Loreto Bay: Pathways to progress

The start of the pathways is a symbol of a new phase in our adventure building a vacation home in Loreto, Baja California Sur.

Discussing the design of the pathways along the side of our Loreto Bay casa with Eduardo, architect with Associa Mexico and Cone, head of the landscaping firm hired to construct all the walkways. Everyone has been impressed with the quality of the pathways built so far.
A familiar sight for many homes in the Agua Viva phase of the Loreto Bay development in Loreto, Baja California Sur. Two and a half years after the developer, TSD Loreto Partners, ceased operations of the resort community there is the wondrous sound of construction again as artistic stone pathways were laid, weaving and connecting all the homes. This is the front of our Casa del Lagarto Azul.

I thought it is fitting, sitting here at the Ottawa International Airport in Canada on a cold snowy day, trying for the last 7 hours to take off back to San Francisco, that I catch you up on what has been happening in Loreto Bay.

I meant to post an update earlier in December after we returned from Loreto, Baja California Sur. However, the end-of-year rush to tie up loose ends before 2012 swept me up in a tidal wave of activity and so the photos of the progress on our Casa del Lagarto Azul were buried on the hard drives of computers, email inboxes and random posts on Facebook.

The installation of pathways in the Agua Viva phase of the Loreto Bay development has caused a fervor of excitement in the Loreto Bay community. Much of this sentiment is captured in Eve Giovenco’s entry earlier this year, “Imagination. A Leap of Faith. And Walkways“. While much of the time from 2009 to 2011 was spent figuring out how to get the remaining village homes completed, the start of the pathways is a symbol of a new phase in Agua Viva. In the face of adversity, the Loreto Bay community has emerged with stronger homeowner leadership and spirit. It is amazing to be part of it.

Discussing the design of the pathways along the side of our Loreto Bay casa with Eduardo, architect with Associa Mexico and Cone, head of the landscaping firm hired to construct all the walkways. Everyone has been impressed with the quality of the pathways built so far.

As 2011 comes to an end, I look forward to the adventures still to be discovered in 2012. Some have been started already, such as these pathways which foreshadow the desert landscaping that will be planted and our first scuba dive which has inspired me to get PADI certified.

Construction on the stone walkways in front of our casa started on the last day of our November visit. We were fortunate to catch a glimpse of this before we left. Looking forward to our next visit to see the final results. I have been told that all walkways in Agua Viva should be completed by February 2012. Fingers crossed!
Walkways extending to our neighbors the "Kings".
All the paths are about 3 feet in width to allow for golf carts. The paths are winding and still maximizes the areas around the homes for landscaping. I am looking forward to lush trees and native plants to soften the hardscape similar to many of the areas in the earlier Founders phase.
A fountain will be placed in the middle of this "round-about". I am sure many conversations will be had in this area.
Going around to the side of our home, we will have a large garden area beside our home. I am very excited about this. There is a juliette balcony above this area. Perhaps Clint will serenade me?
Another angle showing the front and side of our Casa del Lagarto Azul.
These are whimsical designs in the pathways that appear in random places. I love the surprises that await visiters at every turn in Loreto Bay. It has taken some time, but the vision of Loreto Bay is slowing coming true.

While sitting at the airport, wondering if we will ever get back to the San Francisco Bay Area, these photos also represent a reminder that anything is possible with much optimism and patience.

P.S. Thanks to Jane Lurie, Jennifer King and Chris Sessions for these photos and satiating my curiosity of all things Loreto after we returned from our visit.

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  • Sjhill

    Thank you, Loni for all of this inspiration. Viva Agua Viva!

    Susan Hill