Private Oceanfront Gem
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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Los Barriles house description
If you are looking to really escape from it all and be in a spectacular ocean front location, Casa El Refugio is the getaway spot for you. Only a short 7 mile oceanside drive north from the services and amentities of Los Barriles, Casa El Refugio is in a very unique setting all by itself right on the Sea of Cortez. This a great spot for snorkeling, SUP, kayaking, fishing, and even whale spotting all from the front porch. You can choose to be as connected to modern technology as you want to be. High speed Wi-Fi, great cellular reception, and HD television programming all at your disposal.
Casa El Refugio is a new construction completed in 2013. The construction technique was created with the concept of using as many sustainable and locally produced building materials as possible. The primary building material is COB. COB is a mix of clay, sand, straw, and water. COB is very much like adobe but instead of forming the clay mixture into bricks, the mixture is shaped and compacted on site to directly form the walls. This creates a large monolithic structure that has incredible strength and insulation characteristics. All exterior walls are at least 2 feet thick of solid material. Other local materials of note include the gorgeous solid rock foundation and bricks which were individually hand shaped and fired. All doors, cabinets, and drawers are made from a beautiful local mountain hardwood called Palo Chino. The beams in the fully enclosed courtyard are another type of local mountain hardwood.
The house design was developed from the concept of the Hacienda. It has a fortress type appearance from the exterior but when the threshold is passed, the feeling becomes warm and inviting. All rooms are accessed from the central, fully enclosed courtyard. The courtyard has beautiful iron work trellis and columns that support a shade covering of wooden beams. A wall fountain adds a feeling of vitality to the courtyard. When passing from the courtyard into the main part of the house a panorama of the Sea of Cortez takes over. The large central room contains the entertainment area, dining area, and kitchen. The ocean side is constructed using Nana Walls which are glass wall panels that fold out so the entire front of the house is open for inside/outside living. The master suite is to the right of the main room and fronts the Sea of Cortez as well.
The kitchen is very large and done with rustic brick work and red granite counters. A large pantry is attached to the kitchen. It is a function first kitchen that is very easy to work in.
The entertainment area has a 60 inch flat screen HD plasma TV, a BlueRay DVD player, surround sound home theater system, and Dish Network HD programming packages. The sound system also has remote speakers and controls located in each room, the courtyard, and the front patio.
The dining area has a 9' solid mesquite dining table with 8 matching chairs
The front patio overlooking the Sea of Cortez has ample seating, a propane BBQ, a wood BBQ/fire box, and a hot tub/spa capable of holding up to 6 people
The master suite has a large walk in closet and shower with two onyx sinks set in the granite counter.
The two guest bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom with a large shower and a travertine sink set in a granite counter. Solid mesquite armoires are in each of the guest bedrooms.
The house is air conditioned throughout.
There is a 10KW solar panel array on the roof that is connected to the local power grid. Using this grid tie back system means virtually all the electricity used is generated on site using solar technology.
High Speed Wi-Fi internet and excellent cellular phone service are also present.
- 4200 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Booking Possible
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
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- Fly Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Deepsea Fishing
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Beautiful private home
Beautiful private home
We stayed for 9 days the first part of Feb. The house is beautiful and very comfortable. The photos are very accurate. The kitchen is well stocked with cookware and has a dishwasher. The wood grill on the back porch is a nice touch. There is a washer in the house and a drying line outside. FYI neither Pandora nor Netflix work in Mexico, but the house has dish network with XM channels. During the trip we only saw 1 small group of people on the beach in front of the house. The owner was very helpful in our pre-trip planning and in recommending places to shop/eat. The water in front of the house has some rocks which hold fish and other marine life so bring snorkel gear if you like to snorkel. The beach is a river rock beach (not sand) and is fairly steep. We would recommend bringing some substantial sandals/shoes that are made for water use (we had chacos). It makes getting into and out of the water much more comfortable when using the kayaks or paddle boards. If you fly fish you'll want to get in touch with Josh at www.pursuitanglers.com he was a great guide. Also try the little taco stand south of Los Barriles north of Buena Vista just north of the Pemex station on highway 1 on the west side of the road (there's a surfboard sign in front of it that says "Open" and "Seafood"). She has wonderful ceviche and tacos and the prices are more than fair. For groceries try the small market on the west side of highway 1 in Buena Vista called "Tienda Popular Buena Vista". Both places are visible on google earth street view. The prices were *much* better than the prices at Chapitos in Los Barriles. All in all it was a great trip and we look forward to going back.
- Guest Matt
- Date of stay 01/31/14
- Review Submitted 02/19/14
Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+.
Owner response: Thanks for taking the time to submit such a nice review for us. Glad you enjoyed your stay so much and hope you come stay with us again. FYI, the fishing is hot for dorado here right now. My brother caught 16 yesterday, keeping 8 for eating. Gracias, Rick
Incredible private spot in Paradise!
Incredible private spot in Paradise!
This is a rare home in a rare location...close enough to town for dinner and provisions, but once there, you will never want to leave! The style is unique, elegant and oh so comfortable for couples or families. The fabulous kitchen/family/dining room brings everyone together, but the well-designed floorplan allows for private moments throughout. The elevated jacuzzi allows unobstructed views up and down the beach where you will rarely see a soul.....ahhhhhhh, the quiet. Oh so beautiful!!
- Guest Lynn M. (Napa, CA)
- Date of stay 05/20/13
- Review Submitted 11/27/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+.
This house is just magnificent....I taught a yoga retreat there in April and it was amazing! the kitchen is to die for and the ocean front patio, hot tub, inside courtyard and all of the other amenities just make it the perfect home for a get-away, retreat or place to kick off your shoes and relax...
- Guest jackie (Bingen, Washington usa)
- Date of stay 04/11/13
- Review Submitted 11/13/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, age 55+.
Casa Concha is the Perfect Retreat
Casa Concha is the Perfect Retreat
Casa Concha is a fabulous home that feels like you have stepped into an old Mexican hacienda, but better because everything is brand new. If you want to retreat from it all and at the same time have it all at your finger tips, you will love staying here. There are amazing views of Sea of Cortez and some of the best snorkeling is just a short swim up the beach. Fishing, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking is all just outside the door. The home is beautifully appointed with a great entertainment center. The kitchen is a cooks dream. I was there for a girls getaway, but the master bedroom is wonderfully romantic and private, so it would be great to return with my husband. And there is plenty of space for the rest of the family. The center courtyard is a great play area that makes it easy to contain the little ones...while you relax.
- Guest Holly B.
- Date of stay 04/12/13
- Review Submitted 11/03/13
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Additional information about rental rates
Cleaning fee of $40 USD for stays of three nights or less. Additional cleaning services available during stay at cost of $40 USD per cleaning.
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $500
- Taxes Included
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- Nearest Airport: San Jose del Cabo at 45 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: La Paz at 60 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Mexico Highway 1 at 8 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Piedra Sur at 0.1 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Punta Pescadero Hotel at 1 Miles
- Nearest Golf: San Jose del Cabo at 50 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: El Barrilito at 7 Miles
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: My wife Kim and I have lived in Los Barriles for 13 years and absolutely love it here. We are both Kite Boarders and I also enjoy the great fishing we have here. Kim is very active in the local community and is the acupuncturist at the Spa de Cortez
Why the Owner Chose Los Barriles:
We purchased the lot the house sits on in 2007 because it is in such a beautiful and unique setting. We decided to start building in 2011. We broke ground late that year and have just finished construction in March of 2013
The Unique Benefits at this House:
The peaceful isolation says it all. No other houses around, just the beautiful Sea of Cortez as far as you can see.
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House & Location
Spa and view from Master Bedroom
Spa and view to the south
Guest Bedroom 2
Guest Bedroom 1
Master Bathroom Shower
Entrance from courtyard
Grand Room & Kitchen
Grand Room from Patio
Wood Burning BBQ & Fire Box
Jack & Jill Bathroom
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Date last modified - Thursday, February 27, 2014
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