305 Dona Ximena
The residence is located on the grounds of El Cid Country Club. The country club is approximately 35 years old and houses almost 800 families. El Cid is undergoing major expansion along the third nine of the golf course and a series of marina channels. Ultimately the marina will have 1400 slips and will be the largest marina development in all of Latin America. At the same time, some of the older homes are being torn down and replaced by newer units or are being updated (as was our home in 2007)
Security within El Cid Country Club development is exceptional. In 2008 there were only two robberies in the entire development (one was a golf cart which was soon discovered) in no small part due to the fact that approximately 30 guards patrol the grounds day and night. Each gate is guarded and only the main gate off the Golden Zone is open to the public. The guard will ask you your destination before entry. Tell him that you are going to the Miller residence at 305 Dona Ximena (Trace Sar-oh Sink-oh, Doan-YAH Heh-MEN-ah).
The house itself is large…over 9,100 square feet including patios and car port. The site includes a pool, mature palm, bougainvillea, and ficus trees and sits on a ¼+ acre lot just off the green of the 2nd hole, Castilla nine. On the first floor there is a large guest suite and bath, office, a soon-to-be-gym, small kitchen, dining area, family room, second full bath, ½ bath, storage room and utilities area. On the second floor are the formal living room, formal dining room, large kitchen, master suite and bath, 2nd guest suite and bath, breakfast patio, laundry area and extra ½ bath.
All appliances, fixtures and fans are new. The water is clean, plentiful and of high pressure, electrical power is stable 110 volt with standard US outlets, and the hot water heater, stoves and oven are gas fueled. Air conditioning is provided via dedicated units in each main room. Wireless, encrypted, high speed internet and a Vonage phone line are available in the first floor office. (Internet access code is the serial number on the wireless modem.) Canadian satellite TV is available in the family room and all TVs are equipped with DVD players. There is a BBQ grill, portable CD player, and a selection of CDs for use on the patio.
In the storage area are a couple of inflatable, queen size air mattresses, a cooler, beach umbrella and beach chairs. Feel free to use them.
Gigi is a full time maid and sometimes gardener. She also does all the laundry, including ironing and will happily take care of your rooms and clothes during your stay. She is exceptionally hard working, arriving M-F at 9 AM and leaving at around 5:30 PM. While her English skills are virtually non-existent, she’ll work to understand your concerns and then will desperately try to respond. She knows everyone to contact (plumbers, electricians, etc) in the event there’s a problem. We keep her engaged even while we’re in the US to ensure the house remains clean and in good working order. She’s a single mother so we’d ask that you tip her $5-10 per day while she’s assisting your stay..
Betty and Cathy
Betty is a masseuse who will come to the house and provide a 1-hour massage for $25. Cathy will also come to the house to provide manicures ($15) and pedicures ($20). Gigi will arrange for both.