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Calafia Community Lifestyle 

Calafia Condos
Calafia Condos

Located on K.M. 34.5 Tijuana-Ensenada Carretera Road of Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, Calafia is a well-established oceanfront gated community. A unique paradise, famous for its resort-like amenities like pet-friendly grounds, clubhouse, oceanfront walking paths, gyms, spas, sandy beach,  beautiful green areas, 24/7 Security, friendly neighbors, and most importantly, when you walk in and around the community, you have a great amount of peace and relaxation.

There is also a clubhouse that provides you with a complete ocean view, fully equipped (kitchen, bathrooms, and sitting area) along with an oceanfront view pool and fire pit. This area is great to get to know your neighbors and for creating small gatherings.

This community is welcoming to everyone, especially to those that enjoy running into people they know, making and sharing memories while looking at the gorgeous ocean. Let’s not leave out our pets that make friends as well, especially at the dog park.

At Calafia you are stress-free, it’s a community with singles, couples and families working and retired enjoying a slower pace of life.

One of the moments that I have seen and enjoyed the most when showing property is watching the whales giving us a show, jumping in the air or splashing, dolphins swimming, huge waves and the best of all, the sound of the waves that is relaxing, it’s like nothing else exist when you see and hear the waves, it is totally mesmerizing.

Written by Maricela Carter

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Most people realize that moving to Baja will immediately help their finances and provide a unique opportunity to own oceanfront property. But you may not realize the many “challenges” you’ll face when moving to Baja, most of which will make your friends back in the States jealous.

Garden Unit in Club Marena
Garden Unit in Club Marena

Here are the “challenges” of moving to Baja:

Too much fun and travel. A round-trip from Baja to Puerta Vallarta costs around $200 and will get you there in about 90 minutes. The opportunity to visit fascinating destinations in Mexico, enjoy top-notch service and delicious food at affordable prices will make you forget about expensive U.S. travel. Other hot spots in Mexico include small old historic towns such as San Miguel Allende -voted No. 1 City in the “World’s Top Cities of 2017” Travel + Leisure List.- Mexican discount airlines such as Volaris and Interjet offer great rates year round, while Aeromexico is renowned for their unparalleled service.

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Heading down the Rosarito-Ensenada toll-free road, the Calafia towers are hard to miss. They have become a landmark of the coastal scenery, a sign of delightful surprises awaiting us: Pacific Ocean Views, mouthwatering lobster tacos, surf breaking at your toes, sea breeze.

Aerial View Of Calafia Condos
Aerial View Of Calafia Condos

While newer communities have come and gone amidst turmoil and scandal, Calafia Condos Resort & Villas stand tall, having become one of the most respected and stable private residential neighborhoods in Rosarito.

If you´ve never been to Calafia, there are many things you may not know about them.

The complex is almost 30 years old

  • It was the brainchild of a visionary group of architects and builders, who are still involved in the operation of the compound. Some considered it to be ahead of its time.
  • It started with a single tower, built in 1987. Tower 2 was built in 2006 and after an incredible boom, Tower 3 was built in 2012
  • It now holds 197 Number of units, and 36, single story villas
  • Whereas in the U.S. some people equate newer with better, in Mexico, structures built around the 1980´s are very coveted for their solid construction and comfortable layout
  • The lush gardens at Calafia are 30 years in the making

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Baja HOA: What does it cover? …and will you make use of it? When looking at ownership in Baja, buyers must take into consideration what their monthly expenses are going to be.

HOA Fees
HOA Fees

Property taxes and bank trust fees, and insurance at set fees. But the fee that could make a difference is your monthly HOA. This could work to your advantage. Meaning, you can choose your community wisely, so you only pay for the amenities you want and will enjoy.

So the question is: are the added amenities worth the cost?
Older developments in Baja usually offer more green areas, ocean front boardwalks, and beach access. For many of our clients, these are well worth any added cost.

Other places, such as the Condos at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, provide extra discounts on amenities. They also have a built-in property management, which is nice for investors looking for lifestyle and value. While gated communities and oceanfront spas and pools are the norm in Baja, buyers should always be aware of what they are paying for. Generally speaking, more pools, Jacuzzis and tennis courts mean higher fees.

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Choosing the right location makes adjustment much easier for expats. Owning a home in Mexico is very different from owning home in the US. Contrary to what many people think, many daily tasks are actually easier South of the Border. And of course, the cost of living in Mexico is much lower than in the U.S.

Pool in the gated community of Las Ventanas
Pool in the gated community of Las Ventanas

People interested in retiring or buying a vacation home in Mexico frequently ask our agents at BREG how “things work” here. Here are some these questions, and their answers:

How much will I pay in property taxes in Rosarito?
The median annual Property Tax for our clients´ homes is around $250 dollars –roughly the cost of a night-out in L.A.

How do I go about paying my Property Tax?
These taxes are paid yearly at the local City Hall building (called Palacio Municipal). And while at it, remember to ask if you are eligible for the senior discount. You should not rely on getting a payment notice in your mailbox. Mexican mail service is notoriously slow, so you are better of marking your calendar.

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You´ve owned your home in BAJA for a year… And life is just getting better and better. You took a chance. You decided to retire abroad… to reinvent your life. And now that you´ve owned a home in Baja for year there is no doubt: moving to Rosarito was one of the best decisions in your life.

Settling In Baja
The Pier at The Rosarito Beach Hotel

At first, naturally, there were some jitters. Where would you go for groceries, or medical care? How would you navigate the language barrier? Would you often need –or want, to go across to the U.S.? Would you feel homesick or alone?

But as time´s gone by, every one of these concerns has been eroded, and replaced by one pleasant surprise after another.
Your social life is active and rewarding. You´ve found many like minded expats who are now enjoying a full life here –and very willing to share their friendship with you.

And those friends and family members that used to come for dinner back in the States, now visit you in Baja, and stay the week. You all joke about how owning an oceanfront property in Baja has boosted your popularity index…. But the truth is, it´s a lovely way to reconnect, and enjoy and share this wonderful place.

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Northern Baja Real-Estate market is expected to heat up, Santa Barbara in Bajamar adds amenities to keep up with demand.

  • Media attention luring visitors back to Rosarito and Ensenada, number of visitors still strong as summer dies
  • Santa Barbara in Bajamar hits the 50 percent mark on amenities, construction going on at full speed to keep up with potential buyer´s interest
Call it the Baja Effect
Call it the Baja Effect

Call it the Baja- is-Back Effect. A string of recent features in such diverse media outlets as the San Diego Reader, Forbes Travel Guide and Anthony Bourdain´s No Reservations, have been showcasing the charms of Northern Baja.

The positive media attention has lured Americans back to the region. After these visitors get back home, their upbeat reports make it back to the media, thus feeding a virtuous circle that is expected to bring still more tourism and real estate buyers to the Rosarito-Ensenada area.

At Santa Barbara in Bajamar, developers are working hard to get ahead of the curve, and are not sparing any expense on the construction of new outdoor attractions to attract the new wave of buyers expected to hit the Northern Baja Coast. The construction of a new oceanfront pool complex, with shaded cabanas and changing rooms, outdoor kitchens with barbecues, sitting and tanning areas has hit the 50 percent mark, and is not slowing down, much as the number of visitors and tourists has not dwindled even as the summer dies down.

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Why Boomers are Flocking Rosarito and Ensenada

While the Mexico-US border wall is making headlines, so is the idea of retiring in Mexico. International Living just announced the “List of The Ten Best Places to Retire in 2017”. Mexico not only made the cut -as it has for several years in a row, but is number one. The reason is simple: Mexico offers an unparalleled lifestyle on a modest budget, and that is exactly what the Boomer generation needs.

Mision in Loreto
Mision in Loreto

The Boomer Situation in a Nutshell
Almost 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day in the US. Most of them lived in two-income households. Many have no pension plans, and their 401ks were depleted in the 2008 market crash. They put the kids through ever more expensive colleges, and probably went through a divorce that shook their finances.

So, what are their options now that they are retiring?
“Full-service retirement communities in the US have become billion dollar industries. Entry fees average $500,000, with monthly fees of up to $5,000 per person in independent living,” says Rodgers. These communities, called CCRC’s (Continuing Care Retirement Communities), have many restrictions and usually include a health care component. The average age of a senior moving to these communities is in their late 70’s to early 80’s.”

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Max Katz, Broker and Owner of The Baja Real Estate Group, takes us on a tour of Junior Penthouse 1610 at The Rosarito Beach Condo Hotel in Rosarito Beach.

This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Junior Penthouse features an elegant compact layout, ideal for the business man or the second homeowner, who is looking for an upscale setting within a rich amenity resort.

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ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA. On Sunday, June 8th. HGTV’s House Hunters International aired an episode that featured a couple looking to buy a home in Rosarito Beach.

Kathy Katz, Baja Real Estate Group’s Broker, was given the mission to look for the perfect home for this couple. It all started at Susanna’s Restaurant in Downtown Rosarito Beach where Kathy met them. Brunela and Jaime Iribarren where looking to buy an ocean view home that could accommodate their two beautiful daughters, Jaime’s passion for surfing and all of this while working with a very specific budget. Location and a compromise on lifestyle amenities where the key factors.

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Save the dates and set your TV to Record HGTV’s House Hunters International as they come to Rosarito Beach, Mexico. June 8th and June 18th at 7:30pm Pacific time and 10:30pm Eastern time.

HGTV in Rosarito Beach
HGTV in Rosarito Beach

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO. Rosarito Beach, México, a rising ocean front destination for foreigners looking to live or retire into a diversity of activities, food and a beach oriented lifestyle, is set to become a featured destination through the eyes, or should we say lens, of one of Real Estate’s most influential Cable TV shows: HGTV’s House Hunters International.

Just before the New Year, Leopards Films sent their film crew consisting of a producer, camera woman and sound technician to Rosarito Beach, México, to film, not one but two episodes of House Hunters International for HGTV. “It was a very exciting moment.”- Says Kathy Katz, talking about the time when she got a phone call from House Hunters International in which they told her they were interested in the Rosarito coastal area. Kathy Katz along with her husband Max Katz are Broker-Owners of the Baja Real Estate Group, a leading Mexico real estate brokerage located in Rosarito Beach.

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