If a true get-away is what you're after, you've come to the right place. It's remote (did I say remote?), peaceful and quiet yet there's still plenty to do in the area.
This gorgeous architectural dream home was completed in December 2012 when I rang in the New Year in my new home away from home.
Casa Jane is located in the small community of Zacatitos in Baja California Sur, Mexico. It is approximately 12 kilometers or 40 minutes by car along a partial dirt road. The drive itself is magnificent but it is also long and bumpy. Zacatitos hugs the Sea of Cortez's white sandy beaches and aqua blue waters to the south, and the mysterious dreamy desert to the north.
Inhabited primarily by Americans and Canadians, Zacatitos remains virtually untouched by the tourism that exists only miles away in Cabo San Lucas. The house runs 100% on solar power. There is no electricity in Zacatitos. That said, it has all the modern conveniences - washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator with ice maker, barbecue, wireless internet, and stereo system. There is no TV, but there are books, magazines, games, and a swimming pool. You do not need to bring shampoo, soap, towels or beach towels. Everything is provided. Even sunscreen! There is also a gas fire pit which is great in the evening when the sky is full of stars.
Since the home was architecturally crafted, the lighting on the property is stunning. However, care must be taken with use of power. (Instructions are at the house with details on how to live with solar).
There are two bedrooms, each with a queen size bed. Blow-up air mattresses are available if you should require extra sleeping arrangements. There are two bathrooms upstairs and one full bathroom on the main floor that has an amazing outdoor shower. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking and entertaining.
It is a fifteen minute walk to the beach and a five or ten minute walk to Zac's Bar & Grill, where you can get great food and beverages. Halfway to San Jose along the coast road is Buzzards, another local eating establishment, Drunkin Sailor (great ceviche and fish tacos), and a little more pricy is Flora Farms and Tamarindos, both lovely restaurants that serve fresh food from their own farm and gardens. Zacatitos has a small Farmer's Market on Wednesday morning. Just ask someone and they will direct you to where it is. There’s another larger market in San Jose on Saturday as well as the Art Walk every Thursday evening. A fish truck periodically drives through Zacatitos to sell fresh fish to local residents on Thursday mornings (I believe - but ask around).
San Jose is the nearest town. It's small and quaint, and has many fine restaurants and shops. The area boasts fabulous fishing, snorkelling and surfing. Information on who to contact and where to go is listed in the house manual. Definitely check out Guacamaya and Hangman restaurants in San Jose for great local food, and Cynthia's for fresh, organic home cooking. There are also the best tacos in the Baja. Look for a yellow restaurant along the back road to Mega.
John and Stephanie Pepper are my property managers and will come by to clean the pool, check on the generator and solar, and water plants. They are basically available to you if you need anything during your stay. For a fee, you can arrange for Stephanie to buy your groceries and stock the house. It might make things easier on arrival You can contact (EMAIL HIDDEN)
Stephanie's Mexican Cell Number:
(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) which you can dial just like that from your US phone when you arrive. They live right up the road. If you dial from the US you have to put 011-521 first. Her US cell is (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). When dialling from Mexico you have to put in +1 before the number.
You can rent a car (jeep or truck recommended). I have detailed directions complete with photos that I will send you before you leave. This will help you find the place as it's a bit tricky, especially your first trip out.
The best times to stay are from November to June, however, any time's a good time in the Baja.
Enjoy your stay at Casa Jane!
* The house was featured on the cover of the April 2013 issue of Canadian Architect Magazine and was also in Wallpaper Magazine and New York Magazine in 2014. It was designed by Campos Leckie Architects of Vancouver, BC, and built by APA Arquitectura in San Jose del Cabo.
Guests have access to a clean, quiet, modern home, a swimming pool, stereo for music, books and magazines, DVD's if you have a laptop for them, a full kitchen, breathtaking views, sunrises and sunsets, nearby uncrowded beach, peaceful walks.
Interaction with guests
I interact with guests by email regularly. People can contact me at anytime that way. I'm very quick to respond and want to make sure everybody's needs are met and their stay is perfect.
Other things to note
Please read the manual in the blue binder at the house. There is a lot of valuable information for off the grid living that is important to know during your stay.
Be sensitive to the 'off the grid' community and be careful not careless with the use of noise, water and power and waste. I thank you and the neighbours will thank you.
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