New development on the Pacific Coast of Mexico offers buyers authentic luxury
There’s something about staking a claim in uncharted land. As boys, we sought them out on bikes and claimed them with sticks in the mud. As men, the opportunities rare, but we know them when we see them. It’s part of the appeal of traveling to Mexico. Beyond the beaches, weather, and luxury resorts, there is an underlining hint of Hemingway style cultural exploration that is lost in other sterilized getaways.
An hour North of La Manzanilla is Jalisco’s pristine Costalegre. For decades, celebrities and jet setters alike have sought out its untapped beauty. A handful of nearby resorts help to balance the remote appeal with a touch of high society. Enjoy gourmet Mexican cuisine at the sands edge at Las Alamandas or catch a polo match at the Careyes Polo Club.
Recognizing its potential, in 2005 a California family purchased a 1.25-mile stretch of coastline on 420 acres in the heart of Costalegre. They called it Las Rosadas and were intent on creating a luxury community for those who wish to connect to the culture, ecology, and understated elegance they love about Mexico.
The first home in their community has already been built and sets the standard for future homeowners to follow. Paloma Blanca is a 12,271 square foot estate on a 2.81-acre beachfront bluff with unobstructed views of the Pacific waters and island sanctuary. Six bedrooms and eight bathrooms are positioned to create space and privacy. Guests convene outside the entertainment pavilion where the infinity saltwater pool and 180-degree views contribute to the relaxed vibe.
Architects, Juan Diego Perez-Vargas and Santiago Carral of GDS-Land, San Francisco, allow the local stone and wood, installed by craftsmen, to take center stage in this inspiring coastal hacienda. With an eye for quality and custom one-of-a-kind pieces, Katherine Nidermaier from KND Designs Mexico lent her creative spirit towards designing with materials sourced throughout Mexico’s artisan communities. A diverse collection of contemporary Mexican and Latin American paintings and sculptures reside in carefully crafted tableaus to stimulate the senses. Paloma Blanca is a modern yet organic blend of design, art, and nature that adds to the authentic signature of Las Rosadas.
Capturing authenticity means more than just regional décor. It starts with the people. General Manager, Efrén Campos and Director of Client Services, Maria Campos, have sourced and trained the best local talent to service Las Rosadas. Chefs, wait staff, and housekeeping attend to guests’ every need with caring detail. Gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner is provided from the bounty of the local sea and land. Beyond just basic needs, this team is committed to the enrichment of every guest who stays here. Spend a week at Las Rosadas and you’ll leave a better person.
Rambling down the hill takes you to Playa Rosadas, a beachfront paradise created just for owners and guests. Combed sand curves along 500 yards of shoreline. Small islands frame the horizon tempting guests to brave the mile swim and explore. But why leave when this beach has everything? Waves pulse on the white sand with just enough force to inspire water activities. Every imaginable amenity is provided: Paddleboard, kayak, mask and snorkel, spear fishing gear, bodysurfing fins… But sometimes all that’s needed is a hammock, a cold beer, and a siesta.
Wake to the smell of fire cooked peppers and secret spices. Fresh lime and tequila are the perfect accompaniment as the sun dips into the sea. Light up the beach bonfire. The night is young.
Paloma Blanca is listed at $10.75 million. Eight other custom lots range in price from $3 to 7.95 million and are currently available. For more information, please visit www.lasrosadas.com
Words by Marshall McLaughlin >> Photos by Michael Gilbreath