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Get away from it all at this oceanfront cliff house with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Sierra Madre Mountains. Its peaceful 1.5 acres are a private, gated retreat for birders, writers, lovers and escape seekers. Spacious and lovely (2,500+ sq ft) multi-story home has 2 bedrooms w/ air conditioning, 2 baths, swimming pool and plenty of outdoor furnished living areas, backed by an organic mango orchard. The small village of Aticama offers the easy-going charm of bygone Mexico. We are delighted to share our home! While we respect guests’ privacy, we are pleased to answer questions and offer guidance. We can also arrange for housekeeping services, catering, grocery stocking, and make recommendations for activities, excursions, restaurants, shopping, as well as schedule in-house spa services e.g. massages, mani-pedicures, acupuncture and more. Our goal is to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay.
This well-appointed house is just right for relaxing indoors or in the outdoor living spaces. Bedrooms are cool and breezy with ceiling fans and screened windows and doors, or air conditioning if you prefer. The cliffside pool, three outdoor terraces —one on the main floor, another off the bedrooms and lastly on the rooftop terrace — offer commanding views of Matanchen Beach, the Pacific coastline, and the Sierra Madre Mountains and surrounding countryside. The sound of the surf is soothing and ever present, as hawks, pelicans, frigate birds soar thermal updrafts. A highlight of tropically warm sunny days are cool evenings (Dec–April) with the option of a crackling bonfire beneath the moon and stars.
The house sleeps a maximum of 6 in 4 beds. Bed and bath linens included. The cliffside pool is not enclosed, and the cliff edge is a steep drop off which makes this property unsuitable for children.
Guest parking is convenient and secure within the fenced and gated property.
HOST ON SITE: Host lives on site in an apartment on the lowest level of the home, able to serve as an accessible guest resource here in rural Mexico, nearby to offer any assistance that might be needed. Host’s ground floor apartment is distinctly separate from the guests’ main floor living spaces with good soundproofing and its own entrance, affording me “invisibility” to ensure guest privacy, I am available if needed, but am otherwise unobtrusive.
Guests have access to three floors of the house, swimming pool, two outdoor showers, 1.5 acre grounds—the garden and seasonal organic mango orchard. Guests may enjoy seasonal fruit from our small organic mango orchard, other tropical fruit such as pineapples, papayas, limes, starfruit, guavas, coconuts and Suriname cherries are grown on site, as well as a few fresh herbs for cooking—lemongrass, basil, rosemary, thyme, hoja santa, Mexican oregano and nutrition-packed chaya leaf (spinach-like).
At the lowest level and adjacent to the home is owner’s private apartment, distinctly separated from guests’ main living space. Though the host occasionally uses the pool, guests have priority and their privacy is assured at all times.
Guest parking in the driveway is convenient within the fenced and gated property.
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE:
• Two friendly dogs and a shy retiring cat live on the property, and may wander in if doors are left ajar.
• Property is not suitable for small children, as the pool is not enclosed and there is a steep, 100 ft./30 mt. dropoff along cliff edge.
• This multi-story home has several flights of stairs and uneven terrain.
• Situated in the tropics, this is an ideal location for birders and naturalists. Keep in mind the colorful creatures, include myriad insects, geckos, spiders, scorpions, cockroaches and bees. While we make every effort to keep these out of the house, there may be occasional sightings. Maintain screen doors closed to keep insects out.
• Wifi is generally good, but can be intermittent. Storms may bring occasional temporary power outages.
• Aticama is a small welcoming community (pop. 1,400). Like much of rural Mexico, one can expect unpaved streets and undeveloped infrastructure, a slower pace, infrequent WiFi when out and about, and some litter. Along with the constant sound of the sea, there are frequent - including early morning - sounds of roosters and dogs, occasional festivals, town announcements and fireworks. Earplugs can be helpful! The wealth in spirit of the people and beauty of nature more than make up for perceived inconveniences, but it is good to arrive with accurate expectations.
• Knowing some Spanish is helpful, as most locals do not speak English.
• For birding excursions on your own, we suggest mid- to high-clearance vehicle for possible rugged road conditions. Alternatively, hiring a professional English and/or Spanish speaking local bird guides is an option. Boating, fishing and whale watching charters, turtle hatchery excursions, surfing lessons are also available. Please inquire about these and other concierge services.Get the full listing »