Inspired by Thoreau’s call of the wild, this isolated and private beach house along the Oaxacan coast in Southern Mexico is a modern concrete homage to simple living that will inspire you to unplug and reconnect with nature.
Just a few kilometres from the Mexican surfing mecca of Puerto Escondido in coastal Oaxaca, you'll find a small concrete bungalow inhabiting a solitary spot in the jungle scrub which from there opens out to a private and wild shoreline that you have all your own.
Built in 2014, the house was inspired by the ethos of Thoreau’s Walden Pond and is the brainchild of architect Aranza de Arino and creative director Claudio Sodi. The unique residence was designed as a simple modern installation that is as much about design as the environment. Constructed entirely of raw concrete, the house keeps itself naturally cool and has been fitted with bi-folding timber shutters that help let the hot air escape during even the hottest days.
Towering two stories tall, the house is completely open to the land with the ground floor dedicated to gathering around the huge kitchen table that extends out to the gardens. On the upper level is the main bed that sleeps just two guests. The bedroom has large timber shutters that can be opened up to let the fresh air blow through and offers stunning views of the surrounding scrubland that need to be seen to be believed.
Take a refreshing dip in the plunge pool or swing idly in the hammock where you can disconnect and recharge in a beach house rental that invites you to escape it all and just enjoy the surrounding nature.
The house is quite remote and has no wi-fi on-site, so be prepared to be offline for the length of your stay.
Just a short distance from the surfing mecca of Puerto Escondido in coastal Oaxaca, the property inhabits a solitary spot in the jungle scrub opening out to a private and wild shoreline all your own.
Arranged around a picturesque bay dotted with gigantic rock formations, the area is divided between Bacocho Beach on the north end, the Playa Principal resort area in the middle, and the famous surfing beach of Zicatela on the south end. Considered one of the top ten surfing destinations in the world, it’s an action-packed atmosphere where at night the town comes to life with parties until dawn.
If you are looking for a bit of a cultural fix, then the famous CASA WABI by Pritzker Prize-winning master architect Tadao Ando is only a thirty-minute drive outside of town where you can tour the famous house and art centre. Nearby you'll also find the highly recommended Laguna de Manialtepec, which is a coastal lagoon about 18km and is famous for its phosphorescent algae that give of a natural luminescence as you swim through it at night.
The nearest airport is the Puerto Escondido Airport which is around 25 minutes away by car. The airport provides daily connections to most major cities in Mexico including Mexico City if you are are transferring internationally. It is highly recommended that you hire a car as the house and surrounding area is quite remote and hard to get around.
Address: Villa de Tututepec de Melchor Ocampo, Oaxaca, MexicoView larger map