Private Beachfront House, 5 Bedrooms including Living Room, 4.5 Baths, Sleeps 12
About Richard Harkness
For many years I was an editor of motion pictures and television in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. My wife is a fine artist/painter who grew up outside of New York City and spent her summers at their beach house on the Jersey Shore. My wife's family are Canadians who live all across Canada from Montreal to the Canadian Rockies to British Columbia. Our daughter grew up in California, loves to swim and now that we have a house on the beach in Mexico, she became fluent in Spanish and she even learned to surf.
Richard Harkness purchased this House in 2001
Why Richard Harkness chose Sayulita
Although we have traveled all over the world to places like Bali, Hawaii, Guatemala, Europe, El Salvador, Canada, both coasts of the USA and many places in Mexico, we didn't get to Sayulita until 2000. It was the perfect little fishing village that we had been looking for, where the food is good, the local people are friendly, it's a quick easy flight from the USA, and it was the prettiest curve of beach we had ever seen. By 2001 we went back to buy a vacation home and found this perfect house right on the beach. My wife Sharon loved the classic hacienda style of the house and all the elegant antiques that came with it. My daughter Heather loved the fact that it was right on a soft sand beach where she could swim and play, and I loved that I could see two fabulous surf breaks that I could stroll down the beach to surf, within sight of the house. Less than a year after we purchased it, we loved it so much that we decided to live there full time, which we did for a year and a half to seize the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the culture, learn Spanish, and really get to enjoy this fabulous spot. We now live in Santa Barbara and visit the warm tropical waters of Sayulita as often as we can, but since we can't be there year round, we like being able to share it's pleasures with others.
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Cinematic, charming and rustic beach front house
The location is as incredible as it looks in pictures. It is a wonderful beach front house with loads of charm. It is very rustic, but the drama of the setting is what one really comes for as it looks almost like a film set - very beautiful. Delia, the housekeeper cooked for us every night (extra fee) and it was fantastic. We were a family with grown up children so the layout worked well for us, however it may not suit families with young children as two bedrooms have their own separate entrances. We visited for 9 nights in August and it was very warm and a bit wet but I can imagine the rest of the year it would be heaven.
Beautiful home at the perfect location
Three families stayed here with teenage boys. The house is beautiful! There were things that could have been cleaner, but overall a great home on a perfect beach location.
It is wonderful to read that "The house is beautiful!" Our housekeeper is eager to please, so if after cleaning the house from top to bottom for at least 4 hours before guests arrive, she always makes a point to return to greet the guests personally, on the day of their arrival, to make certain that they are comfortable, to answer any potential questions and to hear, in person, right away, if there is anything additional that she can do to make them totally happy, so that she can do something about it immediately. We all want our guests to have the ideal experience in every way. We appreciate seeing the 5 star review and the summary that ours is "a great home on a perfect beach location."
Perfect Bridal Residence
We booked Casa Aguila to house our Groomsmen and their partners in early May this year.
It was the perfect venue for our bridal party to stay. It is very spacious and the fittings go perfectly with the rustic feel. Our friends and family all got nice villas for the week but Casa Aguila was most people's favourite.
Delia the housemaid comes almost every day and does a great job. The house is kept very clean.
We came just after the new sewage plant came into operation and no-one in our party of 80+ was sick, and honestly we were not careful at all.
Thanks for having us Richard hopefully we will be back again soon.
Just a note of appreciation for allowing our group of family and friends to enjoy a wonderful week at your beautiful Casa Aguila. If there is a nicer place in Sayulita, we never saw it.
The location is absolutely perfect. Far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the beaches closer to town to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the sun, sand and surf we were looking for, yet close enough to be able to easily enjoy all of the wonderful dining and exploring experiences Sayulita has to offer.
You and your family are so fortunate to have discovered what we all regarded as the perfect location. Our experience was seamless from beginning to end. The house itself is so spacious and inviting. We were just able to relax and enjoy each other’s company for a wonderful vacation.
Special thanks to Delia who could not have been nicer. She handily took care of anything which required attention. The few meals she prepared were delicious. Your instructions were voluminous, but were also spot on and much appreciated.
It is nice to be back again in Santa Barbara, but we will always fondly share together the memories of our special time at Casa Aguila.
In a word ‘Gracias’.
Great location, rough accommodations...
First the good...great oceanfront location, just outside of the crowds but walking distance to the town and surf break. The house is large with ample space for our party of 8 to spread out. Fresh water is provided, and all bedrooms have air conditioners. There is a large covered patio with comfortable furniture, and a cobblestone yard to sit in the sun and watch the beach activities below. Now the bad...the accommodations are rough and not to the standards we expected for high season price. Beds and bedding were old and inconsistent, more what you might get in a moderately priced motel, far from “heavenly”. The house is dusty, with lots of ledges and chandeliers with dust and cobwebs. Floors are swept regularly, but anything above 5 feet hasn’t been touched in a long time. Appliances and kitchen supplies are old (30 years?) and limited (no sharp knives) making any food prep a challenge. Showers are barely more than a trickle and hot water is in short supply, when available, making for a less than satisfying experience. The WiFi was not working for half the trip which was frustrating, but to the owners credit, he did his best to fix it. Sayulita is wonderful, and this is an ‘A’ location, and has a lot of potential, but If this were a hotel, and we hadn’t paid upfront, we would have checked out and found something more comfortable.
We want every guest to our home to be happy and enjoy their stay. If a problem exists, as soon as it is mentioned to us, we will do everything we can to address it immediately. Our housekeeper comes 5 days a week, including meeting guests on the day that they arrive to make sure everything is to their liking. We’ve not had complaints in the past but if a guest is not satisfied, they need only point it out to the housekeeper upon arrival or at any time during their stay if something arises. Guests have our housekeepers’ and my phone number as well.
The city water department turns off the water on one side of town for half the day and on the other side for half of each day to allow every house to fill their rooftop water tanks daily. We are one of the very few homes in Sayulita to also have our own well, so that we can pump water up to our tank from our well, even if the town supplied water in our large tank gets emptied by guests. After hearing from this particular guest, I flew to Mexico to determine what was causing a problem with water supply. I traced our water line a block away from our property and discovered that our water line had been accidentally broken during the demolition of a wall located on another property, but it was not reported to us. This caused our pump to run day and night which overheated the pump wires, which defeated our backup system. I had the city water reconnected and also had an electrician rewire the pump so we again have reliable water with a backup system in place. It’s unfortunate that this broke during our guests stay and that the problem wasn’t able to be found immediately. I deeply regret any inconvenience to them. I have also ordered two additional new on-demand hot water heaters to be installed to get hot water even faster to all 5 bathrooms.
Our stainless steel, 6 burner stove is less than 3 years old and our LG refrigerator was only 9 years old, however we are situated right on the beach, so the salt in the air tends to make all metal items appear cosmetically older than they would otherwise be, if located far from the ocean. I am sorry that this was a problem for our guest. On this trip we purchased 11 new sharp knives of various sizes and we purchased a brand new stainless steel, double door, refrigerator. There are photos on our website showing what our kitchen is like.
Hopefully, everything that was a concern has been addressed. We love our Sayulita home and feel confident that our guests will also.
Beautiful place to vacation
We had a lovely time at this place. The location could not be better. Right on the water. Not too close and not too far from town. Easily sleeps 10 people. A/C in all bedrooms.
It's an older house with lots of charm and antiques. We had issues with the Wifi and hot water, but the owner got them fixed when we asked.
To see our location better, on the above MAP click on the word "SATELLITE" in the upper right hand corner. Then to zoom in, click several times on the "+" in the upper LEFT corner of the map. Our property has very broad beach frontage, right on the sand. We are situated a good distance from our neighbors on either side and are fortunate to have a large grove of mature coco palms and manicured lawn as the neighboring property behind us. The sandy ocean bottom right in front of our house makes it a safer place to swim than practically anywhere along the entire beach, except for any body surfing or boogie boarding, go right in front of Don Pedros restaurant on the beach in the town center, only a short walk from our home. When sitting on our shaded veranda, one can feel very private and privileged and serene and yet the blue Pacific is invitingly close just a few steps away. We picked this spot because it is in the ideal location, close enough to easily stroll into the center of town in 10 minutes and yet just far enough from the busy center to keep out location, peaceful and quiet, and serene.
Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing,