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This home was excavated by hand into the side of a 13 acre hill overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the town of Los Barriles ( it took forever to build ) . Staying on the hill means you escape the wind from the beach ( it's a kiteboarding, fly fishing and mountain biking mecca for a reason ! ) for the warmth and quiet of the desert . You will be a 5 minute dune buggy ride to the water's edge or to town. .
The home is furnished with funky collection of mid - century furniture and it combines beautifully with a modern kitchen and the unpredictable floor plan to create many really comfortable places to hang out in . Your vista is always filled with expansive combinations of skies , mountains and the ocean . The entire acreage around the home is private and yours to explore .
Los Barriles is a baja boom town with its ranchero soul intact. Local ranch owner families have embraced the American and Canadian families who call Los Barriles home from October to May. In June fishing is the focus of the town as the Sea of Cortez warms up and attracts really big fish.
Los Barriles is a fine place to base from: you are less than a few hours safe drive north or south from epic adventures. It is an easy 50 minute drive from SJD airport. (Car rental or van service ($85) in the terminal)
North: Kayaking and camping on the islands off La Paz
West: Authentic Mexico meets California Surf Town at Todos Santos
South: San Jose del Cabo - Saturday organic market at the Polo Grounds and dinner at Palmilla - and a hundred other great ways to spend the day.
South: Cabo - Vegas as a marina. Loads of fun but you need to be drinking tequila to get it.
Good grocery stores - local organic easy to find.
Easy to eat well every night at a different restaurant or taco stand.
American-style sports bar with a good plasma setup.
Easy to meet fellow travelers and end up at a party dancing or jamming.
Two official ATMs, UPS office and a friendly on-the-ball Police department.
Open WIFI hookups everywhere.
Miles and miles of open public, mainly deserted, beach.
The Sea of Cortez is so incredible you will smile when you swim in it.
Ask a local rancher for just about anything and they will get it for you. Ranch cheese, raw milk, avocados, mangos, papayas, limes, carne, live chickens, horseback guide into the mountains - anything. Look for a white dusty rancher sombrero and/or sandals made of cowhide and tire tread.
Tessa our fabulous property manager will be very responsive in advance via email and when you are there if you need just about anything attended to. She can arrange a chef, massages, food, transportation and rentals.
A vibrant little town is a few minutes drive or bike ride from the house (the best place for it to be if you are looking to escape from your own 'vibrant little town').
Best to rent a car because you will want to explore the area (East Cape, Todos Santos and El Triunfo) but not required. There are mountain bikes at the house that will handle beach and grocery runs. Keep in mind you are on a hillside so heading home is up.
Expectation Adjustment for 2014 - It's been a few years since these photos were taken so while the home is essentially intact, renter wear and tear and the weather has taken its toll on the outdoor furniture.
The house is basically indestructible so relax and enjoy it. You are welcome to move beds out onto the roof decks it you prefer sleeping out under the stars. Especially great on hot nights in the summer. There are a lot of windows on the house which are now screened. The main living room is actually outside and not screened. Mosquito nets around if you get hassled.
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