About the property
- House4200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum StayNone
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.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 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 La Paz Municipality
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.
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Wonderful house. Very responsive owner
We have already rebooked the house for the x-mas holidays!
Great Views, slight improvements would make it perfect.
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.
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.
Location location location! with all the amenities
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
Spectacular house, view, and ambiance.
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.
Casa Refugio is a peaceful and beautiful retreat.
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!
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
Additional information about rental rates
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.