This fully upgraded three-bedroom, three-bathroom Casa Encantada in a quiet pocket of the Aqua Viva neighborhood is a must-see. At approximately 2,100 square feet, the Encantada is the most popular of the large Loreto Bay village models (and there aren’t nearly as many three- as two-bedroom homes).
The two-level floor plan plus third-level viewing tower gives everyone plenty of room indoors and out. This property is a very good holiday rental, if you choose to generate income when not in residence. It comes fully furnished and is move-in ready.
Those who love the outdoors will no doubt fall for the expansive terrace on the second floor, tiled in beautiful ceramic. A stand-alone barbecue centre features a built-in Char-Broil grill, a bar sink and storage cupboards. Continuing down the exterior corridor, the terrace opens before you with a splendid vista of the multi-hued Sierra de la Giganta Mountains and a slice of the golf course and canal.
Under the shade pergola off the upstairs master bedroom, a cozy carpeted seating area with wicker outdoor chairs and tables and a sunning area with two loungers beckons. New planters with trellises will provide a privacy screen from the casa behind as the climbing plants grow. Even with this furniture in place, there is still lots of space to use as you like. Yoga anyone?
The master with full ensuite is decorated in navy and crisp white with colorful Mexican touches. A large street-side window and full-length French doors opening onto the terrace stream light into the spacious room, with a king bed and beautifully crafted wooden nightstands topped with patterned Talavera bedside lamps. The room’s showstopper is a gorgeous white wood, Talavera tile-top desk with Mexican accents on the slim wall shelf above. Against the navy feature wall, the colorful desk pops. A highboy dresser with a large television atop makes for cozy viewing in bed.
The contemporary ensuite features a jetted soaker tub/shower with a travertine and new glass shower surround, dual under-mount sinks in a travertine vanity, and a closet — a rarity in these homes.
Back outdoors, a straight staircase rises to the third-floor viewing tower, also tiled in ceramic and larger than most, with room for a hot tub or a couple of sun loungers. Unwind at the end of the day at the bar table for four and take in the heightened view of the mountains and canal.
Back downstairs, on the wheelchair accessible main floor, the original courtyard garden has been replaced with flagstone for more multi-functional outdoor living space. Its central feature is a bubbling fountain with a small garden underneath.
Three sets of double French doors open into this central courtyard from the great room, extending living space on fine days. The open-concept kitchen, dining and living room, with a bonus nook — perhaps for a home office, are spacious and well thought out for easy living. The kitchen features beautiful and hygienic travertine counters with an overhang for bar stools lit by three contemporary pendant lights. Lots of hardwood cupboards, painted cream, provide plenty of storage, a rarity in these Loreto Bay village homes. Stainless steel appliances include a microwave, gas range, dishwasher, and fridge/freezer.
The casa is uniquely appointed with quality mid-century modern furniture accented with colorful Mexican arts, 1972 Sea of Cortez nautical maps and Baja natural objects found on travels along the peninsula’s coastlines, all adding warmth. The late ‘60s/early ‘70s bamboo chairs with original fabric are of excellent quality, as are the Chinese Chippendale table and the ‘80s Queen Anne chairs (just in need of refinishing). The 1950/60 coffee table is solid and well-joined.
On the other side of the courtyard, you’ll find another master bedroom with double bed and a full modern ensuite featuring under-mount double sinks and walk-in shower, all in easy to clean travertine, plus a closet. An enclosed side yard lets plenty of natural light into both the bed and bathroom.
The third bedroom with double bed also opens into the courtyard and is bright with windows to both street and courtyard. Nearby is a travertine three-piece bathroom and a stackable washer/dryer laundry closet.
Nestled on a corner, this casa is located near the large oval, slated for future development, and is just off the Paseo, which means parking is right out front and just a few steps to haul in your groceries and supplies. The bocce ball court and horseshoe pit are across the pathway and it’s just a hop from the quieter J Pool. Agua Viva Plaza with several shops and services is just a short walk, as is Pedro’s shop/restaurant and Gastroteca A Z U L.
Other improvements to the casa include:
- New paint in most of the rooms.
- The terrace tile is redone, including waterproofing.
- New furniture and repurposed existing furniture.