Beach Homes Near Loreto - The Cove Community
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"It is an indisputable fact that Americans and Canadians can own beachfront property in Mexico, and there are two ways to do it."  
-- Lic. Paulina Contreras Aquirre, Attorney at Law, Mexico, Gutierrez, Diaz, Esparza, S.C.

2 Gorgeous Retirement Spots in Baja 
You Didn't Know Exist
When people mention Baja, they often think Cabo San Lucas or Ensenada, but did you know there is another region in between that is absolutely breathtaking? Up until a few years ago, its accessibility was limited. Now, highways are modernized (the main stretch being nicer than most US roads), and airports offer frequent flights.

Located on the infamous Sea of Cortez, you would never guess that you were only a day’s drive away from San Diego, or a 2 hour flight from Los Angeles. It is a blend of luscious summer microclimates, with the areas of San Lucas Cove and Loreto being in the “sweet spot” on the central Baja peninsula. 
#1  San Lucas Cove
The Cove Community at San Lucas Cove is the site where John Steinbeck collected marine specimen and was inspired to write the book, “The Log from the Sea of Cortez.” With some of the most exotic ocean life and pristine waters on the planet, this gorgeous vacation home / retirement home spot is ideal for the sun-seeking ocean lover. Sea turtles are even known to build summer homes here and have their offspring!
This private, gated community is located in a lush area between Santa Rosalia and Mulege, and just 2 hours north of Loreto in Baja California Sur. This region is well-known for its paradise-like beauty, year-round warm air and water temperatures (70-85°), sports fishing, sailing, kayaking, swimming, fresh seafood, and the characteristics of what many consider the good life. This sun-loving retirement / 2nd home community is accommodating to those who want a relaxed way of life in a private, gated development with first world infrastructure, while being steps away from the beach.
 Where to Shop and Dine
10 minutes north, neighboring Santa Rosalia is an active, prosperous town and offers everything you need for all the comforts of home including a hospital, restaurants, and big-box shopping. It is not known as a resort town or place for Spring Break, but has enough going on to catch incredible dinners, pastries, margaritas, and the annual Dorado fishing tournaments. The retirees, expat locals, and vacation home owners here enjoy the area for its safety, privacy, gorgeous weather, lush scenery, and good, honest people.  

While building your dream home in San Lucas Cove, there are nice, inexpensive hotels and incredible restaurants within a few minutes of The Cove Community.  Call for our recommendations. 
Home prices and cost of living in San Lucas Cove
Beach homes at The Cove Community at San Lucas Cove start at $139k and can range to over $1M. Annual living expenses are considerably lower than the US and Canada.
Featured above:  "The Dorado" 2 br, 2 ba home just steps away from the beach.  Asking price for this home is $139k.  
Interested in exploring more homes and beach lots for sale at The Cove Community in San Lucas Cove?  We invite you visit us at, or better still, in person. 
#2 Loreto Golf Course Homes 
Image credit: Kirt Edblom via Flickr
For the Golf enthusiast who wants to be on the course every day and prefers having the luxury of a 5-Star Spa nearby, consider a beautiful Loreto Golf Course Home. Loreto is a tranquil resort town, and like The Cove Community at San Lucas Cove, shares similar landscape and a peaceful way of life. 
Golf Course Homes Loreto, Baja California Sur
You’ll find an occasional Spring Breaker here, but it’s not even close to being unpleasantly over-run with tourists. Loreto remains a spot for those “in-the-know,” mostly consisting of gringo locals from San Diego, Orange County, Canada, and Minnesota. 

A 10 minute drive from the Golf Course Homes will lead you to shopping, restaurants, historical sites, hospitals, reserved night-life, and some of the best fish tacos you’ll ever eat. And like The Cove Community, you’ll forget what the word “stress” even means once you arrive. The locals are friendly and the region is very safe.

To get here, Alaska Airlines is typically the airline of choice, providing direct routes from Los Angeles and other major cities. Upon arrival, you'll be ready to hit the green within minutes.
Home prices and living in Loreto
A modern custom-built 3 br, 2 ba, 2,600 s.f. home on a 10,000 s.f. lot on the 18th Hole starts at $449k. A luxury lifestyle can be had here for much less than anywhere in the coastal USA or Canada.
Interested in exploring Golf Course homes for sale in Loreto?  We invite you visit or call today to schedule a visit.
About The Sea of Cortez Region,
Weather, and Activities

Jacques Cousteau aptly named The Sea of Cortez “The World’s Aquarium,” as it holds ocean life so rare in waters majestically pristine. Upon visiting, you will understand what famous writers and explorers saw in San Lucas Cove and Loreto … Sublime beauty and an air of pure energy.

The waters have that dreamy transparent and turquoise sparkle we often see in ads promoting the Caribbean or Amalfi Coast, and rarely hit temperatures below 75°. This is a dream for avid swimmers who enjoy being in the water every day.  
For the nature lover, the sports fishing enthusiast, and the more adventurous, this region of Baja California Sur is like no other. Watch whales and manta rays frolic in your wake, deep sea fish for ocean delicacies, snorkel and dive with brightly colored tropical fish, kayak on calm waters, or hike, bike, and explore the surrounding mountains and deserts. Drop anchor on the sailboat and float off to dreamland for a mid-day nap before capturing a glimpse of your home on shore. For the art and history buff, rediscover many of the first-known cave paintings declared as a world treasure by UNESCO.  

There is no place this beautiful and exotic so close to the continental US that maintains ideal conditions for retirees, expats, or vacation home owners. When living in San Lucas Cove or Loreto, you will always be able to "live the good life" at a sensible price.

Living in Baja California Sur, Mexico
Residents from around the globe, including those from Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and the Midwest have been owning property and living in Baja California Sur for decades.  

For those not familiar with Baja, the idea of making Mexico home raises many questions; 

  • Is it safe to live in Baja California Sur?
  • Is there access to good medical care?
  • Will my property be taken away? 
  • Can I own land near the beach? 
  • Why can’t I buy a beach home for $50k?  
Our best advice is to ask credible sources, such as Americans or Canadians who have experienced years of living in Baja, specifically in this region, because it is unlike any of the more well-known vacation destinations. We always welcome you to contact us .

George Wade, CEO and long-time resident of The Cove Community, shares common questions residents have prior to moving into properties for sale in Santa Rosalia, San Lucas Cove, and Loreto:
Is it dangerous to live in Baja California Sur, Mexico? 
Mexico is safer than the United States and this is a fact.  Of course, there are places in Mexico that are unsafe just like there are dangerous places in Chicago or Los Angeles. The expansive, surrounding area of The Cove Community and Loreto is not one of them. 

The general public in Mexico is not allowed to carry weapons and exist in a culture that celebrates being kind, considerate, and respectful of others. The places that typically experience violence are highly populated cities where the rival gangs and drug activities are. The same is true of every major city in the States.

Unfair media coverage even affects the US… I’ve known Europeans who’ve feared visiting America because they believed they would be shot once they set foot off the plane. If you talk to anyone who’s lived down here or spent a considerable amount of time visiting here, you’ll find that feeling “unsafe” has never been a concern.
Will the Mexican Government take your property?
Another unfair piece of PR that Mexico endures… This has never happened in Mexico. The courts have taken foreigner’s property who bought or leased land that was not titled properly. In an effort to save money, people entered into shady real estate deals and lost their money. The government encourages people to move to Mexico and the banking system here is one of the safest in the world.
Can foreigners own land near the ocean?
The government changed the rule to encourage foreigners to own property near the ocean. The property is owned through a 50 year Mexican trust that is perpetually renewable. Foreigners can also own a Mexican corporation, and that corporation can buy land anywhere in Mexico. Title insurance is also available for Mexican property. (The Cove Community is insured by the reputable US-based title company, Stewart Title).
Can I buy a beach home for $50k in Baja?
Many people still believe you can buy a great home on the beach in Baja for $50k. I guess anything is possible, but you always get what you pay for. Prices are considerably lower in Baja, but a home with an ideal location with water, sewer, electric, internet, and excellent communications in or near a nice city is not possible for $50k.
If I live in Mexico, will I have access to good medical care?
Medical care in Mexico is free. If you are ill and go to a clinic, you will be treated. While most foreigners use private doctors and hospitals, the prices for these services are 80% less, making Mexico an ideal landing spot for retirees. Healthcare in the larger cities is respected worldwide for their level of care. I have never used my US Medicare in Mexico.
Will I have cell reception, clean water, and USA TV?
Cell phone communications are excellent in The Cove Community, Loreto, and the surrounding areas. With the exception of a few brief areas in the high desert driving from San Diego to San Lucas Cove, the service is incredibly solid. We have residents who have conducted business via cell on the drive down here just fine. You can even keep your American or Canadian cell phone working here if you tell your provider to open your lines for Mexico. These days, American cell phone companies are even including coverage in Mexico at no additional charge. 

Beach and Golf Course homes at The Cove Community and Loreto have first world infrastructure… Being accustomed to the luxuries of Southern California and the East Coast most of our lives, we would have it no other way. We have direct power lines to the homes connected to the grid, city water we drink every day, and all of the cable channels including ESPN, American news, and movie channels.

I conduct business worldwide with a solid internet connection that supports the bandwidth needs of Netflix, stock trading programs, and Skype. We really do have all of the benefits of living in the Coastal USA, for less than half the price.
Will I have a social life? Will I have friends and a strong support system living in Mexico?
If you choose to, it is common to develop a strong sense of community and friendships with the native locals, Americans and Canadians who have decided to live the good life in Baja. If you’re socially active, neighbors and even like-minded individuals residing 20+ miles away know your name and invite you to a few good cookouts. And, especially if you grew up in San Diego or Orange County, you’re likely to run into familiar faces around town.  You'll find that you'll have close-knit relationships with your new Baja family and friends.  

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