Playa de La Paz
A short drive from the bustling downtown Cabo scene is the quieter, charming town of La Paz, where the new boutique residences of Playa de La Paz are located. Situated on El Caimancito, one of the town’s best beachfront locations, the 23-residence community is outfitted with spectacular surroundings and luxury amenities. Recently ranked second on CNN’s Best Places to Retire, La Paz has been visited by big names like Felipe Calderon, former president of Mexico; football star Luis Roberto Alves and his wife; television presenter Paola Rojas; and even Bill and Melinda Gates.
With such big names making frequent visits, it’s no surprise that the new Playa de La Paz community is one of luxury. Amenities include an oceanfront pool, a fitness facility, an outdoor yoga studio, equipment for stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and snorkeling as well as a concierge that can coordinate everything from off-site excursions to on-site weddings. Self-sustainable landscaping using native plants and the prime location add to the original goal of Playa de La Plaz developers, Jeffrey Curtiss, Jeffrey Hecktman and John Hargreaves: to create a beachfront property encapsulating the essence of the beautiful town.
With 600 feet of ocean frontage, the property’s one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom residences range in size from 2,900 to more than 9,000 square feet and are priced from $995,000 to more than $3 million. Interiors include upscale appliances and materials including hand cut Calcutta Gold marble, hand cut stone from Brazil, Russia and Italy; high quality exotic woods like Zebrano, maple, walnut and oak; custom cabinetry doors and windows; iron entry gates; and professional range stainless steel appliances. Residences also include state-of-the-art VANTAGE Home Control Systems so homeowners can custom adjust the environment to their liking, from sensor lights to music control. Outdoors, residences feature views of the ocean; private, direct access to the beach; outdoor living spaces and expansive terraces—some with up to 3,500 square feet of space. What makes Playa de La Paz really unique is that every floor plan is one-of-a-kind so no two residences are alike.
Located just 20 minutes from the La Paz International Airport and five minutes from downtown, Puerta Cortés’ collection of residences offer the best in seaside living. The community, formerly named Costa Baja, is currently undergoing a $5 million renovation and rebranding, bringing its luxury lifestyle to a new level. The destination features two residential communities, Las Colinas and VistaMar, along with a marina, Gary Player Signature golf course, dining, watersports, 24-hour security, an on-site concierge and more.
The 72 hillside residences of Las Colinas offer sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. Buyers can choose between four layouts ranging in size from 2,000 square feet up to more than 3,300 square feet. Situated between holes eight and ten of the golf course, floor plans range from two-bedroom plus den, two-bath to three-bedroom plus den with whirlpool, three-bath options with prices from $400,000 up to $750,000.
For a more waterfront lifestyle, VistaMar features 60 oceanfront condominiums with eight different floor plans ranging in size from 2,600 square feet up to more than 5,000 square feet. Similar amenities can be found in these residences along with walk-in closets and spacious terraces spanning up to 1,883 square feet. Floor plans range from two-bedroom, two-and-one-half baths to three-bedroom plus studio, three-and-one-half baths two-floor penthouses with prices from $500,000 up to $1.4 million.
Puerta Cortes homeowners also get the luxury of enjoying the abounding community amenities like Mexico’s only Gary Player Signature golf course, home to one of the longest par fives in the country, and the signature Blue Cortés beach club. Those with nautical toys will enjoy the world-class Pueblito Marinero, featuring an inner and outer marina able to host vessels up to 225 feet, dockside dining, on-site adventure companies and more. Those looking to explore the area by boat can sail to Isla Espiritu Santo, a short 35 minute ride away, or set out for the stunning Balandra or Pichilingue beaches, both just 20 minutes away.
Las Colinas priced from $400,000, VistaMar priced from $500,000
Off-the-grid living takes on true meaning in Loreto Bay, a master-planned community of 700 homes nestled between the Sea of Cortez and Sierra de la Gigante mountain range on the Baja Peninsula on the Gulf of California. While the area is still relatively undiscovered (think Cabo or Punta Mita 15 years ago), those looking to make it home will find a vibrant, family-friendly lifestyle. The community is just eight minutes from the international airport and 10 minutes from the town of Loreto. Its unique pedestrian-style village makes getting around extremely convenient, with a number of restaurants, shops, spas and services all within walking distance.
The community of Loreto Bay is made up of small clusters of homes built around communal green spaces with large fountains, beautiful gardens and seating areas. Each individual home is designed around an interior courtyard with gardens and water features. Homes are offered in a variety of sizes and all are built and designed with sustainability in mind, something Loreto Bay prides itself on. On top of boasting their own recycling program, its residents don’t even need a car. Gas-powered vehicles are only allowed on the main street, while the community remains golf cart-, bike- and walking-friendly. Since there’s so much within Loreto Bay, there’s not much reason to leave. There’s even weekly farmers’ markets and community-supported agriculture programs for fresh produce and products. Whether buyers are looking to purchase a second home or simply invest, offered rental programs provide added flexibility.
Residents will find a very active, unique lifestyle waiting for them with amenities encouraging outdoor exploration. Perks include community pools, an 18-hole golf course, hiking and fitness classes like yoga, Zumba, bootcamp and Pilates. There’s also the opportunity for snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking, plus boat trips to nearby islands with white beaches and turquoise waters. The community’s great location means boats can pick up residents right on Loreto Bay’s beach.
While Loreto may still be flying under the radar, a few nearby developments offer exciting additions to the area. Just 10 minutes south of Loreto Bay is a new marina project, Waicuri Puerto Escondido. Travel another five minutes south to reach the new Villa Del Palmar development, home to a resort and world-class TPC Danzante Bay golf course.
Homes starting in the low $200,000s.
Roughly 45 minutes southeast of La Paz, Ventamar is a new resort-style community located along the Sea of Cortez. Situated between El Jalito Beach and the Sierra Cacachilas mountains, residential options include condominiums, villas and estates.
Condos are offered in one- and two-bedroom floor plans plus a seafront penthouse ranging from 1,228 to 1,543 square feet in size. Amenities include an entrance foyer and the option to split large bedrooms into two separate units. Villas are offered in three-bedroom, four-and-one-half bath floor plans at 2,424 square feet in size. The largest of the residential options, estates span 2,702 square feet with three bedrooms and four-and-one-half baths. All residences include 10-ft.-tall ceilings, an open kitchen, built-in closets and glass balcony railings. Villas and estates also feature a lower-level swimming pool and deck plus a second floor with a deck, Jacuzzi, full bathroom and summer kitchen.
Owners can enjoy the best the Baja has to offer with an array of luxury amenities at the Ventamar Beach Club, including a restaurant, an infinity-edge pool, lounge decks, ocean views and beach access. A fitness center will include state-of-the-art equipment, classes, trainers and a dual-level outdoor pool.