A First Look at the Newest Luxury Villas in Puerto Escondido

An exciting new oceanfront villa community has arrived in Puerto Escondido. With an open architecture that’s a fusion of outdoor living and contemporary interior space, the  villas at La Escondida Pacific Oceanfront Villas and Condos are the kind of luxury digs that would be at home on a clifftop in Spain or a hip enclave of Los Angeles. But this exclusive collection of 16 villas (and 16 condos  in Phase 2) is totally at home in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico.

View of La Escondida from ocean

View of La Escondida from the ocean (artist rendering)

When I lived in the condominiums next door, I often imagined what the ocean views might be like from the La Escondida  property.  So I was thrilled to get an inside look  during the construction phase. I was blown away by its innovative design.

La Escondida adapts to the terrain and faces out to the sea offering unobstructed views of the Pacific, the coastline and distant horizon.

Beach homes in Mexico have long been associated with traditional architecture. But these new villas are a contemporary reinvention of what it means to live by the ocean. I suspect La Escondida will set a new standard for oceanfront living on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

Expansive views from La Escondida

Agent Paula McDonald checks out the views from La Escondida

Architecture of La Escondida Pacific Oceanfront Villas

Terrace looking in at La Escondida Pacific Oceanfront Villas and Condos

Terrace looking in at La Escondida Pacific Oceanfront Villas and Condos (artist rendering)

La Escondida is also generating buzz due to the reputation of the architect Francisco Pardo. London’s Wallpaper magazine named AT103, the architectural firm founded in 2001 by Julio Amezcua and Francisco Pardo, one of the World’s 50 Hottest Young Architects Practices. It was ranked by Icon Magazine of London as one of the world’s leading architecture firms and their work has been featured in Architectural Digest.  All of which adds up to an exciting addition of world class architecture to Puerto Escondido’s landscape.

Puerto Escondido is fast becoming a hot spot for innovative architecture. La Escondida joins other works by titans of the design world such as celebrity architect (and Pritzker prize winner) Tadao Ando who designed Casa Wabi the artist retreat founded by Mexico-born, Brooklyn-based artist Bosco Sodi. Other innovative architectural homes include Casa Tiny by architect Aranza de Arino and Casa Zicatela, a stunning project combining interior water features and stepped walls modelled on a Mesoamerican ballcourt.

Construction Building Quality

Quality building in Puerto Escondido means being aware of seismic activity, wind patterns and tropical weather patterns. The construction phase of La Escondida was extensive as it involved substantial investment in construction designed to withstand damage from the forces of nature.

Construction at La Escondida

Construction at La Escondida

Interiors of the Villas of La Escondida

View of La Escondida from ocean

View of La Escondida from the interior (artist rendering)

During my pre-opening tour, I was struck by the soaring light within the open living space within the villas. It was possible to see sky and sea from virtually every corner of the units. Soaring ceilings, smoked glass and elevated walkways made it feel as though I was walking on the clouds.

La Escondida Villa during construction

La Escondida Villa during construction

The common areas of the oceanfront complex will include a restaurant-bar, a large swimming pool and sundeck overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a tennis court and ping-pong tables. Features of each unit include:

  • Private terraces and pool with sea view
  • Stone flooring throughout
  • Granite kitchen  countertops
  • Kitchen island with an open concept and ideal for entertaining
  • Custom kitchen cabinetry
  • Air conditioning in bedrooms ( optional in the living room)
  • Custom built-in beds in the bedrooms and living room
  • Luxury finishes such as a sliding glass wall that ingeniously creates indoor/outdoor living space
  • Assigned storage unit
  • Assigned parking  spot

Location of La Escondida Pacific Oceanfront Villas and Condos

Pacific Ocean from La Escondida

Fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean from La Escondida

Unlike other luxury developments (many of which are located outside Puerto Escondido), one of the most appealing features of La Escondida is that it’s centrally located within the heart of town near the Mirador. It’s located next door to Eglantina Condominiums at the base of Calle Tercera Poniente overlooking the Pacific.

Walk to Puerto Escondido Restaurants and Beaches

View from Espadin restaurant Puerto Escondido

View from Espadin restaurant Puerto Escondido

This means that the La Escondida Pacific Oceanfront Villas and Condos complex is easy walking distance to the upscale Rinconada restaurant strip, a collection of popular restaurants such as Almoraduz (Oaxacan gastronomy), Paris Bistro (one of our top picks for romantic dining in Puerto Escondido), el Cafecito for breakfast, and Turtle Bay (don’t miss the fish tacos). The complex is also near Espadin Restaurant known for its stunning sunset views of turquoise-hued Carrizalillo beach.

Read our post on 9 Tips for the Perfect Romantic Getaway in Puerto Escondido  

beach boardwalk at Zicatela

Go for a walk on the beach after breakfast

In the opposite direction, residents of La Escondida can easily walk to Playa Principal and the Adoquin, the lively evening pedestrian zone featuring crafts, Oaxacan street food and music. I often walked from the Mirador to Playa Principal to Zicatela Beach where I’d watch the surfers and then make a stop for a Happy Hour cocktail at Fresh. On Friday’s it was worth the walk to Dan’s Cafe for the best Baja-style fish tacos in town. It’s an easy return trip by taxi that doesn’t cost more than 40 MXN pesos.

Puerto Angelito is located beside Playa Manzanillo a short walk from La Escondida

A quick turn around the corner from La Escondida Pacific Oceanfront Villas and Condos is beautiful Manzanillo Beach, where environmentally-sustainable tourism guidelines are in place to help maintain the water and beach quality. Playa Angelito is next door with its seafood restaurants, beachside shops, boats for excursions for dolphin or whale watching and fishing.

Read more about Puerto Escondido beaches in Beginner’s Guide to Puerto Escondido beaches.

Getting Around By Car and Bus

All units at La Escondida come with parking spots but if you want to live like a local, the municipal bus stops a five-minute walk away at the corner of  Calle Quinta Sur and Calle Tercera Poniente. The  bus will take you past El Faro ( the lighthouse) and then to the Benito Juarez Mercado with stops along the way. Yoga classes, a gym and banks are also conveniently located nearby.

Details and Pricing of La Escondida Pacific Oceanfront Villas

Villa units range in size from:

Smallest at 1245 sf (Interior) + 565 sf (Exterior) for a total area of 1810 square feet 

Largest  at 1356 sf (Interior) + 903 sf (Exterior) for a total area of 2259 square feet 

Prices begin at $269,000 USD

Condo fees are $175 monthly USD (approx  3500 pesos)

Closing costs apply. Note: Prices can change without notice.

Phase Two will feature a tower of 12 apartment condos and four penthouses

Grand Opening of La Escondida Pacific Oceanfront Villas

The public is invited to attend the launch of Phase One of La Escondida

Open House

February 8, 2018 9:00 am to 2:00 pm


Phone: 954-559-7707 or 413 714-3023

Address: 3a-5Poniente Puerto Escondido Oaxaca Mexico

Email: info@laescondida.lat

Directions: Proceed to Calle Tercera Poniente 3a until you are almost at the Mirador. You need to turn left BEFORE you get to Eglantina (the blue and white building).

Website: Here’s a link to a website for the project:  La Escondida Pacific Oceanfront Villas

Location of La Escondida in Puerto Escondido

Location of La Escondida in Puerto Escondido

And that’s not the end of things to do in Puerto Escondido! Read our Essential Puerto Escondido Travel Guide for more information on hotels, beaches, things to do, day trips and more in Puerto Escondido. Or go directly to these posts:

9 Tips for a Perfect Romantic Getaway in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Day Trip to Untouched Mexico

Beginner’s Guide to Puerto Escondido Beaches

8 Weird Foods to Try in Puerto Escondido

Michele Peterson
Michele Peterson
Dividing her time between Toronto, Mexico and Guatemala (or the nearest tropical beach), Michele Peterson is an award-winning writer, blogger, editor and publisher who specializes in travel, cuisine and luxury lifestyles.
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  • Ken Ablonsky

    Like your website but this level of shilling is too much.

    • Michele Peterson

      Hi Ken! I’m so glad to hear you like my website! I want to assure you that my opinions are 100% my own whether I’m writing about a restaurant, a destination or a resort project. I support small-scale, low-rise vacation property design whether in Mexico, Costa Rica or anywhere else in the world. If Puerto is going to continue to grow — which it likely will whether we like it or not – I’d much rather see it go small and sustainable rather than mega resort development style. There are a few hotel projects in Puerto that in my opinion are eyesores and you won’t see me writing about those.

  • Irene S Levine

    These villas look stunning! What a perfect getaway. Love the blurring of indoors and outdoors!

  • Culture Tripper

    I totally agree that if development is inevitably going to happen, as municipalities almost everywhere seek growth/investment, it’s nice to see some thought going into what goes up in Puerto Escondido. Hiring award-winning architects like Francisco Pardo can only improve the building mix. I wish developers in my city—and the officials that approve their generic lacklustre towers—would take notes.

  • Doreen Pendgracs

    Michele, I have heard so many great things about Puerto Escondido from you and so many others. I can’t believe I haven’t been there yet. But it’s definitely on my wish list. 🙂

  • Patti Morrow

    I love this area of Mexico, and the oceanfront villa in Puerto Escondido looks like a great place to stay. The artists’ renderings were gorgeous, as is the proximity to the beach.

  • Rose Palmer

    Puerto Escondido looks like a lovely place to stay. I’ll have to put it on my list for when I visit that part of Mexico.

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