum capacity is 8 adults. Food & beverages additionally charged.
La tarifa diaria incluye servicio de aseo de casa, mantenimiento de alberca y jardin, y cocinera en dias no feriados. El cupo máximo de la casa es 8 adultos. Comida y bebidas es un costo adicional.
Daily rate applies ONLY to up to 4 adults. Additional adult, $40. Room deposit is returnable up to 31 days before first day of reservation, at 30 days or less it is not. Children 3-15 y.o., $20.
Tarifa cubre SOLO 4 adultos. El depósito de la primera noche sólo es retornable si la cancelación se hace más de 30 dias antes del día de llegada, si a 30 dias o menos se pierde. Niños de 3-15 años, $20.
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Nearest navigable lagoon is 5 minutes away, extensive bird sanctuary 45 min., Zicatela beach 10 min., Mazunte 40 min., Huatulco 1 hr 30 min, and in the region there are frequent baby turtle liberations, turtle/iguana/alligator preserves, indigenous/cultural festivals, and mexican arts and crafts
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: Ed and I live in northern California most of the time. Patricia was born in Mexico City, and Ed was born in Los Angeles and is of Mexican and Irish heritage. In our careers, he as a developmental psychologist researcher and test developer and Patricia as a clinical neuropsychologist, we have focused on issues regarding cognition and language development with a particular focus on the Spanish speaking populations in the United States. Patricia has a private forensic practice and provides services at a community organization serving Latinos. Ed loves to play golf and was his golf club’s champion for 5 years in a row. He also loves to make fine furniture with hard woods, and he has been a mask collector for over 40 years. Patricia, through her daughter’s work as an ecologist, has a great interest on environmental and economic sustainability in areas with communities living in extreme poverty. Daughter and mother run a non-profit organization called “Viva Sierra Goda,” under the sponsorship of Earth Island Institute.
While in Puerto, besides socializing and watching from our living room leaping manta rays, schools of dolphins and whales cavorting in the distance, we watch surfers at Zicatela beach, rent boats to snorkel, fish, and watch close-up whales, dolphins, turtles, etc. in the high seas. We also visit the many festivals in towns along the coast: beautiful masked dances, rodeos, Mixtec ball tournaments, religious ceremonies with boat processions, carnivals, etc. Along the many lagoons in the Puerto Escondido coast one can go boating, kayaking, swimming, bird watching, etc. There are a 130 different species of birds in this coastal zone. And throughout the year the many turtle nest protected areas hold poignant “baby turtle liberation” events at dusk, and visitors, children and adults are welcomed to hold these precious babies and then gently release them on the sand close enough to the surf that they will be carried away to the engulfing ocean!
Why the Owner Chose Puerto Escondido: We chose to buy our house in the development called Costa Cumaná for various reasons. The first is that it is gorgeous and well kept. It is legally constituted as a condominium and thus owners pay annual fees for the upkeep and protection of the common grounds, i.e., the infrastructure, flora and fauna, the maintenance of the roads, and security. We also are in charge of maintaining and protecting the federal zones that border Costa Cumaná, the beach and the lagoon. It is also a bit remote from the hustle and bustle of the tourists at Zicatela’s surfing beach and Puerto Escondido. We have 8 km of beach fronting our house, Most days we see maybe 5 people walking by, 10 at the most. So we have privacy, solitude, and unrivaled beauty in front of us all day. And while we love Oaxaca City with its amazing art and cultural life, rich nearby towns unique for their arts and crafts, and framed by famous pre-Colombian Zapotec ruins, we wanted to live occasionally in year-round sun and warmth with intimate proximity to the ocean. We’re delighted that Oaxaca City is just 6 hours away, a short half hour flight, and that in a couple of more years the new highway being built will shorten the trip to 2 hours!
The Unique Benefits at this House: Costa Cumaná development is 25 minutes from the Puerto Escondido airport and 1 hour 20 min. from the Huatulco airport. The Huatulco resorts and golf course are 1.5 hours away. While you can rent or hire taxis to take you around, the highway is 1 km from our house. There are numerous types of public transportation that go back and forth all day in front of the entrance to the access road. Every 10 minutes or less you can hail down a collective taxi, a minibus, a microbus, or an autobus that go directly to Puerto Escondido’s downtown or in the opposite direction to Huatulco. A convenience store is located on the carretera about a 5 minute walk from the access road entrance. We have a house manager who oversees the running of our house. Our manager ensures the kitchen is well supplied, that our favorite foods are always in stock, and she will arrange excellent and reliable services for those who want a cook and/or private transportation. The cooks we hire excel in the preparation of typical Oaxacan cuisine along with traditional Mexican dishes and standard international fare.