Category Archives: Ensenada Real Estate

An oasis of music and wine in Baja

 

 

An oasis of music and wine in Baja
Steve Lopez
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October 12, 2013, 12:05 p.m.

In the hills high above Ensenada, on the road to Ojos Negros, a dust-covered, mustachioed cowboy named Don Heriberto Aguilar has found the perfect life.

A trip to Aguilar’s rancho was not on my itinerary in Mexico. I was there to research a story, which will be coming soon, on more than three decades of good deeds performed in Baja California by the owners of Benning Violins in Studio City.

But Tito Quiroz, a musician who started Ensenada’s Academia Benning (which he named for his longtime mentors), was determined to give me and Times photographer Michael Robinson Chavez a look at a Mexico few visitors see. If we were interested, he said, he would take us to a party at a winery in the hills.

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ROSARITO AND ENSENADA ADVENTURES

ROSARITO AND ENSENADA ADVENTURES – Rides in Rosarito, dining in Ensenada offer memorable views and moments south of the border
By Wendy Lemlin Oct. 13, 2013

If you go – Getting there

Cross the border at San Ysidro and bear to the right, following signs for Rosarito-Ensenada Scenic Road and then signs for Ensenada Cuota. For the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Susanna’s, take the third Rosarito exit, and continue straight to Blvd. Benito Juarez.

Returning to the U.S.

Important: You must have a valid passport to re-enter the United States.

Some hotels and restaurants, including the Rosarito Beach Hotel and Susanna, offer a one-time “Fast Pass” allowing access to the faster, specifically designated border lanes.

Ensenada lodging
Casa Natalie: Hotelncasanatalie.com/English.
Hotel Coral & Marina: Hotelcoral.com
Rosarito Beach lodging
Rosarito Beach Hotel: RosaritoBeachHotel.com
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Talks Of Ownership Laws in Mexico Generate Surge in Real Estate Sales

Changes to foreign ownership laws in Mexico expected to generate a surge in sales
The historical amendment to Mexican Constitutions´ 27th Article, has stirred the interest in   properties along the Baja Riviera, as evidenced by the surge of real-estate activity along the Northern Baja Coast. “We have seen an important increase in the number of inquiries by potential clients since discussion about the reform hit international media outlets”, said Maday Valdenegro, Sales Manager at Santa Barbara in Bajamar.

Manlio Fabio Beltrones - Mexican Federal Senator

Manlio Fabio Beltrones – Mexican Federal Senator

The amendment to article 27 was approved by the Mexican Senate on April 23rd, “but it still needs to be approved by a majority of Congresses of each of the States in Mexico for a reform of the law to be final”, noted   Javier Troncoso, an Attorney at Law based in Los Cabos

The reform would now allow foreigners to acquire real estate within the “Restricted Zone” (100 kilometers wide from the borders and 50 kilometers wide from the coastal shores).

“Historically, once an amendment has passed in the Mexican Senate, the State Congresses have approved it. An amendment to the Law of Foreign Ownership would still be needed”, added Troncoso. read more »

Home for sale in Bajamar – 3016 – Las Fuentes – Mision Todos Santos – Open House

Marycarmen Lopez from the Baja Real Estate GroupBaja Premier Properties Office in Bajamar. Takes us on an Open House tour of House #3016 Las Fuentes – Mision Todos Santos. An hacienda styled 2 story home, featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large patio, terrace and hand made stone work throughout.

The enclosed patio sits on sturdy slab stone flooring and it features a beautiful quarry stone dolphin fountain just in the center, which is the focal point of this area. A colorful hand-made stone work dresses one of the patio walls with an intricate Mexican design mosaic. read more »

Real estate trends: History and culture

 

Santa Barbara at Bajamar.
History, art, nature, golf… everything is possible when you wake up in Paradise

Vacation property buyers want their leisure days to bring them a sense of revitalization. But that does not necessarily mean lying in the sun at a crowded beach.

Father Kino Mission in San Ignacio

Father Kino Mission in San Ignacio

There is another, far more interesting way to achieve a feeling of renewal. Getting exposed to art, nature and history awakens our senses and stimulates the mind. But the idea is not to run through ruins, galleries and museums in a crazy race, like they do at those 8-day-and-25-cities-tours.

What we wish for is a place to explore the surroundings at our own pace, little by little, capriciously.

“Some people just take the car and go see the cave-paintings” says Maday Valdenegro from the Baja Real Esatte Group. “There are loads of interesting sites nearby: the missions, museums, La Bufadora –a marine geyser, whale watching”.

This is a sample of the things I did as a visitor to Santa Barbara.
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Mexico’s Wine Country in Valle de Guadalupe

By: KATY MCLAUGHLIN

Head to Valle de Guadalupe for upscale wineries, chic hotels and a south-of-the-border answer to the French Laundry.

WE WERE WATCHING the kids swim in his backyard pool in Los Angeles when my friend Juan Carlos, who grew up in Tijuana, began raving about a life-altering bowl of chicken soup he’d recently eaten.

Mexico's Wine Country in Valle De Guadalupe

Mexico’s Wine Country in Valle De Guadalupe

“It was at the Mexican version of the French Laundry,” he said. “You know—a fancy, farm-to-table place in the middle of Mexican wine country.”

I had no idea, I sheepishly admitted, there was wine country in Mexico, nor anything resembling the French Laundry. But Valle de Guadalupe is a Mediterranean microclimate in Baja California where wine has been produced for more than a century, and it’s in the midst of the kind of winemaking and tourism renaissance that Napa Valley experienced in the 1970s.

A decade ago, the area was mostly known in the wine scene for being home to L.A. Cetto, a huge maker of mid-market wines—the Mexican version of E. & J. Gallo. Today Valle de Guadalupe boasts scores of artisanal wineries; the region’s wine has improved and become trendy enough to be served in fashionable Mexico City restaurants. Top chefs are opening eateries in the area, and several stylish boutique hotels have been built in the past few years.

It sounded irresistible, so a few months later, I found myself caravanning, with Juan Carlos, his wife and my husband in one car, another couple of friends in theirs, across the Mexican border and south on the Tijuana-Ensenada Cuota toward Valle de Guadalupe, a 3½-hour ride from L.A.

We ditched our plan to drive directly to the valley when Juan Carlos pointed out Bar Villa Ortega, his favorite spot in Puerto Nuevo, for Pacific lobster, placemat-size flour tortillas and micheladas—pressed lemon over ice with beer in a salt-rimmed glass. We sat on a spacious covered patio built on a bluff, making us feel like we were eating on the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

We arrived in the valley with our bellies full of lobster and ears full of mariachi music. Flanked by low sierras, a carpet of glimmering green vines heavy with fruit stretched over the valley, interrupted by the occasional winery. These varied in style from sleek, modern structures to rustic haciendas. If it hadn’t been for the dirt roads and the lack of a chic town square, I would have thought I was in Sonoma. read more »

Bajamar Real Estate – Open House: Country Club 77, Villa Del Vino – Maday Valdenegro

Maday Valdenegro from The Baja Real Estate Group, Bajamar Premier Properties office, takes us on a tour of Country Club #77. A 3 Bedroom, 1 studio, 3 bathroom Villa right in the Bajamar Golf course.

– Description –
Casa overlooking the lake, the clubhouse and ocean, this hacienda style villa has all the comfort and cozy feeling that one could want. This three bedroom, three bath 2200 square ft house has been newly refurbished and tastefully decorated.

Villa de Vino looks out across the golf course, clubhouse lake and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Backyard patio invites entertaining with a stunning sunset backdrop and a pool nearby. Located on a quiet cul de sac and close to miles and miles of hiking trails or bike riding.

Twenty-four hour security with gated entrance and patrolling guards. New to market.

For more details on this real estate listing in Ensenada visit:
http://www.owninginmexico.com/Listing_33909914.html

For more Mexico Real Estate visit:
http://www.owninginmexico.com

For more Bajamar Real Estate visit:
http://www.owninginmexico.com/Bajamar_Listings/page_2344133.html

Mexico Real Estate Testimonial – Why I choose to live in Northen Baja California

 

Why I choose to live in Northen Baja California
Written By: Tomas Dolcini

Since I was a child growing up in a predominately Spanish-speaking neighborhood, my dream had always been to buy a home and live in Mexico, preferably by the ocean. On May 6, 2011, that dream came true for me and I signed off the escrow paperwork for my beautiful Mexican-style villa in a Golf Resort called Bajamar located in Ensenada.

Mexico Real Estate Testimonial - Buying A Home And Living in Mexico

Mexico Real Estate Testimonial - Buying A Home And Living in Mexico

The entire experience was an adventure for me. Having purchased a home here in the United States, I was somewhat familiar with how a real estate purchase worked, but was unfamiliar with the Mexican laws. I had heard that Americans could not purchase property along the Baja Peninsula and could only lease for 99 years, so that concerned me. I wanted to reside in Mexico, but be close to the United States, so my family and friends could easily visit. I never thought in a million years I would be able to afford a home with an ocean view in Mexico, because homes with ocean views in the United States cost over one million dollars.

I decided to do some research and stumbled across a website titled www.owninginmexico.com. I was blessed to have found that website. This website had links with thorough explanations to all the various developments in Baja California, and lots of pictures to see what I was up against. I was flabbergasted at the inexpensive prices that were totally within my budget. I made a phone call to ask some questions and spoke with Kathy Katz. She was very enthusiastic and answered all of my questions in a friendly and professional manner. I enjoyed the conversation so much and hung up feeling so positive, that I booked a flight and headed out for Baja that same week to look for houses.

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2012 Brings New Sales From Orange County To Baja

The new year has not only brought a renewed sense of optimism to those of us in Baja but Real Estate agents on both sides of the border are beginning to feel the real Estate market come alive once again. Several U.S. agents have been reporting an increase in sales since the first of the year. In fact, Teri Garcia with Real Living Lifestyles in Rancho Bernardo says her phone is practically ringing off the hook.

2012 Brings New Sales From Orange County To Baja

2012 Brings New Sales From Orange County To Baja

New Year Brings New Sales From Orange County To Baja “It’s a great time in real estate,” said Teri Garcia, a top-producing Realtor in San Diego County. “You know the market is picking up when most of the homes your buyers are interested in have multiple offers. We are also seeing more Equity sellers as the baby boomers are starting to downsize.”

Another Realtor from the Irvine area in California’s Orange County, Debbie Sagorin, reported receiving three offers on a house before she even held a Broker preview, the customary first step in marketing a home for sale.

Baby boomers that once had large families are now becoming empty-nesters and this is driving home sales once again. These homeowners are starting to downsize and are looking to Mexico as the perfect place to enjoy all that life has to Offer.

According to Tourism Secretary Gloria Guevara, more than 2 million retired Americans have chosen Mexico as their new home, a figure that continues to increase thanks to the pleasant climate and favorable economic conditions.

Because of the increase in interest in retiring in Mexico, January has brought sales for the Baja Real Estate Group and February is looking even better, according to broker/owner Max Katz. “New buyers are finding our website from throughout the U.S., picking up the phone and coming down,” he said. “We have met many new people in the past few weeks.  And clients that have been looking at property in Baja over the past year are now buying.”

A good supply of inventory that is priced right is what is fueling this interest, Katz says. “I am feeling a sense of urgency that I have not felt in the recent past. With the cost of a typical beach home at a third or less of the prices found at most US beach cities, we are very confident that 2012 will be another great year in Mexico which offers great value, convenient location and a culture that is a world away.”

Katz offers a few tips to a successful purchase.  “Ask all the right questions, get comps of previous homes sold in the area, insist on the services of an Escrow agent,” he said. “And, if you are doing an owner-financed transaction, make sure to put the Title in your name and have the owner put a Lien against the property for the amount owed.”

“We are proud to be a strong part of the renewed Baja sprit,” continued Katz. “In 2012, we will continue as always to operate with the highest ethical standards and provide excellent sales training and support for our agents — keeping them updated and informed of the current market and offering them educational seminars to better assist buyers and sellers in our market.”

For more information, contact a Baja Real Estate Group Agent.

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Mexico Real Estate: Message From Max Katz – Broker/Owner From The Baja Real Estate Group

Hello. I’m Max Katz Broker / Owner of the Baja Real Estate Group and today I will share with you a our snapshot of the real estate market in Baja for 2011 and a few of our goals for 2012.

2011 began with renewed optimism – we experienced a substantial increase in real estate activity in Baja along with a major increase in tourism. We have also seen several Construction restarts along the Baja Coast, a major show of confidence for our market. Our Agents are very motivated and encouraged by the current trend.
Lower real estate prices coupled with developer and owner financing played a big part in our market in 2011. These factors contributed to year over year substantial increases in sales volume.

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