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Brad Billingsley, an American retiree living at Calafia Condos, talks about why he chose to retire to Mexico and why he chose Calafia Condos.

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By Kathleen Kirkwood

Brad Billingsley and his Wife

Brad Billingsley and his wife Linda

Brad Billingsley could have been waiting for his tee time at an Arizona golf course.

Instead, the former Lafayette resident and his wife Linda were in a lagoon off Cabo San Lucas, snapping photos of gray whales bobbing next to their small charter boat.

“Every day, it’s an adventure here,” Brad Billingsley said. “It’s added 20 years to my life.”

Brad, 62, and Linda Billingsley, 61, are among the “silver surge” of baby boomers seeking alternative retirement nests in Mexico, according to a recent report by the International Community Foundation.

It’s not certain how many U.S. retirees are living in Mexico — a 2004 study puts it between 500,000 and 600,000 — but the foundation and other researchers say the number is bound to increase as more boomers settle into their golden years and find Mexico an affordable alternative. Almost half the retirees living in coastal areas are getting by comfortably on less than $1,000 per month, said the report, which cites the growth of real estate projects targeted at retirees as proof that expatriates are flocking south of the border.

The Billingsleys had seriously considered a retirement community with a golf course in central Arizona. But they lacked the enthusiasm for fairway living that seemed to consume retirees there. “Their entire lives were involved with golf,” Brad Billingsley said.

In 2007, the couple became expatriates and settled into a $300,000, two-bedroom beachfront condominium in Rosarito Beach, in Baja California.

They’ve made the most out of their retirement dollars, Brad Billingsley said. The cost of living — from groceries to health care — is low in their beachfront town and there’s plenty to do, such as driving down the coast to Cabo, walking on the beach and shopping at the local mercado. continue reading…

This home has many upgrades and is fully furnished with modern furnishings with cute rustic accents. There are bay view windows throughout the length of the ocean view side of the home for ocean, sand, and white water views. This includes big windows in the kitchen, dining area, living area, and the master bedroom. Both the master bedroom and the living area have access to the ocean view patio, which is large enough for a barbecue, and to have family and friends together.

Just Reduced Upgraded Baja Condo For Sale in Calafia Condos

Just Reduced Upgraded Baja Condo For Sale in Calafia Condos

The kitchen has excellent ocean views, and is large enough for several to cook together. The kitchen has a stylish Italian glass tile back splash, and custom dark stained maple cabinets to compliment. Also, the stainless steel appliances include a dishwasher, refrigerator and a flat top stove. The granite counter top island is the center piece of the kitchen and has plenty of space for bar seating.

The dining is set next to tall bay view windows and is large enough for a table of eight. Also, the living area is a part of this great room, with access to the terrace, white water ocean views, and plenty of space for comfortable seating and entertaining.

The master bedroom has tall windows for large views, and a glass patio door leading to the patio.

The master bathroom has double sinks unique to this home, maple cabinets, and a nice tiled trim for accents in the shower.

Calafia, tower 2, has an excellent lobby with wireless internet access for business meetings, that also doubles as a meeting place for neighbors during special events and holidays. This lobby also has the gym, Jacuzzis, steam room, and sauna, and a nice display of oil on canvas of nearby wine region of Valle de Guadalupe. continue reading…

Located in the middle of the private community of Calafia Paradise, this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom ocean front villa is probably the best deal in Rosarito Beach. Listed at $200,000 dollars it will not last for very long.

For Sale: Villa 305 at Calafia Condos

For Sale: Villa 305 at Calafia Condos

This beautiful villa comes fully furnished, with wrought iron dining table and decor for that special Baja touch. Full appliances like a gas range with stove, microwave, refrigerator and washer. The kitchen features a granite counter top with wrought iron stools. The living room faces the ocean and it has floor to ceiling windows which exit to the back patio, perfect for a grill or a barbecue to enjoy the beautiful Baja weather. It also has a beautiful framed fireplace.

The Master bedroom features an ocean view and beautiful wrought iron furnishings.  The second room faces the front of the house and it has sliding door closets. Both bathrooms are fully equipped and have beautiful Baja tile. This villa has a covered garage for one car.

Calafia Condos Resort & Villas features a diversity of amenities like a semi-private sandy beach tucked away in a cove, ocean-view pool, multiple spas and sundeck, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, 24-hour manned security, gated complex, meeting room, cean front club house, indoor Jacuzzis, barbecue area, sauna, gym, steam room, cable TV and many other.

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Deciding to invest in a foreign real estate market can be a scary decision when the construction projects is finished and even when they are turn key ready, a lot of uncertainty and doubts arise when it comes to purchasing real estate outside of your home country; this uneasiness only increases when there is partial or no actual construction assuring the investor of their purchase.

Rosarito Real Estate – Two Developments with Construction Well Under Way

Rosarito Real Estate – Two Developments with Construction Well Under Way

Costal Baja has long been a preferred choice of retirement, relocation or vacation for Americans who want the lower cost beach front living experience, and the closeness to the US. This brought a growing number of real estate developers to Northern Baja, and construction of resort communities designed for expatriates were being developed all along the coast.

Since the slowdown of the real estate market in the US, several construction projects in Baja slowed down or completely stopped in the past year; as a result of this some of developers refunded the investment partially or completely, others transferred the property to another development, but still a number of investors were left with out money and property. continue reading…

Whenever someone is looking to buy a Baja Condo with panoramic ocean views from the Pacific, this is what they mean. This beautiful oceanfront condo features floor to ceiling windows who let in all the Pacific blue your eyes can take. With natural light throughout this unit, a comfortable feel will welcome you the minute you first step in.

Unit 1103 Balcony view in Tower II at Calafia Condos

Unit 1103 Balcony view in Tower II at Calafia Condos

Travertine counter tops and ceramic tile on floors and bathrooms are among the upgraded features this oceanfront condo offers. The master bedroom has a private balcony that offers side to side panoramic views, even from the bed itself! Also, the master bedroom connects to the living room balcony through a glass door, offering elite convenience and access. The master bathroom features a panoramic window that lets you have a glimpse of the master bedroom and the ocean itself!

The kitchen holds clear ocean view from any point, fine appliances and travertine counter tops throughout, preparing meals has never been more enjoyably. The living room and dining areas are tastefully furnished and optimized for small reunions and to take advantage of the beautiful sunsets Baja offers. Electric drapes will soothe down the ambiance tone and the flip of a switch.

This unit its among the best Baja real estate deals you will find in the Gold coast. Nestled inside one of the finest and most well established communities in Baja California, Calafia Condos and Villas offers a range of amenities and security features at affordable prices. Developed in such a way that allows you to experience the beauty of both the Pacific and Baja, residents enjoy gorgeous sunrises and sunsets all year long. Breathtaking wall to wall views, granite kitchens, travertine bathrooms, Mexican tile flooring and an array of community appointments allow for residents to simply relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Schedule a showing with us, call (619)-309-9537 or (619)- 200-7408 see more information on this Baja Condo for sale at Calafia Condos.

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Americans struggling with the economy are finding relief south of the border. The overall lower cost of living, affordable beach front housing, lower property taxes as well as proximity and accessibility to US services, have made Baja California a preferred choice for relocation among retirees and families alike.

How Americans are Stretching Their Money South of the Border in Baja California, Mexico

How Americans are Stretching Their Money South of the Border in Baja California, Mexico

ROSARITO, BAJA CALIFORNIA. MEXICO – Many Americans with reduced and fixed incomes are looking outside of the US for retirement and economic relief in these tough times, finding it just south of the border. Baja California, Mexico is leading the trend to cater to retirees, by offering services that appeal to the growing number of foreign residents. These services include assisted living, property and personal care among others at significantly lower prices than in the US.

US store names like Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Smart and Final, Applebee’s and Ashley Furniture are some of which are becoming more common in strip malls around the area. State of the art medical facilities equal to those on the US have been and are being constructed in order to provide quality medical care services to the growing number of foreign residents, the only difference being the lower cost.

The area between Rosarito and Ensenada just 45 minutes south of the border has become the preferred area, for new Baja real estate where developers are also getting on board by bringing amenities to these new homeowners. Calafia Condos & Villas is one of these developments, where their new tower offers more amenities and social atmosphere for people with an active lifestyle. Plus, it is pet friendly. Some of these amenities include a club house with a TV room, game room, computer area, large gym, outdoor and a private Jacuzzi. These amenities are becoming standard for new communities. Palacio Del Mar, Luxury Ocean Front Condos & Villas, has built the first 25,000 square ft ocean front club house, that will not only have an ocean front infinity pool, spa, saunas, gym and bistro, they also offer an indoor granite bottom pool.

A current resident of Northern Baja, Karen Erstad says “I purchased a second home in Las Gaviotas , (an established Northern Baja community), over 10 years ago with the intent to someday live my retirement years by the Ocean”. When she decided on early retirement and make her move, her family and friends thought she was not on her right mind. Even though she would be only a 2 hour drive away, their primary concern was medical care and the question of who would look after her.

Some doctors in this Rosarito-Ensenada area are willing and do still make house calls; there are also excellent medical facilities throughout the state. Serena Senior Care is a corporation dedicated to improve the quality of life for senior residents in Baja; among their services are nursing assistance and doctor visits, which gives family members’ peace of mind. In addition, ocean front developments in Baja are largely inhabited by expatriates making them very tight communities, who look out for one another.

Karen continues by adding “I can also put my own concerns at ease, by moving to Mexico I can live the same lifestyle if not a better one as if I were still working”.

Karen is one of many Americans discovering the benefits and lower cost of in-home services that the Northern Baja region offers; furthermore, with the increased purchasing power of the US dollar against the Mexican peso they can lower their monthly expenses considerably, here is an example:

  • Grocery bill around 250 dollars a month for a small family.
  • Cost of a movie for two people from less than 11 dollars including popcorn.
  • Doctor’s visits starting at around 20 dollars.
  • Internet Access and Cable TV from 60 dollars.
  • Property taxes average 300.00 dollars and up per year.
  • Game of golf starting at 35 dollars
  • Private bilingual school around 175 dollars monthly tuition
  • Hair Salon hair cut and color can start at around 27 dollars
  • Eating out
  • McDonalds, less than 4.50 for a super size combo
  • Chinese food, less than 4.50 for a “lunch” (enough for 2 people)
  • Traditional Mexican food, complete meals from around 4 dollars.
  • 5 star meal starts at 20 dollars per person.

Most of these coastal Baja developments, like Calafia Condos & Villas are also located just 10 to 15 minutes from the newest hospital in the area. Downtown shopping, and a 45 minute drive to the wine country, where on Wednesdays and Saturdays they offer an organic farmers market. Living in these communities Americans have the same lifestyle as they currently have back at their homeland but for much less.

Max Katz owner of Baja Real Estate Group says “Due to the entire housing inventory on the coast, developers set themselves apart by offering more amenities, services and discounts”. He continues saying, “Not only the newer developments are following the trends, even long time established communities such as Las Gaviotas, an ocean front community that has been a model of success for retirees over the last 35 years, are upgrading to larger gyms, creating social committees and having weekly golf and tennis tournaments”.

Clearly, relocating to Northern Baja California has become a solution for Baby Boomers and American retirees against the economic crisis. Especially for those who would like to remain closer to their families and amenities in the US. For others, is just good business.

Written by Alejandra Esquivel

Original Source: How Americans are Stretching Their Money South of the Border in Baja California Mexico