When working with prospective buyers here in Southern Baja, there is always the question of desired proximity to the beach for a residence, whether it be a vacant lot to build on or an existing home. There are many who do not really care about the ocean view, some even preferring a nice view of the Sierra Laguna Mountains over the Pacific Ocean. No problem … different strokes for different folks. The following things to consider are for those who want some type of ocean orientation:
1) Are you looking to simply “hear” or “see” the sand and the water” or do you want to be “in” the sand and water? For example …. a surfer the other day told me he would want to be no more than a 60 second dash to the shoreline if the waves are good. Some are quite content to be 5 or 10 minutes away for the evening sunset walk with the dogs and kids. And others would be happy with a twenty minute drive to the beach, as long as they can see the water from their rooftop deck or balcony.
2) What is your budget? Beachfront lots can range from the High 100′s to mid 300′s in the Todos Santos to Cerritos Corridor all the way up to $1.7 Million in the gated Diamante Community in Cabo San Lucas. Price points begin to gradually drop as you move away from the beachfront by “tier” . First and second tier lots are usually a five to ten minute walk to the beach. And of course there are lots just north of Todos Santos in Ahorcadita with gorgeous views of the ocean for under 20K but about a ten minute drive down to the water and without electric and water to the property (an added expense). And remember …. you still have to factor in the cost of building if you are buying a vacant lot. Existing homes are priced in a similar manner, with homes right on the beach commanding a very high price point and homes further back being priced accordingly.
3) Have you ever slept right on the beach all night? It can be rather loud. I personally am not a person who could live right on the beach. I am a light sleeper who likes to sleep with open windows and find the crashing of waves to be a bit challenging. I currently live four tiers back and still here the waves but it is not overpowering. If you think you want to live right on the ocean but have never slept an the beach, you should spend a night somewhere close to the shore and see how the sound of the ocean affects you.
Make no mistake about it …. the ocean and the feel and imagery it brings to us is a powerful and valuable asset. Just make sure to choose the way you want to orient your day to day lifestyle to it.