In my last blog, “The Best Places to Live in Los Cabos Part I”, I took you on a tour of the beautiful areas of the East Cape and San José del Cabo. Part II features the best places to live in Los Cabos: The Corridor. We will tour the booming Corridor between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
The Corridor is the 20-mile strip of highway (two lanes on each side) that connects the two main cities of Los Cabos. For much of the ride, you see the sparkling Sea of Cortez, and you can even catch a glimpse of the Pacific as you get closer to Cabo San Lucas. And of course, as you enter Cabo, the iconic arch at Land’s End appears.
The Corridor is actually broken into two parts: the San José del Cabo section and the Cabo San Lucas section. I vacationed here for many years and didn’t realize this. There is a somewhat strange monument about halfway between the two cities, which, as it turns out, is the dividing line between the two sections of the Corridor. If you are looking for real estate, you may be asked if you want to be in the San José del Cabo section or the Cabo San Lucas section, or do you care?
Tackling the entire Corridor in one post is too much! So today, I am going to focus on the San José del Cabo section of the Corridor.
Lining this stretch of road on both sides are many beautiful resorts and communities, as well as small strip-mall shopping areas, restaurants, grocery stores (big and small), and even well-known names like Office Depot, Office Max and Starbucks. Whether you are on the ocean side, or perched on the hills, the views can be fantastic. Facing east towards San José del Cabo, you will see sunrises. If you are farther west towards Cabo with a view of the Pacific, the sunsets are amazing.
As you leave San José del Cabo, there is a new beachfront condo complex being built called Soleado Beach and Spa Resort. This developer, the Portus Group, has built other communities in Cabo. Condos start around US$500,000 and go up from there. Soleado offers condominiums that have been created for full-time living yet sit on the grounds of an oceanfront hotel.
La Jolla is one of the next communities. Luxury beachfront condos are located on one side of the highway, and high in the hills on the inland side is a low-density community (56 condos) called Lomas de La Jolla that is very affordably priced. You can find one- or two-bedroom condos for between US$200-300,000. If you can get used to the sounds of the highway traffic below (which I hear becomes like “white noise” to residents), you will enjoy tremendous views. Near these condos are the Residencias de La Jolla – a small community of single-family homes that start around US$500,000 and can go up to over US$2,000,000!
Just down the road is Costa Azul beach, a Cabo landmark. Surfers gather daily and expats, locals and tourists park their cars right on the beach to picnic, swim and socialize. Zippers is a fun bar/restaurant to watch the activity and take in the view. Gringo Hill is located above this beach area and has great views and no HOA fees. I looked at a truly unique home there that had one of its guest rooms located outside under a palapa. Oh, the wonders of being in a beach community!
Near here is the luxury development called Querencia, a private golf club and residential community, also located on the high-up inland side, but filled with million dollar plus homes with million-dollar views and amenities that are associated with a very high-end community. For example, membership at the Tom Fazio golf course is currently priced around US$160,000 with annual dues of US$18,000. Social memberships are available at around US$50,000. You can also enjoy tennis, a restaurant, bar, a spa, fitness center and multiple pools and more in this master planned community.
The luxury communities of Palmilla and Palmilla Dunes are right down the road. You may have heard of the One and Only Palmilla Hotel where the likes of Jennifer Aniston and other celebrities often stay when in Cabo, or the Palmilla Golf Club, which is one of Cabo’s best. Open to the public, rounds can cost upwards of US$300 for 18 holes, but the views are worth it if you are not on a tight budget.
Located on both sides of the highway, Palmilla, the master community, is made up of different beautiful residential enclaves like Villas del Mar, Caleta Loma and Palmilla Cove. In some cases, the homes may be older, but the prices reflect that these homes have been taken care of, sit in this exclusive development and, in some cases, are located right on the Sea of Cortes. Prices can be as high as US$8-10 million dollars.
On the inland side, there is a new development called Palmilla Dunes, where prices range from just under US$600,000 to almost US$1 million dollars. The older community of Villas de Oro consists of two- and three-bedroom condos that feel like homes. They are located right on the Palmilla golf course. These condos are the best value in Palmilla. You can find a two-bedroom unit located right on the course for under US$400,000. Palmilla Canyon and Palmilla Fairways are also located on the inland side. The Shoppes at Palmilla feature fine dining options, like Nic San, Chin and Tenangos, plus high-end boutiques, a great little store called California Ranch Market that stocks many American products, a coffee shop, our very own Engel & Völkers Snell Real Estate “Shoppe” and more.
Heading out of Palmilla, you will pass by car dealerships, the relatively new H+ hospital, a wonderful food hall called the El Merkado and more before you reach the next group of residential communities. On the Sea of Cortez side, there are the areas of Cabo Colorado and Cerro Colorado. You will also drive by the ultra- exclusive El Dorador, which is next door to the Westin resort. The homes there are not even listed on the MLS in Cabo. Shortly thereafter, you will see the Cabol Real resort which sits by the ocean. Just opposite, on the inland side, is the Cabo Real residential community and an open-to-the-public golf course.
One the Sea of Cortez side, you will find the ultra-exclusive Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood resort, and the Las Ventanas al Paraiso Residences. These Signature Residences feature Mediterranean-Mexican style architecture and come fully-furnished with top-of-the-line everything. The six penthouse units are over 9,000 square feet and can set you back almost US$6 million.
Right next door is a smaller hotel called Casa del Mar, which sits next to a community of beachfront condos. These homes are smaller than those at Ventanas and start at US$400,00, but the beach is right out your front door, the grounds are gorgeous and owners have hotel privileges.
As you head west, closer to the Cabo Corridor, there has been a real boom of new resort building and development. One of the new hotels is Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort that also features private residences. As an owner at The Residences at Solaz, you will have full access to the exclusive Luxury Collection owner benefits program and will be automatically enrolled as a Gold Preferred Guest in the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program. In addition to select on-site hotel and resort services, you will have the luxury of choosing from a wide range of a la carte services with signing privileges. When you step off the elevator to your private residence, which spans the entire floor, you will have panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez.
Amidst this row of new hotels and residences (in addition to Solaz, you will find Le Blanc Spa Resort and Garza Blanca Resort and Spa that will be opening soon, there are some small beachfront neighborhoods that you would totally miss if you were not on the lookout. Blue Sea, a private gated enclave of 9 homes overlooking the Sea as well as Costa Brava, another small, oceanfront gated community.
The last stop on the San Jose Corridor is a new, very unique concept called Velamar, which is associated with the Grand Velas resort. Velamar features four towers, with 40 condos total. Sitting on the inland side, high up in the hills of El Tule, Velamar is an affordable option in contrast to the beachside homes in this section of the Corridor. You can buy a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom brand new condo and with your purchase, you will receive a 10-year, renewable membership to the Grand Velas resort. Valued at US$35,000, the benefits include car service from your condo (with the ease of a phone call) to head to the beachfront resort to enjoy all its amenities including multiple restaurants, world class spa, beach, pools, and fitness center.
And if you don’t want to be in a condo complex, the hillside community of El Tule is a neighborhood of unique homes where many full-time residents of Cabo reside.
In my next blog, I will focus on the Cabo San Lucas corridor. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to drop me a note if you have any questions or comments.