Custom home in northern Baja Mexico 30 miles from San Diego

  • $ 695 000
  • House For Sale
  • Upfront payment $695 000
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 3
  • Floor area 278.71 sq m
  • Lot size 464.52 sq m
  • Total square 278.71 sq m
  • Year of build 1983


Enjoy spectacular, panoramic, white water views from both levels of this custom built home in prestigious Las Gaviotas located eight miles south of Rosarito Beach (30 miles south of the U.S. border). Because of its south facing orientation you will enjoy both sunrises and sunsets. Nighttime vistas are equally impressive. The giant windowed great room of almost 1000 square feet with a ten foot beamed wood ceiling on the main level incorporates the living room, dining room and kitchen and flows out to a 24'x12' terrace. We have hosted parties of up to 60 people comfortably. There is a large gas, wood burning fireplace (currently has the ceramic logs) and a 50" Sony flat screen HDTV with dish and receiver. Sharing the main level is a guest bedroom, bath AND den (fourth bedroom) which has its own 37" flat screen HDTV. Most of the furniture and all of the electronics and appliances are included.
The kitchen deserves special note. This new state of the art kitchen includes dramatic Brazilian granite counters with granite up to the bottom of the custom made cabinets. The drawers are all full extension and there is a pantry. Appliances include a KitchenAid 48" wide built-in stainless steel refrigerator along with a matching microwave/convection oven and dishwasher. The 36" six burner, stainless steel range/oven is the professional style by DCS. A beautiful and popular counter/bar separates the kitchen from the great room and there is a garden window behind the large Kohler cobalt blue sink that looks out on the charming rear courtyard. This kitchen is simply the best not only in appearance but in function as well.
There are two master bedrooms on the upper level both with their own attached baths (double sinks in both), walk-in closets and one with a romantic fireplace. You will enjoy hearing the surf and watching the waves break from your pillow! It doesn't get any better than this. Attached to the main master is a terrace with more breathtaking ocean views.
On the ground level is a large two car garage with a huge storage loft. Located in the garage is a new laundry area which includes a washer and gas dryer and a 50 gallon gas hot water heater. Off the garage is a finished room that could be used as a fifth bedroom but is currently being used for storage.
In the rear of the house is a newly redone all natural slate courtyard that includes a soothing fountain and a unique sunken table that is perfect for a backyard BBQ. The perimeter planters have mature junipers, bougainvilleas and assorted plants. It is a peaceful place to read a book while enjoying the outdoors in a different setting and a great/safe place for a dog or little kids.
This prestigious gated community of 292 homes was developed by a California builder (VERY IMPORTANT) in the early 70's. In order to market the development in California it had to be built according to California codes which were AND ARE much more stringent than Mexican codes. For example there is an on site water filtration plant, a sewage treatment plant and underground utilities. In 40 plus years there has never been a property ownership dispute and title insurance is readily available. In the U.S. you have a Trust Deed while in Mexico it's called a Bank Trust. Both legally recognized documents entitles you to complete and total property rights for you and your heirs in perpetuity. The community shares a beautiful clubhouse, library/mail room with free long distance and internet service, a large pool, jacuzzi, exercise room, tennis court, shuffle board courts, a children's' playground and even a putting green! The fountains, green belts, gardens and recreational areas are maintained by a full time staff. Homeowner fees are $275 per month. There is a beach and the surfers consider Las Gaviotas one of their favorite spots. Las Gaviotas has a half mile of ocean front scalloped coves very similar to prestigious La Jolla, California.
SECURITY IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE to the community and there are full time, professionally trained, uniformed guards that check all entrants and patrol the streets 24/7 along with a new and sophisticated video surveillance system. Because Las Gaviotas is, without question, the most complete and secure community in northern Baja there are numerous multi-million dollar homes owned by successful people who invest carefully.
The demographics of Las Gaviotas have changed in recent years from older retirees to middle age professionals wanting to own something in an ocean front community that is no longer affordable north of the border. This resort oriented community allows those homeowners, who choose to do so, to rent their properties on a daily basis (typically the weekends) resulting in a positive cash flow situation long ago rendered not doable in California due to escalating real estate values. So it is possible to own a property here (like ours) that pays for itself, can be used when not rented and be your eventual retirement home......all while appreciating in value. There are several on-site property management folks to help you. Utilities are comparable to San Diego while property taxes for our home last year were only $21 per month. THINK ABOUT THAT!!
As a homeowner here you would no doubt procure a Sentri pass enabling you to avoid the long waits at the border. With it travel time from our home into San Diego averages 50 minutes. Most homeowners here enjoy U.S. phone service through Vonage, high speed internet, home delivery of the San Diego Union Tribune and U.S. Directv although Las Gaviotas has its own free cable system. It has all the conveniences of a San Diego suburb. And Rosarito has a Walmart Super Center, a Home Depot, McDonalds, Burger King, new state of the art cinema (only $2.80!) and many other U.S. shops and restaurants. There are two Costcos in Tijuana.
Since buying here in 1996 our children have married and now live in the Southeastern U.S. and Colorado and MOST importantly have blessed us with five beautiful grandchildren. Our objective is to sell our much loved Las Gaviotas home for $695,000 (was $895,000) and buy a place close to the kids. The friends and neighbors we have here are simply the best. They are on the short list of why Las Gaviotas is the best place to live anywhere.
We're Lou and Monie Wilcox. The address here is: 20 Las Picudas Este. Our mailing address is: P.O.Box 189010-243, Coronado, CA 92178. Our phone is: 858-764-0557 (just like a U.S. phone). Our Mexican number is: 011-52-661-614-1517 (but use the U.S. number, it's cheaper). And our e-mail address is "".


  • Listing status: Active
  • Available from: Aug 10, 2013
  • Listing #: 5330
  • Lot size: 5000
  • Parking: 2 Cars
  • Parking type: Garage attached
  • Heating System: Gas
  • Fireplace: Gas
  • Open house: Aug 10, 2013 11:00 - 17:00


  • Broadband Internet
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Hot water
  • Sewer
  • Telephone
  • Trash
  • TV Cable
  • Water

General facilities

  • Balcony
  • Mother-in-law apartment
  • Satellite
  • Security system

Indoor facilities

  • Bathroom with shower
  • Bathroom with tub
  • Bathroom with window
  • Ceiling fans
  • Dishwasher
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Freezer
  • Furnished
  • TV
  • Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

  • 1. Beach Line
  • Barbecue area
  • Courtyard
  • Garden
  • Gated entry
  • Pool
  • Terrace



Address: 20 Las Picudas Este, Las Gaviotas, Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico
Latitude / Longitude: 32.253200 / -116.960000


30 miles south of the U.S. border. With Sentri Pass, travel time from house into San Diego is only 50 minutes.


Gated community of 292 homes developed by California developer. Swimming pool, jacuzzi, tennis court, gym, putting green, shuffle board, club house. Professional full time security plus security cameras. $275/mo homeowner fees. Community is complete and NO ownership disputes in its 40 year existence. Immaculate common areas with many fountains.

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