When we built this unique house, we envisioned a tree house to complement the beautiful forest from which it rose. This house is perfect for those who are adventurous and appreciate excellent modern Mexican design, as well as an intriguing mix of luxury and rustic elegance.
The house is built from cement, stone, bamboo, and wood in a primal curl which embraces a large terraced patio in back and forms large flowing planters with cascading vegetation which maximizes ocean, mountain, and village views from every floor. This is a very unique and dramatic home, though not well suited for very young children due to open style, winding staircases, and heights.
Three stories high with a rooftop deck it rests on a hill, towering over the homes below. It is open on all sides to capture views of both the Bay of Tenacatita and the jungle forests that surround the village.
The house is located at the end of a very steep driveway directly above the elementary school. It is close enough to walk down to the town square or beach in 5-10 minutes, though nestled in the hillside to maximize views.
Both bedrooms have folding glass windows which can be closed off for climate and noise control. .The bedroom on the top floor is calculated to give you views of the ocean and surrounding countryside from both the bed and the tub for that awe factor we all crave on vacation. The bedroom on first floor has large bathroom, walk-in closet, and private shower looking out to garden.
Main living space (living, dining, kitchen, half bath) on second floor has a palapa roof and a 'tree house' feel as it has open walls to the front and back, allowing the breezes to flow through and a strong connection with the jungle.
A newly constructed fourth floor offers features a roof top terrace with panoramic views, a built in sofa/bed that sleeps two additional people. The space is ideal for entertaining with bar, barbeque, patio table and full bath.
I am a professor in the US who does research in Mexico. I built this house with two close friends, and one if them is a renown architect. We designed a unique house for those that love the outdoors and rustic elegance. We do not get to spend enough time here, so we enjoy sharing the house with renters.
The house has a beautiful view of town and the surrounding mountains and ocean. It is close to everything so you can feel like you are part of the town, but it is also a nice retreat and good place to relax and write.
The small town of La Manzanilla is very special. It sits on a beautiful, protected bay, backed by jungle, with a long sandy beach planted with coconut trees. There is a large lagoon with crocodiles and superb birding. The local residents are very friendly and there is an abundance of fresh seafood and produce. There is also a strong art and ecological tradition, and a growing international community. Amazingly, this town is still not on most maps, but those that find this place will be charmed.