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#146 Casa Franz Las Gaviotas ~ Private Beach Resort

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Check out the Best Resort On The Northern Baja California Coast!

Our vacation home is located in the beautiful exclusive beachfront community of Las Gaviotas, approximately 40 mins from U.S. Border. We have a 3 bedroom ~ 3 bath vacation family home. Maximum 6 person including children.

We are now offering in the 2017 season, discounts to our guests: Early Booking, Returning Guests, US Veterans, Seniors 65+, Free Extra Nite Specials and 4+ Day Stay Special with a 5 nite Free and much more. Note: Discounts are calculated on the base rental amount, Not the total amount paid. The discount is paid separately at the end of your stay via Paypal and based on the total percentage not to exceed 20%.

How to get to Las Gaviotas:

1. From California by Car: Drive south towards the US-MEXICAN BORDER beyond San Diego and enter into the Mexican border crossing. All vehicles should have Mexican Auto Insurance.* As you exit the Mexican Border, stay on the right lane. use the ramp to the right, Looking for the sign 'Cuota' ~ ROSARITO ENSENADA Toll Road', a scenic beach drive to the port city of Ensenada. Look for the following MILESTONES. Driving along the border road, you will notice on the right the US BORDER FENCE. Continue your drive to the top of the hill, turning left down to the bottom of the hill to an entrance on your right into the TOLL ROAD "CUOTA" and to PLAYAS DE TIJUANA. 1 mile past Playas de TJ is your 1st TOLL BOOTH. Then, continue driving south with, REAL DE MAR GOLF COURSE, on your left (landside) and as you drive further, you will approach, the City of Rosarito, the toll road will bend to the left and then you will note the first exit on the right to Rosarito. But continue on the toll road and drive under the City Bridge and continue driving until you are almost past Rosarito. As you continue, your 2ND TOLL BOOTH is

1 mile further. As you continue driving south, the Toll Road will bend to the left near CALIFIA. Driving south, note JESUS CHRIST statue on the Landside and about a 1 mile further, you will see OLLIE'S PIZZA on the seaside....and few blocks further, you will see LAS GAVIOTAS. Driving on the toll road, another 1 mile, look for and exit on your right. Make a right turn on to the FREE "LIBRE" ROAD....and drive 1 mile north, stay on your left lane next to the dividers and signal left well in advance of you making a left into Las Gaviotas.

2. US Citizens ~ By Air from US Cities: Land in San Diego Airport (SAN). Get your Rental car at any of the establish rental agencies. You will be required to get Mexican Auto Insurance. The drive is about 45 mins to Las Gaviotas per instruction in #1. Alternate option would be to fly direct to the Tijuana Airport (TIJ).

3. For Non-US Foreign Travelers: Highly Recommended that you fly from your destination directly to the Tijuana International Airport (TIJ). The standard auto rental agencies are available. Again Mexican Auto Insurance is required. Drive per instruction which is about 30 minutes south on the 'Toll Road.'

* About Mexican Auto Insurance: Individuals travelling to Mexico in their own private vehicles should get Mexican Auto "Public Liability" Insurance. It's not required, but if you are in an accident in Mexico without Insurance, you may land in a Mexican jail.

More Details

Arturo Franz
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About Arturo Franz

I'm a retired mortgage banker and was one of the first homeowners to purchase and build our vacation home. For years, we used it as our get-away school vacation break with our children who are now grown up. It is a great family retreat and our home is located on the 3rd tier from the beach about 1 1/2 blocks from the beach front. My wife, Amy & I have taken great pride in outfitting the interior with original art work from local artists in the area. Our place is small but comfortable and is used mostly for casual light eating. For dinner, we go out to our favorite restaurants. However, for those with cooking interests, we do have a micro-wave/convention oven and a 4 burner range with a dishwasher & midsize refrigerator. There is no regular oven as our intent has alway been to discourage large cooking events, such as roasting turkeys and/or baking hams. However, on the deck, for those "grilling cooks", we have a stainless steel gas BBQ station which really compliments and separates the kitchen function from the heavier barbacueing activities; while cooking on the deck you can sip a few Margaritas!

Arturo Franz purchased this house in 1973

Why Arturo Franz chose Northern Baja

Our house was designed by my brother, an Architect and we put a lot of emphasis in bringing out the Mexican characteristics of traditional artisan construction. Casa Franz is located near a green belt giving our guests with an extra added sea views. We think of it as a Modern Mexican vacation home, open concept kitchen-Dining-Livingroom to maximize space for beach viewing from the front half of the home...blending in vibrant tile colors which accents our themes of cobalt blue, rust and bright yellow.

What makes this house unique

Las Gaviotas complex has 24/7 security services to make your stay safe and enjoyable. Many owners and guests walk & jog at all hours around the complex enjoying the cliff side promenades. Security Officers regularily patrol all areas of the complex to sure and safe.

Enjoy the artwork, a select sampling of local artists and artisans placed throughout giving it a art gallery feeling complimenting our modern contemporary home design with unique lighting.

During the summer months (Apr - Sep) are the best in terms of weather & temperature with views from the kitchen, living room, dining and mostly the deck. Winter season (Oct-Mar) start to chill a bit. We have a fireplace with the use of the Duraflame logs to create a nice cozy fireside mood complimented with small electric space heaters in every room, just in case it gets too chilly.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your house was more than what we expected! The home is beautiful, clean, and everything you need is available. Amazing views of the ocean! Arturo is very helpful and easy to work with. Thank you again for everything and hope to be back very soon and hopefully for a longer stay.
Apr 2015
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Las Gaviotas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1st Floor - toilet , shower , Private to this bedroom
    Bathroom 3rd - 2nd Floor - toilet , shower , Private to this Bedroom
    Bathroom 2nd - Twin bedroom - toilet , shower , This bathroom functions as a guest bath & for bedroom #2
  • Each bathroom has complimentary liquid soaps: Hand, body wash and shampoo.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2nd - Twin ~ 2nd Floor - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1st Floor - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3rd ~ 2nd Floor - 1 queen
  • All bedrooms are private.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
SURFBOARDS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BE STORED ANYWHERE INSIDE OUR VACATION HOME....ALSO NO WAXING ON THE PREMISES. However, Near the main entrance, on the east side setback, there is shower station with a surfboard rack & hooks for wetsuits. Please use the shower station to rinse off sand from beach attire and wetsuits..


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

#146 Casa Franz Las Gaviotas ~ Private Beach Resort
average rating of 4.769231 based on 14 reviews

Fantastic Property With Everything You Need.

  • 5 of 5

Arturo really makes an effort to ensure your stay is perfect. We had 5 guys stay at Casa Franz for my 40th birthday and everything about the house exceeded my expectations. Not a detail was missed (from spices and utensils for cooking, to extra blankets and pillows for sleeping) and the condition of the house was top notch.

I highly recommend this property and plan on staying here again soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing birthday weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Spent my birthday with my family at Casa Franz and it was simply amazing. The home was so warm and inviting and perfect views of the ocean. Also, not to far from the pool and ocean. The grounds are simply beautiful. Will defiantly be coming back! Thank you Arturo for making it easy and comfortable for my family and I.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michelle....I am totally remiss as we do provide a complimentary bottle of Champagne for special occasions. In the future, I will make sure that we ask the right question about "Special Occasions." On your second visit, in addition to your earned discount...a bottle of Champagne awaits you! BTW...repeated use after 4 visits earns you accumulated maximum of 20% discount plus if you book early, get another 5%...Wow 25% discount! Cheers...and best to you! Arturo
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Spectacular !!!

  • 5 of 5

It was fabulous . Better than expected. The house was gorgeous and I love the artwork !!!

Thank u for great directions , always answering so quickly and offering a fantastic place.

We will be back.

How is your calendar in sept ????

Do rates go down in sept ?

Thanks and take care


  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jill...Thank you for your review...very much appreciated. While our home is a modest vacation retreat...we pride ourselves with exclusivity, always seeking to upgrade and add amenities to your vacation stay. Our rates are not seasonally based. But we do emphasize accumulated discounts from early bird bookings to repeat guests and much more, as you just earned a discount on your future visit in September. We want to cater to Guests like you who appreciate our vacation home and want you to come back on regular basis. For that, you earn accumulated discounts. I will send you a separate email about our discount program which is posted, incidentally in the Misc Section of the our Hospitality Web Site. In the meantime, feel free to Book your September visit to Casa Franz #146 and earn a Early Booking with your Repeat Guest Discount...We look forward to your next visit....Expect to have new amenities added to your stay! Take Care!
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Beautiful house, amazing location

  • 5 of 5

Las Gaviotas is a safe and adorable community right on the coast, just walking distance to nice surf. Arturo's house is a beautiful, artsy home and a very comfortable place to stay. I went with a group of friends, 6 of us in total, and the house fit us perfectly. It has a gorgeous view of the ocean from the main room and the deck, where we spent tons of time. Beds are comfortable. Nice fireplace and grill. Arturo was great to work with - we changed our arrival date last minute and he was flexible with that, which was awesome. Everything was really just seamless - I hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay at Gaviotas

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for Labor Day Weekend and had an amazing time. The house is quaint, clean and charming. My favorite part was eating lunch and watching sunsets on the balcony. It's a 2 minute walk to the jacuzzi and the beach. Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Casa Franz

  • 4 of 5

The property was very clean and organized. Using the Home Away app through VRBO was extremely helpful. My only disappointment was that, for a house that sleeps six, the kitchen was lacking. There is no oven and the inventory of pots, pans, utensils, etc. was very limited. Otherwise, we very much enjoyed our stay in Casa Franz!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bob...thank you for your response and your comments on the kitchen. I agree, we haven't looked at the kitchen in several years. And, we do not have a traditional oven. But the microwave does function as a convection oven, admittedly small. Many of our previous guests have commented that there is really no need for a full size oven and for that reason the kitchen design was set up for light cooking. We need to revisit the kitchen, as this has been one of the last areas of improvement. With that in mind, we will upgrade with new pots, pans and cooking utensils. Also, most of our guest comments are about having a better BBQ cooking area on the deck...we plan to install a gas fired BBQ grill, add stainless steel draws & cabinets for utensils & accessories... making this a important outdoor cooking area that supplements the kitchen, but functions easily for our guests in a clean and neat manner. We expect to do all these upgrades before the end of the 2015 year. Upon your revisit next year, a warm welcome is in store to your important suggestion and recommendations.
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Susanna's Cuisine of the Californias
"Excellent food....One of our favorites"
El Nido Restaurant
"A must eat restaurant! Been going for over 30 years. Grill meat with Mesquite wood."
Nearest Airport
47 Kilometres
Tijuana International Airport (TIJ)
Nearest Golf
23 Kilometres
Real Del Mar, BajaMar
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Kilometres
Toll Road 'Cuota'
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Ollie's Pizza
Nearest Beach
26 Kilometres
Playa La Mision
Car: recommended

Baja Studios is about 5 min drive north on the 'free' road where the Titanic, Master & Commander movies were made. You need to inquire whether tours are available.

Ensenada is a port city. About 45 min beautiful seaside drive. The main street has been restrict to vehicular traffic and make for nice shopping outing with hundreds of curios shops, restaurants and bars.


Rates & Availability

Las Gaviotas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Cinco de Mayo Weekend
May 4 2017 - May 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mom's Get-Away
May 11 2017 - May 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 25 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Father's Day Weekendd
Jun 15 2017 - Jun 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
4th of July Weekend
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
July the 4th
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Senior Citizen's Day
Aug 17 2017 - Aug 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
USA Christmas Week
Dec 18 2017 - Dec 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
New Year's Week
Dec 27 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fee $35
Cleaning & Housekeeping $40
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 20.0%

20% Renter's tax, includes processing credit card, rental management fees.
All Special Event Weekends include complimentary gift and 1 Champagne bottle.
$400 ~ 600 Security Deposit refundable less expenses within 5 business days. Discounts added to Refunds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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