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Have you seen Pedregal lately?

You have all probably heard about the legend of Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas. The legend about a man who came to Cabo 35 years ago, fell in love with this small piece of paradise, and decided to make it his home. That was Don Manuel Diaz Rivera, who decided to trade crowded and polluted Mexico City for Cabo, then just a small fisherman village with some 20 inhabitants. He saw the potential of the land; purchased 330 acres of then a barren parcel draped over a mountain and two beaches, and called it Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas, or “mountain of stones”.

Don Manuel Díaz Rivera and his grandson, Juan Díaz Rivera

Don Manuel Díaz Rivera and his grandson, Juan Díaz Rivera

Don Manuel’s vision soon became a vision of many others; people, who realized that this is the place they want to live their lives at, and developers, who saw the success of Pedregal and wanted their part of the pie, too. Through all these years Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas was able to maintain and retain its reputation of the most prestigious neighborhood in town.

Land's End View from a Home in Pedregal (in the background you can see Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez joining in one)

Land's End View from a Home in Pedregal (in the background you can see Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez joining in one)

What differentiates Pedregal the most from other high-end residential communities is above all the location. Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas is one of the few places in the world, where you can enjoy unobstructed 360-degree views of two oceans clasping together, as well as the desert and the mountains. You can explore miles of beautiful sand beaches on one side, and engage in vivid town, marina and restaurants, shopping and entertainment spots on the other. Besides that, Pedregal landscaping is eco-conscious and unique to Baja primary nature, as it boosts with plants adapted to Baja’s harsh weather conditions, using less water and adapted to dry seasons and hard sun. And the last but not least, the Diaz Rivera Family is committed to the community for already three generations.

Today son and daughter of Don Manuel, and his grandson, they all live in Pedregal with their families. They greatly contribute to the community, and not only that. They helped build and open first private school in Cabo San Lucas, Colegio El Camino, which they continue supporting, they helped establish local real estate associations as MLS and AMPI (Mexico’s version of National Association of Realtors), and Chamber of Commerce, which helped contribute to economic and trade development of Cabo.

Pedregal de La Paz, strategically located to overlook the blue waters of the Sea of Cortez and La Paz's popular Malecon.

Pedregal de La Paz, strategically located to overlook the blue waters of the Sea of Cortez and La Paz's popular Malecon.

The Díaz Rivera family is a great promoter and supporter of Baja, local culture and traditions. You could say they are in love with the land. So much that more than five years ago they decided to open another Pedregal in La Paz, same type of high end residential community, but with La Paz flavor. Pedregal de La Paz is located north of the city, on a mountain overlooking aquamarine waters of Sea of Cortez, just minutes away from popular Malecon. La Paz is also a home town of Adriana Diaz Rivera, another daughter of Don Manuel.

And just because Pedregals have a long legacy, it doesn’t mean they are outdated or out of style. Not at all! There is plenty of happening and evolution in both of them. Pedregal de La Paz, where you can buy yourself a land at a very reasonable price and build your dream home overlooking the Sea of Cortes, you can also dwell in one of 28 cozy homes of a community called Villas Aguamarina. There is much more coming up in Pedregal de La Paz, who today, together with Costa Baja resort and Marina, is forming a beautiful and peaceful high-end residential living part of La Paz.

Capella Resort & Residences, rocky pool

Capella Resort & Residences, rocky pool

Full of activity is also Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas. Not just that this tough economic times didn’t make them stop or pause their work, they are even more active! Take a tour one day and head to Pedregal. You might be pleasantly surprised how comfortable, relaxed and peaceful it is to walk or drive there. Cobblestoned streets give Pedregal special charm, and at every turn you might just discover something new, and more inspiring.

Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas opened its new main gate in the beginning of this year, which offers wider drive ways, pedestrian area and beautiful landscaping. And after entering to Pedregal through the main gate, there is a private tunnel Dos Mares, which leads to Capella Pedregal Residences & Resort. Capella Residences opened last November, and we all are awaiting the opening of Capella Hotel this summer (save the date: July 13!) and their internationally acknowledged Auriga Spa. We will be writing more about Capella very soon.

Ocean view from El Rincon's The Club; photo taken June 9, 2009. Opening July 24, 2009!

Ocean view from El Rincon's The Club; photo taken June 9, 2009. Opening July 24, 2009!

On Pacific Side of the Mountain Diaz Rivera family is building a unique ocean view community El Rincon, which features 26 beautifully crafted contemporary Mexican villas, with every room offering amazing ocean views, and The Club at El Rincon, which is currently under construction and planned to open this summer. Pedregal residents and visitors are already looking forward to it!

Magnificent view from Pedregal Heights

Magnificent view from Pedregal Heights

And that’s not all. This might sound as an advertisement, but it is a mere fact. Last year, the developer family has opened a very special section in Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas, called Pedregal Heights. As the name says, Pedregal Heights are located on the mere top of the mountain, caressed by the ocean breezes and offering probably more views than any other residential community worldwide. Imagine your house on top of Pedregal mountain: 180° to 360° views of any kind; beachfront views, cantilevered views, city and marina views, seeing how the two oceans play together and join at the Land’s End on the south side, and how arid desert and Baja mountain’s collapses into the deep blue sea on the other. And then is when you think, here is where I want to live.

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