PALMILLA, THEN AND NOW

By nick fong, broker, los cabos agent

To understand more with regards to Palmilla, then and now, one should look back to Las Cruces. Overlooking the vacation resort, are restored crosses that signify the spot that is most likely was the landing site of Hernan Corez in 1538.

The rural location had been picked by ex U.S. pilot Rodriguez, son of President Abelardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez bought –the orchard property in 1948. He was joined by Bud Parr  . Parr served in WWII and had come to La Paz in 1947 to retire and this is where he met Rodriguez Rodriguez; the remainder is a history from the Cape Region.

The membership roster in their first project, the posh and exclusive Rancho Las Cruces read like the social register.  In fact, when Parr later sold his interest in the Las Cruces, he sold it to frequent guest, Bing Crosby.

Upon the completion of their first project the pioneers did not sit still. In 1956 Rodriguez and Parr opened up what was originally known as Hotel Las Cruces Palmilla, just a few miles south of the town of San Jose Del Cabo.

The resort itself was built as a 15-room luxury hideaway accessible only by yacht or private plane, it, again, attracted Hollywood celebrities like John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, and former United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower. All were lured in by the extreme privacy and the not quite then World Famous deep-sea fishing.

Following the construction of the Transpeninsular Highway in 1970, the resorts popularity increased and grew to 50 rooms by 1984. In 1991, the Palmilla Golf Club opened, and in 1996, the resort was again expanded to 115 rooms. The glamorous flavor and ambiance of the original resort were carefully preserved in One&Only Palmilla, which opened in February 2004 following a $90 million refurbishment.

Exclusivity and location set this remarkable resort and neighborhood apart. One such neighborhood in Palmilla is Caleta Loma. Located within the elite gate-guarded La Caleta neighborhood, it is defined by its many cove beaches on the Sea of Cortés. Available lots feature unobstructed views along with a few resale home opportunities.  

The gated, oceanfront community, La Caleta is distinguished by its exclusivity. This prime collection of estate-sized home sites is poised on a cliff-side overlooking an immaculate white-sand beach and the translucent waters of the Sea of Cortés.

Oasis Palmilla, at the northernmost tip of Palmilla, is a gated community overlooking the Palmilla Golf Club; It features a lush desert landscape rolling hills and breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortès.

Located on the fifth fairway of Palmilla Golf Club's Ocean Nine is a rare assemblage of custom home sites known as Oceano Alta and Oceano Baja. Within walking distance of the exclusive One&Only Palmilla, these centrally located neighborhoods offer a secluded, white-sand swimming beach nearby and luxurious fairway views.

In Palmilla Canyon a limited collection of custom home sites overlooks the second hole of Palmilla Golf Club's Ocean Nine. These custom home sites offer spectacular views of the natural arroyo and ocean scenes.

Mere steps to the beach and near to One&Only Palmilla, Palmilla Cove is one of the most exclusive communities offered in the Palmilla enclave.

The Palmilla Estates offers two-story building alternatives, preserving the remarkable fairway, ocean, mountain and sunset views.

Palmilla Fairways comprises an assortment of twelve single family homes and home sites.  Pamilla Fairways prides itself on the breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez combined with a natural arroyo and an easy stroll to the Palmilla Tennis Club and Las Tiendas shopping center.

Villas Del Mar, lies along a two mile stretch of pristine ocean front property, Villas del Mar offers the finest collection of elegantly appointed beachfront and ocean-view resort homes in Los Cabos and a limited number of expansive hillside home sites.  Ownership here gets you access to the Private Beachclub of Club 96 and also the state of the art fitness facility of Espiritu del Mar.

Palmilla’s first multi-family community, Villas de Montana sits prominently just above the One&Only, Palmilla resort, and offers stunning views of the Sea of Cortez.  The community consists of 14 two and three bedroom units plus a master pool area.

Villas de Oro is a collection of luxury condominiums and town homes along the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course offers the least expensive Housing options in Ultra-Exclusive community of Palmilla.  Units here start at just under $300k for a 2 bedroom condo and go up over $500k for larger 3 bedroom options. 

This is where exhilaration and serenity thrive in blissful harmony.  Welcome to Palmilla!
By Nick Fong, Broker, Los Cabos Agent, 312-725-3664 US Line, 624-157-3170 Cabo Line​