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From: Felipe Bollini
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2015 7:35 PM
To: todd hebert


Hola Todd,

Estamos muy contentos de haberte conocido, y como dicen nada pasa por casualidad. Nuestra experiencia en Ecuador es increible y sabemos que asi va a seguir, todo ha pasado como prometiste. Has sido muy generoso y siempre alegre! Estamos muy contentos viviendo en Olon, somos un grupo de amigos emprendiendo nuestros proyectos con la madera, arte y ropa de playa. Gracias por tu ayuda en este camino.


Un gran abrazo, 

Dana, Martin, Antonella y Felipe.



-----Original Message-----
From: M
Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2015 10:53 AM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Thanks again


Hey just want to say thank you for everything Todd. We have been very happy working with you and look forward to working together in he future:)  Thanks M & M Sent from my iPhone


From: CD
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2015 3:39 PM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Re: beach house


Let's do it!


Thank you Todd. There is no doubt we are working with the right person.


I'm having a ...where is it in relation to Olon, Montanita?


How far by car? Foot?


Thanks man!




From: A G [mailto:]
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 8:47 AM
To: todd hebert



We love you, but this faucet thing don't bother. We are getting near the end of the trip.....


Everything else was taken care of........


We love the house, the people that owned it were wonderful. You were as well, and we really enjoyed your company.


Thanks for everything that you have helped with. It is really appreciated.




Sent from my iPhone



From: S S
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2015 12:13 PM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Re: Olon


Thank you for everything

......... I miss you guys!!!!!

I need your cooperation to find a ..............


See you soon




From: JP

Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2015 7:34 AM
To: todd hebert
Cc: Esperanza Cordova
Subject: Re: docs


Hi Todd,


We are leaving in a few minutes for the week. I am happy to see that things are moving well. J and myself have managed to sign...Thanks a lot for all you assistance.


Envoyé de mon iPad



-----Original Message-----
From: Gustavo Crespo Urgelles
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 8:21 PM
To: todd hebert
Cc: Esperanza Cordova;
Subject: Re: Casa Ballenita


Dear Todd


I has been a great experience working with Esperanza and you


The sale was closed at a very good price and sooner than I expected  The promise was finalized today at the notary


I had a very nice lunch with Mr..... and agreed on next steps.  It should now go smoothly

I am planning to hire him to get all certificates needed so we can start next week



Finally , my sister and brother in law are thinking to sell their house located one house next to our neighbor.   I will put them in touch with both of you if they decide to sell (copied here)








-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Follow up
From: Rebecca Terrill

Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:21 AM
To: todd hebert <>

Hi Todd,

Just wanted to touch base with you and fill you in on what happened from this end. I was so excited.... I wanted to take a moment and explain to you.  Especially since you had been so helpful throughout the whole process.  And, for that I want to thank you.  Hopefully, we can actually buy a house this time!!  I also hope that I'll be able to use your expertise.  

Thanks again for everything, Todd. I truly do appreciate all the time, work, and energy you put into trying to get that deal to work out.




De: Edouard Brain
Enviado: sábado, 06 de diciembre de 2014 20:44
Para: Esperanza Cordova
Cc: Etienne Arviset; todd hebert


Hola Esperanza,

Muchissimas gracias por las visitas de estos 3 ultimos dias. Fue un placer de conocerla.

Hoy quise hablar con Etienne pero no fue posible. Manana antes de salir lo llamo de nuevo y le conto un poco el feedback de nosotros.

Mil gracias otra vez.

Cualquier cosa estamos hablando.

From: GeorgeandMelanie Hewitt
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2014 6:55 AM
To: todd hebert
Cc: Esperanza Cordova
Subject: Re: lot/fence


Looks great!  Thank you for the pictures!


We feel very blessed to have you looking out for our best interests.  Definitely looking a lot more greener :-). We still pinch ourselves to believe we own something so beautiful!


Thank you both for all you do.


De: Michael Lavens
Fecha: 6 de noviembre de 2014, 3:31:42 GMT-5
Para: Esperanza Cordova

Asunto:Re: A favor

Hi Esperanza

Great response time! Thank you so much for your help and getting onto Roberto. He responded very quickly and sent me an email this afternoon saying that he'll have the deed in 2 weeks. Its good to know what's going on.

I don't know what you said to Roberto but whatever you said it worked fast. Great job. I am pleased that you and todd are my real estate agents in Ecuador.  Have a great day and thanks again you're awesome.

Kind regards

Michael Lavens



From: omitted for privacy
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:32 AM
To: todd hebert; Esperanza Cordova
Subject: Re:


Thank you Todd, and Esperanza too!

I appreciate everything and feel so blessed to have worked with you so efficiently and smoothly!

Let's celebrate!




From: Garth Gutenberg

Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 1:26 PM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Testimonial


Todd was an amazing rental advocate.  Prior to coming to Ecuador I emailed between 5-10 different agents / property owners.  A few got back to me, including Todd.  I coordinated with all of them on the dates that I would be in the area so that I could look at a few places.  When I arrived, Todd made himself available and showed me places that were even better than what he had listed on his site.  He showed me around town, introduced me to people, and definitely went above and beyond the duty of a rental agent.  None of the other people that I had scheduled time with even answered their phones or responded to their email during the small window that I was here to look at places.  


I only have positive things to say about Todd.  He definitely puts his customers first.  Even after the rental agreement was concluded, Todd has taken on the role of property manager and has helped me out with numerous things, including helping to repair things around the house, as well as just helping to acclimate to Ecuador in general.


I would definitely do business with Todd again, and would recommend him to anyone looking for an agent in the area.

Thanks, Todd!





From: Robert Jones

Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:18 PM
To: todd hebert


  Hey Todd & Esperanza ,again ,I can't thank you enough for all the help you've done for me and the house.We arrived back up north at home to find half of my house's water system is frozen. It's been very cold here .Nothing above 20 degrees .Anyway ,can't wait to get down there to warm weather .Thanks again.




From: Bibiana Robles Berger
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:42 PM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Reference

I met Todd through my husband when we began our search for a property in Olón, and our experience could not have been any better.  Due to our fickleness, Todd showed us properties in a widely varied price range all over town.  He seemed to know every property, the owner, and the fair price.  In the end, we decided to rent an apartment which was still in construction, as we would not be moving in for a few months.  I have had experience renting apartments that were unfinished, and heard big promises that went unfulfilled.  This time, due to Todd´s management, everything was perfect when we arrived.  The apartment was fully furnished including all kitchenware.  There was even a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator and flowers on the coffee table. Todd has remained an outstanding friend throughout our time in Olón and we will miss him both personally and professionally when we leave Olón.  


Bibiana Robles Berger


-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Gilleland

Sent: Saturday, February 22, 2014 12:22 PM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Olon Casa sarah


4 friends and myself just stayed here for 2 weeks and we had such a good time!! The house was very clean with a beautiful fenced in back yard, large deck out back, a nice big balcony in the front. It was equipped with all the essentials we needed, very close to the beautiful of Olon, several very good restaurants on the beach with cheap food, cheap fresh fruity rum drinks, tons of women, and a very close $1.50 cab ride to Montanita. The Olon area is very authentic and the people are very honest and cool! Todd was our property manager and is very cool! He was very helpful on getting us dialed in from the beginning on where to shop, to eat, etc. I would highly recommend this house especially with a group as you don't have to worry about anything as far as theft and any sketchiness. Drop your stuff and go! Enjoy!




From: Eric Geraci

Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 2:54 PM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Re: $$


Hey Todd

Eric reporting in the good news. Words cannot describe how glad I am to have you here to guide me the way thank you so much 

Sent from my iPhone





From: Bill Hansen  
Sent: Friday, December 27, 2013 9:11 AM
To: todd hebert
Subject: thanks


Todd & Leigh,

It was a pleasure to meet both of you and we really appreciate all the help. We were very fortunate to meet Todd When we did.


Thank you,

Bill & Karen




From: Luc Lapointe []
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:25 AM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Re: Ecuador


Hi Todd,

We had a wonderful time in Olen. I will pass the word around and write a good review about your place and friendship.

And I found out that your first ancestor in America was probably Antoine Hebert, who settled around Port-Royal, Nova Scotia, around 1604. I'm sure that if you check on the web, you'll find some stuff on the Heberts.

By the way, it's -26 C with the windchill today, (no joke) totaly unreal!!!

Take care,




From: GeorgeandMelanie Hewitt
Sent: Sunday, December 08, 2013 9:34 AM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Recommendation


Dear Todd,

Planning a sabbatical for a family of 5 to live in a foreign country is not an easy task. As much due diligence we can do 6000+ miles away to organize this life adventure, we had to rely on some blind faith. From our initial contact right through to our departure you relieved many of the fears and anxieties one has when dealing business over the internet.  When we initially landed in Ecuador, albeit our first time, we were met by your driver, Marcelo, who graciously helped us with our entire luggage and ushered us into his extra-large van for transport to Olon. Upon arrival at Casa Sarah late at night, after a 15+ hour day of travelling, you and your wife Leigh met us with open arms and a true enthusiasm to meet us. We were so thankful for your generosity for providing us with a few provisions to get us through the next couple of days as we navigated our surroundings. You offered us invaluable advice in regards to local amenities, attractions and transportation to help us get on our feet. You provided us with a seamless transition from our house in Canada to our beach house in Olon.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Your attentiveness continued when a couple of minor issues came up with the house and they were addressed immediately. We truly appreciate you finding us interim accommodations when our contract ended with Casa Sarah and prior to our longer term arrangements. You went above and beyond with what we expected and we are very thankful for all you have done.  For anyone looking for rentals in the Olon area, we would highly recommend you and your team.

Muchas Gracias,

The Hewitts




From: Jacque

Sent: Sunday, November 03, 2013 10:48 PM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Re: hola Todd & Lee!


So sorry for this belated note.

I hope it finds you both doing well.

Also, belated thanks for your patience and compassion while I was

there....Thank goodness!


Even though I was a little stressed as a single female traveler, it was very safe there and there was no need for it.

I'm still "new" were patient with me being a newbie and the beauty

of looking at the ocean in my front yard every day was awesome. 


Hope Lee enjoyed the coffee, and please let me know if you guys come to Cuenca.

All the best to you both!



From: Robert Jones

Sent: Friday, September 06, 2013 1:11 PM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Re:


Hey Todd,

Wow puts it lightly for all you've done. You've lifted a 10 ton brick off my back.  And another big thanks from the bottom of my heart. Got to go. Gotta  get packed for tomorrows flight. I'm outta here.

Your friend,






From: Sarah Rutherford

Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2013 12:57 PM
To: todd hebert; leigh frost
Subject: Re: House


Hey guys


Thanks again for all your hard work. It sounds like the garden will look amazing when all is done. You guys really are taking great care of the house and I want to express how much I appreciate all your help and hard work.


Hope all is well with you both and sending big hugs.




From: Bill Glackman

Sent: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 10:05 AM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Our stay at Casa Sara May 2013




We would like to enthusiastically acknowledge the great assistance provided by you and Leigh, starting with meeting us on the first day, through to providing me with some meds to relieve my “grumbly tummy” on departure day - absolutely critical prior to the drive to GYE! The assistance you guys provided throughout was a major part of the great time we had in Olon, easing us into the local lifestyle and providing insights and opportunities we never would have had without your help. In fact, we have to give Leigh credit for getting us started even before we came to Ecuador through her very informative blog, where we were first introduced to Daisy!



Saludos to you and Leigh,


Bill & Christine

William Glackman, Ph.D. (Psych.)

Director, Graduate Studies &
Assoc. Professor

School of Criminology
Simon Fraser University


From: David Jackson
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2013 8:47 AM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Howdy & Thanks!



Thanks for the awesome hospitality. We really loved our time here!...

Let’s stay in touch. I plan to be back in Cuenca between Thanksgiving and Christmas for some language classes. Might get down for a couple days. If not, definitely on the next trip.




Momentum Strategic Services

From: Veronica Jervis [] 
Sent: Friday, May 03, 2013 11:44 AM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Review


Hello Ecuafriendly Team!


I wanted to thank you for providing us with the best experience in Ecuador we've had so far! Starting with the great hospitality that was offered to us by Todd and Leigh. Todd went the extra mile by waiting for us till midnight until we will arrive to our rental house. He gave us a warm friendly welcome that definitely made us all feel like home. Throughout the rest of our stay, Todd and Leigh were extremely friendly, showed us around town and even introduced us to the locals! They provided us with everything we needed at the house in order to feel like home. The way the house was prepared for us was flawless. We felt at home the whole time. The house was everything that a home has, the set up and the overall cleanliness was superb! 

My family and I thank you all very much and can't wait to come back during our next family trip. 



Veronica Jervis

Guest Services Supervisor

St Regis Monarch Beach Resort


From: James Bauer

Sent: Friday, March 08, 2013 2:28 PM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Greetings


Hi Todd,


Max, Jayme and I were skyping the other night, remembering our conversations with you and Esperanza discussing the people, economy, and leadership of Ecuador. We are in agreement with your assessments.  It is the combination of this and the energy we feel in Olon, Curia, and Ayampe that keep us very interested in finding a property in one of these areas.


Thank you for leading us through the process. We learned how we would proceed to purchase, remodel, and maintain such a property. We appreciate your wealth of information, sharing of contacts, and patience. 


Once again, thank you for your generosity. We felt welcomed, professionally informed, and comfortable. Please pass on our best regards to Esperanza. We look forward to talking with you whenever you have the time and opportunity.




Jim, Jayme, Max


Subject: RE: Ecuador trip
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:07:43 -0500


I have been very fortunate to have been "adopted" by a family in Montanita Ecuador and have been going there for the past 12 years When I made arrangements to go this year I was more then excited, until I realized that I would be arriving right at the beginning of Carnival. For those of you who have been to Montanita, you know that village is one big party!  I immediately tried to change my flight but that would have cost an additional $500!  I reached out to my friends Leigh and Todd to see if they could help. Within a few hours Todd sent me several rentals, and to be honest it was a difficult decision because they were all so nice.  I choose the Sea Garden Hostel, a perfect jewel in Olon, only 2 miles from Montanita and I could not have been happier. It’s a beautiful little place right on the beach, offering amazing meals cooked by the owner (the best I’ve ever had), and more importantly it was close to my “family”. Within 2 days all arrangements had been finalized.


I would have never discovered this jewel had it not been for Todd and Leigh and I cannot thank them enough for the excellent service.


Thank you thank you again!!!   



From: FeRn HOdsON

Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 5:25 PM
To: leigh frost
Subject: RE: Hi Guys!


Hi Leigh,

I've just got home last nite and I still have this shit eating grin plastered on my face! I had such a great holiday and the week we spent at your house was the best! 

All the best and Thank you again for spicing up our lives!! XoXo



From: Karl Neumann

Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 4:36 PM
To: todd hebert
Subject: many thanks



Hi Todd,

Like most of us I learned about Ecuador through the internet. Reading the blogs of those who had already made the leap was particularly useful at this stage that lasted several months. After collecting all possible information, I made ​​my first trip to Cuenca from Fort Lauderdale in October 2010. I really liked the city but there was something that didn't fit. Some months later I decided to try again, this time focused on the coast. That's when I found you. Shortly after, we bought a beautiful lot in Olon and now we are finishing building our house. This short narrative is aimed to testify that Todd's professional services have been instrumental in my journey. Now I am glad to say that I have become in a new expat in Ecuador. If you are interested in purchasing or renting on the coast, Todd is a great person to work with!


Karl Neumann



From: Patricia Alden []
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 6:49 PM
Subject: Touring Guayaquil


I have sent 3 different slide shows so far...I hope you enjoy them....The trip was amazing and eye-opening.  The people, Euadorians and X-Pats were wonderful, warm and generous with their time and friendship.  I hope to return one day and see more of this fascinating country and revisit new friends in OLON.


There will be a couple more slideshows coming as soon as I am able to get them together.  Sidetrips.  Archetecture.   Plants and Animals.  Friends and Locals.    Egad....I take a lot of pictures!  But what joy they bring to view and review...reliving the trip!  


Hugs and blessings,

Trish, Bob and Pat



From: Kelly []
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2012 5:47 PM
To:; todd hebert
Subject: Deposit


Hello Sarah!

The house is fabulous, just like I remembered.


Thanks so much, Kelly


Sent from my iPad

From: Steve Renton []
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 11:47 AM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Thanks!
Hi Todd, Leigh:
We are back home in Florida now and reflecting on the wonderful time we had in Ecuador! I just wanted to thank all of you for the amazing travel experience we had.
We appreciate the use of the house in Olon, your kind assistance in arranging a driver to pick us up at the airport, and of course having Melanie meet us at the house. The house surpassed our expectations and we loved it as soon as we arrived... very comfortable and clean. Certainly more house than we needed, but staying there was so relaxing. We spent most days out exploring various villages between Puerto Lopez and La Libertad, and the whale watching was unbelievable! What amazing culture and we loved learning about it and experiencing what Ecuador has to offer. The neighbours were great and very welcoming... We went with the intent of learning as much as we could about the beautiful country and we certainly did that. Of course, Daisy was around most days and we became very attached to her... she was there on the doorstep when we first arrived! Also, thanks for the coffee... it was great and we are still enjoying it at home.
The two weeks went by too quickly and we are planning to return to Ecuador again. We look forward to remaining in touch! Thanks for everything.
Steve and Brent
Cape Coral, Florida
From: Charlie Manty
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:54 PM
To: todd hebert
Subject: Jardines de Olon House Rental

Hi Todd,
Nique and I want to thank you for your gracious hospitality during our stay at your Jardines de Olon beach house rental!

We had a wonderful time at your beach house rental.....

Your house is situated perfectly in the beautiful seaside village of Olon. Steps to beach and walkable to all the restaurants and stores....

It was a treat to watch the gorgeous sunsets from the upstairs balcony deck of the house!

We certainly will recommend your house to all of our friends back in the USA!

Thanks again,

Charlie & Nique

From: Joe Fuller []
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 9:45 AM
Subject: Ecuador


Thanks for all you've done to make Jake's visit a great experience for him.


Joe Fuller


Subject: review of vaccation
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 23:56:03 -0500

I am very pleased to provide a positive review for my Canadian families stay in the Jardines de Olon this past January, 2012. My name is Jordan, now happily married to my Ecuadorian wife Ivonne.


As my wife and I were planning our wedding for January, 2012, we decided to host the wedding on the most beautiful beach in Ecuador, which in our opinions is that of Olon. The beach here is incredibly long, extremely wide, and has beautiful light coloured sand which make for amazing days at the beach. The nice thing about Olon, is that it has all the necessities needed for any vacation. There is a wonderful atmosphere in the town, fantastic locals, an extremely quiet ambience at night. With this being said, it was an obvious choice to rent a house in Olon for my parents and family from Canada to stay during their visit. With our experience and knowledge of the entire coastal area, Olon specifically, we already knew that we wanted to find a home in the "Jadines de Olon" community. Luckily we contacted Todd and his wife Lee, who fortunately had their home available for the dates necesary. With some quick and easy internet communication, we had made reservations and exchanged photos of the home which created excitement to those coming in from Canada.

Todd and Lee were such a pleasure to work with, from making the reservations, picking up the keys, and showing up on the first day to an organized and perfectly cleaned home made for a great entry. From the first moment we parked in the driveway, walked the nicely landscaped property, toured the house, and then entered the gate to the beach, everyone was in love, and happy to have 10 days of paradise ahead of us. Thankfully, our intuition on renting this home in Olon was a success, and my family were able to enjoy their stay in a comfortable home, large enough to offer privacy to each member of the family, yet with the ambience for an intimate and relaxing atmosphere for all to enjoy one-anothers company. The house has all the amenities and services that one would need for whatever style of vacation their planning. The large kitchen made for great home cooked dinners, and the many balconies and patios often made it hard to decide where the socializing and relaxing would take place!!!!

The best part of the "Jardines de Olon" is that its in its own little community of tranquility, and just outside the gates you have one of South Americas most beautiful beaches, and a great little town filled with life and good energy.

It was a sad day when we had to leave, but every good thing comes to an end. I can say that this trip may have came to an end, but because of our great experience, my parents are actually actively looking for property on the same coast, and hope to return in the near future to their vacation home.

Thanks to Todd, Lee, and the very professional service they offer, we not only had the trip and visit of a lifetime, but my family was left with the energy to make the move themselves, and invest to return to that piece of life that they had during their 10 days in Olon.

As the son, id have to say that it is a fulfilling feeling knowing that my parents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends, all had a great experience and exciting stay in Ecuador. Because of the culture, the town, the weather, the beaches, waves, great rental home, and easy organization of their visit, we were able to enjoy the wedding of our dreams.

Thanks so much again to Todd and Lee!



Subject: RE: Olon, ecuador
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 16:27:44 -050

We have just arrived home to Canadian winter. -10C today, but we have ice to travel across on………..

Galapagos and Inca Trail amazing. Truly something, both of them.

We will get ourselves organized here and then get some pictures up for you to see, hopefully before too long………

Best to you and Lee, and thanks for all your assistance when we were there,…………. much appreciated


Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:12:21 -0700
Subject: Re: Ecuadorian beach paradise

Dear Todd and Leigh

What a perfect vacation! (4 days was however tooooo short).To me and my family this is indeed a perfect Ecuadorian beach paradise. Our children loved the beach and their resting bedroom. We enjoyed the overall relaxing atmosphere and perfect in all the aspects house.

We are very grateful and privileged to be your guests.

This was the first time that we rented this property and we wouldn't think of going anywhere else when going to the beach. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

We are looking forward to go back very soon (upon my return from Venezuela and Paraguay).

Thank You again for such a place and talk to you guys soon.

Peter, Jhoanna and mafia...;)))))


Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 17:28:56 -0500
Subject: Comments about our stay

Hello Todd,

How are you? We have now settled back into our home in Quito although we do miss the beach at our doorstep! As promised here are some comments for you:


We had a wonderful stay! You and Leigh made us feel very welcome from the start of our visit and gave us excellent advice on making trips, places to eat and how to get around. The house had everything we needed and more! We were ideally located on a peaceful stretch of beach that also had numerous cabanas which provided delicious food. We could also easily reach the busier town of Montanita within 5 minutes, where we found lots of restaurants, bars and shops. We would highly recommend staying here!

We will be in contact about future visits with New Years possibly in mind. Let us know if you need to know by a certain time.


Hope all in well and say hello to Leigh,






From: K. .. <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 9:51 AM
Subject: Ruta del Sol-mates

Hi Leigh,

One of my best friends stayed with you last spring...Leigh and Neville. I am so excited for them with the successful purchase of their Ballenita beach house. Leigh has nothing but great things to say about you and their time in Olon. None of which is a surprise to me as I always tell guys rock!

I just wanted to say again how much I appreciated you and Todd's friendship and hospitality last Dec. You set the stage for me to have a most meaningful life changing as I tell it.

Hope all is well with the two of you. If you are still renting your home during the high season, let me know and maybe I can send someone your way. Of all the places I discovered along the Ruta del Sol, you and your home would be the first place I would recommend to anyone wanting to rent for a few weeks or more. You have a paradise there...but you already know that.

So take care, give my best to Todd and watch out for cyclists on the may just know one of them.




Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2011 11:01:32 -0700
Subject: July 22-25

Hi Todd,

Chuck's place is the perfect house to enjoy a peaceful few days taking advantage of the best that the Montanita area has to offer. Even though the house does not sit directly on the beach, its location is perfect to take advantage of the beach breezes and sounds. The house itself is very cozy with a kitchen that has all of the comforts of home. When we rent houses in the area, we love to take advantage of being able to prepare a few meals ourselves and really appreciated having new, modern, dishes and silverware to use. Also, the external speaker system provided was great. There was not a waking minute spent in the house where it wasn't in use. Hammocks en lieu of a couch is also a nice touch! Very easy to commute to Montanita to spend time in the town and then get away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy some peace and tranquility.

We would love to come stay at the Casa De los Suenos if it is still available. We would check in the afternoon of July 22, 2011 and leave on Monday, July 25, 2011.





Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2011 14:13:17 -0400
Subject: RE: thanks

Hey Todd,

We all had a great time…It was wayyyyyy too short. I love the area and the grounds the house is located. Olon is my kind of town. Very local chill feeling. Montanita is cool, but I prefer Olon a lot more…Tranquilo is the word. Don’t forget about my house swap offer in the future.


I’m sure you will get business from the girls very soon. They have a nice group of friends that will treat the house/houses very well. They are not out of control as some youth can be.

Say hi to Leigh for me.



John M. Friedman – Vice President | J.P. Morgan SecuritiesLLC

277 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10172



Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:28:11 -0700
Subject: En fin, muchas gracias!

Leigh & Todd,

Muchas, Muchas gracias!!

What a lovely week we’ve had – sun,surf, national park, archaeological museum, Montanita highlife, delicious seafood, soft beds, cool breezes and of course, a nightly pina colada en la playa!!

Really, we so appreciate your hospitality and attention to detail (loved the books, music, ipod station, beach chairs and toys and hammocks). Oh, and sharing Daisy.

You have a warm and welcoming home and we have fantastic family memories to take back home. Ahhh…

Many thanks again – we hope to be back – with more family. Best of luck with your business – we appreciate all that you’ve done to make our week go so smoothly.

Hasta luego –

We hope !!

Diana, Mateo, Piper and Duncan



Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:30:22 -0400
Subject: website blurb

Hope you and Leigh are well.

We loved getting together with neighbors around the outdoor grill and bar in the evening, quiet afternoon naps in one of the many hammocks strung here and there, long daily walks on the beach and those unforgettable sunsets (always so promptly at 6:30pm!) This house really offered us the perfect combination of public party space and private retreat space -- all right there on the most amazing beach. So many thanks to Todd and Leigh for taking care of all the details so we could enjoy this magical place -- we'll be back!

Elizabeth Anderson



Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2011 14:18:44 -0800
Subject: Our Olon Trip

Todd and Leigh,

It's been a week since we left pardise!...

Thanks for making our first trip to Ecuador so great. From coordinating our transportation to and from the airport, to being there to greet us at 2 am in the morning when we arrived, and making sure we knew our way around Olon and Montanita. You made coming to a new country exciting and fun .

We enjoyed staying in your beautiful beach house. It was fully equiped, just unpack your suitcases and walk out to the beach! And what a beach! We loved all the people we met that live in your little neighborhood. They were all so friendly and fun to hang out with. It was awesome to have so many food choices to eat at right on the beach, and within a couple hundred yards of the house. We loved sitting out there eating and drinking while watching those awesome sunsets. It was the perfect house for us to rent.

The exciting nightlife of Montanita (only a $1 cab ride away, or 25 cent bus ride) mixed with the tranquility of the Olon beach house, was the perfect recipe for us to escape our hectic California lifestyle. We are already looking forward to our next visit in May. See you then.

Hola, Robert and Barb



From: Tom Kim <>
Date: Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 9:14 PM
Subject: Hola!

Hola Todd!
we got back after a long trip home.
slightly chillier here, but the sun is a shinin'!
Thanks so much for you guys' hospitality again...
The house was possibly the best part of the trip. The best showers in
both Montanita and Olon with actual high pressure and constant hot
water (the rest of the towns shut off the water during the day for a
few hours but this house runs off a separate supply, and no one else
had consistent hot water for more than a minute at a time). We stayed
for a month (actually extended our stay in the house by a week instead
of traveling to Peru). We initially stayed in Montanita the first few
nights which was fun, but after two nights in a upscale hostel (that
cost the same price as this far larger and superior house) we wanted
to get out of the crazy party town and retreat to the much quieter and
perhaps more traditionally authentic Ecuadorian beach town of Olon.
Perfect location, a mile up the road from Montanita. 25 cent bus
ride, 50 cent taxi, or 20 minute walk from Olon to Montanita so we
would hang out in Montanita at night and spend the days on the beach
in Olon. A beautiful run up and over the point. When surfing gets
too crowded in Montanita, all the waves are yours in Olon. If you
wanna stay in, there is an amazing dvd collection and book exchange
collection. Kitchen is amazing and we had frequent guests for dinner
and drinks. As far as restaurants, Tito and Hanna's on the beach had
the best fish for three bucks. Oswaldo, the grounds care taker was
amazing, even delivered horses to our front door which we rode out
onto the beach one day. He was also amazing about getting just about
anything we needed, bus tickets, random supplies, and even would
replace a giant several gallon water cooler water jug (in the house!)
for 2 bucks (otherwise you are buying bottles of water constantly).
If you are coming to Montanita or Olon to volunteer or learn spanish,
stay in this house if its available... far better than any other
'montanita spanish school' accommodations, and will make the trip
worthwhile. Best part of the house were the owners, Todd and Leigh.
They are like the mayors of Montanita, know everyone, where to eat,
where to drink, and so incredibly chill and hospitable. I'd never
become facebook friends with anyone I rented a place from until now!
Great people, great house, beautiful fun location and perfect
launching point for surfing and all the standard tropical beach
diving, zip line, etc excursions.

be well,



Subject: RE:
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 08:57:16 -0400

I've just read your blog, and it is fabulous! You are a natural writer, and I hope you not only keep this up, but expand. and write, and write and WRITE!!!!

'hope y'all are doing great. We loved our time there, and would sure love to return.

best to you both,



Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 11:16:13 -0500

We recently stayed at Casa Frost-Hebert for a little over a week on our honeymoon. After spending two weeks traveling throughout Ecuador already, we were ready for some relaxing and unwinding in the tranquilo beach town of Olon. Upon arrival, our gracious hosts, Todd and Leah, welcomed us to this beautiful area. After staying at several other rental locations, we cannot say enough about these two. They made our stay at the beach the most memorable part of the trip. The house in Olon is wonderful. The kitchen is fully stocked, laundry is available to you at the home, we always had hot showers, and the place was spotless. To top it all off, Todd, a former executive chef made a delicious chicken dinner for everyone! If you are into visiting the rain forest, Isla de la Plata, surfing or any activity imaginable, Todd and Leah will work to not only make it happen, but to get the best deal and ensure that you are satisfied with your experience - we can testify to this! If you have any hesitation at all, please email me - we would love to tell you why renting from these owners, in this location, is one of the best decisions you can make while traveling abroad.

Brian & Lara Hilliard

St Louis, MO USA



Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2010 05:55:32 -0700
Subject: RE: Ecuador

Hi Guys,

Thank you both so much for all of your help and advice while we were in Ecuador, we had an absolutely wonderful vacation!

I’m glad you liked the Wahoo..I had heard it was a really good eating fish and there certainly was enough of it.

The tougher question was, what didn’t we love about Olon. The village was charming and safe, the beach was as beautiful as any we’d ever seen, the people were friendly, the fishing, horseback riding, the whale watching, it was all wonderful. We would love to have you visit us in NH…please take us up on the offer of our summer place sometime.

All the best,


Eric Mensh, Managing Partner

Access Pointe

50 Horace Greeley Road

Amherst, NH 03031



August 10, 2010

Todd & Leigh,

We have stayed at many places in Ecuador and the pictures posted are usually more attractive than the property advertised. Your house is the exception. We found your house to be much more attractive than the pictures indicated. We loved it! We plan to come back again soon.

The Burton Family



Subject: Re: The Olon House.
Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2010 19:55:01 -0400

Dear Leigh and Todd, I wanted to thank you for renting me and my family your beautiful house in Olon Ecuador for five nights. The truth is that the pictures posted in the website makes no justice for the gorgeous place you have. Your house is BEAUTIFUL! The beach was great! Everyone was really nice and friendly to us, especially Bobby and Osvaldo. I feel I have know you guys for a long time even though we only met once. We can’t thank you enough for the warm welcome, and hope to keep in touch for years to come. Thank you, Will Be Back Next Year! :-)

AlexandraVoelz Florida, United States



From: Lauren Foster

Sent: Friday, May 14, 2010 1:22 PM
To: todd
Subject: Re: Ecuador


We had such a great time! I speak for everyone when I say that the house was amazing, the area beautiful, and the people so friendly. None of us wanted to leave!!

Oswaldo was great. He helped us with everything, and his wife is an amazing cook! She cooked us dinner twice, both times fabulous.

Your house was perfect. The outdoor shower was used I think for every shower taken all week! The feed recs were great, Hola Ola was our favorite spot, and we went on multiple nights. We had a bonfire on the beach one night too, which was a great experience. Relaxing on the beach in Olon was a daily occurence. We did go to Montanita, and loved it, but I have never been on a beach so alive with sea creatures, and so beautiful! It was great.

Lastly, a thanks to Keith also. The boys loved talking with him, and really enjoyed the ride!

Everyone I know wants to go visit Ecuador now. We had such an amazing time. And the lack of stress, the happiness on everyones faces, really makes you reexamine your life!

I plan on returning. My parents and brothers want to rent the place! I have given everyone who asked your email, and your website.

THanks for having us!! Enclosed are a few pictures for you. Hope you enjoy them!




From: Bobby Bell
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 5:46 AM
To: todd
Subject: Re: Jardines

Dear Todd and Leigh, thanks for the stay in Olon. The weather was perfect and my daughters are admiring my tan. Your house is perfectly situated, a small walk to the beach and the beauty of the surrounding gardens makes the stay all the better. I look forward to staying in your house in the future along with my family. Again, thanks for the stay. Bobby Bell



From: Castillo, Yuri
Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2010 11:53 AM
To: 'Leigh Frost'
Cc: 'Todd Hebert'
Subject: RE: Welcome!


I am back in Toronto. I wanted to tell you that our time in Olon was magnificent. You have a great house in a great location, and we really enjoyed our stay. My little one had a great time. I just hope we didn’t leave it too much of a mess for Oswaldo to clean up.




From: Sofia Larsson
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2010 10:24 AM
To: todd
Subject: SV: contact details

I am so grateful for you help.... With all this said, thank you for letting us stay

at your beautiful house. We left a gift for you in the fridge,

it is not from Sweden but from a country rather close.

Kind regards




From: elizabeth devaraj

Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2010 6:21 PM

To: Todd



Your house in Olon was beautiful! We had an amazing trip and we are actually looking at a few properties.

I will definitely spread the word about your beautiful home!



P.S. Oswaldo and Yanini were fantastic.


From: Elizabeth Durstine-Lipkind
Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 9:44 PM
To: ecuador
Subject: RE: Ecuador trip

Dear Leigh and Todd,
Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful Ecuadorian home. We loved every minute of it and our vacation was perfect. The house is great and feels like a home rather than like a rental which makes all the difference. There were enough waves for the boys to surf every day in front of the house and they never even felt like they needed to surf in Montanita. That made life very easy for us all. Oswaldo and Carlos and their families were great as were Olon and Montanita. We ate like kings and had some fun explorations. My son got hooked on Nip Tuck...the perfect down time activity (though a touch inappropriate at times, but what happens in Olon stays in Olon, right?) Keith was very helpful and full of information and his family as great. All in all, I think this was the best vacation we have had. I was absolutely not ready to leave. Thank you for everything.

Liz and Alan




Dear Todd and Leigh

We thoroughly enjoyed the time at your beautiful house, the friendly little town of Olon, and exploring the coast. A highlight for me was scuba diving off Isla de la Plata, look in the pictures for the many turtles who were nesting and were as abundant at the surface as they were 60 feet down! Both of us also valued our long walks on your beautiful beach….wish I were still there!

Our visit would not have been as wonderful without the help of so many people. We were very grateful for the pick up, grocery excursion and company of Keith as we made the drive from Guayaquil to the house. He was so generous in suggesting things to do and see and restaurants to visit. Oswaldo kept an eye on us and we appreciated his efforts too. We enjoyed watching his beautiful children play in the area. Ronald and Parajito made sure we got driven everywhere we needed to go. And most importantly, we were so grateful for the help and support of Edgar and Claudia. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them, the hikes, massage, reiki treatment when I was stressed about the keys, the numerous calls and translations Edgar did for us to arrange things, numerous interesting conversations, and just generally knowing they were there.

Thanks again for allowing us to stay. Working with you and Todd was easy and your care and concern for our trip and our well being were very evident.

All the best!

Connie Mackinnon

Calgary, Alberta Canada



November 04, 2009

only feedback would be to provide a general idea of what might be appropriate gratuity for concierge/hospitality services. Is it a percentage of the weekly Edgar was great, so was Oswaldo. Claudia gives a GREAT massage. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Thank you and Todd for all your assistance with making our trip a success. Your home there is wonderful and comfortable.





I wanted to write you a follow up letter to “thank you” for all the hospitality that was shown to us during our stay at your property. You have done a great job of align yourselves and your property with good people, that can manage the well being of your home and your guests. Edgar and Claudia where there whenever we needed them, and guided us carefully in order to provide a safe and fun filled vacation. Jorge the cook was fantastic, he provided us with a beautiful breakfast each morning and cleaned up after us. Keith Varni, the private driver made us feel very safe in his presence, he answered all of our many questions, and told us to call him if we had any issues. It makes an American, far from home, feel good to know another American has your back if something happens.

I have been in the Resort and Hospitality business for many years, please feel free to use me as a “contact in the business”, as you continue to grow your business in property management and real estate. Whatever knowledge I have acquired over the years, I would be happy to share with you. Kindly, Alicia

Alicia F. Mullaney

Property Procurement Manager

The Sea Pines Resort

From: josemallea

Sent: Monday, August 03, 2009 8:04 PM

To: Todd Hebert


Hope you remember me, I stayed in your beautiful home last November over the Thanksgiving Holiday. We are planning another trip this November and I wanted to check what dates are available during that time period at your home in Olon.

Hope all is well and looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best, Jose



From: danny radd
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2009 7:40 AM
To: Leigh Frost

The trip was amazing! The house was in the perfect location as well. Finally got some waves during the second half of the week and I surfed right behind the house by myself in warm water which was exactly what I was looking for. We ate at Lolita's almost everyday and could not believe how good the shrimp ceviche was.

Ended up giving out about 250 bags of crayons and supplies to the kids around town. I felt like santa clause! The kids where running from the houses and following me for blocks. I've attached a few photos for you to see some of the kids, whales and horses we saw.

Thanks again for the incredible house and hospitality. We will be back again soon!

Take care, Danny



From: Lanette Bell
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2009 1:22 PM


Hello! Thanks again for our wonderful stay at your beach house in Ecuador! We really loved your house, amenities and location! So much that my father has decided to buy a lot in Jardines de Olon! He wanted me to email you with hopes that you could give us some insight on a few things….



From: Bettina Ayala
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 4:01 PM

We did have a terrific time! We loved everything about Ecuador. We definitely fell in love with Olon and the people there.
When we were at Olon we did the tour over to Isla de la Plata and saw numerous whales on our way over to the island and back! We also went deep sea fishing and saw more whales (with Oswaldo). We loved hanging out at the beach and seeing all the sand dollars and star fish..

We are going to leave feedback on the rentals page... but we really enjoyed ourselves and had a wonderful time!!



The Perfect Ecuadorian Experience!, February 23, 2009

By Bryan M. (Long Island , NY USA)

Stayed at this property: February 2009

Additional Comments:

Just got back from a week stay in Olon, Ecuador with 4 of my friends on a surf trip. The house was beautiful, and the amenities were great. Olon is only 1 mile north or Montanita. We really liked the property because is was so close to a great surf spot, yet nice and quiet for when we wanted to relax. Oswaldo was around daily taking care of the beautiful flowers on the property, and to assist us with anything we may have needed. Overall, this was a great trip and couldn't have picked a better house to rent! 10 second walk from the beach!




Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 12:35 PM

Hello Todd,

As I sit in Montanita, I understand your love for this place, it is wonderful! . . . thanks so much for everything . . . we love it all!!

Heading to the beach, Jessica
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2008 8:42 PM
Thanks for making this so easy.

Bryan Moser

From: Steve Briski
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 8:48 PM
To: Leigh Frost
Subject: RE: Briski's arrive Sun Aug 8 - 3 nights

Dear Leigh and Todd,

We spent three beautiful days and nights there, and felt as though we were your personal guests. The house was nice and clean and inviting, just as you would have hoped to find it yourself. I opened the shutters and let the breeze pass through the screens, and it was as pleasant as can be. Upon our arrival on Sunday night, Tito met us where we were eating dinner in Montanita, and rode home with us to show us the way. The remainder of the time, Oswaldo was very attentive to our needs, even though in reality, we needed very little.

There were so many things that we enjoyed about the house, that it would take a long letter to describe all of them in detail. We really enjoyed the DVD library, the manicured back yard in which to read, and the sound of the crashing waves, just far enough away to lull you to sleep. I loved the veranda off the bedroom, with a view of the beach. The house really is a delight in so many ways. A tranquil neighborhood is an added bonus.