Buy­ers stake claim to Mex­i­can life­style

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Recreation & Investment Properties - BARB LIV­ING­STONE

A wide range of peo­ple are mak­ing sure they get their share of the re­laxed Mex­i­can life­style in the Sea of Cortez.

They’ve pur­chased prop­er­ties at La Bella Vita, a seven-hectare de­vel­op­ment within the 15-hectare mas­ter planned, gated com­mu­nity of Playa La Jolla.

The project sits on a pris­tine beach on a penin­sula of the Sea of Cortez.

The de­vel­op­ment in­cludes beach­front homes, vil­las and bun­ga­low apart­ments, many of which have al­ready been sold.

The new­est phase is for 62 sin­gle-fam­ily custom lots (for more in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site at

The fol­low­ing are some of the sto­ries of peo­ple who now call the de­vel­op­ment their home away from home: Name: Mesh Dayal. Oc­cu­pa­tion: Cer­ti­fied gen­eral ac­coun­tant at his own firm. Age: 64 What he bought: A sin­gle fam­ily custom home at the La Bella Vita project near Puerto Peñasco in Mex­ico. The home was com­pleted in 2008.

How of­ten he trav­els to his place in Mex­ico: “I go six or seven times a year — as of­ten as I can.”

What at­tracted him to the area: “I had a place in Mesa and was told to check out this area close by that was on the ocean. I came two or three times and de­cided to buy. I bought a lot and when Bella Vita started build­ing, I de­cided to build a small place.”

Other at­trac­tions: “The beach and the sea. I am a sailor and this area is se­cluded enough from the main town and is quiet.”

Buyer’s tip: “Check out the de­vel­oper. Check out his rep­u­ta­tion. Ask for ref­er­ences from the de­vel­oper.”

Name: Alan Kuys­ters, his wife, Michelle, and 11-year-old daugh­ter, Jor­dan.

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Alan is district man­ager for PCL Constructi­on for north­ern Al­berta, the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries and Nu­navut. Age: Alan is 49. What he bought: A oneeighth frac­tional share in a multi-mil­lion dol­lar, 3,600-square-foot house on the beach (with a two bed­room guest house) in the La Bella Vita. He has since bought two bun­ga­lows in the project as an in­vest­ment.

How of­ten he trav­els to his place in Mex­ico: “I have six weeks a year on a ro­tat­ing sched­ule.”

What at­tracted him to the area: “I had worked with Sam (Sid­hom, the de­vel­oper of La Bella Vita) and knew him as a friend and I had al­ways dreamed about hav­ing an ocean­front prop­erty. We hol­i­dayed here and when the house was be­ing built in 2004, I knew Sam had the vi­sion and I bought in.”

Other at­trac­tions: “The peace­ful­ness. You come from the city where you have been work­ing hard and here, you can take long walks on the beach and find soli­tude.”

Buyer’s tip: “I bought this as a va­ca­tion prop­erty but also as an in­vest­ment. They are not mak­ing any more beach­front prop­erty.” The value is cer­tainly there in Mex­ico and this de­vel­op­ment still has ac­cess to the beach, un­like other projects, he says. n Name: Bryce Bon­neville, wife Con­nie and son Cole. n Oc­cu­pa­tion: Bryce is a lawyer who has his own firm that does mostly startup oil and gas work. n Age: Bryce is 38, Con­nie is 36 and Cole is two. n What he bought: A villa in the La Bella Vita at Playa la Jolla project near the town of Puerto Peñasco in Mex­ico. n How of­ten he trav­els to his place in Mex­ico: “Three or four times a year. We spend a month at Christ­mas and the rest in twoweek stints. I am self-em­ployed and I can do ev­ery­thing while I am down here.” n What at­tracted them to the area: “I like the de­vel­op­ment and the re­la­tion­ship with the Cal­gary de­vel­oper. Also, it is a good in­vest­ment, there is prox­im­ity to Phoenix and it is some­where warm.” n Other at­trac­tions: The fact this area of Mex­ico is so safe and fam­ily-ori­ented, says Con­nie. n Buyer’s tip: “We had looked at oth­ers ar­eas like Belize. But in this one, we could see what we were get­ting in the de­vel­op­ment.”

Marty Hope, Cal­gary Her­ald

Clock­wise from front left: Alan Kuys­ters, a La Bella Vita home­buyer from Ed­mon­ton; Martin Lautsch, who is in­volved in the mar­ket­ing for La Bella Vita; Cal­gary Her­ald Recre­ation and In­vest­ment Prop­er­ties ed­i­tor Barb Liv­ing­stone; Ar­turo Guer­rero, lawyer...

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