Perched on a bluff and hidden from the cobblestone lane below lies this gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, tropical estate. Villa Ladera and Casitas is perfectly situated in a beautiful enclave of Zona Romantica and boasts an impressive 11,000ft² of indoor/outdoor living spaces. This legendary compound perfectly embodies the relaxed, open air style of living that this sea side town has become world famous for.
To this day, it remains true to its authentic Mexican heritage through its design and decor. A massive restoration project brought the property back in time to honour its original charm and essence. Extensive custom work throughout builds upon the rich details, robust heritage and welcoming spirit of this incredible estate.
Three completely private and self-contained residences cascade over four levels and are woven in amongst meandering pathways and lush, tropical gardens. Villa Ladera and Casitas can be rented individually, as a duo or a combined trio ... allowing for exclusive use of this hidden oasis.
The top two floors of the compound belong exclusively to Villa Ladera. Five large bedrooms (each with their own ensuite), outdoor powder room, large heated pool, great-room that opens on all sides with double height ceilings as well as an outdoor covered dining room ensures there is no shortage of space to spread out and relax. A continuous patio flows around the villa, seamlessly connecting the living areas with the lush gardens and sumptuous outdoor spaces. Villa Ladera is fully staffed and affords its guests the ultimate in tropical indoor/outdoor living.
This lush casita is hidden behind an enchanting curved wall and features the original wooden front door (refurbished from the late 1950's) that welcomes guests into this lush residence. The first patio features a lovely heated plunge pool, outdoor shower and dining table for four... all surrounded by a wall of bamboo. The second patio off the living room is walled in by tropical plants and flowers and features a hammock and two chairs. This perfectly appointed residence offers everything you could need for a relaxing, tropical getaway.
This cozy casita is tucked away in a quiet back corner. It features a pathway that leads to two separate patios. The first with its own private plunge pool, bbq and sun loungers. The second patio has an outdoor dining table for four and ensures there is no shortage of space for peaceful morning coffees, evening dinners or simply relaxing in the tropical air. A large glass accordion door off this patio welcomes you into your apartment. Casita Escondida is perfect for short or long term accommodations.
The property is located in the Amapas region which is perfectly situated in Zona Romantica, on the edge of Conchas Chinas. Exit the private semi-circular driveway and turn left to wander up Santa Barbara Street. Turn right and meander down the cobblestone lane into old town. Or, simply cross the street and enjoy the bars and beach clubs of Almar Resort. A public staircase next to the resort guides you down to the gorgeous sands of the world famous beach, Los Muertos.
It was discovered that construction began in the late 1950's and that the estate was completed in 1961. Villa Ladera was the 99th home to receive electricity in Puerto Vallarta. The neighbour behind, actress Connie Stevens, has overlooked Villa Ladera since the 1980s. Billionaire recluse Howard Hughes was known to sequester himself in Villa Ladera and it has been said that in the early 1960s, actor Rock Hudson himself fell in love with this hillside estate.
The mature gardens of Villa Ladera and Casitas feature palm trees, creeping vines, large potted plants, brightly coloured flowers, ferns, bougainvillea, ginger plants and other exotic flowers and greenery that flow amongst terraces, walkways and outdoor spaces. Uplighting throughout ensures nighttime is as beautiful as the day. Butterflies, neon birds, green parakeets, dragonflies, hummingbirds, geckos and iguanas all call these gardens home.