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Luxurious Villa, Private Pool + Garden, Sunset & Rainforest Views, Nr Beach

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
4 - 6 nights

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 12-15)

Beautiful quiet Villa at end of cul de sak with closed garden and spectacular rainforest and sunset views. Large Pool (with night lights) and garden are super private with no neighbours overlooking. Villa has huge covered outdoor patio space for outdoor dining and living with large interior lounge and dining area. Screens on windows throughout property.

Solid stone countertops in well equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

Large well kept garden area fenced in for peace of mind with kids.

Outdoor shower and jacuzzi (not heated) Also outdoor bathroom. All on one level.

Close to the community playground with swings and lake for feeding family of ducks, geese and swans. 24 hour security gated upscale community.

The villa is located on top of a hill so lots of light filters into the home and the Caribbean breeze is always present. 4 bedrooms 2 of which are on suite. One bedroom has whirlpool bath.

The Doors leading to the outside patio open up completely to allow for a more open air feel to the property.

Spend the whole day swimming in your own pool and enjoying the large spacious garden, take your kids to the swings and lake and then wind down at the end of the day while watching the sunset over the rainforest, enjoying your Margharita or local Magna beer.

The property is 1 minute drive from Luquillo where you can find La Pared and La Selva surfing beaches,

The Luquillo public beach- a blue flag rated beach-great for swimming,

Amigos supermarket and walgreenes.

the Luquillo Kioskas (50 local style bars and restaurants)

Hacienda Carabali (ATV Rainforest tours and horseback riding).

Fajardo is 10 minutes away with

Walmart and kmart and walgreenes,

Marinas for Catamaran snorkelling trips, Deep sea Fishing, Bio Bay and Diving,

Port for ferry to Vieques and Culebra,

San Juan is just 50 minutes away for,


Old San Juna historical sites and shopping,

Restaurants and bars and night life.

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Richard Forde
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Richard Forde

Originally from England I have spent the last 14 years living in Puerto Rico. Having spent the last 2 years working for the Ritz-Carlton Reserve I am now self employed in the hospitality industry. I met a local lass Sandra who I am married to and now have 2 kids with another on the way!

Richard Forde purchased this house in 2009

Why Richard Forde chose Luquillo

I own 2 other rental properties all of which are beautiful but the main reason I purchased this property was the large pool and large totally fenced private garden for my kids and spacious outdoor living.

What makes this house unique

Picture this: You have seen the local attractions on the first few days of your vacation like the rainforest, Bio Bay and gone horseback riding and ATV'ing in the rainforest. You've evan taken a surf lesson and visited Old San Juan but today you want to relax at the house. You enjoy the pool and garden all day and maybe walk to the swings with your kids and visit the lake on the way back to feed the ducks.

You fire up the bbq and enjoy the sun setting over the rainforest as you sit back on the pool deck and sip on your locally brewed 'magna' beer or Margharita straight from the wine cooler. sun sets over rainforest and you can see it right from the patio.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Luxurious Villa, Private Pool + Garden, Sunset & Rainforest Views, Nr Beach
average rating of 4.4 based on 15 reviews

Beautiful house, but a few things needed to make it perfect

  • 3 of 5

We were a group of eight that stayed Christmas week 2016. The house was plenty big for all of us. The pool and (unheated) spa were used every day and were great. There were beautiful views of El Yunque National forest. The gardens on the property were nice and we had some little green iguana visitors. The house is in a gated community and the entry system was a little complex (2 places to enter codes, etc). We loved the Luquillo location and would stay at this end of the island again.

A couple of things could be improved that would make this house a 5-star stay. It needs a little TLC and maintenance. A fresh coat of paint and some updated decor would do wonders. Both kitchen garbage cans were cracked and broken. The kitchen could use a few more amenities (scissors, a couple of extra serving bowls, some new frying pans). The toliet paper holder fell off in one of the bathrooms. A set screw needed to be tightened. Not a big deal, but there were no tools in the house for us to fix it. When we walked in, there was a pile of sheets on the couch and some items on the coffee table. I assume they were left by the cleaning crew. The master bedroom AC smelled musty. There were bars on the inside of the windows that made it difficult/impossible to open them.

None of the above would stop me from renting this beautiful house again, but having stayed at many other VRBO/HomeAway properties over the last 5 years, this one was not quite up to the standard that we are used to seeing.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good house but could be much better

  • 3 of 5

The house was nice and accommodated our group of nine well. The location was good and it was a nice neighborhood with a good view. The owner (over the phone) helped us get the wifi working when it stopped our third day there. There were some things that could be maintained better like the broken trash cans (literally falling apart), dirty ceiling fan in the hall bath, no paper towels or basic condiments like salt and pepper. We did not have enough toilet paper to last the whole stay for a group our size (disappointing to have to buy our own) and did not have enough trash bags. The hall bath had problems with the toilet flushing and almost no water pressure in the shower (clogged shower head maybe). Another thing that was disappointing was some noticeably dirty dishes in the cabinets. It is a nice house but needs a little more attention to detail. It would have been helpful to have a set of directions at the house, not only for things within the house, but also suggestions for dining and activities in the area. We had to call the first night when we had no hot water...there was a switch in a utility closet that needed to be on for the hot water heater to heat up. We had to search all over for the pool lights. One issue that proved frustrating was getting into the neighborhood. There are two gates that you must go through, which is great, but you have to stop each and every time and speak to the guard. The guard told us the first day that we were supposed to have a remote for the first gate and a sticker for the second gate. I called the owner about this and he said that he was not set up for that system. For the most part that was fine, but we were told later in our stay by another security guard that we must have the remote and sticker and he appeared annoyed by us coming to the guard gate each time. Of course, that was the only way we could enter the neighborhood. Fortunately, this was late in our stay and it did not cause a problem again. Once again, it was a decent house to stay in and had plenty of room for our group. I hope the owner will consider some sort of information book to be in the house and be a little more involved so that there are plenty of supplies and assure the cleanliness of the house.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nice house that needs to be fixed

  • 2 of 5

Let me start with the pros first.

- The house size was great for a large group. We never felt on top of each other . Which is important when you have different sides of the family all staying together for a week.

- Great location for getting to the beach and rainforest.

- Pool was fantastic for the kids.

- While we were there, Richard was responsive.

Now we will get to the cons:

This house has not been regularly maintained. There were tons of small little things that I didn't even take the time to complain about with Richard because I would have been texting him even more than I already was. Ice maker not working, small ceiling leaks all over the house causing drips over the sink and the ceiling finish to flake on onto the couch. A outlet on the fritz causing the microwave to go out and the lights above it. These are all things that are small (although annoying) in my opinion and are kinda normal house stuff.

Richard did have a locksmith come out while we were there to fix the backdoor lock that fell apart while we were there and apparently had people on the way to fix the electrical problem and the shower that had no hot water.

My big problem was the major roof leak in one of the bedrooms. It was so bad that mold had taken over a wall in one of the bedrooms and started growing onto the linens of the bed. I have never seen mold like this in a house before. The wall finish and paint was peeling from the wall and starting to grow white fuzzy mold on top of the normal dark mold. Plus every time it rained (remember, its the rainforest, so it was everyday) the water would come down the wall and leak onto the floor. By the time we left it was starting to grow into the neighboring room.

When I let Richard know about it he let me know it would be fixed with a roof patch and new paint after we left. While I understand why it needed to be fixed once we left it, caused us to have house with less rooms than we paid for, and needed. This room was unacceptable. No one should have to pay and stay in a room like that and any other company would give compensation. I have kindly asked him for a partial refund since I received a 3 bed/2 shower home but paid for a 4 bed/ 3 shower home. But I have received no response from email, through Homeaway messages or through text, other than he was 'looking for the email' . I have also contacted Homeaway with pictures attached and heard nothing from them. They have my money, so why fix it? Renter beware.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately the week Lisa stayed there was a freak low pressure causing rainstorms not seen on the island before and flooding many parts of the region. The roof of the property also got flooded and water came into one of the rooms via an AC duct. Because of the wet wall and continued rain the wall did not dry up and mildew quickly formed. It was not black mold and did not put the room occupants in any danger at all. The roof has since been sealed to stop high rainfall experienced that week from leaking into the house. We have also cleaned and repainted the affected area of the wall. As you can see we have a good track record with other renters up until this point. I hope this review, which was caused by circumstances out of my control, will not put you off what is a great vacation home and one enjoyed by many families before.
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Amazing property!!

  • 5 of 5

The house was so spacious and amazing! The amenities were like being at home we didn't want to leave. I would definitely recommend this property for your next vacation!!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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My husband and I had a great time with our two sons and grandkids.

  • 4 of 5

The house is very comfortable and spacious and had everything that we needed. The outside garden very nice and secure for the kids. Great pool and yacuzzi very clean. The only thing that has to be improve is the gate entrance through the intercom.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

I must say this is truly a beautiful house in a perfect location on the island. I traveled with my immediate family (son, daughters, grandkids, husbands, wives and elderly mother) which consisted of 10 adults and 3 kids. On arriving everyone was amazed on how beautiful and clean the house was inside and out. The place was perfect and i am glad we rented it, Richard has done a great job in providing all the amenities needed along with a very comfortable, clean, well maintained and safe place to relax when visiting the island. Everyone enjoyed the home to the fullest. We did not encounter any issues what so ever and that was a major plus, never had to call Richard for a single thing!!!. The only suggestion i have as it relates to a minor thing we noticed was, if an AC unit would be install in the front part of the house that would made it help. But there was a floor fan which compensated for the missing unit in that part of the house. We traveled in May so it wasn't as hot and the house stayed cool just with the fans going. But I could imagine it may get a bit sticky during the summer months. The pool was also a plus, and added in making our stay a trip to remember. The views from the backyard (El Junque) were absolutely amazing! I highly recommend this property for families with children and if you plan to travel to the island as we did, this is a perfect location. Many attractions are near by and since i have family who live on the island on the SW part of the island, getting back and forth took very little time. I must say you definitely will not be disappointed staying here! We plan to make another trip next Summer and if all goes well we will be renting this house again! A special thanks to Richard for providing an excellent house and helping me in make wonderful memories for me and my family that will be cherished for a lifetime!!! Hopefully you will here from me next year in July, dependent on how many go of course!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Luis Munoz Marin
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Rio Mar
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Rte 3
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Luquillo La Pared/ La Selva
Car: not necessary

*Please note spa in pool is not heated

Bioluminescent Bay (15 mins drive in Fajardo)

ATV Rainforest tours

Gold Panning in the Rainforest


Rates & Availability

Pitahaya House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Presidents Day
Feb 17 2017 - Feb 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
June 2017
Jun 23 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
July 2017
Jul 21 2017 - Jul 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Festive 2017/18
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 8 2018
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150

All monies are non refundable

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Pitahaya House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , en Suite Bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En Suite bedroom 4
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , King plus bunk bed (double bottom and single top)
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , en Suite
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Bunk Bed (full on bottom and single on top). all bedrooms have AC.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Outdoor garden shower with rainforest view, amazing rainforest views, very private closed garden, wine cooler in kitchen. outdoor spa pool is not heated.

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