My wife Diane and I had come to Mexico to kick back for a bit and then try to find a home to retire to. We gave ourselves a whole 18 days to do that! We started out in Cancun, but decided that was too touristy and to expensive. We then went to the upper Yucatan to look at the Merida and Progresso areas. We did find a nice house on the beach in a fishing village west of Progresso, but we had one more stop to make and wouldn’t make any final decision until we had seen La Paz.
We fell in love with La Paz while still on the plane circling for a landing! The beautiful bay with its placid turquoise waters and the stark gray/brown mountains provided the scene for the most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets Diane and I have ever witnessed! We had to find a place for us in this paradise.
We stayed at a very nice condo on the beach in El Centenario. Our second morning there we met with Robin Hodgson from Vista Properties. Robin and I had been conversing via emails for quite awhile but this was our first face to face meeting. We explained what we were looking for in a home and what we had budgeted.
Basically, we were looking for a freestanding home with at least two bedrooms and two baths. We were looking for a more traditional style home, but one with the bells and whistles of modern day living. We were looking for a home with a pool, but most importantly a home with a great view. We had a budget of $300,000. We would consider building, but because we couldn’t stay in Mexico to watch the construction, we were hoping to find an existing home to our liking. Also, we had less than a week to complete our task!
Robin listened intensely to our list of wants and needs and was very excited about the prospects he had in mind to fill our wish list. He did feel that there wasn’t much available right in La Paz in our price range, but in there were a lot of possibilities in the surrounding areas of El Centenario and El Comitan. He showed us existing homes for sale, model homes, houses under various phases of construction and many available lots. We met with actual builders, architects, and workers to ease our anxiety about building. He answered a wide variety of questions about living in La Paz on a day to day basis. Between Robin and his wife, Miriam, nothing Diane and I could come up with seemed to stump them!
During our travels we visited a new development called Haciendas Palo Verde and found our dream home. It was an existing “model” home on Lot 25. Casa Loreto D was the name of that style home. We met the builder, Steve Byers and his architect who graciously answered all our questions and concerns. We’ve had many questions for Steve since our home closed and he always is so helpful and prompt with his answers. Steve builds a great house and his customer service is tremendous! This house has everything we wanted and more. And the view, in our opinion, is to die for!
Robin handled all the negotiations with Steve and in the end we had our dream home at a great price! The fideicomiso and other necessary closing paperwork were handled through a wonderful lawyer named Jose Gaytan. Jose speaks fluent English which really helped with explaining the complexities of home ownership in Mexico. I have had other questions for him since the actual closing and he always responds quickly with great insight. Robin acted as our proxy at the actual closing since we had to return to the US. He and Miriam even took pictures of the proceedings and sent them to us.
The bottom line here is that we found our dream home at a price we could afford with the help and hard work of Robin at Vista Properties. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for their “Paradise Found”. Diane and I came into his office as customers and left, hoping to return soon, as friends!
Chuck and Diane Hupcey