Dan's place is great for a stay in Playa Maderas or Play Marsella. Easy walk to both beaches, while giving you privacy, peace, and quiet with it's location up the hill. The house feels secluded, but it's a short walk to the beaches, hotels (for food and drink), the shuttle to town, etc. We walked with surfboards to and from the beach a few times a day.
The house has everything you need- pots and pans to cook with, dishes, etc, water, AC in the bedrooms, ample space, a pool, a rooftop deck (perfect for morning coffee and sunset drinks), a hammock, and all the essentials. And the kitchen island is a great place to gather for food and drinks, when not on the porch or the rooftop. It's a simple yet spacious house that feels new and clean, and will meet all your needs while there. There are not a lot of frills, but who wants to hang around the house while in Nicaragua.
The family next door who take care of the house are your only neighbors, and they are very welcoming and respectful of your privacy. And their kids are adorable, their presence overall made coming up to the house feel more like coming home while we were there.
Overall, Dan's place is excellent, and this area of the coast is perfect. It's close enough to town to be able to make a quick trip for groceries or whatever, but far enough away that you feel like you're well off the beaten path and can get plenty of peace and quiet. Also, Dan is very quick to respond to messages, as are the rental company the house uses out of SJDS, so we always felt like anything we needed would be attended to asap, and it was(URL HIDDEN)