As with most houses in Ecuador, Casa Luna is constructed from poured concrete, brick, and cinder block. This keeps the interior cool during Ecuador’s spectacularly hot and sunny days.
If you need extra comfort, each room has its own separately-controlled air conditioner. There are ceiling fans in the living room and master suite.
Casa Luna is north facing and has large, easy-to-open, salt-resistant vinyl windows on all sides. It receives natural light from sunrise to sunset, and a cool ocean breeze.
The air-conditioned main floor features a modern, fully outfitted kitchen with granite countertops, gas oven range, island, refrigerator, and plenty of storage.
A spacious entryway with built-in closets opens into the well-appointed living area. There, you can relax on a new sectional sofa with media console and stream your favourite programs on the large-screen smart TV.
Dining area includes a custom-built table with hand-carved and embroidered chairs, all made in nearby San Lorenzo. A sliding patio door leads to the exterior courtyard.
The laundry/utility room includes a washer and potable water cooler. There are two well-marked electrical panels and a switch than can transition the entire house from the main electrical grid to generator power, should the need arise. A 6000-watt gas generator is included.
Casa Luna’s second storey offers three generously sized bedrooms and two bathrooms. All rooms feature spacious built-in closets, air conditioning, and plenty of North American standard electrical outlets. Each room has its own door lock and key. Each bed has a new mattress.
Casa Luna’s comfortable master includes an expansive ensuite with walk-in shower, custom-built wood frame bed with hand-carved headboard, and matching night tables.
One guest bedroom comes complete with bed and night tables. A third guest/office includes bunk beds for visiting children and furnished office space.
Casa Luna is completely self-sufficient for several days at a time.
The entire house has been wired to run off the state-provided electrical grid, or from a gas generator that comes with the property.
Casa Luna receives tap water from a nearby municipal tower. The house’s water system also includes a cistern that holds three days’ supply. There is a water softener. Local distributors deliver potable drinking water to the door, USD 1.25 per five-gallon bottle.
Both the kitchen stove and rooftop terrace barbecue receive propane gas from a central tank. Replacement tanks are USD 5.00 and delivered to the door.
From the second floor, a stairwell takes you to Casa Luna’s fabulous rooftop terrace with its unobstructed views of Isla de la Plata to the west and Cerros Paján mountain range to the east.
Here, you can prepare a full meal in the outdoor cook space while you sip an ice-cold beverage and watch humpback whales breaching at sea.
The rooftop terrace’s westward-facing walls are glass, so you can enjoy Ecuador’s stunning Pacific sunsets while seated for dinner.
The lot upon which Casa Luna sits is one of the largest in its community. It has been completely landscaped and surrounded on three sides by lighted courtyard walls.
Within the courtyard is a custom-designed circular plunge pool, a deck, gardens, coconut palm, and shade pergola with bamboo roof. The pergola is well constructed, impervious to the elements, and supports two adults in hammocks from its crossbeams.
There are several exterior storage areas, including water shed, pumphouse, propane gas shed, and protected space for a large generator.