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Dreamy View of Playa La Ropa & Bay + Luxury Style!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,775 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 6

Casa Del Arbol Cantando (“House of the Singing Tree”) is a beautiful 3-bedroom luxury condo on the peaceful Mexican Riviera, less than a 10-minute walk to Playa La Ropa, with a spectacular view of dreamy Zihuatanejo Bay from two terraces, both facing the bay and graced with many lush tropical plants and plenty of outdoor seating.

Completetly renovated by husband & wife designers, this spacious 3 bedroom apartment, with 3.5 baths was crafted by some of the finest local artisans, using rich local woods, handmade terra cotta tile & fine stonework. An exotic Brasil tree dramatically centers the entry stairway, rising up to two floors.

With almost 3,000 square feet, this luxury condo is perfect for 3 couples or a family. The fully-equipped kitchen, with gas stove, has a beautiful view of the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

There is excellent cross-ventilation and every room has a ceiling fan and air conditioning available. Every bedroom has a king bed with 400-thread count linens and its own bathroom with rain showers & smooth pebble floors.

There is a lovely pool (large enough for laps) fed by a man-made waterfall, off-street parking & 24-hour security.

A truly magical spot in beautiful, peaceful Zihuatanejo.

This is the best time to secure your vacation, while it's still available.

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Sherwin & Peg Harris
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, Un poquito Español
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2017

About Sherwin & Peg Harris

Sherwin & Peg are both retired artists/designers from New York. Sherwin, an art director & graphic designer who came to Zihuatanejo in 2001. He first stayed on La Ropa, then moved over to Las Gatas, where he befriended local legend Owen Lee. Week after week passed and the original return home date was a distant memory. The playwright and poet Anna Della Marina Rego wrote a play about the experience, called 'The Man Who Failed to Fly,' which has been performed in San Miguel de Allende.

The following year, his future wife Peg (aka Margarita), at the time an interior designer and senior associate at a renowned architectural firm in New York, followed him down to make sure he came home, where she too fell in love with Zihua. (Who doesn't?) It is a magical place that resonates deep within the soul.

Being semi-retired allows Peg & Sherwin more time in their paradise. They've met amazing folks here and continue to expand their circles and be creative. It's been a richly rewarding experience. And the weather!! That word 'Paradise' pops into everyone's vernacular. They love the fact that it is NOT a high rise resort or a Spring Break destination. You will too!

Sherwin & Peg Harris purchased this condo in 2010

Why Sherwin & Peg Harris chose Playa Las Gatas

With gorgeous views of the Zihuatanejo Bay from the hill on the south end (their favorite) of Playa La Ropa, it is just a short walk from the condo down to the beach and restaurants, and a short cab ride into town ('El Centro') for 50-60 pesos (a little over $3 US). Beautiful, exotic flora & fauna to be found, with hummingbirds, herons, chachalakas, parrots, pelicans, geckos, iguanas, crocodiles (in safe confines) and many many other exotic birds. Lush tropical plants and flowers abound. Mangoes, bananas, papayas & limes grow all around. Heaven!


Playa Las Gatas Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2775 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Intercom System
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Mountain Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Grotto Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Baño de Servicio - toilet , (Powder Room)
  • All guest bathrooms have rain showers embedded in palm and bamboo, with floors of soft stones. The master bathroom has a clear glass sink, and the others are hand-painted Talevera. There is also a baño de servicio (powder room).
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Mountain Bedroom - 1 king
    Grotto Bedroom - 1 king
  • All bedrooms have king beds with 400 thread-count linens, ceiling fans, quiet efficient air conditioners, private bathrooms, closets, dressers and writing desks.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 11 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Bottled purified water is provided. Smoking outside on the terraces only please. Our sound system has speakers in the living room, kitchen, master bedroom and both terraces. We encourage you not to use the speakers outside, unless it is on low, so as not to disturb our neighbors.) We have a Bluray player that plays both Bluray discs and DVDs with the TV. Please read the Punta Marina Condominium Guidelines, and respect them. They encourage good relations and comaraderie in our paradise. Quiet time begins at 11 pm. Our wonderful housekeeper Gloria comes on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays (included). During the Green Season she comes Tuesdays and Saturdays and is also available Thursdays for 250 pesos a day ($20 US) extra. She can also make you a Mexican breakfast, with advance notice, by paying separately for the food. Our horticulturist friend Lulu comes Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays to water and tend to our beautiful tropical plants.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Gem of a condo above La Ropa

  • 5 of 5

My family of 6 just returned from this lovely condo where we spent a fabulous week over the holidays. We all had a fabulous time from the moment we arrived. We were greeted at the condo on our arrival with beer in the fridge and fresh guacamole and salsa along with a fruit platter. We were able to enjoy this on the fabulous deck overlooking La Ropa Beach.

The entire condo is a delight. There is lovely artwork throughout as well as exquisite stonework in the floors and ensuite. There are also gorgeous plants in the condo as well as on the decks creating an oasis of green.

The furniture was comfortable as were the king size beds.

The walk to the beach was about 10 minutes and very manageable although due to the climb home and the heat a dip in the refreshingly cool pool was appreciated on our return.

JoseLouis was the driver Sherwin hooked us up with to pick us up from the airport. He was a knowledgable and friendly man who also acted as a local guide. We booked a couple of excursions with him including an afternoon of kayaking in a nature reserve where the bird watching was spectacular. He also drove us out to a local beach for an afternoon of surfing.

We all loved our week in Zihuatanejo and could not have chosen a better spot to be. Thanks Sherwin and Peg!


  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lynn. We are so glad you loved our home and Zihuatanejo. José Luis is un buen hombre. We are blessed to have a good team. There are so many wonderful things to do in the area. We're glad you got to enjoy some of them. Happy to have helped you have a great vacation. Come back anytime!
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Punta Marina, LaRopa, "Casa del Arbor Cantando"

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful condo with all the amenities and then some. The view is exceptional day and night. Staff is very accommodating and helpful, the condo is very clean and tastefully decorated. We always had a nice ocean breeze or used the ceiling fans or air conditioners to stay comfortable. WiFi and in house stereo was appreciated and used daily...we had an exceptional stay.

The beach was a short hike and the pool area was real close. The only caution I would add is if you have bad knees or hips...there are stairs to climb in the Punta Marina complex. If using a cane or crutches your vacation will seem long

We would highly recommend this property for a beautiful, relaxing vacation getaway.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and Relaxing Week in Zihuatanejo!

  • 5 of 5

This little gem was a great find! The condo is beautiful and spacious, even for the 6 adults that we had in our group. The kitchen was well equipped cooking in. The beds were all very comfortable, the view was spectacular, the terraces were both lush little tropical paradises loaded with plants and comfortable lounge furniture. The pool on the property is also a nice option for some sun if you don't feel like going all the way down to the beach. We walked down to Playa Ropa twice each day (the semi steep climb back up which included stairs was embraced as a hall pass for drinking extra margaritas!), and it takes less than 10 minutes. But the few times we decided to take a taxi and go into town, it was only about 50 pesos each way. Once we took at panga from Playa Ropa to the Zihuatanejo marina (right downtown), which was less than a 10 min boat ride, and I think it was 40 pesos per person.

We took a long walk to a grocery store the first morning, just because we felt like walking, then came back in a taxi, which was 70 pesos (right now, about $5 USD).

There were only two small hick-ups. One was that there was some road construction on the main road, which caused some traffic when driving, and a taxi driver told me the construction is expected to take another 3 months. The other was that for some reason (probably hair dryer combined with AC), we tripped the breaker for the hot water. We realized it and called the property manager, and it was a fast and easy fix.

The entire experience was VERY convenient, and very comfortable. I definitely recommend this beautiful place!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Bonnie. Glad you enjoyed your vacation. The good news is that that road construction which was a minor pain recently will mean that next season the road to our casa will be better than ever! Look forward to seeing you then!
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Magic in Zihuatanejo

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from Casa del Abrol Cantando and our hearts remain. This is a knock-out beautiful home overlooking the Zihuatanejo Bay. A big space designed with authentic details that continued to surprise and delight us. There are two outdoor patios with lush plants, magical lighting and all a short walk to the beach. Sunsets here are stunning. Sherwin and Peg Harris are wonderful hosts and have created the perfect Mexican respite.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words of appreciation, Catherine. We really enjoyed sharing our home with you and your family. So glad that you had such an wonderful time here. See you again soon!
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The perfect place to stay in Zihuatanejo

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Del Arbol Cantando for two weeks and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It's as nice as is depicted in the description and photos. The owners, Sherwin and Peg, are very nice people and were a pleasure to work with in planning our stay at their place. They are both designers and completely renovated the condo when they bought it. The attention to detail and design can be found in every room and outdoor space. Great art throughout!

The three bedrooms are spacious and each has a comfortable bed, built-in desk, ensuite bathroom, A/C, and ceiling fan. There is a new washer/dryer off the half-bath in the hallway. We enjoyed the stereo system and the playlist connected to it. The living areas are comfy and large.

Cooking is something we really enjoy and the large gas range/oven was more than large enough for making dinners for six people. We were never without the proper utensil as the kitchen is fully stocked with everything needed. The refrigerator is also large and the ice maker is fed with bottled water. There is also a bottled water dispenser on the counter.

As for getting food to cook, a quick cab ride to Commercial Mexicana will get you everything needed. There are always cabs there to get home and the fare each way was 50 pesos +/- each way (just over $3 US), excluding tip.

Walk down the hill from the condo and you're at the south end of La Ropa beach. There are many restaurants all along the beach and you can easily walk to the north end of La Ropa in 15 minutes +/-. There are activity vendors on the beach for fishing, wave runners, parasailing, paddleboards, etc. The water is warm and wonderful.

The condo pool is surrounded by tropical foliage and is mostly out of the hot sun in mid-late afternoon - nice and refreshing, especially after being in the hot sun at the beach.

The housekeeper, Gloria, comes often, is very sweet, and does a great job of keeping the condo clean and tidy. Her husband is a taxi driver and she offered to arrange transportation for us. Sherwin stated that Gloria is a fabulous cook. We like to cook ourselves, but if you don't, ask him for details on how to arrange for her to cook for you.

The sum this all up, we would definitely like to come back to this place!

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: ¡Muchas Gracias! Very kind of you. We were happy to have you stay in our home and are delighted that you had such a great experience there. We did/do put a lot of love into it; and since we are sharing not merely a rental property, but our home, we want our guests to have an experience befitting, well, guests in our own home! Hope to see you again in the future. Thanks again!
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True Zihua style

  • 5 of 5

By Zihua style, I mean beautiful view, nice indoor/outdoor access and everything that goes with it. Everything in the listing description is accurate. Place is huge and terraces are great. The service from Sherwin was impeccable, and I would has no hesitation recommending this to friends. Because it was rainy season (which we like) and so hot and humid, activities limited to walking the town, shopping and eating. Sherwin has prepared a great guide to town and we dedicated ourselves to eating thru his restaurant list [we have been to Zihua about 15 times but were many we had not tried]. Bottom line, if he likes it, you will like it. Won't tell you our two favourites because even in low season (and September is DEAD) they were full. We are going to shamelessly steal some of the décor ideas that you do not realize are simple but great until someone else has done it. We used the driver Luis recommended and service was just great. Can't wait to get back to the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Car: not necessary

Zihuatanejo is a charming fishing village at the base of the foothills of the Sierra Madres, that has become a highly desired tourist destination in the Mexican Riviera. The pace is still leisurely, but there is plenty to do, if that is your desire. Golf, tennis, biking, sailing, sport fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, surfing, parasailing, horseback riding are but a sampling of the activities. Most continue to be drawn back to the beach. Casa del Arbol Cantando at Punta Marina Condominiums is about a 5 to 10 minute walk to Playa La Ropa, our most beautiful beach, and just around the corner from the treasured Playa Las Gatas, where there is snorkeling and scuba diving available.

This year, our paradise has hosted the Zihua Sailfest, the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival (early March), the Food & WIne Festival in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo as well as colorful local carnivals & other festivities.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Green Season ONLY(Daily) $25
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 3.0%

One week minimum stay (except where noted). 6 people maximum. Visa, MasterCard & Discover accepted. Taxes & gratuities not included. 3% convenience fee will be added for online booking or credit cards.
Peak Season / Holidays: AC + Housekeeping (Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday) is included.
Green Season: Housekeeping is included twice a week on Saturdays & Tuesdays. Air Conditioning is +$25/day this season only.
Other special services are available, including private chef and/or driver.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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