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The first two phases are sold out and work has started on the third phase, which will see 68 units turned over to own­ers by the end of Au­gust.

The one-, two-, and three-bed­room con­dos are priced from $340,000 US.

Con­structed us­ing Amer­i­can stan­dards and spec­i­fi­ca­tions, the con­dos come with gran­ite coun­ter­tops, GE ap­pli­ances, traver­tine floor­ing, solid wood cab­i­nets and kitchen is­lands. They also have laun­dry rooms, hard­wood floor­ing, cen­tral heat and air, In­ter­net ac­cess and satel­lite TV.

The 1,200 home sites at Estrella Del Mar in­clude beach­front sites with ac­cess to the Trent Jones 18-hole course — as well as sites on the golf course, it­self — and are priced from $185,000 to $365,000.

About a month ago, Las Vil­las Ho­tel and Spa opened its doors. Lo­cated on the re­sort prop­erty, the five-star ho­tel fea­tures 71 rooms fac­ing the ocean.

At the time the Lys­ters de­cided to buy a condo, Dale had re­tired from the Cal­gary Board of Ed­u­ca­tion and was run­ning a fam­ily busi­ness.

But with Lynda still teach­ing full-time for the board, they de­vel­oped their own frac­tional condo with six friends.

Each frac­tional part­ner went to Mex­ico twice a year for a month, with vis­its ro­tated so that ev­ery part­ner had dif­fer­ent time pe­ri­ods over a six-year sched­ule.

“We dis­cov­ered we wanted even more time in Mex­ico to en­joy the new friend­ships and the Mex­i­can cul­ture — and have bought a sec­ond condo and a build­ing lot on the fifth fair­way of the golf course for fu­ture devel­op­ment,” says Dale. Who can blame them? Beach and ocean on one side join a golf course on the other — along with a tur­tle sanc­tu­ary, lush land­scap­ing, the re­sort’s ameni­ties, and the Mex­i­can life­style and cul­ture.

“It’s an amaz­ing place to live,” says Dale, adding that Lynda is now re­tired and do­ing vol­un­teer work in Cal­gary.

The Lys­ters are among the 275 own­ers at Estrella Del Mar and part of a “sig­nif­i­cant con­tin­gent” from Cal­gary and Canada, says Pat But­ler, pres­i­dent of Club Ac­qui­si­tion Co.

A key com­po­nent in the Cal­gary own­er­ship level has to do with the flights be­ing of­fered by WestJet, he says.

“Di­rect ac­cess by WestJet takes peo­ple from the cold and snow of Cal­gary to the warmth and sun of Mazat­lan — and in the same time zone, with a lower cost of liv­ing, med­i­cal ser­vices at Sharp Hos­pi­tal and the his­tory,” says But­ler.

The en­try into Estrella Del Mar, which is lo­cated at Stone Is­land near Mazat­lan, Mex­ico.

The Delfines res­tau­rant that is part of the devel­op­ment.

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