Beachfront hacienda offered on Sea of Cortez in Los Cabos, Mexico’s five-star Palmilla Resort, just reopened
Designed and built in a stunning Spanish-Colonial style, the home artfully combines the highest standards of traditional Mexican materials, finishes, décor and craftmanship
New York, New York (November 2, 2020) — Shaded by swaying palms and overlooking the lapping waves of the Sea of Cortez — dubbed “the world’s aquarium” by no less an authority than oceanographer Jacques Cousteau — is the Palmilla Los Cabos estate. The Sea of Cortez is renowned worldwide for its abundance of colorful fish and sea mammals, including humpback whales. This home on the Baja California Peninsula offers a private front-row seat to this rarest of global ecosystems.
The Spanish-Colonial residence, sited on an acre, is one of only a handful of private seaside homes sharing access to the best swimming beach in Los Cabos. The estate embraces its outdoor lifestyle with terraces supported by blond rockwork, lavish landscaping, green lawns, a pool, a charming palapa bar and direct beach access.
Encompassing five en suite bedrooms with an additional half-bath, the home spans 8,073 square feet and is represented by Ramiro Palenque Bullrich and Nacho Bancalara of 2Seas Los Cabos, with global marketing services by Christie’s International Real Estate. Furnishings, with the exception of artwork, are included in the sale.
The hacienda is located in the gated enclave of Palmilla Norte, on the grounds of the One & Only Palmilla Hotel and Resort, which reopened on October 29. The signature five-star resort in Cabo San Lucas will welcome the home’s new owners to enjoy the resort’s 27-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course and fine dining, plus fitness, spa and wellness facilities. The Los Cabos International Airport is 15 minutes away, making the estate an ideal second-home destination.
Said Zackary Wright, executive director of Christie’s International Real Estate: “Palmilla was a pioneering five-star development in the Cabo San Lucas area, and it continues to be one of the region’s most desired addresses. This home occupies one of the premier locations, with access to Los Cabos’ best swimming beach on the Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula. It’s also an ideal residence for golfers — with the Nicklaus course adjacent, and an ideal second-home commute thanks to its proximity to the airport.”
The home is introduced by a drive of stone pavers, bordered by stands of palms and bougainvillea hedges. The drive winds to the main residence with terracotta roofing, white exteriors and a welcoming portico. The portico’s bold design of stark white columns and Saltillo flooring are motifs that continue throughout the house.
The home is built on a slope and a high vantage overlooking the water. Heavy antique double doors, custom-built locally, descend to the main entertaining areas, including a double-height living room with rows of windows above and glass doors below for an abundance of natural light. Beyond is a roofed terrace, ideal for tapas and cocktails, with the Sea of Cortez endlessly spanning to the horizon. A formal dining area opens to another, even larger terrace, with irregular slats of rustic latillas on the roof, providing shade and circulating breezes along with a soothing play of light.
The kitchen is appointed with walls of traditional ceramic tiles of blue that match the color of the water out the window. There is ample counter seating for on-the-go meals and a pass-through to stage meals for the informal dining area. There is also a private family room and a breakfast grotto — a semicircular room with one wall of stone flanked by glass doors to welcome the outdoors in. An expansive guest suite is also located on the first floor.
All of the first-floor terraces flow to the sundeck and infinity pool, ideal for formal alfresco entertaining or casual gatherings for friends and family. This includes the shaggy-roofed palapa with its artful supports of distressed driftwood shading lounging and dining areas, served by a kitchen.
The second floor of the main residence is reserved for the remaining four en suite bedrooms. The primary bedroom suite offers oversized closets, a spa-quality bath and a seating area with the home’s recurring column theme separating it from the sleeping quarters. A private terrace also shaded by latillas, offers serene water views. The other bedrooms showcase exquisite water views. A two-car garage completes the offering.
Since its creation in the mid-1950s, the Palmilla resort has been elegantly updated and a magnet for celebrities and dignitaries, including President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ernest Hemingway, Lucille Ball, and John Wayne. More recently the One & Only has hosted actors Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz, and singer John Mayer. The marina at Puerto Los Cabos is a short drive away, as is downtown San José del Cabo with its restaurants, shopping and art galleries.
About Christie’s International Real Estate
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