If you are looking at houses for sale in Loreto, Mexico, you must see Casa Pura Vida del Mar, a stunning newer home fronting a quiet beach just a few minutes from one of the country’s charming, historic Pueblo Mágicos (Magic Towns).
The sellers built this Santa Barbara Spanish-style custom home and self-contained two-bedroom casita. The large floor plan is great for indoor/outdoor entertaining and offers lots of flexibility with a total of three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and two kitchens. Features include an outdoor pool, a rooftop terrace with 180-degree views and a Jacuzzi, and a suite above the oversized attached garage.
As beautiful as the main house, the 1,200-square-foot casita gives your guests their own space or you can rent out one part of the home or the other. The casita and main house both come fully furnished and move-in ready, with a few exclusions.
Entering the property through the hardwood front door, to the side of the double garage doors, the welcoming exterior entrance hallway is covered by a unique steel pergola that casts a floral motif on the walls and the Saltillo tile floor. Past a vintage Mexican ironwood bench are stairs to the casita and the rooftop terrace.
Continuing straight, the entranceway opens to a lovely interior front courtyard with desert potted plants and blooming garden beds, and an eye-catching red tile waterfall. The arched front door of the cream casa is flanked on either side by double French doors that open from the master bedroom and the living room.
Though the front door, the high-ceilinged entranceway features a cupola from which hangs a gorgeous handmade custom chandelier. To the right, through an archway, the open-concept kitchen/dining/living room with 14-foot ceilings offers incredible ocean views from every vantage point thanks to a bank of French doors and windows running the length of the seaside-facing wall. Flooring throughout the home is Saltillo tile.
The bright sitting/entertainment area has a comfy leather sofa with a chaise and two Mexican equipale chairs nestled around a hammered copper table. Right in front of the beautiful hand-formed and polished concrete gas fireplace, it’s the perfect spot to get cozy on a cool winter evening while watching a movie on the flatscreen TV mounted above the mantle in a louvred door cabinet.
Another wide archway opens into the kitchen/dining room. A chef’s dream, high-end stainless Viking appliances include a gas range and a wine fridge. The oversized farmhouse sink has an oil-rubbed bronze faucet and includes garbage disposal. Instant hot water (in both kitchens) makes clean up a breeze. A Kitchen Aid trash compactor, a rarity here, is built into the island, which, like the counters, is topped by beautiful large-patterned granite. The dark-stained alder wood cabinetry is custom, set off by a creamy ceramic tile backsplash.
Dine at the island with two distressed leather stools or at the adjoining rectangular reclaimed wood table with carved legs and six leather chairs, lit by a custom iron chandelier. Double French doors flanking the table open to the patio for indoor/outdoor living and easy access to the barbecue and the six-foot tiled buffet table along the exterior wall of the outdoor living room.
This is just one of the outdoor spaces from which to choose, though it is one of the home’s biggest surprises. The al fresco room has three walls and is open to the pool on the fourth side with an overhanging wooden pergola that partially shades the shallow end. Two built-in couches with Sunbrella cushions face each other with a gas fireplace in between, perfect for cool evenings, or fold open the louvred shutters of the large rectangular windows on the two side walls so the sea breeze blows through.
Set in a flagstone patio, the keyhole-shaped in-ground pool has a shallow seating bench and a two-foot-deep kiddie or sun lounger shelf and then drops to 5.5 feet. It’s perfect for lounging and sipping cocktails.
Hit the outdoor shower after your swim or before stepping through the gate to the thatched shade palapa on the beachfront patio featuring a pebble floral motif in the flagstone. Imagine sipping your morning coffee here or a glass of wine in the evening.
On the other side of the pool, French doors from the indoor living room open to another covered outdoor seating area with a couch and two chairs around a metal mosaic table, cooled by a ceiling fan. Nearby is a round dining table.
Back inside the bungalow-style main house, you’ll find the spacious master bedroom with French doors that open to the pleasant waterfall just outside. The room accommodates a kingsize bed, complete with a desk and shelves, an art niche, a walk-in closet with built-in cabinetry, and a large ensuite tiled in lovely Arabesque ceramic in four colors. Carrara marble tops the two vanities — one with a large sink and the other for makeup. The toilet and a walk-in shower with an oversized showerhead are in a separate room.
Down the hall, the powder room is a work of art with colorful high relief Malibu tile blanketing the lower half of the walls. A metallic gold leaf sun mirror adds a cheery touch above the white sink with copper hardware. Louver doors slide open to the laundry with a full-size washer/dryer. Up the stairs from the entranceway, a courtyard atop the roof of the master bedroom welcomes relaxation with two sun loungers and a Jacuzzi with views of the Sea of Cortez and the islands of Carmen and Coronado.
A few more steps lead up to a patio with a bistro table and two chairs, just outside the handmade hardwood front door of the casita. With a 180-degree vista of Loreto, the ocean, the islands, and the gorgeous Sierra de la Giganta Mountains, there is no better place to begin the day.
The roomy open-concept kitchenette/dining/living room of the self-contained two-bedroom suite has high ceilings. The fully equipped kitchenette features alder and cedar custom cabinetry, textured Malibu tile backsplash (same as the half bath downstairs), full-size stainless appliances, a good-sized pantry, and an eating nook with two wooden stools. Or four can dine more formally at the round hammered copper dining table atop a wrought iron base under the capiz shell chandelier. The wine/storage cabinet with intricate inlaid wood is truly a conversation piece.
At the end of the room, the bright sitting area features a built-in cedar entertainment centre and storage bins, an oversized cowhide patchwork ottoman, a love seat, and three chairs. Three windows offer sweeping mountain, sea, and Isla Carmen views, and French doors open to a 6×6-foot balcony with two chairs and a table, the ideal spot to watch the sunset into the mountains.
Two bedrooms, both with a Juliet balcony facing the mountains, and the full bath are upstairs. The largest has a king, a four-foot-long desk, and a big built-in wardrobe. The other has a queen. The Talavera tiled bath has a bathtub/shower combo and laundry. The attached garage has room for a large boat, vehicles, and toys. It comes with hanging kayak storage, a workbench, an oversized water tank, and a water cooler, plus a fish cleaning station on the driveway.
Other unique features of this home include a six-inch raised foundation to prevent seawater seepage and storm shutters throughout (except the outdoor living room).
Ready to take a tour of this house for sale in Loreto, Mexico? Located in Loreto Bay, Momentum Realty is a full-service, dedicated team of real estate professionals including myself, Tracy, as well as knowledgeable agents. Our team works every day and are experts in the transfer process, as well as bank trusts. Call me and I’d love to walk you through this move-in ready property before it’s gone! Call +52 (613) 105-4397 (from Canada or the U.S. dial 011 first) or email [email protected]