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DESIGN & DECOR: The Contemporary Beach House

Community Spotlight: Cabo Bello

REAL ESTATE: Owning in Southern Baja


IN THIS ISSUE 4 DESIGN & DECOR The Contemporary Beach House


10 REAL ESTATE Own in Southern Baja


Publisher Owen Perry Editor in Chief Michelle Monroy Art Director Michelle Monroy Writers / Contributors / Photographers Aimee Meisgeier D-Rock Imaging Julie Kershner Justine Schock Advertising Account Executives Ali Lohrman - destinoali@gmail.com Nickie Jarvies _ destinonickie@gmail.com Justine Schock - destinojustine@gmail.com PR and Marketing Manager Justine Schock - destinojustine@gmail.com Web and IT Management Melomec Studios Editor’s contact: Michelle Monroy - destinomichelle@gmail.com

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by Aimee Meisgeier


ypically when the term “beach house” comes to mind, the image that is thought of is one of a cozy, shake shingle-sided home full of mix and match “shabby chic” style furniture and a nautical theme throughout. That traditional look still holds true, but there is a new generation of beach houses that gear towards a more contemporary aesthetic approach. These modern beach homes are full of natural light, trending materials and entertainment areas that highlight the “indoor/outdoor” living spaces.

In designing a modern beach house, one consideration is the surrounding environment. Showcasing the beautiful outside elements throughout the project is easily done with a floor to ceiling moving glass wall system. This feature allows the house to fill with natural light, as well as provide a view from every angle. Another bonus to a moving glass wall is that when slid open all the way, it allows for a seamless transition of indoor/outdoor living space which is one of the key aspects of a beach house. These spaces provide inviting entertainment areas filled with gorgeous views. 4

Textured finishes at Ocean Club Residences in Diamante

Some trends that are being seen in modern beach houses are neutral color palettes to reflect the tranquility of the outdoors, textured materials such as natural fiber wall paper or three dimensional tile backsplashes, or architectural walls and elegant yet functional materials like composite countertops that mimic the look of natural stone, but do not have the same high maintenance upkeep. Neutral color palettes help keep the outdoor views as the main focus, but if the idea of no color in your life is not appealing, an easy and affordable way to add pops of color without too much commitment is by adding colorful throw pillows, area rugs and accessories throughout the space. These pieces are easily replaced after a few years if you tire of the color and want to try something new. Natural fiber wall papers such as grass cloth, sisal or threedimensional tile are a great way to bring texture into a space, adding visual appeal. With these textured pieces, a little goes a long way though. A nice way of incorporating this trend without overwhelming things too much, is to keep the installation to a single wall, such as the headboard wall in a bedroom or a wall in the main entryway to

create that modern edge. The choice of your finished materials should reflect the functionality of the space. While natural stone countertops are beautiful, they require constant upkeep which to some is not desirable. Composite countertops such as quartz come in a variety of patterns to look like marble or granite but with less maintenance; you can even install them in your outdoor kitchens without fear of the elements. You will not have to worry about the wear and tear of your counters while entertaining and cooking. Another finish material to choose wisely is flooring. If you love the look of wood but once again do not want to deal with the product maintenance, consider installing “wood� tile. The technology of this product has come a long way over the years and now provides a realistic wood look with the durability of tile. You will have no more fear of soggy towels or wet feet coming in from the pool or ocean. All in all, no matter how you design your modern beach house, the most important thing to provide is a place of relaxation in which to enjoy the beautiful surroundings with family and friends for many years to come. i

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CABO BELLO by Justine Schock, REmexico Real Estate, Justine@CaboRealEstate.com


abo Bello is a well-established oceanside gated development and was one of the first master-planned communities in Los Cabos. With more than 350 single and multi-family homes, vacant lots and condominiums, Cabo Bello offers homeowners a laid-back lifestyle within close proximity to all that Cabo San Lucas has to offer. Active listings in Cabo Bello currently range from $250,000 USD to $695,000 USD, while available lots currently range from $119,000 USD to $359,000 USD. Beachfront homes in the double gated Cabo Bello beachfront enclave of Playa del Rey (when they are available) usually start around $1.5 million USD. Cabo Bello is located just 6 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas and 40 minutes from San José International Airport. Home Depot, Blue Net Hospital, Vinoteca, Costco, Walmart, restaurants, salons, shops and more are all just minutes away by car. For homeowners or vacation renters who do not want to deal with the hassle of driving a car in Mexico, the public bus (Ruta del Desierto) will take you from downtown Cabo to just outside the gates of Cabo Bello for roughly $30 MXN (approximately $1.50


USD). But the best part about Cabo Bello is the beach! Every home is walking distance to a semi-private swimmable beach where you can safely swim, snorkel, or sunbathe with friends, family and guests. The development also offers homeowners 24-hour security with guards at the entry gate, and roaming on ATV’s throughout the development. The homes in Cabo Bello are very eclectic and not at all like the newer cookie cutter developments of recent years. Some of the more outdated homes from the 80’s and 90’s have undergone major renovations, yet the charm and unique spirit of the community remains. A lot of the homes within Cabo Bello have stunning arch and ocean views, which adds to the value and appeal of the neighborhood. Many of the homes offer second units, for example our Casa Santa Fe Duplex listing (with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in Unit 1, and 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in Unit 2), gives the owner instant rental income whether they prefer to find vacation renters on sites like Airbnb, VRBO or HomeAway, or find long term renters. Long term renters give the property owner a steadier income stream, while

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vacation rentals tend to yield higher returns. Other homes, like Casa Jose, boast multiple master suites with a detached casita that could be used for a mother-in-law apartment or live-in caretaker, maid or nanny. Homes with these kinds of flexible living spaces are great for investors, vacation rentals, or extended families looking for a little separation and privacy. You can find additional information about both Casa Santa Fe and Casa Jose in the last pages of this issue of Baja Home Magazine, or online at www.CaboRealEstate.com. Overall, the whole neighborhood is well maintained. The homes in Cabo Bello are close enough to the water that during whale season you will be able to see these majestic creatures playing and breaching in the waters of the Sea of Cortez. Not only will you see whales, but private boat tours and yachts regularly pass by the shore, and private firework shows over the water are a common occurrence, typically several evenings a week. Buyers looking for less maintenance and upkeep may prefer a condominium over a single-family home. Plaza Calafia condominiums are also located within the gates of Cabo Bello. Plaza Califia features two pools and a jacuzzi, tennis courts, a BBQ area and their own 24-hour security, all located just two blocks from Cabo Bello’s secluded beach. Interested in learning more about Cabo Bello? Contact a local real estate professional and start the search for your own piece of paradise today! i



VIDASOUL HOTEL Welcome to VIDASOUL HOTEL, an exclusive beach-front boutique hotel and a one-of-a-kind property. Dive into the design of this contemporary structure that awaits you on a glorious secluded beach on the East Cape. Beautifully situated just 22 miles north of downtown San JosĂŠ del Cabo, and offering immediate access to the welcoming Sea of Cortez, VIDASOUL HOTEL presents a superlative opportunity for growth and remarkable lifestyle. With 18 rooms already built, a restaurant and beach-side pool, plus plans available for 82 additional rooms, the property is designed to be eco-friendly, off-the-grid and fully solar powered with generators in place. The boutique hotel includes 93 meters (305 ft) of ocean-front and an the adjacent beach-front 4+ acres are also available. For more information on this exclusive property contact: Susanne Giraud (624) 122-2401 Susanne@CaboRealEstate.com Marcela Valles (858) 842-7890 Marcela@CaboRealEstate.com Or visit: www.CaboRealEstate.com





IN SOUTHERN BAJA by Julie Kershner, REmexico Real Estate, Julie@CaboRealEstate.com

The Paraiso Residences - www.theparaisoresidences.com


ongratulations, you’ve done your homework and you are ready to buy a home in paradise! Bienvenidos! You have found the home of your dream, but how much should you pay? As you know, the value of a home is based on what a buyer is willing to pay and what a seller is willing to accept, so please consider the following when determining the amount of your offer. Because Los Cabos has an active MLS system, and has had for nearly 20 years, obtaining market data is easy. Your agent will be able to access data showing recent sales of comparable properties, as well as providing information on market trends within Los Cabos. To insure you are comparing this property with other comparable properties, take into consideration how similar the other comparables are. Age, condition, and location are very important aspects to consider. Other information helpful in determining an offer price is the length of time on the market and whether the home has been a vacation rental. Many times a home being used also as a vacation rental will not be available for showings, thereby extending the length of time on the market. This has very little to do with the appeal of the home, but it is hard to sell a home you cannot show. If your dream property needs a face lift, consider the cost of the improvements compared to an available property with those improvements already included in the sales price. Lastly, consider the seller’s situation. If the seller has recently made a price improvement (reduction), it indicates they are motivated to sell. Pricing a home for sale is somewhat subjective and owners generally have a price range in mind for the value of their home. This range is refined and adjusted based on feedback from buyers and agents. If the seller has made the necessary adjustments to the correct selling price, a lowball offer may be considered insulting. After owning a home in Los Cabos for over 20 years, I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions of my life. *


Casa Connie - www.caborealestate.com

Villa Danzante - www.danzantebay.com

Casa Niparaya - www.caborealestate.com

The Islands of Loreto



CASITA 3 - DIAMANTE - CABO SAN LUCAS $1,195,000 US • 3 Bed • 3.5 Bath • 4,002 Sq Ft • MLS#19-1883 Enjoy all amenities that Diamante has to offer with this 3BR/3.5BA stunning luxury casita. The Casita standard package features amenities such as a jacuzzi, spacious private terrace, outdoor BBQ grill, fire pit and lounge area, rooftop viewing deck, gourmet kitchen and living area, and two car garage.

Find paradise an address.

Blake Harrington Local Cell: 624.191.3462 Blake@CaboRealEstate.com www.CaboRealEstate.com

Billy Cowley Local Cell: 624.178.5076 US: 912.222.7823 Billy@CaboRealEstate.com www.CaboRealEstate.com

OCEAN CLUB RESIDENCES 204/205 - DIAMANTE - CABO SAN LUCAS $1,300,000 US • 3 Bed • 3.5 Bath • 2,239 Sq Ft • MLS#19-1976 Enjoy evening walks on the beach and all amenities that Diamante has to offer with this brand-new, fully furnished condo with sweeping ocean views. Sink your toes in the sand just steps from your front door while also taking advantage of in-house rental programs showing great returns.

Blake Harrington Local Cell: 624.191.3462 Blake@CaboRealEstate.com www.CaboRealEstate.com


Justine Schock Local Cell: 624.168.9268 LosCabosLiving@gmail.com www.CaboRealEstate.com

RE LISTINGS CASA NIPARAYA - QUERENCIA - SAN JOSE DEL CABO $3,250,000 • 5 Bed • 5.5 Bath • 6,025 Sq Ft • MLS# 18-2276 Casa Niparaya creates an uncommon mold for anyone fortunate enough to take possession of this striking home. Architectural wooden beams, textured concrete walls and over-sized marble slabs melt with just enough the natural stone throughout this property. With 5,628 square feet spread over a thoughtful palate of indoor/outdoor living, Casa Niparaya is unique and far different from any other home in Los Cabos, especially as a newer build. Casa Niparaya uses wide open spaces and a sequence of modern features and custom furniture that breeze through accomplished landscaping and thoughtfully customized outdoor lighting that blurs to the community of Querencia, as it boldly sets the canvas for the home.

Blake Harrington Local Cell: 624.191.3462 Blake@CaboRealEstate.com www.CaboRealEstate.com

SOLARIA - CABO SAN LUCAS 1, 2 & 3 bedroom Ocean View Condos • Prices starting at $229K Solaria is a quiet gated community located 10 minutes from downtown Cabo with phenomenal ocean views and quality amenities for every member of the family! Solaria includes 24-hour security, clubhouse, infinity pool, jacuzzi, spa, gym, restaurant/bar, on-site concierge, property management, and a designated children’s pool and playground area. Each spacious condo features underground parking and storage area, elevator access, sophisticated granite countertops and travertine marble flooring, and many different floorplans to choose from. Developer financing available!

Dana Leuenberger Local Cell: 624.160.0885 Dana@CaboRealEstate.com www.CaboRealEstate.com


RE LISTINGS CASA BELLA VISTA II - CORRIDOR $1,700,000 USD • 4 Bed • 4.5 Bath • 3,726 Sq Ft • MLS# 19-2046 First time on the market. Contemporary design, with Mexican accents, is situated one row back from the beach. The main level of the home is open concept, containing a gourmet kitchen, living area, dining area and master. Two walls of pocket doors bring the large pool area into the home for added enjoyment. Fully gated, with 2 additional homes in compound; live-in caretaker in compound.

Julie Kershner Local Cell: 624.118.1616 US: 520.204.5450 Julie@CaboRealEstate.com www.CaboRealEstate.com

CASA JOSE - CABO BELLO - CORRIDOR $499,000 USD • 4 Bed • 4 Bath • Plus Casita • 3,766 Sq Ft

With 4 BR / 4 BA and 3 living areas in the main house, Casa Jose is the perfect layout for families or vacation renters who want their own separated space. The home also offers a detached 1 BR / 1 BA casita, a pool and jacuzzi, and a 2-car garage with enclosed storage and work space. Only a 6-minute drive from downtown Cabo and 1 block walk to Cabo Bello’s semi-private swimmable beach! More than $150K was put into repairs and updating after hurricane Odile. Offered fully furnished and move in ready.

Justine Schock Local Cell: 624.168.9268 LosCabosLiving@gmail.com www.CaboRealEstate.com


CASA SANTA FE DUPLEX - CABO BELLO - CORRIDOR $495,000 USD • 6 Bed • 6.5 Bath • 3,357 Sq Ft • MLS #19-780 Located in the quiet residential community of Cabo Bello, just 6 mins from downtown Cabo, Casa Santa Fe features 2 fully furnished units each with their own separate entrance. This home is an EXCELLENT INVESTMENT property, with 6 beds/6.5 baths, 24/7 security, lovely arch & ocean views, and tons of possibilities for future construction! Cabo Bello semi-private swimmable and snorkel friendly beach is only a 10-minute walk. The public bus stops just outside the development, ideal for renters who don’t want to rent a car.

Justine Schock Local Cell: 624.168.9268 LosCabosLiving@gmail.com www.CaboRealEstate.com

RE LISTINGS CASA CONNIE - PEDREGAL - CABO SAN LUCAS $2,650,000 US • 6 Bed • 7.5 Bath • 5,673 Sq Ft • MLS# 18-2652

VILLA DANZANTE - LORETO 3,859 A/C Sq Ft • 2,103 Patio Sq Ft • 3 Bed • 3.5 Bath

Perched on a knoll, at the end of a private lane, and above the Cabo San Lucas marina in one of Cabo’s most known and respected community, El Pedregal, Casa Connie is a faithfully eclectic collection of intimate gathering places, sun-drenched pools, and shaded private gardens. Meticulously maintained, Casa Connie is a true move-in ready, turn-key listing, hard to find in any other offering in Pedregal.

Own your quest for beauty. This single story home embodies modern villa luxury. Seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living space, this home is designed to compliment and inspire both inside and out. Inquire for pricing. All renderings, drawings, plans, dimensions, specifications and features are conceptual and subject to change without notice due to the dynamic nature of the development. The Developer reserves the right to modify or withdraw any of these at its sole discretion.

Blake Harrington Local Cell: 624.191.3462 Blake@CaboRealEstate.com www.CaboRealEstate.com

Justine Schock Local Cell: 624.168.9268 LosCabosLiving@gmail.com www.CaboRealEstate.com

CASA EMILY - CABO SAN LUCAS $360,000 USD • 2 Bed • 2 Bath • 1,386 Sq F • MLS #19-1314

Enjoy sweeping views of the city, marina, and harbor as your sliding glass doors open to a 388 square foot balcony; all within walking distance to restaurants, bars, marina, and beach. Part of the exclusive Pedregal community, this turn key property, with top of the line improvements, also boasts a very impressive rental record with a great ROI. In addition to its easy access to town, this unit is one of the only condos that allows someone to go from the two-car garage to the front door without ever having to use stairs.

Billy Cowley Local Cell: 624.178.5076 US: 912.222.7823 Billy@CaboRealEstate.com www.CaboRealEstate.com

info@danzantebay.com www.danzantebay.com US Toll Free 844.622.0799 Mx Office +52.613.134.1040




The Contemporary Beach House  

Community Spotlight: Cabo Bello • Real Estate: Own in Southern Baja • Los Cabos Real Estate Listings

The Contemporary Beach House  

Community Spotlight: Cabo Bello • Real Estate: Own in Southern Baja • Los Cabos Real Estate Listings