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Master view of home and pool


Last updated: 07/13/2014
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  • Pets considered:No
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Sayulita house description

For readers of my book, 'Gringos in Paradise,' or my article in AARP magazine three years ago, you may recall that my wife and I decided to settle and build a Dream House in the lively, lovely village of Sayulita.

Sayulita, for those of you new to the area, is a surfing and fishing village tucked into the edge of the jungle, about 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. It was the paradise we picked after traveling throughout Mexico.

We built our beautiful 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house, pictured on the cover of my book. It’s a handsome colonial home in the quiet north side of Sayulita, just a 10-minute walk from the life and color of the plaza.

There are restaurants and stores where you can get cold cervezas just down the street from us, too. We’re on the main beach road, 1 block away from the ocean, on the tranquil side. (Sayulita’s main beach can be crowded in high season.)

Our house has two stories inside a secure, corner compound enclosed by a big, hacienda-type wall. Except during High Season, each floor can be rented independently. There's secure private parking within the compound, though one of the charms of the village is that you don't need a car--you can walk everywhere.

The first thing you see upon entering our imposing wrought-iron gates are 2 tall flower-bedecked arches, one of which cascades water into our 30-by-15 pool. There is an enticing thatch-roofed poolhouse with its own bathroom, sink, and mini-fridge.Through the arch is a 'mini-secret garden' behind lush foliage, with a seating area and a corner fountain. There's an outdoor shower near our front gate.

On the ground floor, we have 2 beautifully-appointed bedrooms with queen-sized beds with custom-carved head boards and furniture, each with a private bathroom decorated in hand-made talavera tiles. There's a full tiled kitchen with breakfast bar.

The living/dining great room is open to the garden and pool area, which glows at night from the lanterns along the hacienda wall. There is also an inside den that can be closed off when it's cool for DVD-watching and sofa-loafing -- or air-conditioned when it’s warm.

Our dishes and glassware are colonial Mexican, the doors and windows are of handsome parota wood, and we’ve decorated the house with handicrafts from our trips to the villages surrounding Patzcuaro.

Upstairs is a self-contained apartment with 1 Queen-sized bedroom and 1 very small bedroom with a sink. (It has a double bed.) The 2 bedrooms share a full bath. Plus a living room, kitchen and terrace with two long chaises where you can watch the life of the village and the garden below you. Both sleeping areas have AC.

All bedrooms and the den on the main floor are air conditioned, though it's not necessary during the winter months.

We also have a spiral staircase to a large roof pavilion, and a seating area where you can take in the sea breezes. You’ll have a view of the village and surrounding mountain and jungle, and a peak through the palms at the nearby ocean. It's surrounded by wrought-iron railings and lanterns.

Other amenities: laundry room with washer-dryer, bed linens, bath and pool/beach towels provided. Midweek cleaning and change of linens & towels. There’s a restaurant-trained cook/chef we like nearby that is available for home-cooked meals.

As you probably know if you’ve been scanning these listings, you can stay for 2 weeks and not visit all of Sayulita’s restaurants. There’s a wealth of beach activities, including Sayulita’s own world-class surfing, plus horseback riding, nearby snorkeling, whale-watching, canopy tours, and of course the glitter of Puerto Vallarta 40 minutes away.

See you on the beach!

Barry & Thia Golson

Keywords: Secure, Private Home, 1 Blk from Beach, Gorgeous Pool & Garden

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Non Smoking Only

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1


              • Bathroom 2


              • Bathroom 3


              • ...moreless

              • We have a half bathroom at the pool, under the 'palapa' so that you don't have to make the trip into the house. There is an outdoor shower by the front gate for you to rinse off sand from the beach....moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Each kitchen also has: a blender and a juice squeezer and a coffee bean grinder. We have all sizes of frying pans, cooking pots, and stock pots. Also casserole ovenware....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                In both kitchens you will find dishes, glassware, and utensils: downstairs for 8-12 guests; upstairs for 2-4 guests....moreless

              • Kitchen:

                (2) 2 full kitchens...moreless

              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster


              • Linens Provided:

                Plus the regular linens, you will find 2 pillows on the beds. There is an extra pillow and a blanket in the room. If you would like extra pillows, just ask when you arrive....moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                All bath towels are in the bathrooms. Pool towels are in a basket on the pool bar....moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                Secure, enclosed, space for 2 cars...moreless

              • Air Conditioning:

                All bedrooms and den have AC...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Thatched roof pool house w/ powder room, wet bar & mini-fridge. Seating area at pool house. Chaises around pool....moreless


                  • Books:

                    We have a large library (in the 'vestibule) with great vacation reading for all interests - plus a 'house copy' of 'Gringos in Paradise' about our adventures while building Casa Gala....moreless

                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player


                  • Telephone:

                    For local use; credit card calls to States...moreless

                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Broadband Access

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Private Pool:

                        It's a 'real' pool - not just a 'plunge or splash' pool. And ours has an 'aqueduct' that waterfalls over the deep end for fun . Our little guests love it....moreless

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        Around the pool is a patio: long chaises for sunning and chairs and tables under the palapa for shade. There is a rooftop pavilion for taking in the views and having a margarita at sunset. ...moreless

                      • Gazebo:

                        Find the 'hidden garden' with our dolphin fountain near the pool....moreless

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        Ours is open to the 'great room' to enjoy Mexican style....moreless

                      • Balcony:

                        Upper floor...moreless


                          • Family

                          Location & View

                          • Ocean View:

                            1 block from beach, spiral staircase to roof viewing pavilion,1 block from beach, great view of village, surrounding jungle, peek at ocean, great view of village, surrounding jungle...moreless

                          • Mountain View:

                            View of surrounding hills and village from roof sitting area...moreless


                          • Cinemas
                          • Wind-Surfing
                          • Golf
                          • Fishing
                          • Sailing
                          • Swimming
                          • Jet Skiing
                          • Hiking
                          • Parasailing
                          • Kayaking
                          • Snorkeling/Diving
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Shopping
                          • Shelling
                          • Boating
                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Restaurants
                          • Theme Parks
                          • Museums
                          • Water Skiing
                          • Surfing


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                          HOLIDAYS:Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, President's Week,
                          Easter Week, Memorial Day Week: $3,500/week.  1 week minimum
                          HIGH SEASON (May 15 - November 15)  $2,700/wk   $350/night
                          LOW SEASON  (Nov 16 - May 14) $2,700/wk  $250/night
                          During Low Season separate floors rented at owner's discretion.
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                          Last updated: 07/13/2014
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                          • Master view of home and pool

                            Master view of home and pool

                          • Entrance Gate

                            Entrance Gate

                          • Pool, palapa, and aqeduct

                            Pool, palapa, and aqeduct

                          • The ground floor Great Room (looking toward den)

                            The ground floor Great Room (looking toward den)

                          • The Green Bedroom (ground floor)

                            The Green Bedroom (ground floor)

                          • The Blue Bedroom (ground floor)

                            The Blue Bedroom (ground floor)

                          • Upstairs terrace

                            Upstairs terrace

                          • Rooftop pavilion

                            Rooftop pavilion

                          • Our stretch of beach: one block away!

                            Our stretch of beach: one block away!

                          • Yard, garden and pool

                            Yard, garden and pool

                          • The ground floor Great Room (living & dining room, kitchen)

                            The ground floor Great Room (living & dining room, kitchen)

                          • Den, with media center and office

                            Den, with media center and office

                          • The Green Bath (ground floor)

                            The Green Bath (ground floor)

                          • Living area (upper floor)

                            Living area (upper floor)

                          • Spiral staircase twisting toward rooftop pavilion

                            Spiral staircase twisting toward rooftop pavilion

                          • Our "ancient" pool aqueduct

                            Our "ancient" pool aqueduct

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                          4 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 8

                          View calendar: Updated 07/13/14
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