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2018 Sunny Spring Ocean View Home ~ Art Gallery & Extra Amenities!

Las Gaviotas, B.C., Mexico
  • House1530 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

Las Gaviotas, an exclusive resort in the heart of the Baja Rivera!

Our modest vacation home is located in the beautiful exclusive beachfront community of Las Gaviotas, the Heart of the Baja Rivera...approximately 45 mins from the U.S. Border, south of San Diego. We have a 3 bedroom ~ 3 bath vacation family home. Maximum 6 person including children. Unfortunately, no pets allowed.


Sunny weather breaking out into the Spring season: for 2018, Baja is giving us a mix of rain, cloudy with intermitant sunny, warm & pleasant weather. Some nights are a bit nippy, but we have a fireplace and every bedroom including bathrooms have a wall space heater. Casa Franz is located in the middle of the complex, on the 3rd Tier below the Tennis courts, as road noise traffic is non-existent as compared to the 3 story condo units on the back tier of which previous guests have commented & experienced as real source of annoyance. Casa Franz enjoys it's piece and quiet from the ocean's rhythmic waves with a green belt view right in front giving our guests an extra added pleasure.


Don't miss out on the Winter season (Oct-Mar) as our rates are lower and the unique opportunity to enjoy the refreshing brisk cool weather as the winter solstice begins. Sunsets are especially fantastic in Reds and Orange hues. We have a fireplace with the use of the flame logs to create a nice cozy fireside mood complimented with our small built in wall space heaters in every room, just in case it gets too chilly.


Arturo Franz

Member Since 2013
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within one hour
english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 14, 2018
About Arturo Franz

I'm a retired mortgage banker and was one of the first homeowners to purchase and build our vacation home. For years, we used it as our get-away for school & vacation breaks with our children who are now grown up. It is a great family retreat and our home is located on the 3rd tier below the Tennis court and we are about 1 1/2 blocks from the beach front. My wife, Amy & I have taken great pride in outfitting the interior with original art work from local artists in the area. As the viewer of our photos will note and past guests, we have not overloaded our wall spaces with too much Art work. Each Art piece is uniquely selected is a placed on to itself so that the wall space around gives it more importance and meaning.

Arturo Franz purchased this House in 1976

Why Arturo Franz chose Las Gaviotas

LAS GAVIOTAS IS A PREMIER VACATION RESORT LIKE NONE OTHER IN THE BAJA RIVIERA. WITH IT'S TIER LEVEL COMMUNITY DESIGN, ALL HOMES HAVE UNOBSTRUCTED VIEWS OF THE OCEAN. NOTHING COMPARES TO LAS GAVIOTAS, WITH ITS SPACIOUS GARDENS, WALKWAYS, CLIFF SIDE PROMENADES WITH SPLASHING SURF WAVES MAKING THIS A PHOTOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE FOR ALL OCCASIONS. OUR MEXICAN ART HOUSE GALLERY! UNIQUE & LIKE NONE OTHER IN LAS GAVIOTAS! Our house was designed by my brother, an Architect and we put a lot of emphasis in bringing out the Mexican character of a traditionally constructed home. We think of it as a Modern Mexican & Contemporary vacation split-level home with High Vaulted Ceilings throughout and with an open concept Kitchen-Dining-Living room to maximize space for beach viewing from the front of the home. The Downstairs bedroom is more private & quieter with a reading area and with it's own private on-suite bathroom. Check out the blending of our vibrant tile colors which accents our themes of cobalt blue, terracotta and bright yellow, famously called "Amarillo Franz." A MODEST BUT EXCLUSIVE VACATION RETREAT: Enjoy the artwork, a select sampling of local artists and artisans placed throughout our vacation home, giving it a art gallery feel complimenting our modern contemporary home design accented with our unique but rare multi-color hanging lamps & sconces known as "Paletas or Ice Cream Bars." THE PRIVACY AND SECURITY OF LAS GAVIOTAS: Las Gaviotas, a unique and upscale vacation community is the heart of the Baja Rivera with 24/7 security services makes your stay safe and enjoyable. Many owners and guests walk & jog at all hours around the complex enjoying the cliff side promenades. Security Officers regularly patrol all areas of the complex to ensure your safety.

What makes this House unique

THE BENEFITS OF A UNIQUE & SMARTLY DESIGNED HOME... Our place is small but comfortable and is used mostly for casual light eating. For dinner, we go out to our favorite restaurants. However, for those with cooking interests, we do have a micro-wave/convention oven and a 4 burner range with a dishwasher & midsize refrigerator. There is no regular oven as our intent has always been to discourage large cooking events, ie., roasting turkeys and/or baking hams. However, on the deck, for those "grilling cooks", we have a stainless steel gas BBQ station which really compliments and separates the kitchen function from the heavier barbecuing activities; while cooking on the deck you can sip a few Margaritas! EXTRA AMENITIES FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT: * FREE Wifi! * OUTDOOR SHOWER ~ RACK FOR SURFERS. * SECURITY SAFE ~ Guest Closet for valuables, cash & passports * MOSQUITO NETS in all bedrooms. * FIRST AID KIT ~ Located in the Utility Closet. * TENNIS RACKETS, VOLLEYBALL, SHUFFLEBOARD SET Guest Closet. * EXTRA SPICE RACK ~ Kitchen Counter. * SHOT & WINE GLASSES~BYO Tequila & Wine. * FULL SET OF YELLOW TOWELS IN EACH BATHROOM * BEACH TOWELS~Guest Closet-No need to bring any. * GAS BBQ ~ On Deck * COMPLIMENTARY 1 GALLON BOTTLE OF WATER * SPECIAL OCCASION ~ LET US KNOW... * 1 Dura-flame log per day - extras @ $4 ea. (WINTER ONLY) 2018 SUMMER DISCOUNTS: The 2018 summer season begins in April; Guests can earn discounts with stays over 3 days: WE REWARD REPEAT GUESTS for Early Booking, Returning Guests, US Veterans, Seniors 65+, Free Extra Nite Specials with a 4+ Day Stay get a 5 nite Free and much more. Pls. Note: Discounts are calculated on the base rental amount, Not the total amount paid. On your first visit back, earned discount accumulate over 4 revisits and is paid separately at the end of your stay via Pay Pal or by Check and based on the total percentage not to exceed 25%. FOR DETAILS SEE MISC ~ ON HOSPITALITY WEB SITE.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 2nd - Twin ~ 2nd Floor
        2 twin/ single, Bathroom for the twin bedroom is the guest bathroom
      • Bedroom 1st Floor
        1 double, Private en suite - Shower
      • Bedroom 3rd ~ 2nd Floor
        1 double, Considered the Master with Private en suite - shower
      • All bedrooms are private.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1st Floor
        toilet, shower, Private to this bedroom
      • Bathroom 3rd - 2nd Floor
        toilet, shower, Private to this Bedroom
      • Bathroom 2nd - Twin bedroom
        toilet, shower, This bathroom functions as a guest bath & for bedroom #2
      • Each bathroom has complimentary liquid soaps
        Hand, body wash and shampoo.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
        • Near The Ocean
          Great Spot for Scuba Diving. There is a ocean sanctuary, near Puerto Nuevo-Cantamar with a Naval ship recently sunk off this coast.
        • Ocean View


            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Fireplace
                      For Winter use...Fireplace is set with Duraflame logs. Just light at each end of the log with a match or the light starter. Make sure the flue is OPEN!
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      Located in the Clubhouse ~ Unfortunately, Not available for renters.
                    • Heating
                      Small built-in wall space electrical heaters used mainly during the winter (Nov - Feb)
                    • Internet
                      Wi-Fi is available in our home. PASSWORD information is available at the refrigerator and/or a the Entertainment station.
                    • Linens Provided
                      Fresh and clean linens. We provide a 3 hour housekeeping service with rotation of fresh linens for stays of 5 days + We regularly wash bedspreads, blankets and pillow cases to maximize cleanliness.
                    • Living Room
                      2 Mexican style sofas with a small artisan tree coffee table with 3 small stools.
                    • Parking
                      1 Vehicle can park in front of Casa Franz. 2nd Vehicle should park in the shared parking area, about 1/2 BLOCK EAST FROM CASA FRANZ #146. 3 VEHICLES ARE NO LONGER PERMITTED.
                    • Towels Provided
                      One set of yellow towels: Bath, Hand & Wash Cloth including beach towels per guest. YOU DON'T NEED TO BRING YOUR BEACH TOWELS. BEACH TOWELS: LOCATED IN THE GUEST CLOSET BETWEEN THE MASTER/TWIN BDRMS
                    • Washing Machine
                      Downstairs Laundry room NO SANDY CLOTHES! There is a shower station right outside the main entrance, next to surfboard rake. Pls. insure to wash off all sand before entering our vacation home.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Regular and decaf ground coffee available in the frige. Coffee maker is stored with filters, sugar & creamers in the upper cabinet above the dishwasher.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Dishes, plates located on the upper glass cabinet and other items below the bar area. Cooking utensils are located below the 4 burner stove.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Rinse all dishes & glass and place in the dishwasher.
                        • Kitchen
                          Small Kitchen with Bar
                        • Microwave
                          Combination unit of micro-wave & convention oven.
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Sugar Packets, Salt & Pepper & various Teas, cooking oil and vinegar and spice rack with a variety of spices.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Mid-size frige with mustard, mayonaise, ketchup, regular and decaf ground coffee. Bring your a bag of Ice. You purchase a bag at the market across from Las Gaviotas. Or, look for OXXO markets
                        • Stove
                          4 burner range
                        • Toaster
                          Stored in the upper cabinet above the dishwasher


                            • Dining
                              3 bar stools for Bar use. There is a unique "Tree Trunk table" which is purposely positioned, diagonally to maximize space to exit the deck. DO NOT CHANGE OR MOVE THE TABLE!
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Limited, located in the downstairs bedroom with a sofa chair for quiet reading.
                                • DVD Player
                                  Yes....bring your DVDs
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Las Gaviotas Cable TV line.
                                • Stereo
                                  At the Entertainment Center...If you have an IPOD, there is a "light green" jack to set up your music.
                                • Television
                                  Flat Screen TV connected to a DVD player, sound "Bar" system and with WIFI capability.
                                • Toys
                                  check with Owner for special use.


                                    • Balcony
                                      Same as Deck
                                    • Boat
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Small dining table with umbrella. On windy days or if you leave for brief period of time, please retract the umbrella to the down position.
                                    • Golf
                                      Real del Mar: 18 hole-20 min drive TOLL ROAD North. Baja Mar: 27 hole - 30 min drive-TOLL ROAD South
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      A stainless steel gas BBQ with a stainless steel cabinet below with utensils, gloves and napkins.
                                    • Tennis
                                      On premises...Check with Rental Mgr or Security for use. GUEST CLOSET TENNIS RACKS/BALLS SHUFFLEBOARD ~ Equipment for 4-some in Guest Closet. VOLLEYBALL COURT ~ BALL in Closet. Walk by Southeast end.


                                        • Senior Adults Only Community
                                          Very much welcomed ~ Discounts Available, see front page introduction and other discounts may apply.
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Near Olympic size swimming pool below the clubhouse. NO GLASS BOTTLES OR CONTAINERS PERMITTED. There are plastic cups and glasses...feel free to use. Pls. bring them back.
                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Next to the Clubhouse Swimming Pool...Open til Midnight. No one under the age of 16. NO GLASS BOTTLES OR CONTAINERS PERMITTED. There are plastic cups and glasses.


                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • marina
                                                • restaurants
                                                • theme parks
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • shuffleboard
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • golf
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis


                                                                • SURFBOARDS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BE STORED ANYWHERE INSIDE OUR VACATION HOME....ALSO NO WAXING ON THE PREMISES. However, Near our main entrance, on the east side setback, there is a shower station with a surfboard rack & hooks for wet suits. Please use the shower station to rinse off sand from beach attire and wet suits..

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 2:00 PM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  21 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Lovely time at Casa Franz

                                                                  Christina M.

                                                                  We enjoyed our stay at Casa Franz, which is warm and welcoming. Since the home is roomy, there is plenty of space for everyone to spread out and make themselves comfortable. The deck provided a great place to sit and visit, eat a meal, or enjoy a morning cup of coffee when the weather was nice. And, the fireplace was wonderful to use as the evening got cooler. My friends and I slept well since the beds were comfy. The entire place afforded us a quiet reprieve from the normal busyness of life. We wouldn't hesitate to return.

                                                                  This was our first time to Las Gaviotas. The experience was delightful. The community was very clean and quiet. The small private beach pristine. Everyone was nice and friendly. Our reservations about traveling to Mexico were put at ease by Arturo. He was wonderful to answer all of our questions, even giving great suggestions on what to do and where to eat. I highly recommend Deckman's en El Mogor in the Guadalupe Valley. The food, atmosphere, service, and location were amazing.


                                                                  Telma S.

                                                                  Love the place, location, breath taking views!

                                                                  What a great place !

                                                                  Mike C.La Jolla

                                                                  We loved staying at Casa Franz! This home has lots of charm and everything you need to make your stay enjoyable. The location is perfect. Beds were comfortable and clean . We had a great stay here . They even left a bottle of champagne for my wife's birthday. Thanks again.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for your nice review. We forward to your future stay!

                                                                  Our Family had a great stay at this beautiful warm home!

                                                                  Eileen O.Whittier,California

                                                                  Our Family had a great stay at this beautiful warm home!

                                                                  Absolutely Beautiful and better then I had thought.

                                                                  Tracy M.

                                                                  First time here and I have to say it was great! I was very comfortable walking around and the community was very secure. Saturday was by far the best with the fresh fish guy and the taco man set up by the pool. I am positive I will be returning.

                                                                  Nice family vaca

                                                                  Matthew S.Torrance, California

                                                                  My wife and two daughters got a chance to join some friends at Las Gaviotas for a weekend getaway. When we started looking at many options in the Las Gaviotas community. the Casa Franz home stood out as a good blend of value, plenty of space and nice decor.

                                                                  The owners replied quickly to requests and the reservation process with simple and quick.

                                                                  Upon arrival, we were pleased with the layout. There ws plenty of space for our family to spread out in the house (lower bedroom and upper living space, bedrooms and kitchen). There is adequate selection of cooking tools and kitchen space.

                                                                  Having girls, there was plenty of bathroom space to meet there "high maintenance" needs :). In terms of location within the community, the balcony offers a decent view of the ocean which helped with scoping out the waves before a morning session.

                                                                  The walk to the beach and promenade was brief, only a couple minutes to walk down the pathways (steps) between houses.

                                                                  One of convenient features is the outside shower and surfboard stands to store our boards and wetsuits.

                                                                  Overall, nice house with some cool Mexican decor to add to the authentic experience.

                                                                  I would recommend Casa Franz to families looking for a relaxing getaway.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you, we really appreciate your family perspective on your stay to Casa Franz. We would love to have you as a repeat guest!


                                                                  Las Gaviotas, B.C., Mexico

                                                                  Baja Studios is about 5 min drive north on the 'free' road where the Titanic, Master & Commander movies were made. You need to inquire whether tours are available. Ensenada is a port city. About 45 min beautiful seaside drive. The main street has been restrict to vehicular traffic and make for nice shopping outing with hundreds of curios shops, restaurants and bars.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                  Damage Deposit
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                                                                  US VETS, EARLY BIRD BOOKING, Seniors, Mini CARS & Community Charity Events and Repeat guest GET DISCOUNTS ~ SEE MISC SECTION/HOSPITALITY~MINIMUM OF 3 DAY STAY. 20% Renter's tax, includes processing credit card, processing fees. All Special Event Weekends include complimentary gift and 1 Champagne bottle. $400 ~ 600 Security Deposit refundable less expenses within 5 business days. Discounts added to Refunds.

                                                                  21 Reviews
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