According to Roberto Gonzales of Pisces Real Estate — the longest established and one of the most trusted real estate companies in Los Cabos — each community draws people with specific lifestyles. While there are certainly exceptions, he says he has seen certain trends throughout his many years observing the market.
“It all depends on what you like,” says Gonzales. “San José del Cabo draws a lot of retired people. Historically, the atmosphere in San José [del Cabo] is a lot calmer than Cabo San Lucas, which is very active. Then if you drive 45 minutes from San José del Cabo, you are in the East Cape, which is very rural. People who live in the East Cape give up amenities like hospitals and large shopping venues in exchange for the quiet beauty of disconnecting from the world.”
Some resorts are have added residential sections, and developers continue to build master planned communities that cater to a wide variety of tastes and budgets.
Those seeking out luxury can find that and more at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences. Sweeping desert and coastal landscapes are the backdrop for this state-of-the-art oceanfront sanctuary. The villas, which range from 3,000 to 8,000 square feet, sport clean architectural lines and modern designs, complete with the latest in energy saving technology.
The developers at Chileno Bay considered everything the residents could need down to delightful details like a private chef and a personal grocery shopper. Property owners can take advantage of full-service event planning, catering, transportation arrangements, babysitting and even the unrivaled assistance of a private butler. When it comes to security and privacy, residents enjoy private beach access with their own palapas, as well as access to recreation equipment, including stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and snorkeling gear.
Gonzales says that most people prefer owning in a gated community because of the advantages it affords, like having on-site security and well-maintained and attractively designed common areas — including anything from swimming pools and private beaches to spa facilities, golf courses and clubhouses. These amenities provide residents with peace of mind and allow them the freedom to focus on pursuits other than home maintenance.
Diamante, for instance, is a 1,500 acre master-planned resort community with two signature championship golf courses — one designed by Davis Love III and the other being the very first course designed by Tiger Woods. A 10-acre man-made crystal lagoon and a wealth of services and amenities reflect on the extent to which these kinds of communities curate a certain lifestyle for residents who are looking to get the most of their investment, be it a primary home or a vacation property.
If you like to have all the comforts while being at the center of it all, the Pedregal community is one of the most popular and well regarded mixed-use developments in the area. Raw land and resale properties range from under $200k to more than $4 million and boast easy access to great beaches and a world-renowned spa.
Another well-regarded gated, master-planned condominium and home community is Espíritu del Mar in Palmilla. Its collection of luxury residences and penthouses known as The Ledges are built into the mountain overlooking one of the most amazing coves in the area.
While these planned communities sound like heaven on earth, there are also plenty of resale homes available throughout Los Cabos, especially in the form of condo units. Resales are readily available in well-established and highly desired communities like the oceanfront Hacienda Beach Club & Residences. Set along a private stretch of Médano Beach, Hacienda homeowners get singular views of Land’s End, as well as a wealth of amenities. The community also offers unparalleled access to the marina, and downtown Cabo San Lucas is just steps away.
If you want to list your Los Cabos property as a vacation rental while you are away, check with your community’s property owners’ association. Some developments welcome short-term vacation rentals, while others prohibit it. The Residences at Solaz, for example, are part of a vacation ownership complex.
Most of these gated communities charge monthly homeowner dues to cover the cost of security monitoring, grounds and garden upkeep and use of facilities. Gonzales adds that housekeeping is a common perk for Los Cabos’ property owners.
Los Cabos is home to quite a few
top-notch real estate agencies that can help you navigate the wealth of options in this market. Snell Real Estate, the largest independent brokerage in the area, brings with it a portfolio of more than $1.8 billion in sales since 1997 and a team of more than 50 multilingual real estate agents and support staff.
They exclusively represent luxury communities, including Chileno Bay, Solaz and Mar Adentro and also have listings within Pedregal, Villas del Mar, Espiritu del Mar, Oasis Palmilla, Cabo del Sol, Punta Ballena, Querencia, Puerto Los Cabos and Club Campestre. Beyond Los Cabos, the company has listings in Todos Santos and the East Cape as well.