This home was excavated by hand into the side of a 13 acre hill overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the town of Los Barriles ( it took forever to build ) . Staying on the hill means you escape the wind from the beach ( it's a kiteboarding, fly fishing and mountain biking mecca for a reason ! ) for the warmth and quiet of the desert . You will be a 5 minute dune buggy ride to the water's edge or to town. .
The home is furnished with funky collection of mid - century furniture and it combines beautifully with a modern kitchen and the unpredictable floor plan to create many really comfortable places to hang out in . Your vista is always filled with expansive combinations of skies , mountains and the ocean . The entire acreage around the home is private and yours to explore .
Los Barriles is a baja boom town with its ranchero soul intact. Local ranch owner families have embraced the American and Canadian families who call Los Barriles home from October to May. In June fishing is the focus of the town as the Sea of Cortez warms up and attracts really big fish.
Los Barriles is a fine place to base from: you are less than a few hours safe drive north or south from epic adventures. It is an easy 50 minute drive from SJD airport. (Car rental or van service ($85) in the terminal)
North: Kayaking and camping on the islands off La Paz
West: Authentic Mexico meets California Surf Town at Todos Santos
South: San Jose del Cabo - Saturday organic market at the Polo Grounds and dinner at Palmilla - and a hundred other great ways to spend the day.
South: Cabo - Vegas as a marina. Loads of fun but you need to be drinking tequila to get it.
Good grocery stores - local organic easy to find.
Easy to eat well every night at a different restaurant or taco stand.
American-style sports bar with a good plasma setup.
Easy to meet fellow travelers and end up at a party dancing or jamming.
Two official ATMs, UPS office and a friendly on-the-ball Police department.
Open WIFI hookups everywhere.
Miles and miles of open public, mainly deserted, beach.
The Sea of Cortez is so incredible you will smile when you swim in it.
Ask a local rancher for just about anything and they will get it for you. Ranch cheese, raw milk, avocados, mangos, papayas, limes, carne, live chickens, horseback guide into the mountains - anything. Look for a white dusty rancher sombrero and/or sandals made of cowhide and tire tread.
Expectation Adjustment for 2014 - It's been a few years since these photos were taken so while the home is essentially intact, renter wear and tear and the weather has taken it's toll on the outdoor furniture.
Mike's place was amazing. Great location overlooking the arroyo with a view of the ocean as well. We spent most of our time there just relaxing on huge porch (great hammock!) and using the awesome kitchen to prepare delicious meals. Very easy access to town via our rental car for groceries and hanging out at the beach. House was beautiful and made for a fantastic place for some R&R. Would recommend to anyone.
Thanks to Mike for a fabulous home! It was spectacular. Tessa was amazing as well she was very attentive. Would go back in a heart beat.
Very private and a nice quiet town, felt very safe.
Thanks again and we had a great stay.
Tamara and Tony
We had a fantastic time at Mike's place. It's ideally located for day trips up and down the coast, that is if you can tear yourself away from the spectacular views and unique amenities of the house. Highly recommend!
We loved Mike's place! He built an amazing home with amazing views at both sunrise and sunset. It wasn't exactly right for us to bring our 1 year old, but Mike made helped us childproof the porch immediately after we arrived. We would love to come back without our baby!
Mike's place is amazing. Looking for a unique and beautiful place to hide out with you sweetie? You found it. Want a place to vacation with a few friends? Check. This place is tops, is located not too far from town, but far enough you have privacy, and the view is great.
Mike has a local caretaker who... well... as the name would imply takes care of the place and answers guest's questions. She's lovely.
All in all, a sublime retreat I'd happily go back to. So, hey, don't book up all the time on AirBnB, k? Cuz I'd love to go back!
The common theme of the other reviews for Mike's place in Los Barriles, seems to be "Wow", and for good reason. This is a really special home, that manages to be modern and comfortable, while still feeling connected to the land around it. My wife and I stayed a week in October, and it certainly counts as a lifetime vacation highlight for both of us.
Mike built the house himself, and it's clear that it was a labor of love, with much thought put into every detail: Beautiful polished black concrete floors throughout make it easy to slip from the soaking pool back to the kitchen for a drink; floor to ceiling panoramic windows from the master bedroom overlooking the arroyo and ocean; great touches like an ipod speaker dock and cappucino machine and laundry machine; a backyard full of tall cacti, flowering bushes and visiting birdlife; and on and on. Basically, just trust that the amazing photos are the real deal.
The house is extremely private, the only house on a many-acre plot. There is another house a couple hundred meters down the road (unoccupied when we were there) , but all the levels of the house face outward across a wide undeveloped arroyo, so you really feel that you are on your own whenever you are home.
There is no A/C (or heat, I'd guess?) in the house, which just means you have to pay attention to the daily rhythms of the weather. In October, the house stayed pleasantly warm overnight, and there were nice cross-breezes throughout the day to keep things comfortable. There had been big rains a couple weeks before our stay which meant the mosquitos throughout the area were worse than usual, and which kept us from enjoying the outdoor living areas as much as we'd like, but I understand that that was an unusual (email hidden) over the bed did the trick perfectly at night, and Mike has told me he plans to put more screens on the windows so that you can still get a nice breeze without unwanted visitors.
We didn't meet Mike in person, but we emailed and chatted on the phone, and he was exceptionally friendly, and full of great tips for adventures in the area. His local contact/manager, Tessa, who let us in to the house, is a longtime Los Barriles resident, also wonderfully warm, and a great local resource.
Such a great time in an incredible place! We loved it! Everything is more than perfect for a smashing Baja California experience!
The house was such a unique property with stunning views overlooking all of Los Barilles. Mike & Tessa were great hosts, equipping us with local recommendations and even bringing us freshly picked lemons to welcome us to the house. We spent our days lazing in hammock, taking dips in the plunge pool and making Arnold Palmers in the well equipped kitchen. It was everything we needed to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, so thank you Mike & Tessa!
We thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully unique house: the many patios, the small but deep pool, the fully-equipped kitchen. Every room had an incredible vista. It was a tranquil place to come home to after a day of adventuring.
Thank you Mike for making it available to rent.
This place is absolutely breath-taking, beyond what pictures can show. There are 5 different patios and decks that we made good use of for our meals, drinks, games, reading and lounging. The house is gorgeous and architecturally unique. While being inside was wonderful and cozy, the weather was so beautiful and the environment so picturesque that we were outside 90% of the time enjoying the birds, sunrise/sunset and stargazing, all of which brought perfect inspiration to our hobbies of writing and photography. It was truly relaxing and made the last 3 days of our 10-day snorkeling/sea-kayaking Baja adventure organically luxurious.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.