About this listing
Located halfway between Tijuana and Cabo San Lucas, this fully furnished villa has two bedrooms with 2 1/2 bathrooms. This one acre compound with its own citrus orchard and vegetable garden is one mile from the ocean. You can fish, dive, swim, and whale watch in the ocean. The desert is outside of your stone wall, filled with interesting flora and fauna. Roughly 70 species of birds have been counted locally. Or if you prefer, you can explore the desert, including a United Nations Heritage Site cave painting.
Arrangements can be made to explore working mines, a working geothermal plant, and you can drive to Mulege or Santa Rosalia for excellent dining and sightseeing.
In addition to driving, you can fly into Loreto (2 1/2 hours away), or you can fly into Guaymas, taking either the ferry or a short flight into a nearby airport.
Between November and early June, the owners are usually resident. If you share the house with them, you're guaranteed a gourmet meal and intelligent company. There are no restrictions on dates.
One other thing you should know about is the weather. From late October to mid-December, and for much of April and May, the weather is much like Hawaii. February and March often have high winds that limit outdoor activity. From June through mid-October, you'll have the house all to yourself. This is a great time for anyone who doesn't mind hot weather.
All cats are outdoor cats. One cat's name is Heller. He's a particularly clever tuxedo cat who can get inside, and we accept him for half a day before we boot him out. Our majordomo, Guillermo is on site every morning, and he'll help you with anything you need. Our home phone in the US is (phone number hidden), and if you call Casa De Piedra from the US, the phone # is (phone number hidden)/
If you are looking for an authentic experience in a real Hemingway hideaway, this is it. If you are looking for a 5 star resort and hotel, this is not it, in a really good way. This is perhaps the most fascinating home I have stayed in on AirBnB. The walls are lined with shelves stacked full of books. The living room is very comfortable and the wrap-around porch is super accommodating. I loved talking to the caretaker "Memo de la Playa" a well spoken old fisherman turned writer. He shared with us the history of the area and I must say I could have listened for hours.
One of my favorite things was the record player and the lights out music collection. The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Clash, Simon and Garfunkel there were dozens of records and we played music non-stop from our arrival until we checked out. There is nothing like vinyl to leave you feeling transported back in time.
The house is tucked into a real Baja neighborhood so if you want to see how real people live south of the US border spend some time here. It is safe, but also quite eyeopening if you have never ventured very far from the resort before.
This house is a work in progress and we knew that going in. There are two or three building projects happening on the property and the upstairs is yet to be finished. You can however access the second story balcony for a killer view.
I enjoyed this house it felt like a place taken from the pages of good fiction, a perfect place for your Mexican immersion or to hide from the world while you write the next great American novel.
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About the Host, Karen
Avid readers, writers, art collectors, artists and gardeners. The restoration of our home in Eugene and the construction of our stone house in Mexico are our abiding avocations/vocations. It seems that both are works in progress as are our lives. We have transitioned from participation in politics at every level to focusing more completely on writing, gardening, and working glass. After careers as professional educators and administrators we established an art gallery drawing upon our life long experience in the arts. From the art gallery we retired to a more peripatetic life living between Mexico and Eugene. We both have always been active in the nonprofit volunteer world and have moved from civic committee work to a greater emphasis on environmental issues and arts organizations. We have a cat named Stinky whom we love and a cat named Tramp who is a juvenile delinquent.