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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…

Perched on top of the beautiful Las Brisas tower at Club Marena, Baja’s finest resort for 20 years, is a spectacular palatial luxury Penthouse of 3600 sq feet (plus a private two car garage).

Spectacular Penthouse For Sale in Club Marena

Spectacular Penthouse For Sale in Club Marena

This incredible space was completely gutted and remodeled over the last year. Outrageous amenities have been fashioned into the space that include a double Jacuzzi tub, 4 person sauna, private elevator, steam showers, folding glass doors, 63″ Plasma TV, and on and on… 24″ travertine, Marble, granite and maple provide a harmony of finishes that project luxury and style rarely seen in this price range. The photos say it all.

This property has previously listed over $1M prior to renovation. A special situation offers it at a fraction of its current worth. This is a unique opportunity that will not last long. continue reading…

You're very own Cabo style rock arch.

You're very own Cabo style rock arch.

A Mixed use opportunity within Descanso Bay 50 minutes south of San Diego. Live on the ocean with your very one ‘Cabo-style-rock-arch’ by the sea shore, and rent out the back for the commercial rental potential. This property is a bargain, for only $1.295M located next to a very successful upscale development known as Palacio Del Mar. Don’t miss the chance to live your dreams

Developers opportunity:
Boutique Hotel, Residential Development and More. The property has been evaluated and found suitable to multi-story development. Our company can assist you with the feasibility studies and is backed by qualified architects familiar with processes here in Mexico. Be ahead of the next building curve. Baby Boomers will certainly be looking at Baja as a place to live and play. continue reading…

Written by: Phil Friedman

Mexico has been reduced to a single, small, geographical piece of this earth. If there is a murder in Michoacan, then the presumption of the 24-hour news cycle has been that it is too dangerous to travel to Rosarito Beach even though it is thousands of miles away.

Weekly Fishing Column: Mexico is safer than you think

Weekly Fishing Column: Mexico is safer than you think

According to Arturo Martinez from the Mexican Tourism office, no tourists have been killed in the drug war violence throughout Mexico.

Still, on a recent CNN news report, U.S. citizens were warned not to travel to Mexico. Well what part of Mexico was CNN referring to? Mexico is a huge country and to say travel to Mexico is dangerous is not only inadequate information but very misleading.

Please do not misunderstand me. If you want to find trouble in Tijuana, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris, I have no doubt that with the proper directions, you will find trouble and the dregs of society you seek.

If however, you use common sense, stay out of bad neighborhoods, do not travel at night etc., your journey to Mexico should be not only safe, but a memorable trip with lifetime memories.

Mexico is not standing still amid the criticism, unjust or not. If you have any trouble at all once you cross the border into Baja California Norte, all you have to do is dial 078 and press send on your cell phone. You will be connected with English speaking Mexican travel officials eager to help you, drive out to your location or assist you in anyway. I have personally tried this system on many occasions and never failed to get connected to the Mexican travel bureau.

If you have an emergency in Mexico, you can also dial 911 on your cell phone and you will immediately be connected with and English speaker ready to assist you.

For private boaters, Mexico has announced as search and rescue fleet. The commanders of these Ensenada-based vessels have been trained by the U.S. Coast Guard and speak excellent English. The sole purpose of the team is to help boaters in distress. Their vessels are capable of more than 50 knots and can quickly respond to rescue a distressed boater.

A recent visit by officials from Sportfishing Association of California resulted in the comment that they had great equipment, were well-trained and had friendly personnel. This will greatly increase the desire of yachts, sailboats, and fishermen to go south of the border again. The unit has a 24-hour Radio Watch on Marine Channel 16 and can also be reached by telephone from the United States by calling 011 52 646-1-72-40-00.

Holiday outings: Long Beach Sportfishing has two Fourth of July cruises departing at 7p.m. and returning at 10.

The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children, 12 years old and under. Limit is four kids per adult. Information: 562-432-8993.

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ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO—Known for decades as one of the hot surfing spots on the West Coast, Rosarito on Sept. 27 will add another popular beach activity to its attractions with a sand sculpture contest.

Sand Sculpture

Sand Sculpture

Baja Sand 2009 will be held from 10 to 6 p.m. that Sunday in front of the Rosarito Beach Hotel. The exhibition and amateur competition is a prelude to the first full-scale sand sculpting competition which is scheduled for May 2 of 2010.

Half of the profits from the 2010 event will be donated to the Rosarito Boys & Girls Club.

“We’re very excited about this inaugural event and think it’s a perfect fit for this city with its miles of beautiful coastline and tradition of artistic creations,” said Rosarito Mayor Hugo Torres.

Registration and further information is available at, or by calling 661-612-0200 or 661-612-0396 in Mexico or 619-730-1871 in the United States.

The creation of elaborate sand sculptures is a popular event on beaches throughout the world, including an annual competition in Imperial Beach which attracts some of the best global teams and hundreds of thousands of fascinated spectators.

Raul Aragon, Rosarito’s delegate from the Baja State Secretary of Tourism office, an organizer of the event, said that planning has been going on for month to make Baja Sand 2009 a memorable and successful attraction.

The event will follow by one day the 30th-year edition of the Rosarito-Ensenada 50-Mile Fun Bike Ride, which attracts thousands of riders, and the same day as the Rosarito chamber of restaurants annual steak and lobster festival.

“It will create an incredible fun-filled weekend here,” Aragon said. “Both longtime fans of sand sculpting and those who have never seen this incredible activity before will have an amazing day.”

Although this event is an amateur competition Archisand, one of the top teams in the world, is being brought in to give an exhibition the day of the contest.

Archisand, a team of architects and craftsmen, was founded by in 1989 by Greg LeBon. It has won the 10-man division of the U.S. Open at Imperial Beach six of the past nine years. More than 300,000 people attend that annual competition.

“People will be amazed at what Archisand and create from simple sand,” Aragon said. “It truly does qualify as exceptional sculpture.”

To help amateurs prepare for this year’s competition, Rosarito sand sculptor Raul Ocegera will give workshops this Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 1 on the beach in front of the hotel.

Ron Raposa

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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.

A must have Baja real estate! continue reading…

Mexican Talavera tile roots date back to 15th century Spain. Many of the designs and patterns can be traced back to Chinese and Philippine origins while even older variations of this art form date back to 8th century Arab culture.

Mexican Hacienda Kitchen

Mexican Hacienda Kitchen

During the middle ages, craftsmen in Italy began experimenting with glazes and as a result many new colors were developed. When the Italians introduced the unison of the Arab, Italian, and Asian motif during the 15th century to Spain the Talavera ceramic was born. In turn, following the Spanish colonization of Mexico, the Spaniards introduced the new ceramic and Mexican artisans adopted it.

During the 1920s and 30s, Spanish Colonial Revival was one of the most popular architectural styles in the Southwest. Colorful ceramic tile as well as clay tile roofs, roughly plastered walls, arched doorways, and wrought iron window grilles create some of the key elements of this style. Inspired by the Panama California Exposition of 1915 as well as travels in Spain and Mexico, many architects found southern California the ideal setting for this type of architecture. The similarity to Spain’s climate and landscape was the primary catalyst for using the Spanish Colonial Revival style to transform houses, stores, offices, and even cities throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico and Baja California Mexico. (

It’s often difficult to visualize what a particular pattern will look like once it is installed. In fact, the true beauty of Mexican Talavera can only be appreciated when the tiles are placed side by side and a pattern is created.

Visitors to 42037 Mision San Diego in Mision Viejo Baja are often impressed by the hundreds of colorful tiles, as well as the other architectural crafts, which fill this Spanish Colonial Revival style mansion. Tile is found in nearly every room of the house, either as baseboards, stair risers, fireplace surrounds, wall niches, or window seats.

If you want to appreciate a gorgeous New Ocean view Mexican hacienda style mansion only 35 minutes south of the border just call or email Miguel Sedano (619-200-7408) for an appointment.

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Spectacular Ocean Front Home For Rent in Las Gaviotas

Spectacular Ocean Front Home For Rent in Las Gaviotas

Premium luxury 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom fully furnished home available for rent in Las Gaviotas. Take advantage lf the current Baja real estate opportunity to lease this spectacular ocean view home for a bargain price of only $2150 USD monthly for an annual contract (daily rates available).

This house has it all from a huge deck overlooking the whitewater surf, an open great room fully furnished, granite kitchen counters, nanny’s quarters and parking for 3 cars in the garage and covered car port. Want to bring along your 36 FT RV. This house can accommodate it inside the covered parking area with full hookups for your traveling guests. This home in Las Gaviotas is worth well more. Don’t forget the ocean front pool and new gymnasium. Take advantage of this limited time opportunity.

Full commission to the broker that gets it done.

For bookings call from the US: (619)-200-7408, or if you’re already in Mexico call: (661) 613-2332 continue reading…

By: Elizabeth Mclachlan

With the Internet becoming such a big resource, consumers often feel that they don’t need the expertise of a real estate agent. However, there is a reason why 80% of buyers and seller still turn to estate agents when buying or selling a house – in fact, here are 10 reasons why you should consider using a real estate agent when buying Mexico real estate:

Why You Should Use a Baja Real Estate Agent

You Can Benefit From an Agent’s Experience and Education
Real estate agents know the market, was trained to assist clients in selling and buying homes and know the procedures you need to follow. You will be a fool not to use their expertise.

An Agent Has Good Negotiating Skills
Negotiating is part of an agent’s job description and they know how to make a case for their clients. There skills ensure that you, the client, get the best deal.

An Agent Can Handle All the Paperwork
The endless paper work can be time-consuming not to mention daunting. Agents are trained to handle all paper work and assist you throughout the process. They also know the legal aspects of a contract. This saves you a lot of time to concentrate on the more important things.

An Agent Can Assist You With Price Guidance
Agents have knowledge of the market and will help you establish how much home you can afford as well as how much to sell you property for. Here you can once again trust their experience to guide you when making a decision.

An Agent Has Knowledge of the Neighborhood
Agents can answer all your questions regarding the neighborhood you want to buy in, the quality of the schools, the noise levels, traffic etc. They also know the prices that homes in the area sell for.

Advertising a Property is Expensive
If you decide on a DIY sale, be prepared to cover the advertising cost. When you work with an agent you are not only relying on their name to advertise your property but you are also using all their resources including For Sale/On Show banners and listings in newspapers and on the Internet.

Agents Sell Homes Faster
It has been proven that when you use an agent you will sell you home faster – and we all know that time is money in this industry.

An Agent Has an Objective Opinion
Having an agent around when you view a property means that you will always have an objective opinion. Agents see things differently and can help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of a property. They also know exactly what to look for.

An Agent Can Make Recommendations
Agents know the best lenders, home inspectors and other references that you might need when you buy or sell a house.

An Agent Has Access to Additional Information
Agents have loads of information like how long a property has been on the market, the neighborhood and school system, the home’s best features etc. This can come in handy when you have difficulty choosing between different properties.

Considering the scenic landscape that Northern Baja California offers, you might want to have a look at real estate for sale in Rosarito especially in Palacio Del Mar, Calafia Condos, Las Gaviotas or Club Marena.

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By Keith Darcé, Union-Tribune Staff Writer

TIJUANA — About 1 million adult Californians seek health care in Mexico each year – and that figure is likely growing as the recession expands the ranks of the uninsured who are drawn to cheaper care south of the border, said the lead researcher of the first major report on the topic released Tuesday.

The pharmacy business in Tijuana is still booming, despite crackdowns by the state to weed out illegitimate operators. - John Gibbins / Union-Tribune

The pharmacy business in Tijuana is still booming, despite crackdowns by the state to weed out illegitimate operators. - John Gibbins / Union-Tribune

These people live from the Bay Area to San Diego County. Most come to Mexico for prescription drugs and dental care, and a smaller number go for surgeries. Beyond finances, other factors prompting individuals to head south include language and cultural barriers.

Living within 15 miles of the border also greatly increases the likelihood of someone obtaining health services in Mexico.

Angela Tapia, 45, of San Ysidro crosses the border several times each year to see her gynecologist. She also had back surgery in Tijuana a decade ago.

“It’s cheaper to go there,” said Tapia, who doesn’t have health insurance. “When you go to those doctors, they give you time, they ask a lot of questions and they care about you.”

Roughly half of the cross-border patients are Mexican immigrants, a statistic that might challenge the popular notion of Mexicans burdening California’s hospitals and clinics by receiving all of their health care on this side of the border, said UCLA public health professor Steven Wallace, lead author of the new report.

“What this helps document is that (some) immigrants are facing barriers to receiving care in the United States, and they are turning to Mexico for that care,” said Wallace, who also serves as associate director of UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research. “And it’s not just immigrants facing barriers here.”

Approximately half a million U.S. citizens living in California also seek health services in Mexico, Wallace and his UCLA colleagues found.

Altogether, about 4 percent of adult Californians traveled to Mexico for some type of medical care.

Wallace’s study was published Tuesday in Medical Care, a journal for the American Public Health Association.

He and his fellow researchers based their analysis on data from the 2001 California Health Interview Survey, which questioned more than 55,000 random households across the state.

The wide-ranging survey, conducted once every two years, is funded by a coalition of agencies and groups including the state Department of Public Health, the National Cancer Institute and the California Endowment. Those done since 2001 have not asked about accessing health care south of the border.

Wallace’s group was the first to delve deeply into the statistics on medical treatment in Mexico. Previous research relied on anecdotal accounts or small localized populations.

The cross-border trend likely will intensify as the number of Mexican immigrants living in California increases and the recession costs more people their jobs and health insurance coverage, Wallace said.

Between 2001 and 2007, the population of Mexican immigrants in California grew by 756,000 to 4.6 million, according to the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C.

“The numbers that are bad in this study have only gotten worse,” said Margaret Laws, director of the California HealthCare Foundation’s Innovations for the Underserved program. “Under the current climate, they will continue to get worse.”

The UCLA researchers found that more than 13 percent of Mexican immigrants traveled to Mexico for care, with the largest number visiting dentists.

Such patients make up the diverse range of U.S. residents who visit the Bartell Dental Clinic on Avenida Revolucion in the heart of Tijuana’s tourist district, said Dr. William Bartell Jr.

“Probably 95 percent of my clientele are self-employed or their jobs don’t provide any dental insurance,” he said.

The clinic, which has a Web site that targets Americans, sees about 10 patients a day – nearly all from north of the border. That’s enough to keep three full-time and several part-time dentists busy, Bartell said.

Mexican immigrants who lived in California for less than 15 years were less likely to cross the border for care than those who had been in the country longer, the UCLA report said. Many shorter-term immigrants are undocumented, so they face risks every time they leave the United States and try to return.

Among all other Californians, the top health-related reason for going to Mexico was to purchase prescription drugs.

Much attention has been given to doctors performing cosmetic and weight-loss surgeries on Americans in Mexican cities such as Tijuana. But Wallace found that only 7 percent of the 464,000 non-Latino Californians who sought treatment across the border went there for medical procedures, including surgeries and treatments for serious illnesses like cancer.

Health insurers offering relatively low-cost coverage plans that allow Southern Californians to receive care on both sides of the border should be encouraged by the study’s findings, Wallace said.

In fact, several of the largest players in the cross-border insurance market have recorded steady growth in recent years.

Membership in Health Net’s U.S-Mexico plan has reached 40,000, up from 23,700 in late 2007, said Brad Kiefer, a spokesman for the health maintenance organization.

Sistemas Medicos Nacionales S.A., the only Mexican HMO licensed to operate in California, now has about 21,000 members in San Diego and Imperial counties, said Christina Suggett, the company’s chief operating officer.

Staff writer Sandra Dibble contributed to this report.

Keith Darcé: (619) 293-1020;

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