Newsletter for June 2015
At Rolling Hills construction work continues escalating and more clients are showing interest in house designs and construction estimates. With the multitude of present and projected construction activities we have added another valuable member to our team. Architect Moisés Ramos is providing Rolling Hills with outstanding house design as he is the co-creator of our third residence, the 11000 sq ft. “Hacienda Agave” with a 2500 sq ft. outdoor swimming pool.
The foundation and the basement level have been completed, containing amongst others an endless lap pool, Jacuzzis, exercise facility with spa and sauna, cinema, and an equipment/control room for all automated systems. The next levels are in progress.
Construction plans for two additional residences, presently called “Casa Cooper” and “Casa Alamo #1”, are been completed based on designs by our architectural team for submission to the Municipality to obtain construction permits and construction on these should be underway within the next month.
Our architectural team is also working to finalize the house designs for three more owners who wish to start construction this year.
As well, we have started discussions with a Mexican Corporation, which owns four lots at Rolling Hills, regarding the possibility of designing two individual residences and two condominium projects containing six units each.
Casa Alamo #1
Casa Alamo #1
We are also happy to report that our second resident family spent their first holiday season at their newly finished home, “Casa Mirador”, and we are assisting them with their landscaping plans and some additional work around the exterior.
As previously stated, our phase I road paving and underground electrical and telephone installation is now completed, and construction on our permanent entrance coming off the new highway is well underway.
Our security booth has been rebuilt and improved incorporating the projected plan for the main entrance. It is partially decorated with slate and has been updated with electronic arms to allow a more efficient security process.
Business seems as usual in Los Cabos, with the majority of hotels operating normally. As Christopher Reynolds from the LA Times digital edition states in his February article “[…] today, if you wander the Los Cabos area (population 238,000), you see gorgeous beaches, stark desert and business as usual — the bathers and vendors on Medano Beach, the creamy sand and fresh-scrubbed rock formations at Land's End, the cruise ships looming in the deeper water, the water taxis puttering in the shallows, the marina touts hawking fishing expeditions, the mariachi struggling to be heard above Mick Jagger on the sound system. "
"Of course, you'll find charm and grandeur too. In the exclusive Pedregal neighborhood of Cabo San Lucas, I arrived at the recently reopened Resort at Pedregal through a torch-lighted tunnel, then stepped out to its El Farallon restaurant, which clings to a cliff side and offers jaw-dropping Pacific views. A chef showed off the day's catch while a violinist played.”
Two new golf courses opened in December: Quivira Golf Club (designed by Jack Nicklaus) and El Cardonal at Diamante (designed by Tiger Woods). Also One & only Palmilla just reopened last month and a couple of other high end resorts are programmed to do so soon after.
Fernando García Campuzano, president of the Development Association, believes there will be another real estate boom in the following years, as he sees continuing investments in the area projecting hundreds of millions of dollars in renovations and construction of new developments accounting for approximately 2000 more hotel rooms.
The Development Association reports Grupo Solmar will be developing 340 hectares on the Pacific side on a project called Rancho Cabo San Lucas, with a Greg Norman golf course and approximate investment of 500 million dollars.
Diamante Group just announced construction of two hotels on their 600 hectare development. Nobu hotel will open in 2017 with 200 rooms, and a Hard Rock vacation Club is also projected for 2018 with 700 hotel rooms, 200 condominiums, spa, convention and concert areas.
Continuing efforts are seen as well through the opening of new air routes at the San José International Airport, where last February a direct flight from Seattle was inaugurated by Delta and government officials, as well as a United Airlines direct flight from Washington D.C. on March 2015.
Government and business associations also continue with their efforts to liven up and take advantage of the downtown Cabo San Lucas marina through the addition of community/art projects such as the new Cultural Circle where artists showcase their works and provide workshops along side of the marina in Cabo San Lucas. Restaurateurs also offer special discounts and wine tastings Saturday afternoons since last January. San José Artwalks also continue throughout June and there you can find well established galleries along the historic downtown gallery district. You can visit their website at www.artcabo.com.