Become a Expat in Baja California, Mexico ,We Did .
By admin Recently, EscapeArtist asked me to cover a story for Escape From America Magazine about a real estate company located 29 kilometers south of the Mexicanborder in Rosarito Beach, Baja California. William and I decidedit would be a great ... EFAM, Escape From America Magazine - http://www.escapefromamerica.com/
Become a Half-AS*** Expat in BajaCalifornia, Mexico – WE DID!
A Castle and an EscapeartistDream for $1600 a month…including the gardener.
It was far beyond a dark and stormynight . . . in the US economy…
As a journalist for 30 years,I’vecovered every aspect of life in the US. I’ve written stories ranging fromthe boom times of the 1980’s to the blood-letting of today’s economiccatastrophe.
My husband, William, and I haveleased a 3-bedroom, two bath bungalow on the west side of Los Angeles forthe past three years and have enjoyed the ideal Southern California bohemianlifestyle as‘artists.’ William, my husband, is a producer in the entertainmentindustry and we both live gig-to-gig (as most people do in the media andentertainment industries).
Recently, EscapeArtist asked meto cover a story for EscapeFromAmericaMagazine about a real estate companylocated 29 kilometers south of the Mexican border in Rosarito Beach, BajaCalifornia. William and I decided it would be a great ‘day trip’ forus to get out of Los Angeles and cruise down to the one of our favoritebeach communities in Northern Baja to meet EscapeArtist’s new client,David Biondolillo, President of Baja123.
Little did we knowthis interview would change our lives.
For our introduction and interview,David Biondillio asked us to meet him at one of the properties he represents,La Jolla Del Mar, a world-class condominium development on the beach inRosarito. Baja123 was hosting an openhouse for La Jolla Del Mar and we were invited to tour the magnificentproperty. As we walked onto the deck, overlooking the breaking waves onthe beach, we recognized David immediately; he is an aristocratic Italiangentleman with beautiful white hair and a very wide, friendly smile. Hemade us feel like we were meeting an old friend again because of his opennessand genuine affection for us.
As David told us about the pricesand cost of living in the area, I began making notes for this article andI realized that he was offering property values and a cost of living forabout 50% of what it costs us to live in Los Angeles. We were stunned andasked to see some other properties offered by Baja123.
I asked David about the ‘safetyfactor’ for living in Baja after hearing the stories of drug wars andstreet shootouts and Obama’s warning about the dangers for living in Mexico.David carefully explained to us how the media had distorted the cartelshootings that occurred in the spring of 2009 in Eastern Tijuana, 25 kilometersnorth of Rosarito. In fact, living here is actually safer than living inLos Angeles because the Mexican government now provides a tourist policeforce with a hot line you can call from any phone (by dialing 078) anda tourist police officer will there to assist you within minutes. Mexicoencourages tourism for Americans to come back to Mexico and to retire hereto improve their economy.
David’s son, Kanoa, is his energeticright-hand man and business partner who is also engaged to be married toa stunning young beauty, Zinnia Quezada, a real estate agent for the company.She graciously offered to show us properties. She was very careful aboutasking us what we were looking for, our price range, amenities, and locationand the next day we began looking at houses located close the beach inRosartio. We toured enormous homes with 3 and 4 bedrooms in a range of$1,000 to $2,000 per month (in Los Angeles, you can’t rent even a studioapartment in a nice area for $1,000 per month).
The last property she showed usthat day was a 4,500 square foot CASTLE for rent located in a high-securitygated community, a mere two-minute walk to the beach. We walked in thehouse overlooking the ocean and it was so overwhelmingly beautiful thatI began to cry. It took my breath away. The living room was so large, youcould roller skate on its tile floors. The house was designed with archeddoorways and windows, REAL STUCCO walls throughout the entire house, 4bedrooms, 5 baths, 6 car garage, an enormous yard (gardener included),modern kitchen and high beamed ceilings. Ready for the price? Holdon to your hat: $1,600 per month. Remember, that includes the gardener.
This is only one of the many propertiesfor sale or lease through Baja123. (Go there NOWto view them, well, wait until you finish reading my article first, there’sa great punch line and you don’t want to miss it.)
On the way back to Los Angeles,we couldn’t stop talking about the properties offered through Baja123 and how much moneywe would save by living in Rosarito. William and I have long serious talksabout someday living in Central or South America as one of the dreams forour future. Those dreams have become less of a possibility with the deepeningdownturn in the economy, in fact, (sad to say) it is becoming more difficultfor us to support our current lifestyle from month-to-month, much lessrealizing any of our dreams for the future, let alone, moving to an exoticEscapeArtist paradise.
When we returned to our 1,200 squarefoot home in Los Angeles that cost us $3,600 per month (no gardener included),we sat down and worked out the numbers for living expenses in both LosAngeles and Rosarito. Here is what we found:
Basic Expenses in Los AngelesBasic Expenses in Rosarito
Basic Expenses in Los Angeles Basic Expenses in Rosarito
MONTHLY NUT: $5,488 MONTHLY NUT: $2,539
Rent/Mortgage: $3,600 per month Rent/Mortgage: $1,600 per month
Car Insurance (price varies accordingto year, make and model): $878 year [WINDOWS-1252?]– one car = $73 month Car Insurance: (comparable year,make and model) $514 year [WINDOWS-1252?]– one car = $43 per month
Utilities (gas, water, electric):$325 per month Utilities (gas, water, electric):$130 per month
Cable: Internet/phone/TV: $210per month Cable: Internet/phone: $82 permonth
TV/Dish: $79 per month
Housekeeper: $120 per day (twoladies cleaning/half day) once a week x 4 weeks = $480 month Housekeeper: $32 per day x 4 timesper month= $128
Food and Dining Out: $600 per month Food and Dining Out: $400 per month
Gasoline: $3.10 gallon for onecar = $100 month average Gasoline: $2.40 per gallon (convertedfrom liters) for one car = $77
After a long and enjoyable conversation,we made our decision. While we are not able to move to Central or SouthAmerica, we could become half-assed expats and move 29 kilometers southof the border and live in Rosarito (often called San Diego South). We immediatelycalled Zinnia and told her we wanted to lease the CASTLE on the beach inNorth Rosarito.
If you’re thinking that Baja Californiais part of a third-world country, think again. Within two miles of our‘new home’ there is Wal-Mart Super Center, Home Depot, Smart & Final,Auto Zone, Office Depot and a supermarket that rivals any modern grocerystore in the US. Plus, there’s also Costco and Sears in Tijuana.
Three weeks later after ourfirst introduction to David and Kanoa Biondillio, Zinnia Quezada and theirincredible staff at Baja123:
I sit here watching the waves rollonto the white beach, as I write to you from my 350 square foot officein my EscapeArtist dream house, in Rosartio, thanks to Baja123. Williamand I can zip across the border when we need to be in the US with our TrustedTraveler Program Pass (instead of sitting in line at the border crossingfor a one to two hour wait time). We’ve become close friends with Davidand Kanoa Biondillio and Zinnia Quezada as they continue to mentor us asnew residents of beautiful Rosarito Beach.
If it has ever occurred to you that it’s time for a change in your life, a real change, and you’dlike learn more about properties available for sale or lease in Mexico,visit Baja123website and see foryourself that your dreams are possible.
JOIN US. Adios!