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.
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 had the absolute best vacation in Los Barriles at this house. It was so beautiful and unique. Our favorite thing was watching the sunrise over the ocean from the master bedroom. One of the best things was Tessa. She was very attentive and helped us set up two days of fishing. We will definitely be back.
Mike's villa was phenomenal! What you see is truly what you get. Tucked in the slopes of an arroyo, with stretches of beach to call our own, this vacation was unforgettable. Tessa did a great job tending to our needs and we felt right at home from the first day. Remember to ask for special on site services such as a private chef or massage to help make things even more special!
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!
Hideaway. Mike's place is just that.. a lovely hideaway with views over the arroyo and to the sea. It's very secluded and private and we set ourselves up with provisions from San Jose Cabo which kept us going for our entire stay (3 weeks). We initially hired a car for a couple of days from National as there is an office conveniently at one of the hotels in Los Barriles which we dropped the car off at. You can walk to the beach easily and it was a bonus that you can see if there is any wind blowing from the Terrace. (We were there to kite surf..) Tessa was very welcoming, attentive, extremely helpful and quick to reply to all our questions. The kitchen was well equipped and comfortable to cook meals. We spent hours photographing all the critters that abound (Chipmunks, Hawks & Vulchers, Hummingbirds & loads of other bird-life, Butterflies, Moths, Stick Insects, Beetles.. not to mention an array of other insects.) The locals were very friendly - Los Barriles is a wonderful community and we look forward to staying here again!
The house is amazing! The views are stunning. It's a very private and all around extremely relaxing place to stay. The East Cape is also a great place to explore and this house makes a perfect home base. Tessa was very attentive. She made sure we had plenty of fans to deal with the July heat (there is no AC) and even helped set up massages in the house for us. Much of the house very open, so expect to see some pretty wild lizards, preying mantis, and spiders on the ceiling and do not leave any food out, as the ring tailed lemur will get it (we lost some bananas our first night and learned our lesson). Overall though, there really were no problems. The house is even cooler in real life than the pictures show and staying there for our honeymoon was a truly a special experience.
Mike's place is a dream to stay at! His home provided us with a true haven - with comfortable beds, striking interior architecture, gourmet kitchen, and a perfect intimate dipping pool. Far from the madding crowd of screaming sorority girls and springbreakers, the home feels like it's built on a power spot that exudes an aura of privacy and magic. This is the ideal getaway for a writer or artist, looking to recharge a fatigued and weary creative spirit. The view of the gorgeous arroyo that the veranda overlooks is all the muse you'll need... I managed to get 50 pages of a manuscript done in a few days!
Also, the personal concierge service that Tessa (Mike's local property manager) provides to Mike's guests is truly outstanding - not a single concern was overlooked and responses to questions I texted were virtually instantaneous. I also recommend that you ask her to set you up with Holly, the outcall CMT masseuse, and Norma, this amazing private chef who can make your taste buds start dancing zapateado.
Finally, the city of Los Barriles is pretty sweet too, with a terrific deep-fishing scene, great restaurants and a truly exquisite beach. Like Todos Santos, it's a slice of paradise.
House is well designed. Loved the outdoor patio in the mornings and evenings. Pool was nice to dip in but the ocean in that area is pretty amazing...
WOW!! The pictures do not lie. This place is absolutely amazing. Nestled atop a hill overlooking the arroyo and the east cape waters. We only had 4 days to explore the area around Los Barriles and we made good use of every minute that we did not spend simply relaxing at the house and taking in the views. Star gazing from the roof at night was spectacular. We traveled about an hour north to a nice snorkling spot and were treated to a show of whales jumping and slapping. The beach right in town is beautiful, clean and wide...just a bit rocky at the entrance. The pool at the house is perfect for lounging and dipping to cool off. We took our jeep down the arroyo and found an oasis. There had not been rain in quite a while, so the waterfall was all but dried up; however, it was beautiful to see a grove of palms in the middle of the desert canyon.
One of us had an important business project to complete and submit and the wifi was more than sufficient.
We spent a day in Los Cabos after dropping some friends off at the airport and were certainly glad we decided to stay away from the hubbub and flood of tourists. There are farmer's markets that offer organic produce and eggs. Do not expect low prices for food though. Although the town is peaceful and slow, even the supermarket had resort prices for groceries. We encountered a bit of excitement from a midnight visitor interested in our bounty....a ring-tailed cat made off with a loaf of bread and some bananas from an open window in the kitchen. We all had a good laugh about it and continued to enjoy breezes from the screened windows from then on.
I would recommend a visit to Blue Wave for organic goods and sundries or just to meet the pleasant proprietor.
Our stay was a dream and we will definitely make every effort to return.
Mike has an amazing place. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to visit the South Baja. The town of Los Barriles was friendly and safe and a great place to set up as home base as you explore the Baja. Tessa was very helpful and helped guide us up to the place and offered great recommendations for food and activities.