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Private Oceanfront Gem

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 4,200 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

Very large 3 bedroom 2.5 bath on the Sea of Cortez

If you are looking to really escape from it all and be in a spectacular ocean front location, Casa El Refugio is the getaway spot for you. Only a short 7 mile oceanside drive north from the services and amentities of Los Barriles, Casa El Refugio is in a very unique setting all by itself right on the Sea of Cortez. This a great spot for snorkeling, SUP, kayaking, fishing, and even whale spotting all from the front porch. You can choose to be as connected to modern technology as you want to be. High speed Wi-Fi, great cellular reception, and HD television programming all at your disposal.

Casa El Refugio is a new construction completed in 2013. The construction technique was created with the concept of using as many sustainable and locally produced building materials as possible. The primary building material is COB. COB is a mix of clay, sand, straw, and water. COB is very much like adobe but instead of forming the clay mixture into bricks, the mixture is shaped and compacted on site to directly form the walls. This creates a large monolithic structure that has incredible strength and insulation characteristics. All exterior walls are at least 2 feet thick of solid material. Other local materials of note include the gorgeous solid rock foundation and bricks which were individually hand shaped and fired. All doors, cabinets, and drawers are made from a beautiful local mountain hardwood called Palo Chino. The beams in the fully enclosed courtyard are another type of local mountain hardwood.

The house design was developed from the concept of the Hacienda. It has a fortress type appearance from the exterior but when the threshold is passed, the feeling becomes warm and inviting. All rooms are accessed from the central, fully enclosed courtyard. The courtyard has beautiful iron work trellis and columns that support a shade covering of wooden beams. A wall fountain adds a feeling of vitality to the courtyard. When passing from the courtyard into the main part of the house a panorama of the Sea of Cortez takes over. The large central room contains the entertainment area, dining area, and kitchen. The ocean side is constructed using Nana Walls which are glass wall panels that fold out so the entire front of the house is open for inside/outside living. The master suite is to the right of the main room and fronts the Sea of Cortez as well.

The kitchen is very large and done with rustic brick work and red granite counters. A large pantry is attached to the kitchen. It is a function first kitchen that is very easy to work in.

The entertainment area has a 60 inch flat screen HD plasma TV, a BlueRay DVD player, surround sound home theater system, and Dish Network HD programming packages. The sound system also has remote speakers and controls located in each room, the courtyard, and the front patio.

The dining area has a 9' solid mesquite dining table with 8 matching chairs

The front patio overlooking the Sea of Cortez has ample seating, a propane BBQ, a wood BBQ/fire box, and a hot tub/spa capable of holding up to 6 people

The master suite has a large walk in closet and shower with two onyx sinks set in the granite counter.

The two guest bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom with a large shower and a travertine sink set in a granite counter. Solid mesquite armoires are in each of the guest bedrooms.

The house is air conditioned throughout.

There is a 10KW solar panel array on the roof that is connected to the local power grid. Using this grid tie back system means virtually all the electricity used is generated on site using solar technology.

High Speed Wi-Fi internet and excellent cellular phone service are also present.

More Details

Rick Tyrer
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

About Rick Tyrer

My wife Kim and I have lived in Los Barriles for 13 years and absolutely love it here. We are both Kite Boarders and I also enjoy the great fishing we have here. Kim is very active in the local community and is the acupuncturist at the Spa de Cortez

Rick Tyrer purchased this house in 2013

Why Rick Tyrer chose Los Barriles

We purchased the lot the house sits on in 2007 because it is in such a beautiful and unique setting. We decided to start building in 2011. We broke ground late that year and have just finished construction in March of 2013

What makes this house unique

The peaceful isolation says it all. No other houses around, just the beautiful Sea of Cortez as far as you can see.


Los Barriles House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Onyx Bathroom - toilet , Onyx counter, sink, and window
    Jack & Jill - toilet , shower , Granite counter with travertine sink.
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Large Shower, granite counters with 2 onyx sinks.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master Bedroom Fronts the Sea of Cortez
    Brick Room - 1 king , Mesquite Armoire
    Red Room - 1 queen , Large Mesquite Armoire
  • Master Bedroom fronts the Sea of Cortez. Cal King bed. Large walk in closet
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Private Oceanfront Gem
average rating of 4.733333 based on 15 reviews

Great Views, slight improvements would make it perfect.

  • 5 of 5

The house is amazing and has everything you will need. It would be a good idea to find and kill some of the wasps before the next renters arrive. We killed at least 10 of them that came into the house and there were many more flying around the patio. It was nice and cool at night and we would have like to have the windows open to enjoy the cool air, but there were no screens on the windows so all sorts of bugs kept coming in to enjoy the lights then our tasty skin. Rick was super accessible and told us how to use the AC units right away.

The views in the morning from the master bedroom are absolutely amazing. The kitchen is well equipped and provides plenty of room for large groups and many people to cook at the same time. All the furniture is very high quality. House was easy to find and we had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible stay

  • 5 of 5

Ricks home is gorgeous. The pictures don’t do it justice! The location is amazing. We loved his place. It was magical. He’s very responsive and communicative. He made it very easy for us to find the home and access it.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maple Valley (Seattle), WA USA

Location location location! with all the amenities

  • 4 of 5

Stunning property in a beautiful location, the ultimate peaceful & relaxing getaway. They have thought of everything to make it perfect. The huge granite kitchen and illuminated bath vanities are just an example of the many luxurious appointments throughout this home. The cordial and responsive owner, best we've ever dealt with! One of a kind

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular house, view, and ambiance.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at the house and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The ocean views are unbeatable. We woke to the sound of manta rays slapping the water, breathtaking sunrises and perfect temperatures.

The beach is very rocky and if the wind is up it is hard to get in. If it is calm there is easy access to SUP, kayaking, snorkeling, or just swimming. The equipment at the house for these activities is fair, the boards work but are roughed up a bit, the kayaks are leaky. Bring your own gear if you can or if these activities are important to you.

The road out to the house is quite bumpy so make sure you get a good vehicle. It is quite far from the hustle and bustle of town which was what we were looking for but if you want to be in the thick of the night life just know that you will have a long drive home.

Overall, we loved the house, location, views, and Rick was very accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Meadville, PA

Casa Refugio is a peaceful and beautiful retreat.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four adults stayed over Christmas week and loved it. The house is exactly as pictured, or perhaps the pictures do not really do it justice. It is in a somewhat remote (about 20 minutes from town via dirt road) but still accessible location. The house is really well-equipped with everything needed for relaxing, exploring the local area and doing as much cooking as you want. We really enjoyed the kayaks and SOPs and used them to paddle to the nearby sandy beaches and snorkeling areas almost every day. We had one cool day and used it to hike up into a nearby arroyo to enjoy the desert flowers, smells and sounds. Rick and Kim are excellent hosts...they love this house and it shows. We almost never go back to the same places...on the theory that the world is a big place and has more places to go than we will ever be able to fit in. But we have already booked for next year!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is paradise, in the whole 9 nights we only saw one other group of people on "our" beach. The house is beautiful, well equipped and totally delightful. All the equipment is excellent and Rick is a fabulous accommodating host. We had the wonderful cleaning lady , cook for us three of our nights which was such a treat. I'm coming back another time !!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
San Jose del Cabo
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Punta Pescadero Hotel
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
La Paz
Nearest Golf
50 Miles
San Jose del Cabo
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Mexico Highway 1
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
El Barrilito
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Piedra Sur
Car: recommended

Located 7 miles north of Los Barriles is Casa Concha. It is 1 mile south of Punta Pescadero and has its own very private and quiet setting. The spectacular ocean front location is ideal for snorkeling, kayaking, SUP, and fishing from the beach


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Cleaning fee of $40 USD for stays of three nights or less. Additional cleaning services available during stay at cost of $40 USD per cleaning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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