One of the many things that sets our Casa del Rayo Verde apart, besides the panoramic vistas and truly beautiful artisan-crafted interiors, is its easy access to both the beach and to town, though some stairs are involved to reach the pool and then the beach. Upon arrival, one enters the front door which is right next to a private parking spot at the level of the road with no steep driveway or stairs to negotiate. The large private terrace with a huge stone table is the perfect place to enjoy meals and lounge throughout the day and night. The walk to the beach is roughly ten minutes, depending on your pace, down some stairs to the pool, along a dirt road, another set stairs....and you are there, no traffic or busy road to cross. All along the beach, there are many small restaurants to choose from. A cab can be at the front door within five minutes after calling and the drive into town is not much more than five minutes. There are several dining choices along the road to town including an acclaimed pizza parlor, several cliff-side restaurants overlooking the bay and many more in all price categories once you are in town. A list of our dining recommendations is provided and spans the simple to the sublime. NOTE: While most of our renters have found our beach very accessible by foot, we don't recommend our place to anyone who is not sure-footed and/or able to manage some stairs. Like most homes with spectacular views in this hilly area, stairs and sometimes steep driveways are a given; precise details with photos of our stairs is happily provided upon request.
On the grounds, a large shared pool invites swimming laps or enjoying the sun, and there is a 24-hour presence of either maintenance or security staff. The home is stocked with all the amenities you might need to include wi-fi, satellite television (40' Samsung flatscreen), BluRay DVD player, stereo and highly efficient air conditioners in every room. The kitchen is well supplied for cooking with a pro-level stainless steel range and serving from a lovely assortment of talavera dishes and handblown glassware. Each of the three individually decorated bedrooms has a writing desk and private en suite bathroom to provide those traveling in a group a comfortable place to retreat. A trusted housekeeper will keep you feeling pampered by thoroughly attending to chores three days a week. She can shop and cook for you as an optional service by arrangement and comes highly recommended by us and others.
Perched on a rocky bluff above the gorgeous La Ropa beach, this three-bedroom, split-level 1900 square foot space, including the large terrace, is at the top level of a small condominium community, affording lots of privacy and unique views, with two bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs. Upon purchase in 1999, it was largely a blank, white canvas inside but with stunning vistas from the windows and private terrace. As busy working people, we searched for someone locally with the integrity as well as artistic sensibility to transform this big shell into something we could dream about when we were away from it and feel captivated by when we were present. That person turned out to be Nicole Dugal, a designer of Canadian origin who had done the interiors of Casa Que Canta (an award winning local boutique hotel) and other beautiful homes in the area. We feared she would find the project too small to be of interest but as it turned out, her main criterion was having 'room to play'. Our criteria were keeping it simple, local, handmade where possible, and Mexican through-and-through. This much was accomplished and more. Over the years, we've added and adapted to keep it updated and even more appealing. In its own way, Casa del Rayo Verde has become our own 'casa que canta' (house that sings). It's about a kind of a feeling you get when you enter, and it's about a kind of dreaming that stays with you long after you leave.
Casa del Rayo Verde was named after an optical phenomenon called the green flash (rayo verde) which can occur shortly after sunsets or before sunrises, when a green spot or line along the horizon may be visible just above the sun for a second or two. Out on the spacious terrace, the many displays of nature's artistry can be appreciated from several vantage points offered by comfortable seating or lounging areas. Here you will find your own appreciation for the changing subtleties of light from sunrise to sunset with starry nights included. We invite you to experience the special magic that emanates from this setting!