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Private Oceanfront Gem

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Last updated: 04/07/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Very large 3 bedroom 2.5 bath on the Sea of Cortez

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.


Member since: 2013

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/07/2017

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • House
  • 4200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Single Story makes this possible but there are a few individual small steps which need to be dealt with....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    Master Bedroom Fronts the Sea of Cortez...moreless

  • Brick Room: 1 king

    Mesquite Armoire...moreless

  • Red Room: 1 queen

    Large Mesquite Armoire...moreless

  • Master Bedroom fronts the Sea of Cortez. Cal King bed. Large walk in closet...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Onyx Bathroom: toilet

    Onyx counter, sink, and window...moreless

  • Jack & Jill: toilet, shower

    Granite counter with travertine sink. ...moreless

  • Master Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Large Shower, granite counters with 2 onyx sinks. ...moreless


  • DVD Player:

    Sony BlueRay...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Use our I-Pod adapter to connect your music library to the central stereo system...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    USA Dishnetwork with HD programming packages...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Home Theater Surround Sound. 6 additional locations are connected to the stereo with individual on/off, volume controls. Each of the 3 bedrooms has these controls. ...moreless

  • Television:

    60 inch LG Flat screen HD plasma...moreless

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Oceanfront:

    Spectacular secluded setting with complete privacy...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    9' Mesquite dining table with 8 mesquite chairs. 4 additional mesquite chairs ring the kitchen island...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    All rooms have individual mini-splits...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Outside Fire Box on the front patio doubles as a BBQ grill...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    A Pilates Reformer is located in the garage. A bit old but it still works fine....moreless

  • Garage:

    Garage serves for storage for 2 SUP boards and 2 ocean kayaks...moreless

  • Internet:

    Hi Speed Wireless...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Grand room includes kitchen, dining, and entertainment area ...moreless

  • Parking:


  • Telephone:

    No land line but excellent cell phone coverage. AT&T seems to work best for American phone service...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Clothes are dried using a Baja Clothes dryer. Our perpetual sun....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Cuisinart drip unit, coffee grinder, and Krups small espresso machine, Capresso milk foamer...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for 8...moreless

  • Dishwasher:


  • Kitchen:

    Very spacious Kitchen. Features rustic Mexican design details and red granite counters. The cooking range is built into the central island...moreless

  • Microwave:


  • Oven:

    Electrolux dual fuel. Propane stove top, electric oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Dish soap, dishwasher soap, paper towels...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Ice Maker and purified water dispenser...moreless

  • Stove:

    Electrolux dual fuel. Propane stove top, electric oven. 4 top burners....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Great outside sitting area looking over the Sea of Cortez...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 Sea Kayaks available for use 2 SUP boards available as well...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane BBQ Wood Fired BBQ also present which doubles as an outside fire place ...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    2 snorkeling masks...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Hot Tub overlooks the Sea of Cortez...moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 12 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$2,100 $7,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500


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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/07/2017
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45 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Jose del Cabo
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Punta Pescadero Hotel
60 Miles
Nearest Ferry
La Paz
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
San Jose del Cabo
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Mexico Highway 1
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
El Barrilito
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Piedra Sur

Car: Recommended

Located 7 miles north of Los Barriles is Casa Concha. It is 1 mile south of Punta Pescadero and has its own very private and quiet setting. The spectacular ocean front location is ideal for snorkeling, kayaking, SUP, and fishing from the beach


Owner info

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 La Paz Municipality, Baja California Sur, Mexico:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/07/2017

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  • Sea of Cortez Ocean Front Privacy

    Sea of Cortez Ocean Front Privacy

  • Ocean Front Seclusion

    Ocean Front Seclusion

  • Front Patio

    Front Patio

  • Patio Into House

    Patio Into House

  • High Performance Dual Fuel Range on Granite Island, & Local Hardwood Cabinetry.

    High Performance Dual Fuel Range on Granite Island, & Local Hardwood Cabinetry.

  • Dining Area

    Dining Area

  • Half Bath off Grand Room with Onyx Counter, Sink & Window

    Half Bath off Grand Room with Onyx Counter, Sink & Window

  • Courtyard & Fountain

    Courtyard & Fountain

  • Master Cal King Bed

    Master Cal King Bed

  • Brick Room Cal King Bed

    Brick Room Cal King Bed

  • Jack & Jill Bathroom

    Jack & Jill Bathroom

  • Red Room Bed & Desk Area

    Red Room Bed & Desk Area

  • View from the South. 10 KW Solar System

    View from the South. 10 KW Solar System

  • Front Patio and Spa and Fire Pit/BBQ Grill

    Front Patio and Spa and Fire Pit/BBQ Grill

  • Spa/Hot Tub

    Spa/Hot Tub

  • Grand Room

    Grand Room

  • Kitchen


  • Entertainment Area

    Entertainment Area

  • Grand Room to Courtyard

    Grand Room to Courtyard

  • Courtyard Sombra

    Courtyard Sombra

  • Master Bath Area

    Master Bath Area

  • Brick Room to Bath

    Brick Room to Bath

  • Jack & Jill Bathroom

    Jack & Jill Bathroom

  • Red Room Queen Bed & Armoire

    Red Room Queen Bed & Armoire

VRBO #467488

This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Thursday, April 20, 2017

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